As an avid traveler and an active mom, packing for two little ones has always given me a headache. With one side of the family living across the Atlantic, long trips with a baby give me anxiety weeks ahead, as I’m trying to plan for a smooth voyage, dealing with jet lag and having everything ready on hand when I might need it.
So how do you prepare for a trip with a baby to be ready for long waits, security checks and many other inconveniences?
Number one: Plan well ahead and get organized.
Whether you travel with a baby or a toddler, our plan-ahead checklists can help you avoid unnecessary turbulence, and save your sanity! Start planning as early as 4 weeks ahead of your trip, so you have plenty of time to make sure you are ready to enjoy it. Check out our useful checklists!
Number two: Make sure your little ones as well as yourself get enough rest the week before you travel.
If you need help how to get your little one to sleep well so you can get some rest too, check out our Six tips to transform your room into a nap time sanctuary. Since any travel is stressful these days, try some yoga or meditation for a week to get you balanced and grounded. Establishing some good habits and using natural remedies can really be beneficial for a good sleep too.
Number three: Keep your hands as free as possible.
Yes, unless you are traveling with a helpful companion, you will only have two hands and you will need them both. This translates to using efficient lightweight strollers, comfortable backpacks and a few small bags you can easily hang or attach. Since convenience is a key, well-organized, durable and comfortable backpack makes a huge difference. When I came across this diaper backpack (strolling though the Central Park in New York City), I realized it will change my traveling routine for a longtime. Why? This diaper backpack is more than just a diaper bag on your back. “Jesse”, as the makers named him, offers incredible flexibility in its storing options. It’s all black (I would prefer grey instead so it doesn’t show dust and lint so easy), therefore even dads won’t mind carrying it without feeling weird. Since it’s fabricated of water-resistant and easy to clean high-quality polyester, it’s super practical even for dirty trips. But most importantly, its good design for your back makes it very balanced and comfortable so you don’t feel like you are carrying two babies at once. The diversity of its pockets, compartments and attachment options, is truly amazing; it also comes with a sundry bag and a matching changing pad. We even carried an SLR camera in the upper compartment without being worried it might get damaged. Some pockets are thermally insulated, which comes handy for warm snacks for a baby on the go. You can easily attach it to your stroller, chair or a hook on the plane and it won’t fall off. Those are all benefits that any parent will appreciate. We’ve had this backpack for almost a year now, it still looks like new (of course you have to take care of it), it graduated from a baby to a toddler, and we hope it will serve our boy for several more years to come. If you are curious and want more info, check it out!
You can also try your luck and enter a Holiday giveaway we prepared with our partners at Cheeky Tummy. You can register via Facebook or Instagram. Good luck!!