If you're visiting family or friends, find out what baby equipment they have or can borrow, so you don't have to pack everything. Contact rental centers that may carry big-ticket or bulky baby items such as cribs and high chairs.
Reserve a crib at your hotel. Many hotel cribs are smaller than standard, in order for them to fold to fit through the doorway, and may not include a baby bumper. You may be more comfortable bringing your own portable playpen or crib.
Schedule an oil change, tune up, and other vehicle repairs/maintenance at least a week before your trip. Don't forget to check the condition of your tires.
Install a mirror so you can see your baby sitting in a rear-facing car seat.
If possible, plan your trip around feeding and nap schedules. Avoid rush hour and heavy traffic times. Consider driving at night if your baby sleeps well in the car.
Allow extra time for your trip because no doubt you'll be making more frequent stops along the way. Babies need to stretch and move about, especially after being confined in a car seat for a while. Stops will help relieve boredom and allow for more personal interaction.
Don't get lost! Plan your route down to the last detail.
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