Our goal for our trip to Hawaii was to relax and enjoy the resort as much as possible. In fact, we only left the property once (to visit Kona). But with a room like this, why would you ever want to leave?
Our unit was bigger than my home in LA! We had two bedrooms, so Adele was able to have her own space and sleep soundly. (Man, that’s an understatement. She seriously slept 15 hours almost every night!)
We reserved a crib from the hotel (free of charge), but we brought our own sheets (and I manically wiped the whole thing down with antibacterial wipes before she slept in it. ha! We also rented a high chair which worked out really well for all the meals we enjoyed in our unit too.
The rest of her room was used as a baby staging area. Clothes and accessories on the left…. and diapers and such on the right! It was so nice to spread out and have space!
Below, you can see what I packed for her. Things I didn’t use/need: shoes, sandals, socks, pants, cardigan, sunglasses. She mostly lived in onsies, bathing suits and dresses the whole time we were there.
Before we checked into our hotel, we spent a few hours shopping for things we needed for the week. At Walmart, we got diapers, sand toys, POG, cream cheese and paper plates/utensils. At the grocery store, we stocked up on OJ, Deli meat/cheese/milk, macaroni salad, yogurt for Adele, bananas and produce. At Costco, we grabbed a case of water, 3 bottles of Champagne and one more bottle of wine, a block of good cheese, a mac-nut pie!, big bowl of cut fruit, bread, bagels, salad, a pizza and some other random food items. Yea, it took a few hours of our vacation, but saved us hours and hours (and money) during the week. Adele had to nap anyways, so we enjoyed all but 3 meals in our room.
While we did enjoy daily mimosas, the bottle of wine and one bottle of Champagne ended up coming home with us. Guess we over estimated. haha
We had a detailed meal plan/itinerary that we made prior to our trip, and it really worked out well for us!
It was so nice to wake up, have a mimosa and read on the lanai while Adele was snoozing in the other room (we also traveled with our baby monitors so we didn’t have to worry about not hearing her!)
I did bring a few toys and books with us too. They were great on the plane, in the car and in the room. We also bought a few sand toys while we were there too.
Outside our room, we could see goats(?) walking by in herds. Kinda random and funny! We also had a resident gecko that came out to see us each morning too.
Confession…. we ended up with SEVEN bags to schlep on the plane: Car seat, stroller, checked bag, golf clubs, diaper bag (backpack), Camera Bag (3 different cameras, 3 lenses and an underwater housing!) and a Briefcase. Not to mention an 18 pound baby to carry too! Somehow we managed it all. It was a pain at the airports, but we were really happy to have everything we needed to be comfortable during our week. It’s not typically how we pack and travel, but we basically moved in this time. Not sure we could have done it any different without sacrificing something. No regrets. It was an incredible week.