I wrote this post back in January 2017. It’s this time of the year where many Danes travel with families to get away from the cold and rainy Denmark – away from home, to feel the heat of the sun on our cold, pale bodies.
Now it’s Easter and soon enough it’s summer – and especially in Denmark we never know if it will be sunny or rainy weather. Therefore, we already book summer vacations in winter or spring for the summer.
What should you consider when travelling with small children?
I’ve made my top 10. It’s pretty simple but somehow we tend to stress and forget everything when we’re travelling for the first time. Especially baby products that you should bring with you from home!
- Breat / formula milk – Babies under 1 year will stay satisfied with milk. If the baby experience ache (e.g. earache) the sucking reflex will help relieve the ache. We never experiences problems because A always breastfed when departing and before landing. If you use formula milk you should pack enough for the entire vacation. The regulations are not the same on destination and it can be difficult to find products like home. Better be safe than sorry.
- Diapers – the same goes for diapers. It’s hard to find any diapers without parfume and other substances – at least we had trouble finding it when travelling to Thailand. I looked for everything to see what products are available. We always pack more diapers than intended to use just to be sure. However, if your baby loves to swim and stay in water you’ll not use as many diapers as usually. A is usually a nudist – It’s good for their skin and baby but 🙂 Remember to bring a changing mat! Not many places have changing tables etc.
- Wet wipes – another product that you should pack from home. All the wet wipes I found had parfume in it. Who want’s parfume ‘down there’?! No thank you. We had 4 packs of wet wipes for 2 weeks. We use it for everything. Now that A is older we use it for everything, especially for wiping hands before and after meals.
- Sunscreen – First time in Thailand we used all of our baby sunscreen. Shit! It was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find a sunscreen without any *shitty* substances. Somehow, I was lucky to find a eco sunscreen but it was too oliy. This was a lesson! After this experience we always buy a large sunscreen at the pharmacy – we’re very satisfied with La Roche Posay, especially the Kids Spray.
- Smoothies and other snack – it’s a must have on the flight. Everything that’s “baby food” is accepted i.e. formular milk, bottles, smoothies, water, food, you name it! Always bring enough food and snack if it’s a longdistance flight. If your baby just started eating ‘normal food’ then consider bringing baby porridge or similar products that are easy to make in the hotel room.
- Toys – Pack the favorite toys, especially for the flight. It’s nice to have some extra entertainment. Last time we had new toys for A that she got to unpack during the flight. If your child is used to iPad it’s nice to have it during the flight. Download or save the favorite cartoons on the iPad and you’re good to go.
- First Aid – Junior edition, medicine, patches, scissors etc.
- Baby carriage, stroller or wraps – Our experience is that baby carrier (e.g. Manduca, Ergobaby) and wraps work better on vacations than strollers etc. For some reason, A is NOT fond of the stroller when we’re on vacation. She want’s to be close to us so the baby carrier has been our best friend. If you have a toddler the stroller will be ok as long as they don’t take every nap in it. If you choose to bring your EXPENSIVE stroller og baby carriage on vacation then rent an Airshell! You won’t regret it.
- Clothes – How much should you pack? In our case, A doesn’t use much clothes on vacations – as I said, she’s a nudist 😀 So it depends on your child. For a 14 days vacations pack a couple of shorts, 8-10 short sleeve bodies and/or t-shirts and dresses, and 2-3 long sleeve for the flight with 2-3 leggings etc. (In case your baby makes any accidents ;)). Our first longdistance travel was to Mexico, and we brought too much clothes for A that we never used!
- UV swimwear and caps – and one or two swim pants – not talking about the disposable ones! We used a full body swimwear during the most of the day, and then changes to pants, especially in the afternoon. We always have 1-3 swim wear for A so she doesn’t have to sit in wet / cold swimwear if she’s playing in the sand. UV cap or swim cap – nice to have 1-3 pieces in case it gets too wet, and if you can find those caps that cover the neck you’re ready to go! Our favorite is from Reima – it doesn’t get wet and can be tightened. That’s pretty smart!
I’m not sure if I forgot something – if so, then please leave a comment 🙂
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