Are you planning your first trip with your bundle of joy? Are you already stressing out because you have no idea where to start with your to-do and to-bring lists? Don’t worry, we know how overwhelming planning a trip can be without a baby and even more so when you have your little one to look after. To make your trip planning as hassle-free as possible, check out our little guide that will make your trip a breeze.
Get a travel insurance
Whether you’re travelling abroad or just going on a road trip, having health insurance is of great importance. That is especially true when you’re travelling to a foreign country, and you have no idea whether you’ll get sick in the middle of the trip or not. You never know when your little one can catch the flu or some even more serious disease. So, always have a health insurance policy, for both you and your child alongside your flight or bus tickets and IDs. Also, don’t forget to check if you and your child need any vaccines for visiting foreign countries. The last thing you need is a trip ruined because you were careless to think of this factor.
Book a direct flight
If you’re planning to travel on a different continent, we suggest you search for direct flights. That way, you won’t have to go through multiple securities and potential baggage claims and check-ins if you don’t choose the option where your luggage only needs to be checked in once. What’s more, you’ll allow your child to sleep through the flight instead of waking them up multiple times as you get off the plane and board another one. Make sure you book a flight that will be right around your bay’s seep/nap time, to avoid having them fussy and tired for hours. If a direct flight is too expensive or not at the most convenient time, consider booking two flights with a long layover. That way, both you and your child will be able to rest between flights, and the fussing will be brought to a minimum.
Essentials to bring
When it comes to packing, it will seem like the list has no end. You’ll want to bring diapers galore. Plan to pack enough formula, baby food, and snacks to keep your child satiated throughout the flight. A hungry, thirsty, dirty-diapered baby waiting for a delayed flight is not going to be kind to anyone. So, prevent fussing and tantrums by packing well. Throw in a baby blanket to keep the little one warm, in case of changing weather or if the air-conditioning on the plane is too cold. Baby wipes, diaper cream, baby powder, and everything that you’d usually pack in your bag when you go out or on a day trip, pack now too.
Pack extra clothes for you and the baby
Layered clothes are always best when travelling. That is especially true if you’re travelling to a different climate than the one in your country. When you don’t know what kind of weather to expect, layer it up so that you can easily remove layer by layer in case the kid gets too warm at some point. Always pack an extra piece of clothes that you’ll put in your carry-on. The last thing you need is to be left without a clean pair of underwear and stuck in travelling clothes in case your luggage gets lost. So, be sure to supply your carry on with an extra pair of leggings, a t-shirt, underwear, and a few pieces for your child too.
Bring plenty of toys and entertainment for the kid
Toddlers will quickly become fussy if they get bored due to a lack of entertainment. In case the film that’s been shown on the plane isn’t a cartoon, your child will need something to keep them occupied and prevent tantrums. That’s why you’ll want to pack their favourite toy or two and stock up your electronic devices with their favourite videos and cartoons. Consider colouring books and other types of creative entertainment too, that won’t take up too much luggage space. You can also read to them or tell them stories to keep them calmer until they’re ready for their nap.
Travelling with your child doesn’t have to be frightening. You can easily keep your bundle of joy calm and entertained. All you need to do is make sure you’ve brought all the essentials and that your kid is enjoying their trip to the fullest. Once you’ve gone through your first trip with your child, every following adventure will be much easier as you’ll learn on the go and know exactly where you went wrong the last time. In case you get stuck, you’ll always have our little guide to help you out in a time of need.