Over the past 9 months (since Ro’s birthday!), my diaper bag has gone through many different iterations as to what is deemed “essential”. This is certainly true when we went from 2 feet of snow in our PNW backyard to sunshine, sand and papaya trees recently when we went back to Maui to visit family. We took Ronin hiking in bamboo forests, swimming at the beach and everywhere inbetween on my favorite island of Maui! With the island being so diverse in climate depending on where you are, I had to make sure our diaper backpack was well prepared for multiple activities in one day.
Below are some of my favorite essential items that we kept in our diaper backpack during our time in my other home. Note that this post is not sponsored, just products that I really love and want to share with you all ☺
1. Baby-safe sunscreen! I’ve tried a lot of different baby sunscreens but these mineral-based ones are my favorite:
2. Natural bug repellent: This Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellant from Four Elements Herbals worked so well, especially in the jungle hikes were mosquitos were aplenty! Ronin walked away from our adventures both chemical and bite-free.
3. Ring sling: Whether walking down to the beach or at a restaurant during nap time, this Wildbird sling came to the rescue to keep Ronin either secure or napping 😴
4. Sunhat: Shout out to Little Sun Hat for making adorable hats right here in my hometown! This hat, with the cute ear flaps, chin strap and extended brim, kept Ro’s noggin protected from the sun all day long!
5. Swim diapers: We kept two of the Honest Swim Diapers in our bag at all times throughout trip – you know, in case of 💩 They are easy clean with super cute prints and keep soggy dipes out of landfills 👍🏼
6. UV protected swimsuits: While Ronin has Pacific Islander and Ecuadorian blood in him, he is quite pale. To protect his virgin skin from the sun, we mostly used this swimsuit because of the long sleeves and pant legs. The best defense for protecting baby from the sun is always good, breathable clothing (in addition to sunscreen).
“Are you sure this water is sanitary?”
7. Clean dry change of clothes: After Ro was done playing in the tide pools, I would change him out of his swimsuit into some clean dry clothes to keep him warm and happy.
BONUS: Camera! All of our adventures were captured using our GoPro Hero 5 Session. Such a great versatile camera that is waterproof and baby proof!
Do you have any other essential baby items you like to keep handy for your adventures? Comment below!
Thank you for reading! xo Mrs. PNW