Baby travel essentials:
What to Pack and Unpack Before a Holiday
A family visit to grandma’s place a few hours away or an overseas holiday needs careful planning if you want to bring your baby with you. Baby travel can be stressful for new parents, especially when it comes to packing. Imagine all the stuff you have to carry if you don’t know the essentials while traveling.
Baby travel, or traveling with your baby, doesn’t have to be stressful, you just need to be prepared! Plan days ahead of your trip what you will bring. Anticipate the climate and environment of your travel destination. Find out the nearest pharmacy and baby store to your hotel. Know your baby’s food allergies and visit your paediatrician before the holiday. If your baby’s bedtime ritual at home includes a bath, lullabies and a warm bottle, do the same on vacation to make up for the change in location.
But before you get stressed with all the packing and preparations, here’s a sample list of baby travel essentials detailing what to pack or unpack on your next trip.
Have at least a diaper ready for every hour of expected baby travel time from your home to your destination. But don’t bring too much. Just bring enough extra for the transit period. Unless you are going to some isolated travel destination, you won’t have any problems looking for the nearest supermarket, pharmacy and baby store in major cities to buy supplies such as diapers. Don’t forget about the changing pads when changing diapers. You can also buy them at supermarkets and baby stores so just bring enough for transit.
Is your destination a tropical country or a country with a cooler temperature? What season are you going? Is it summer or winter? These are just among the things you should consider when planning your baby’s clothes for the entire trip. Always think about comfort against style. While that animal costume seems cute for baby, but it turns out to be itchy and hot, it might not be the perfect clothes to bring for travel.
3. Baby Bottles and Pacifiers.
Bring at least two baby bottles and extra teats. Use the bottles that are easy to clean and BPA-free such as Cherub Baby’s Colour Change Glass Bottles. Also, bring a pacifier to soothe baby while on the road or on the plane. To keep these bottles and pacifiers clean, bring microwave steam bags to sterilise them if your hotel room has an available microwave.
4. Toys and Books.
Don’t forget to entertain baby while traveling. Most babies become fussy once they feel bored in the car or plane. Stack up on books with at least five titles for reading to baby and also bring at least two to three of their favourite toys. If you have the chance, also download movies and educational videos to keep kids entertained during the trip.
5. Hygiene and First Aid Kit.
A hygiene and first-aid kit is an essential item to pack when traveling. Instead of buying a ready packed kit, make your own hygiene and first-aid kit by placing in a small pouch prescription medicines, antiseptic cream and spray, a hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol, rash cream, wipes, plasters, bandages, insect repellant and antihistamine. Most importantly, have a reliable and accurate baby thermometer. Always remember that a fever is the most common symptom of a lingering illness or infection which is why a dependable baby thermometer such as Cherub Baby’s 4-in-1 Digital Ear and Forehead Thermometer comes handy with its fever alert function and hospital grade quality.
6. Food items and storage.
Once your baby is ready for solid feeding, mums may also start bringing healthy homemade baby food. Use Cherub Baby’s Reusable Baby Food Pouches to store fruit and vegetable purees as they are guaranteed to keep them fresh. The reusable baby food pouches are an extremely portable, and disposable way to store, freeze, warm and serve homemade baby food even while on a holiday. Simply grab a refillable baby food pouch as you walk out the door, heat then serve! If you are breastfeeding, find a safe spot to nurse. Breastfeeding mums may also opt for freezing breast milk with the use of a breast pump, transferring them into Cherub Baby’s reusable milk storage bags after and stashing them in the fridge. Then, if you are traveling with baby on the road, you may use Cherub baby’s car bottle warmer which ensures that milk being served is a hundred percent fresh and warm especially during winter.
7. Food warmers and coolers.
Food safety is another concern for baby travel. When bottle feeding, bub’s milk should be kept warm and Cherub Baby’s Click N Go Travel Bottle Warmer for those into bottle feeding. Warm bottles without the need for a power point or batteries you can heat baby food and milk on the go with the click activated heating system. For solid feeders, heating up baby food from the freezer is easier with the On the Go Food Pouch Warmer and Cooler from Cherub Baby. The innovative On the Go Food Pouch Warmer and Cooler will help you serve baby food warm by heating reusable baby food pouches when on the go quickly and easily with no batteries or mains power required. Simply place your baby food pouch inside the gel warmer, click the metal disc and the gel instantly heats up warming baby’s food to the correct temperature and what is amazing is that it will not overheat. The kit also comes with a bonus cooler ice pack that keeps baby food pouch cool for hours!
8. Blankets, bibs and hats.
Blankets can be very useful while on a holiday. It can serve as protection from the cold and a shield against sunlight. BabyCenter says when traveling, bring at least a few blankets as you’ll use them to lay your baby on, cover your baby, cover yourself if you’re nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more. Bibs, meanwhile, assure of enough covering for sudden spills while feeding among other messy food items that might stain clothes. If you’re going to a hot summer destination, make your baby wears a hat to protect skin from harmful UV lights and sun exposure. One of the most worrisome things about baby travel is getting your tot to sleep in a new place. Using their favourite blanket could help ease baby’s fussiness in a new location.
9. Portable crib, carrier or sling.
After all these checklists are done, baby travel will seem like a piece of cake! In terms of getting around, taxis and other modes of transportation can easily cart an infant in a carrier. Your baby will be pretty content to ride in a stroller, though sadly no longer in the super convenient infant carrier car seat used with or without the base, which sometimes is not practical to bring compared to a portable crib. A cloth carrier or sling doesn’t take up much room in your carry-on and is useful to keep your hands free – especially if you’re flying solo – keep in mind you’ll have to take baby out for taxi, take-off, and landing. So better be prepared with the right gear and equipment.
Holiday time is a time to relax! So prepare well but don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself 😀