Baby Travel Essentials
Basically, for any serious travel with baby you will need:
Somewhere for baby to sleep- a travel cot or crib, with you or a makeshift arrangement of blankets on the floor or in a suitcase, you pick.
Baby Feeding Equipment- boobs are good for this. Otherwise bottles formula, baby spoons, maybe bowls, emergency supplies. You can usually find bananas and avocados to mash on your travels.
Baby Cleaning Equipment- wet wipes and any special baby wash you use.
Baby Transportation Devices- sling, backpack, buggy or stroller plus maybe a car seat.
Clothes- baby doesn’t care what outfit he’s seen in but you probably do.
Toys- not so much, anything is a toy to a baby.
The great thing about baby equipment is that it doesn’t count towards your baggage allowance. You may be weighed down but the airlines are happy with you. Take as much as you like, they don’t care!
Baby Transportation Device 1. A Baby Sling
When the boys were little I was never without my baby sling. I wore both children both around the house and when we were out and about. This family walk in the countryside near Cambridge, UK, was easy with baby in the hands-free set.
Ten Reasons to use a Baby Sling for Travel
1. As you can see, Boo is sleeping like the proverbial baby, snug, secure and warm next to mum.
2. The baby sling also came with us on flights, great for getting around airports, leaving my hands free for suitcases and holding onto big brothers.
3. Some airlines will let you use the baby sling in flight, others won’t. International carriers have been OK with it, some domestic carriers haven’t. I will never understand why!
4. With this sling I was even able to breast feed discretely as I walked around. It was great!
5. We used to go into central London regularly by train, I always had one of the boys in the baby sling, it made getting on and off trains so much simpler.
6. We also used the sling as they got bigger, I have been known to take on some pretty serious hikes with one of them sitting in the sling on my back.
7. Knowing the condition of many Asian pavements as I do, I know you’d be much better off with a sling that a stroller.
8. You can easily use public toilets with baby aboard, not ideal, but sometimes you are stuck. I could fold the fabric up over his face to protect him from airborne bacteria.
9. No getting them in and out of buggies and strollers, they are more likely to stay asleep and content.
10. This fabric baby sling could be folded so that Boo was totally covered, protecting him from sun or cold. I have also worn him under a large waterproof jacket to keep the rain off.
Baby Transport Device 2. A Stroller or Buggy.
We used a folding McLaren Buggy from birth, it was the only pram style device we ever used and we loved it. That’s ours up top. These work in countries with decent paths or pavements but for some parts of the world, it just doesn’t work.
In parts of Asia pavements are narrow , uneven and full of potholes. You’re better off carrying your little one. I’m particularly thinking of Ubud in Bali, you really couldn’t use a stroller there.
Optional buggy extras to suit the climate.
We had an Outlook Shade-A-Babe Buggy Sunshade bought for the fierce UV and flying insects of Australia. It does the job much better than a sarong or towel as the velcro straps make it a snug, insect proof, fit.
For cold British winters we invested in a Buggysnuggle Baby Footmuff . It looked so snuggly and warm and was quite the fashionable baby accessory around trendy London.
Baby Transport Device 3. A Baby Backpack.
Other Baby Essentials
We used to travel with a Graco travel cot which doubled as a playpen.
The great thing about baby equipment is that it doesn’t count towards your baggage allowance. You may be weighed down but the airlines are happy with you.
A fellow travel writing family have set up a travel cot review site, www.travelcribreviews,com, to help you choose which cot is right for your baby as you travel.