After a successful road trip with Baby to Lake Tahoe this past Memorial Day weekend, I thought I would share some of my lessons learned.

1. Get the best car seat out there

Once you’ve flown with your baby, a road trip should be a breeze, right? Wrong! A road trip can quickly go sour with a squirmy baby strapped to his carseat for a stretched period of time. Thankfully, Mateo is snug as a bug in his CYBEX CloudQ carseat. In addition to its sleek and chic design (you know I don’t do ugly), the height adjustable headrest kept his body ergonomically correct and comfy and the XXL canopy kept him shielded from the sun with an added protection of UVP50+.

The CYBEX CloudQ outside of the car is a life saver as well. My favorite feature is the full recline position. The CYBEX Cloud Q easily converts to a full-recline position in or out of the car and has a longer leg-rest. When Mateo dozed off on our way to to the park, we were able to keep him reclined and bring him along while he napped soundly and comfortably in his carseat. Such a game changer! Check out the rest of the pics at the end of the post.

2. Make a list and check it twice!
This was by far the most daunting aspect of a road trip. Babies need sooo much! Gone are the days of minimal planning and spontaneous weekend getaways where I would throw in a couple of sundresses, a bathing suit, and done. For this trip, I went the old school route and grabbed a notebook and wrote down everything imaginable that I would need and checked it off the list as soon as it was packed. There are also countless of cool list apps out there such as Wunderlist and Todoist that I’ve been meaning to try. Whatever you choose, the key is to stay organized.
 3. Keep the essentials in the car and not in the trunk.
I have a newfound appreciation for my sherpa husband who worked tirelessly in getting the car packed up and ready. We divided and conquered, we were feeling good! I packed up all the bags and left them at the door while Josh loaded up the car and I finished getting the baby ready. Dream team, right? The only problem was that once he loaded up the car, I realized the diaper bag was at the bottom under the stroller and the snacks I packed were buried alive somewhere…you get the point. Lesson learned: start with the heavy gear first and pack the rest of the bags on top where you can access it more easily. Better yet, pack your essentials in the car where you can reach and grab instead of stopping the car to get to the trunk. This includes all of baby’s goods in addition to your own snacks, pillows, etc.
4. Bring Baby’s soundtrack along
Although it looked like I packed the entire contents of our home into the trunk, the one thing I forgot was Mateo’s white noise and lullaby machine. We love the Cloud B Sleep Sheep with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as his main jam. He doesn’t fall asleep without it. When Mateo started to get a little fussy, Josh was able to pull up a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star playlist on Spotify and stream it in the car. It drove us crazy but calmed Baby down and that’s really all that matters.
5. Relax, take a breath and enjoy the drive
It may sound pathetic, but any adult time for me these days is golden and that includes front seat chatter with your partner. Put in a great podcast, listen to some great tunes, enjoy the views and breathe in the temporary bliss of having the baby safely (thank you CYBEX!) contained in the backseat. Also, stay flexible. Expect a meltdown, expect to make frequent stops, and expect to feel relief when you arrive at your destination. You did it! Now, enjoy.

Thank you to CYBEX for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.