Three Things to Pack for an Interstate Adoption
Your adoption journey has taken off. You put yourself out there, and so does your baby’s future prospective adoptive parents. You get matched with each other and the feeling is mutual. These parents seem perfect to adopt your baby! There is one key problem, though.
Your baby’s prospective adoptive parents live in another state. You choose to continue your adoption process and visit this family. However, you do not know what to pack.
Things to Pack for an Interstate Adoption:
Long road trips can be tough, but we can help! Here are our three things to pack for an interstate adoption.
- Your Personal Belongings
This is very self-explanatory no matter how you travel, especially on the road. You will need to bring personal belongings with you when you travel. These include: at least one suitcase, toiletries, clothes, your purse, your car keys, spending money and now facemasks. Without personal belongings, it will be pretty difficult to get to where you are going! Personal belongings are essential, especially if you plan to stay overnight at a hotel somewhere. If you end up staying at a hotel for more than one night, it could be a good idea to separate your dirty clothes from your clean ones in the event that you cannot find a place to do laundry. One example could be using a plastic bag.
When you travel, you will have a lot of your personal belongings in the car, and it is important that you keep yourself organized. If you are someone who has difficulty with staying organized, it could be a good idea to bring more than one suitcase or another tool to help you stay organized with your belongings, like a plastic or reusable bag. We believe that keeping yourself organized can help you to not only calm down if you are stressed, but it can also help you to locate the items that you will need to use whenever you may need them. No matter where you are going, packing personal belongings is a must!
- A Cooler
This one may be a first, but packing a cooler is a great thing to bring on the way to meet your baby’s prospective adoptive parents. Generally, coolers are not heavy, and if they are, they may have a handle and wheels. The hardest thing about bringing a cooler is that you may need to worry about keeping the items in your cooler cold. However, one suggestion that we have is buying ice cubes or a bag of ice. Bags of ice can be found everywhere, including at a gas station.
Bringing a cooler filled with food and drinks can help you save a lot of money! Have you noticed that whenever you travel, especially at gas stations, water and food items tend to add up quickly? We suggest that you buy a cooler for your road trip. It could not only be a money saver, but it could help you mentally as well!
- A Gift for your Baby’s Prospective Adoptive Parents
Although buying a gift for someone who you have never met can be strange, your baby’s prospective adoptive parents are people who deserve a kind gift. Remember that a gift does not have to be expensive. Your gift will also come as a complete surprise, and we know that your baby’s prospective adoptive parents will be super appreciative of anything that you buy them.
Some gifts could include: a card, some baby toys, some spending money or, if you like to be creative, a gift basket with some goodies! No matter what you give your baby’s prospective adoptive parents, we know that they will appreciate it. Even if it’s something small, your gesture will go a long way.
Should I Consider These Three Things to Pack for an Interstate Adoption?
Absolutely! Even though it can seem like you are going on an ordinary road trip, the truth is that this is a little different. When you pack your personal belongings, you not only remember your essentials, but also you remember that you are taking your first step with traveling.
We promise that an interstate adoption will go smoothly, if you pack these items, and we look forward to hearing from you, to see if you found these suggestions helpful, or if you would pack something different.
Meet the Author: Jason Legasse is a rising senior English major studying at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He hails from the Albany, New York area, but has plans to relocate to sunny Venice, Florida with his mom come Fall. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jason plans to study General Special Education at Meredith College, where he will earn a Master’s degree and use that to teach middle school Special Education. Jason is a self-proclaimed introvert with Asperger’s who really enjoys writing. He has a huge passion for helping others, specifically those with disabilities.