One of the fears of the family travel newbie? That you need to rent a truck to go on a trip now that you have a child (see 3 bad reasons why you stopped traveling since you are a parent ). But I promise this is wrong! Here is my travel checklist: a list of family travel essentials to take with you during your next family holiday.
For your convenience, each category has two sub-categories: “essential” and “useful” (i.e. recommended but you can still survive without).
• Health book
|• Contact details of a pediatrician/GP|
Obviously, if you are traveling in your own country, you do not need passports and visas.
• Face & Body Lotion
• Nappy cream
• Plastic Bags
• Scissors / Nail clippers
• Thermometers (body + bath)
If you go to a destination where you know it will be easy to buy diapers and wipes of a quality similar to those you normally use, take just enough for the first two days, leaving you enough time to find a supermarket/shop. If you go to Kawah Ijen (Java, Indonesia) or in the desert near Mui Ne (South Vietnam), or any other destination where you’re not sure you can find what you need, just bring it with you! My philosophy: never lose half a day or more on holidays to look for a place to buy pampers!
|• Bob / cap / hat
• Mosquito repellent
|• Stroller fan
• Mosquito net (for stroller or bed)
• Umbrella (to protect baby from the sun or rain when she is in the baby carrier)
• 1 set of warm clothes
It goes without saying that we do not mess with sunscreen and insect repellent especially when traveling in hot countries where the risk of malaria is high. I’m a big fan of the Para’Kito bracelets and key chains as it is active for 14 days and you do not have to spray your kids all the time.
|• Milk bottles x 3
• Milk powder
• Muslin squares
• Biscuits (for the road!)
|• Bib (s)
• Bottle brush
• Bottles’ cleansing gel
• Teaspoon suitable for baby
• Baby food jars
I am a big fan of muslin cloth diapers that are super versatile – they can be used as a bib, blanket or handkerchief! And yes, I take my milk powder to avoid that little globetrotter 2 has a stomach ache the whole time due to non suitable milk powder. Any parent would know this could transform the family trip into a nightmare.
• Oral rehydration solution
• Arnica (stick/homeopathy)
|• Cold sirup/medicine
• Nasal aspirator for babies
• Teething gel
|• Favorite soft toy (if your child has one)||• A baby (pop-up) tent|
I’ll come back to the baby tent in a future post. It’s pretty great because it takes up little space in the suitcase (a bit heavy but still manageable) but it ensures your child can take a nap everywhere, even on the beach, well protected from the UVs. This can also serve as an extra bed if there is no baby cot available where you spend the night. It can also be used to protect children from the sun on the beach when they are playing.
|• Baby carrier or sling||• Stroller|
We do not always bring the stroller when traveling. It really depends on the type of travel you are doing. Sometimes, especially in developing countries where there is no pavement, the stroller is far to be ideal.
I’ll let you add the clothes your globetrotter will need depending on your destination but now your baby’s bag is ready!
Did I forget anything important fellow traveling parents?