Next month when Piper is two months old I will have to take her on a solo trip to a town outside of Chicago. It's a roughly 10 hour car ride, but for various reasons (mostly that she totally hates car seats) I've decided to take a night train to Chicago and rent a car and infant car seat (so I don't have to carry mine) to make the further 1.5 hour trip out to where we're going. Any suggestions for how to get from point A to point B without losing my mind? I'm planning on taking just a short weekender bag that might double as a diaper bag and a sling or Ergo instead of lugging around a stroller. I think we'll be pretty lean and mean, but I'm wondering if there's anything I'm totally not considering. It will be stressful I think, but I'm hoping not a total disaster. We could fly, but for various reasons I think the overnight train might be the most stress free option. Thoughts?
I know a few other moms have big trips coming up (moves across country, etc), so any BTDT moms with advice to share?