Welcome to Packing for Plenty! I’m Stephanie, a mom to Ella, wife to Peter, yogi, baker, amateur photographer, food-loving Minnesota family travel blogger. Nice to meet you *virtual hug*
Packing for Plenty was started in 2017 and has undergone some facelifts as I have evolved as a person and new mother. Now, you’ll find helpful tips for traveling with a baby, useful product recommendations, and carefully curated guides for family-friendly Minnesota and worldwide adventures.
I was an avid traveler before becoming a mother and had a tremendous fear all of that would come to a screeching halt because traveling with a newborn is supposedly impossible, right?
I whole-heartedly believe travel and exploration shouldn’t come to an end once you’re a parent. Sure there are new challenges like having to make extra stops while on a road trip, scheduling flights to try and coincide with nap time, full-on meltdowns while quietly exploring local museums…I’m looking at you, Ella.
But with the added struggles and shifts in schedules, exploring, whether abroad or in your own hometown, opens your little’s eyes and minds to the amazing sounds, sights, languages, and beautiful cultures of the world.
And that can’t be taught anyway else.
So I am here to help and encourage you so that you can help and encourage your children to not sit still and to enjoy, explore, and learn everything they can about the world around them.
Stephanie has done quite a bit of traveling over the course of her life, mainly in recent years. Shortly after graduating college she booked her first international trip to Europe and has been on the go ever since. To date, she’s been to 28 states, 16
Pete has done a bit less traveling, but once he met Stephanie he knew he was in for a life full of adventure, both foreign and domestic. In the first year of their relationship, they traveled to a few states and three new countries!
After every trip, we are frequently asked the following questions:
How does traveling, sometimes solo, come so easily?
How are we lucky enough to visit so many wonderful places?
How do we plan trips without the use of a travel agent? etc, etc.
And we get it! Planning a vacation and following through with those plans can be tough and nerve-wracking. We hope to use this space as a way to teach others what we have learned. More importantly than that, we want to inspire the confidence to take the first step out the door and explore this great world before it’s too late.
As with most things, the first step is the hardest!
We also hope that you are inspired to create your own bucket list and follow along as we tick some major things off ours!
Some of our favorites include:
and finally setting foot on the Cliffs of Moher…
So pull up a chair, stick around for a while, and have fun exploring.
Thanks for indulging in our story.
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