Five must haves for travelling with a tot!Going on holiday is awesome, we all know that. Ami is lucky enough to be on her jollies right now, which is why I’m here just taking over for one post. It therefore only seemed fitting that we did a holiday themed post based on our recent jaunt to Benidorm with an eight month old child. If your kids are now back at school and the holidays are a recent, fading memory, I can only apologise.
We booked our break in April before our Short Rib was even born, so we were blissfully unaware of how children turn the idea of a holiday completely upside down. What was once a two week window of forgetting what the real world looks like, is now fourteen days of trying to keep a brood entertained, cool enough and fed (but only with things vaguely similar to what you can get at home). It’s less a relaxing break and more utter chaos. We survived though, and to celebrate I guess, we’re giving you a list of five things that you must pack when going abroad with a child under one.
You can get these from most supermarkets and discount stores for not very much money. We went through a box in less than a week and Short Rib isn’t even that messy. We were given this tip by a family member and its one I will pass on to every parent I know. They’re really big, have a plastic coating on the underside to keep them waterproof to an extent, so generally theywill keep those cute holiday outfits
totally presentable after their meal.
A Lightweight Buggy
One thing we didn’t know until we looked it up online was that you can take your pushchair all the way to the door of the aircraft before it is taken away and stowed in the hold of the plane. The market is full of lightweight buggies, so you will have no problem with finding one that suits your baby’s needs. We went with one that folded easily so we didn’t hold up people behind us before we boarded, but had enough storage underneath to negate the need for a big bag on days out. My tip would be to look for one that has inflatable wheels – they deal with rough terrain far better than plastic wheels, which helps if your hotel is a bit off the beaten track or if you’re wanting to venture away from a normal paved town. It’s a multitasking bit of kit that really isn’t that much of a pain to bring with you – your baby will be used to it, and you have portable storage and a place for baby to sleep during the day.
Pouches of Baby Food
Short Rib isn’t a fussy eater (the exact opposite in fact) but we brought pouches of baby food just in case. We didn’t take jars, because glass in a suitcase or hand luggage is asking for trouble. The liquid restrictions in UK airports actually exclude baby food and milk so you can take it through with you without having to bin it. This way, you’ve got meals for your baby when you’re out and about and a nice variety if it turns out they aren’t fond of the food in your destination. If you’re in an apartment with a fridge, try and take some fruit pouches and get them as cold as you can. It’s a nice (and cheaper!) alternative to an ice cream / lolly and will cool them down in the middle of the hot summer weather.
A (non-pricy) tablet pre-loaded with their favourite shows
We did not do this, but in hindsight even though he wasn’t that interested in many shows, we should have, if only for the flight. If you have a child under two they have to go on your knee and they have to be entertained. Even if they just smack the tablet for fifteen minutes, it’s an easy way to keep them out of mischief and from pulling the hair of the passengers sat in the seats in front of you. Yes, this happened to us and no, the guy did not see the funny side. Your hand luggage is precious and there are only so many toys that will fit. Choose wisely, but always make sure one is a tablet that might just keep them occupied throughout the flight and at quieter times like the evenings, or under a sun shade before a nap.
Paracetamol & Ibuprofen
Sod’s law is that the minute you land, your child will decide that now in this foreign land, in the humid weather, when you desperately need to get away from it all, is the perfect time and place to cut their most difficult tooth to date. You must be prepared for this because otherwise your holiday and theirs will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Our picks for children’s paracetamol, ibuprofen and anbesol ointment though we’d forgotten the medicine and I had to dash to Boots in the airport to pick them up. We got through it and the tooth appeared after almost four solid days of Short Rib being completely miserable. With a soaring temperature and a pain in his mouth that he literally couldn’t describe I’d hate to think what it would have been like had we not had them to hand. Sure you can get them there, but it is much easier to have the bottle and syringe in the bag ready. No faffing around in a Spanish pharmacy. It’s just there. Just in case.
Let us know in the comments what your must-have holiday items are for when you take your little ones away. I’m stashing tips ready for our next trip away!