What Nursing Moms Can Wear On A Road Trip

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We just got back from our big road trip to North Carolina.  We used to drive the 20+ hours in one shot, but with a 4-year-old and a 9-month-old we could only manage about 7 hours a day before we were all *this close* to losing it.  Ozzie was surprisingly good (aside from a few meltdowns) and Greenlea was pretty happy with her DVD player and coloring books.  I can’t tell you the number of times I said, “when I was your age . . . ”  and then proceeded to tell her all about road trips we took when we were young.  I mean, she has a ton of movies to choose from but I remember listening to the same books-on-cassette tapes over and over again . . . and having to wind the tape back up after it got caught in my walkman.   Remember?  God, I feel old. (Audiobooks are still making trips easier for me, though!  We listened to Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime and Kevin Hart’s I Can’t Make This Up and they were both SO GOOD.  I highly recommend listening to both of them—they both narrate their own books and lend a unique perspective that reading alone wouldn’t convey. Totally worth it.)

What Nursing Moms Can Wear On Road Trips

So on this trip I wanted to wear comfy clothes that I could nurse in, would take me from 50-degree weather to 80-degree weather, and wouldn’t look too sloppy.  (I’m all about wearing pjs in the car for a few hours, but not for a few days.)  I also didn’t want to be lugging a huge bag into our hotel each night so I kept it to just a few key pieces: soft cotton t-shirts, comfy printed pants, easy-on, easy-off sandals and a belt bag.  Yes, I wore a fanny pack.  And I loved it.  It was so easy to keep all of my essentials (phone, credit card, cash, chocolates) handy and not have to dig through bags each time we stopped at a gas station.  (And hands-free is basically a necessity at this point.)  I kept the accessories to a minimum—a cool bracelet that goes with everything and some prescription sunglasses (also a necessity at this point).     

Outfit Details 

shirt: Madewell Tee, I love this comfy shirt—it comes in a ton of colors, is soft and washes nicely.

pants: Floral Pants (similar, these are great if you prefer wide leg), I try to look for pants that feel like pjs but could pass for “real” pants.

sandals: Birkenstocks, I pretty much wore my comfy Birks or my new favorite comfort shoes every day.

bag: Steve Madden Belt Bag, I’m surprised how much I like this bag and I especially like that you can separate the bag from the belt.

sunglasses: Warby Parker Sunglasses, prescription sunglasses are a must when you’re in the car for that long.  Warby Parker donates a pair for each pair purchased and are much more affordable!

bracelet: Victoria Emerson Bracelet, I love her bracelets and the fact that they’re comfortable to wear.

nail color: Orly Nail Polish in Fireball, I LOVE this color for summer.  It’s bright but surprisingly versatile.  

stroller: City Select LUX, c/o Baby Jogger, we LOVE this single-to-double stroller . . . especially with two kids.  We can configure the seats in a bunch of different ways for both Ozzie & Greenlea, fit a ton of stuff underneath in the huge bottom compartment, and we added this awesome glider board for when G just wants to hop on and off. 

stroller organizer: I bought this stroller organizer based on the reviews and it’s awesome – it has so many pockets and a place for everything (different size drinks, keys, wipes, diapers, wallet, whatever!) and  includes front pocket for your phone that zips right off.  Seriously the best stroller organizer ever.

Soft T-Shirts


Printed Pants


Comfy Shoes


Belt Bags


It’s not all smiles for hours and hours . . . 




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