How to Travel With Your Baby

For most of us, travel is the equivalent of fun and relaxation. That may well be the case, but for parents can be a stressful experience. Having a baby change your universe, your routine, and your priorities. Travelling will no longer be done without careful planning and extra care. For those who are just getting used to the idea that they are new parents, or for those who have never traveled with a baby, this article will give you some useful tips.

Packing Tips

Strategic packing is an important part of a parent’s life. Most of the time we do not own enough suitcases for all the things we would like to take with us. Essential things to take with you depend on your baby’s age. It is different to travel with a baby has not started diversification food-wise, than to travel with a toddler.  If you travel with a baby, then it is important to pack the followings items:

Diapers and onesies: you can never know how many diapers you will use during a road trip. Make sure you pack enough and bring a couple of onesies just in case the baby gets messier than it should.

Extra clothes: sometimes babies can get super messy during breastfeeding or when they go number two, especially small ones. Remember to pack additional clothes and keep them at your disposal.

Emergency kit: this kit has to be always next to you whether you travel or not. An emergency kit should contain a thermometer, wipes, nasal aspirators, povidone-iodine, and bandages, band-aid, a nail cutter, socks, an outfit, a towel, a blanket and some plastic bags.

Bottles, breast pump, breast milk storage bags: depending on whether your baby eats only breastmilk, a mix of formula and breastmilk or just formula, you need to pack accordingly. Always have an extra clean bottle, warm water, and a breast pump.

Baby seat and extra blankets: baby seats can sometimes be uncomfortable for most babies. Try to help out your baby during a long trip by using extra blankets.

Extra clothes for the mother: you might not realize now, but by the time you have reached your destination you will be sweaty, your clothes will be dirty of formula or breast milk and you might not feel presentable enough. Make sure you carry an extra T-shirt so that you can change if needed.

Documentation and Necessary Paperwork

Apart from the entire luggage, you have to carry with you, the documentation part is also very important. Parents need to make a passport for their child and if one of the parents is traveling alone, it is necessary that the other parent signs a notary agreement. It might also be a good idea to bring the birth certificate with you. Travel insurance is a must for all the family members, especially if there are additional health conditions to take care. There are special travel insurances for diabetics and such.

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The Packing Checklist for Your International Travels

Your international travel plans are all set. No matter where you are doing what is the absolute “must do” checklist before you leave?

Read on and get your trip organized:

#1: Book your flights

Book your flights and make sure everything with the flight is in order. Don’t confuse the flight times. Make sure you allow enough time to get to the airport, remember security checks often take longer these days.

#2: Check your travel documents

Locate your passport and make sure you have more than 6 months left on it. Many countries require this to be allowed to enter.

Make sure you have any VISA’s prepared in advance if needed.

#3: Make sure you have enough funds for the trip

No one wants to get stuck abroad without enough money, but believe me, it happens! Make sure you have enough for your trip whether you are planning a budget journey or a luxury splash out.

Factor in costs like meals, accommodation, transport around, other activities you want to do and allow some extra for unforeseen costs.

#4: Buy insurance

I have traveled many times without insurance, however, this is not really a good idea. Make sure you have a good insurance policy for your trip and that you have all the relevant documents packed in a safe place that is easy to find.

Leave a copy with a family member at home.

#5: Buy some local currency in advance

Take the time to go to your bank or local exchange and buy up some local currency to have with you when you arrive. While you can change most money conveniently in international destinations you don’t know what you will find when you arrive. Plus, at the airports, it is usually expensive.

You at least need enough cash with you to get to your Hotel on arrival and to get a good meal.

#6: Book your accommodation for the first few nights

Even if you plan to do some traveling around without a plan then you should at least plan the first few nights of your stay.

Choose a place that is easy to find, close to the airport and easy to get to with transport. Then you can move to other accommodation at a later point in the trip.

#7: Pack carefully – not too much, not too little either

Think about where you are going and what you will need. Will it be warm, cold? Will there be insects? Mosquitoes? Sun cream?

What are you doing on your trip? Will you need items like hiking boots? Or other practical things like a compass, maps? GPS?

A good tip to pack everything as small as possible is to roll your clothing up.

#8:  Make a note of relevant local emergency numbers

Whatever your plans are for your trip you should check and make a note of the local emergency numbers. You should also keep a note of other relevant numbers like the tourist police or special tourist emergency contacts.

Keep them to hand and where you can find them quickly.

While most people are never going to have need of these numbers, if you did end up in need you will be glad you had them with you.

I hope this checklist helped you to get organized and have a wonderful time!