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Old 03-28-2019, 08:25 PM   #1
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Fulltime Loadout with Baby

As we prepare for Baby Greatley’s arrival sometime next month, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning and reorganization of the Airstream. We removed pretty much everything not bolted down and deep cleaned the rig.

Here's everything we put back. Detail on individual products and links on the blog here.

Baby Wardrobe



Dan's Wardrobe



Leanne's Wardrobe



Tech and Recreation



Tools and Utility



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Cleaning, Bath, Dogs, Grill, Wood Stove



Furniture and Books

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Thanks for posting this very detailed list. It’s people like you that make others see it is possible. Enjoy your life together, and that new baby along the way.
My wife and I have be at it for 18 years and our baby’s are 15 and 10.
Our Airstream has made us some of the best memories as a family.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting this very detailed list. It’s people like you that make others see it is possible. Enjoy your life together, and that new baby along the way.
My wife and I have be at it for 18 years and our baby’s are 15 and 10.
Our Airstream has made us some of the best memories as a family.
Thanks. We've been on the road for a while now, and have been really happy with the freedom that the lifestyle affords us. Best gift we can give our child will be time, so we're hoping to free up as much of that as possible.
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Best gift we can give our child will be time.
AMEN to that. We are not full time but do spend at least 100 nights a year on the road with our kids. Our Airstream affords us the opportunity to enjoy each other as a family.

You are doing it right.
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Congratulations to TheGreatleys. What a wonderful, life changing event. Best wishes with the delivery. My friends and I say you are not truly married until you have a baby. We have a two year old grandson and I'm sure our skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, tennis playing, beach volleyball league, rock band son and daughter in law would agree. What are we doing this weekend? Raising our little one.

I am hopeful our Overlander will make a good family camper so they can at least set up a "homebase" in the mountains and enjoy some time outdoors together. A baby takes a lot of gear.

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Quite a load. Any idea how much that stuff weighs?

Last time we went camping with a baby was out of a Volvo station wagon with a tent. 8 months old youngest son. He loved it.

10 years later I found a pack of diapers and an expired can of formula still in the storage compartment in the rear opposite the spare tire space. Oh, the memories of warming a bottle on a Coleman camp stove at 04:00 am in the middle of the Redwoods. Good times.

After that 2-week trip, we built a conversion van and camped a lot more in it. All the kids remember the trips we did in these younger, crazier days.
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Old 03-30-2019, 09:01 AM   #7
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A baby takes a lot of gear.
Does it? I mean, the baby isn't born yet, so maybe we're not sufficiently prepared, but I don't feel like the baby gear is a significant part of our load. And I don't think we skipped anything necessary. Baby has two drawers of clothes/diapers, and a few miscellaneous items around the Airstream.

I certainly think we could pack lots more baby gear if we wanted to, but I don't think we're going to need more than we have. At least for a while.
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Quite a load. Any idea how much that stuff weighs?
Individually, no, I didn't weight everything separately. Taking pictures was a big enough project and I don't have a ton of time to spare at the moment for obvious reasons. We took out as much stuff as we put in since our last weigh-in, so I don't expect to find any problems on our next trip to the scales.

Worth noting that some of the gear pictured lives in the car.

I suspect that most full-timers would find that they have at least as much stuff if they laid it out like this. It looks like a lot more in the pictures than it does put away. Certainly was a worthwhile exercise to handle everything we carry and ask ourselves whether it was really necessary to keep.
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And doing this is very handy for insurance purposes
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Linden Greatley arrived early in the morning on April 12th. We are so grateful for a happy, healthy baby, and for the freedom we have to spend as much time as we need to welcome our new family member to the world. Linden is three weeks old today.

The Airstream is a perfect post-partem suite. Everything is on one level, and nothing is more than a few steps away.

The only thing that didn't really work was the bed. We had an unplanned C-section, so getting in and out of a normal bed was a bit much. Fortunately, the couch with all the pillows made a perfect nest for the first couple of weeks.

The portable bassinet has been ideal for sleeping, and we're also using it as our changing table. It sits on the kitchen counter, and I riveted a couple of d-rings to the wall with some latches to the bassinet frame make sure it can't fall to the floor. It also works as a cosleeper.

We are doing diaper laundry daily, but we have access to a washer dryer for these first few months before we start traveling again. We'll see how that goes on the road, but we expect the frequency of changings should drop a bit by then. And our experience with disposables so far has not been good, so we'd prefer to stick with cloth if we can.

Apparently babies sometimes have difficulty switching back and forth between bottle and breast this early. Linden is not one of those babies. Being able to feed pumped milk from a bottle means we can sleep in shifts and Leanne can get reasonable blocks of sleep. The kiinde bottle system has been a perfect fit for our small space, since the milk bags take up so little space, and there are no separate bottles to wash. We're going through water a bit faster than normal due to having to wash the pump parts several times a day, but it's manageable.

Not small space specific, but our favorite piece of baby gear so far has been the topponcino. It's a thin oval pillow for the baby to rest on when being held (think "baby taco"), and it reduces the shock of being passed from person to person. It keeps the temperature, texture, and smell consistent, and provides a bit of extra support.

Swaddle blankets were very helpful for the first few days. Like many newborns, Linden had trouble sleeping for any length of time without being swaddled, but would sleep like a rock when tightly wrapped. Our larger bamboo cloth diaper flats work well for this purpose. After a couple of weeks, he doesn't need to be wrapped tightly anymore, but a loose swaddle provides a nice extra layer for warmth without restricting his movement too much.

We expect to stay put another couple of months. I expect we'll have lots more baby gear feedback once we're on the road again.Click image for larger version

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Joy to you both. The baby’s little feet are so cute. It’s been a while since we had our own kiddos but the eight assorted grands are a lot of fun!
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Congrats and thank you for sharing!

Definitely will follow along for future reference
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The miracle of a baby. Warm wishes to you both. I'm happy mom and baby are doing well. A baby is a life changing and a lifelong endeavor. Little Linden will always be in the front of your mind.

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Kids going to have a fun childhood! Congrats!

That doesn't look like a ton of stuff to me, and it seems like you are pretty well organized.
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