Quite a few of Ciao Bambino’s readers are out of the UK. This post is for you as it links back to Tesco, a UK-based comprehensive resource for family travel supplies.
Have baby will travel.
Why does this statement sound controversial? Most of the new parents I meet put their more adventurous travel plans on hold as soon as they start a family. I don’t get it.
Okay, I wouldn’t take my kids in to a Malaria zone or somewhere that required them to have extra immunizations, but I want my little people to see the world and learn from it as early as possible. Jet lag and a long-haul flight, train ride or car journey has never put me off. The means of getting there, however enduring, has always justified the getting to the end of the world you want to get to, in my experience.
Jam in as many holidays as you can before your babies hit two, at which point you have to go to the extra expense of buying them their own seat on a plane. My eldest child had set foot in three continents – Asia, Europe and America – before we blew out two candles on her birthday cake.
Just thinking about the additional packing doesn’t deter me either. You know what, you don’t need to take as much as you think you do.
Baby and Toddler Packing List
Feeding and Changing
A changing bag with a roomy changing mat and some spare nappies or diapers and wipes can double up as your carry-on luggage. If you’re breast-feeding it means you can really cut down on the feeding paraphanalia. If not, you just need a couple of bottles and enough formula to cover the duration of your holiday, you might not be able to find your chosen brand whereever you are going.
If you can’t guarantee enough boiling water to sterilise your bottles on arrival, a travel steriliser will come in handy too. If baby is on solids a couple of ready-made jars and a bag of easily mashable fruit such as bananas should tie you over until you arrive and then you know what? Babies can be found all over the globe, as can stuff they can eat. Likewise, disposable nappies are now available pretty much worldwide, no need to take too many with you either.
You will often found that a travel cot and car seat is available at your destination, but it could be cheaper to take these with you. And, you can’t do without a comfy, but lightweight pushchair and I’ve always found a baby carrier invaluable too.
A good one-stop shop for low cost and good value pushchairs, carriers and other travel accessories is Tesco.com.
One of my favourite lightweight from birth pushchairs is the funky Cosatto Swift Lite Supa pushchair which manages to be cosy and supportive for a new born and yet still weigh in at a nippy 6 kg. And once you’ve surpassed the sixth-month mark then the Quicksmart backpack stroller is a must for anyone with the motto, have baby will continue to travel. This snazzy three-wheeler weighs just 4.5kg and folds up into a backpack.
If you’re going on a beach holiday, I find that even a sturdy three-wheeler is not easy to navigate on the sand. This is where a baby carrier is invaluable. And the original BABYBJÖRN® Baby Carrier still ticks all the boxes, it’s comfy for baby and for you.
If you are off somewhere hot, a high factor sunsceen, sun protective clothing, a hat, a pushchair shade and a natural insect repellant are also must haves.
I also normally take a mini-first aid kit, as well as a couple of baby toys and books.
Babies will happily play with a spoon or a bunch of keys though, so toys are no way essentials. As long as you have those few bits to keep them clean and fed and they have you, they will be happy.
Editorial Note: We were paid to write this post reviewing travel products that families can buy from Tesco. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.