My little family has almost made a career out of travel. This December, Jason and I will have been married six years and during that time, we have relocated countries… hold on, let me do the finger count… six times? Yup. Six times. I am Australian. Jason is American. We now have a little “dualie,” Xavier. We usually live in China.
Xavier is almost one year old. In his first year, he’s been to Australia, USA, Germany, China and back to Australia. I feel like we’ve learned a thing or two (possibly even a few tricks) that are useful for any family considering travel — be it by plane, train or automobile.
Travel baby travel essentials
- A baby carrier — I recommend Ergo. There’s plenty of other styles — wraps, mai tai’s, ring slings — that are also useful (ring slings can be used as blankets/nursing covers too).
- Res-Q remedy/ointment — go to your local health food store for this (note: Burt’s Bees has a version!). Modern day miracles that soothe bumps, burns and bites. Great for Mummy’s cuticles. Having this on hand is a lot better than standing in Chinese pharmacy and trying to figure out the universal sign for mosquito bite. Or better yet, a homeopathic first aid kit!
- Coconut oil — the miracle oil! Hand sanitizer, wound cleaner, sun protection, etc, etc.
- Mosquito repellant stickers — discovered these in China and they are brilliant.
- Amber teething necklace — truthfully, I haven’t travelled while my kid is teething so I can’t vouch for this one but my friends tell me they don’t leave home without theirs.
- A change of clothes…for the parents — your kid will puke or have a nappy blow out. If you’re lucky, he or she will survive the trip in the same clothes. You on the other hand? The odds are not in your favour.
- A bag of tricks — pack a little bag of fun things. Include a few familiar items, a favourite book, and a few new toys — but nothing should be loud or obnoxious. The gentleman sharing your row will not appreciate irritating songs for the duration of the trip.
- Snacks — airplane food is not especially nutritious. Here’s a link to the most extensive list of healthy foods you can bring on planes for children. There’s a lot of things on this list that you likely didn’t know was allowed.
- A stainless steel water bottle with filter — difficult to come by but who wants to spend half their vacation money buying airport water?
- Baby probiotics — again from your health food store. You can usually buy this in powder form and mix with yoghurt/foods/milk to calm the queaziest of tummies. Drank bath water? Take a probiotic. Gas? Take a probiotic. Diarreaha? Take a probiotic!
Well, this list isn’t meant to be exhaustive by any means. Just a few of our faves!