Our three month “Around the World in 88 Days” trip took us to Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Croatia, Germany, and to more states within the USA. Planning ahead really was key when it came to travelling with a baby. Our little one was six months old when we began our travels and therefore developed a lot during our time away. It was amazing coming home to toys that had not been touched (i.e. toys that were too advanced for a six month old) that our now nine month old was fascinated by. It was also quite amazing to see all the clothes that had been outgrown; we packed clothes in 6, 9, and 12 month sizes for our travels and it was lucky we did, as they all came in use during our long trip!
Taking lots of photos with baby during our travels was really nice as we were able to look back and clearly see some of the physical changes that were happening along the way, and capturing some of the trip with baby on video also helped us to look back and see some of the developments in baby’s skill set.
Considering today’s topic is travelling with a baby, I thought it would be a good time to list the items we found useful on our travels. It is a very individual thing as to what types of items are important for your family, but hopefully you can get some ideas when taking a look through this list.
If you are thinking of taking a trip with your little one, but are feeling a little unsure, I would say go ahead and just do it! You will learn a lot and will come home feeling happy that you succeeded in the challenge, and also happy that you got to experience some travel, which is always exciting. It’s great to get out of the house and see more of the world at any time, whether it be road tripping or flying.
So here are some of the items we found incredibly helpful and that made life easy during our time away:
For Flying With Baby I Recommend –
Cool bag/box to store bottles of milk
Portable high chair to use in hotel room
Car seat and lightweight stroller
Spare onesies, change mats, diapers, baby wipes, bibs, burping bibs – for ‘carry on’ baby bag
Disposable bibs and change mats – optional extra
Bottles of water and milk
Inflatable breastfeeding pillow (depending on age of baby of course)
Shawl for breastfeeding
Pacifier clip to attach to bib/clothes
Breast pump if needed
Spare outfits for mum and dad (usually a spare T shirt each will do)
For Road-Tripping with Baby I Recommend –
Mirror to watch baby from front seat of car
Bouncer to use in hotel room
Car seat and stroller
Colourful mobile and toys/books for the drive
Spare bibs and burping bibs
Pacifier and pacifier clip
Big tub of water to refill bottles
Snacks and water bottles for parents
Car organzier/storage – hangs in car and stores bottles, drinks, baby wipes, snacks, phone, etc…
If you are considering travelling with your baby I hope this information was helpful for you, and please feel free to send me a comment if you think of anything else that would be of use. I’d love to hear from you and learn about the baby items that you found particularly useful.
See you next time,
Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x