Traveling with a baby is not a walk in the park. You deal with diaper changes at the most inconvenient times, crying sessions in public and struggling to fit your baby’s entire room inside a luggage. But with that, you also get unlimited hugs and kisses, experiences that will become funny stories shared over time and memories to be cherished forever.
So if you’re traveling with a baby and you fear all the stress that comes with it, it’s important to start off prepared. Make sure you have all your essentials ready.
Travel smarter with these six must-haves you never knew you needed but are guaranteed to make your trip easier!
1. Multifunctional Diaper Bag. Traveling with a baby means you need a lot of extra clothes, diapers, milk, and snacks. With that, you’re probably also carrying a changing mat and for older kids, a booster chair.
Get a diaper bag that’s more than just a diaper bag. The Bonjour Baby 3-in-1 Diaper Bag, for example, converts into a changing pad and a bassinet. It’s perfect for when your baby needs to take a quick change or a nap.
If you have a toddler, you might consider getting this Colorland 2-in-1 Diaper Bag, which converts from a bag to a booster chair. Now you can eat at those hole in the wall restaurants without having to worry if they have a high chair or not!
2. Hip Seat Carrier
Babywearing allows you to move faster as compared to when you’re lugging around a stroller. You can easily navigate through a crowded subway station and go up an escalator at your own pace. But not all baby carriers are made the same way.
Try a hip seat carrier. The design of the seat ensures that the baby sits with his legs spread around your hip. Aside from the fact that this position allows for the bones to grow more naturally, it’s also more comfortable for the baby since he has an actual seat. At the same time, it also helps prevent back pain and injury in the parent.
One particular brand that carries hip seat carriers is called iAngel and their carriers also allow babies to face forward. This will come in handy when your baby wants to participate in sightseeing!
3. Foldable Sleeping Bag. A portable sleeping bag can be very versatile when you travel. One use is that it can serve as your baby’s mattress if you’re borrowing a baby cot from the hotel as some hotel cots aren’t well-cushioned.
The sleeping bag is also perfect for traveling long haul because you can put your baby down in it when he falls asleep. You don’t have to worry if the plane blankets or pillows are dirty or if your baby is allergic to them.
As a bonus, this foldable sleeping bag from iFlin Baby is made from bamboo and doesn’t give that static feeling, unlike airplane blankets.
4. Portable Humidifier. Your baby may be used to our tropical weather, which means his body might have to do some adjusting when you’re traveling to colder places. If your baby starts to get the sniffles, he might have a harder time breathing, eating, and sleeping (which means, also less rest time for mom and dad!).
A humidifier helps relieve flu and cold symptoms. Bring with you a portable one, like this Crane Travel Humidifier, which is so small and light that it fits in a pouch. You can even opt not to bring the cup and just use any up already provided for at the hotel room.
5. First Aid Travel Kit. Avoid the hassles of looking for a local drugstore when you’re traveling (not to mention worrying if your baby might have allergic reactions to them). Prepare a first aid kit for emergencies and make sure you have all the essentials, just in case. Don’t forget to bring natural remedies as well, such as Manuka Honey, which helps in curing sore throat and flu symptoms, common when traveling to new climates. They even come in candy form, which kids love!
Additional tip: Bring a small bottle of cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, which has multiple uses: It can be used as skin moisturizer, sunburn remedy, and it even helps heal canker sores or more commonly known as “singaw.”
6. Packing Cubes & Zipper bags. Make sure you can find what you need when you need it! Avoid rummaging through a messy luggage. Use packing cubes to separate your baby’s clothes and other items from your things.
Tip: Assign a particular color of packing cube per person so it’s easy to identify. Choose from among the many different colors and designs of the packing cubes from Flight001, which are already properly labeled to make organizing easier.
Sheena Sy-Gonzales is an illustrator and travel writer. She loves sharing her adventures and all the new things she’s learned on her blog www.sheenalovessunsets.com. Follow her on Instagram @sheenalovessunsets.
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