Baby Equipment we Brought for our 7 nights on the Big Island with our 7-month-old:
1.) Full-Sized Stroller and infant car seat (no base). We put my laptop (I work a few hours a day even when I take vacation), purse, and our diaper bag under the stroller when traveling through the airport. My husband pulled our carry-on suitcase while I pushed the stroller through the airport. We gate-checked our stroller and car seat (its free on most airlines.) You can also check the stroller or car seat to your final destination. I was concerned that our car seat would get damaged or lost and preferred to keep it with me since we couldn’t get very far once we landed without the carseat so I chose to gate check. We have this stroller and this this car seat . You can read my review of the stroller here.
2.) A 2-day supply of diapers and Wipes. We kept these in our carry-on and bought more when we got to Hawaii. Yes, diapers are more expensive in Hawaii, but checking an extra bag to Hawaii is more expensive.
3.) Fabric Sling Style baby carrier, Nursing Cover, 2 cans of puffs and 4-day supply of Baby Food Pouches. We like the Little Journey brand of pouches from Aldi. Aldi baby pouches are organic, Moochi likes the taste and they are $.79 each at our local Aldi. There is both an Aldi and a Costco on the big island. We kept the nursing cover in the diaper bag along with enough pouches and puffs for our flight. I put the rest in our carry-on. Pro-tip – stop at Costco when you arrive at the Hilo airport and pick up a case of water for your rental car, you’ll save big time over buying at convenience stores. There are some remote places on the Big Island where you cannot buy water because there are no stores.
4.) Diaper Bag. Our diaper bag contained basic changing necessities, this portable changer (great for changes on hotel room floors and on yucky changing tables in public places), Moochi’s favorite blanket, a few small toys and a comfort items for naps and bedtime.
5.) Carry-on. This had a change of clothes for Moochi, AMF and I, a sleeper for Moochi, diapers, extra pouches, my makeup, chargers, Andy’s shave kit. We packed 2 extra plain onesie’s for Moochi in case of a blowout (they were used because the blowout happened).
6.) Laptop Case with 2 laptops and Go-Pro. I took vacation from my job for the trip, but knew I’d still need to answer emails and look at a few contracts while we were gone. My husband owns his own business and has never taken a day off since we’ve been together. Both laptops came along. We took some amazing videos offroading in a Jeep with our Go-Pro.
7.) Large Suitcase. We paid to check a bag. I’ve never done this before, but we simply had to. Even if we had brought a second carry-on, that would have meant that someone had to pull two roller suitcases while the other pushed the stroller. We put all of our clothing, swimsuits, sunscreen and remaining toiletries in the checked bag. It was not full on the way to Hawaii. We bought a number of souvenirs while in Hawaii and brought them all home in the roller suitcase.
Bonus – travel neck pillows. AMF bought us each a neck pillow at the Indianapolis airport. They were great the whole trip. We now bring them on long car rides and airplane trips.