When it comes to everything baby, I do lot of research before I do anything. Before heading off to the Bahamas I read a lot about traveling with a baby. So I thought I would share what tips I got and my experience to help you the next time you travel with a baby. Before I get into what I packed, what I really needed and what I would do differently. Let me start with this:
- Plan early, make a list of what to pack, only over pack on the important stuff if you can’t buy it where you are going (aka diapers, formula).
When planning for this trip I felt like a total eager beaver. Bennett was pretty much ready to head out the door two weeks before the plane took off. So here was my packing list for a 5 day trip:
- Diapers (I packed based on 10 changes per day plus extras just in case)
- Little Swimmers!
- Wipes – large travel pack
- Change pad (from my diaper bag)
- 2 light sleepers
- 4 summer outfits
- 1 light sweater
- 1 pair of pants
- Summer hat
- Baby Monitor
- Thermometer & Tylenol (just in case)
- Travel size shampoo, diaper rash cream & vaseline
- Travel stroller
- Formula and 4 Bottles (two 4oz & two 9oz)
- 1 Soother
- 2-3 Toys & books
This is what we rented, borrowed or purchased (since we own a condo) if traveling to a hotel, rental or friends, you may need to add these to your packing list OR ask the hotel if they have these items for rent.
- Pack n’ Play
- Car Seat
- Activity jumper (our neighbours happened to have one.. this was just a bonus item!)
I don’t think I went over board with any of my packing items (maybe diapers…but you really never know), all of the baby items except for his swimming diapers fit in a carry on sized rolling bag and his diaper bag. I was hesitant about buying formula in the Bahamas, as I didn’t know what brands I would find, however I was pleasantly surprised to find they have the exact formula I use and it was cheaper, even in American Dollars! (can you say stock up???)
For this trip I did not travel alone, so carrying multiple bags, a stroller and a baby wasn’t really an issue. I will however be travelling alone at the end of March, my advice is if you are travelling alone opt for a carrier rather than a stroller, as you will not have enough hands for everything, so either rent or borrow a stroller at your destination if needed. Also if you can pack all baby items into a your own bag and only bring a small diaper bag on the plane with you, maneuvering will be a lot easier.
Overall, flying with a 4 month old was fairly easy. He was a great flyer and was able to nap in my arms after his bottles and he was happy to people watch and look out the window. Every child is different, so I can’t say this will be everyones experience, but I would say attempt to stay on the babies usual schedule and it should make the experience as smooth as possible. As I travel more and as Bennett goes through different life stages (I realize a 4 month and a 10 month old would be a vastly different experience) I will be sure to post more on the subject with new tips!
Until next time day dreamers!
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