I remember when I first got on a plane and my ears popped and I pretty much thought I was dying and so I cried for 2 hours until we reached Spain. You’re welcome parents. I also remember thinking “why do people do this?” and I was sad to be leaving our home and routine for 7 days for a different view. With age and experience I have realised that I now have a very different view about travelling and I now only cry when I have been in one place for too long. As far as I know there is no cure for ‘itchy feet’ or the ‘travelling bug’, but “Hello, my name is Natasha and I have both”.
When travelling pre kiddo – my essentials were simply bikini, iPod, cool sunnies and the lowest number SPF I could find. Now my essentials have essentials and the list grows as our family does and the SPF is the highest number to infinity I can find. Not only do I share our travels and adventures on Instagram and YouTube, but in the last year I have tried to really work on my photography game and print more pictures, so my camera is an essential when travelling. Max is really into swimming and with every trip his confidence grows, so in the past year we have opted for lands and locations with mighty fine sunshine and a pool, so sunglasses are a must, because this Madre isn’t getting any younger and I am always in the pool till I prune.
Before setting off or even booking a destination I look in my ‘Rough Guide’ book, it has everything you need to plan and enjoy a hassle-free holiday with the kid/s, whether you are travelling by bus, plane, van or train. It also includes advice on dealing with delays, sickness, entertainment and emergencies and it has full listings of handy resources and websites, complete with checklists (for the more organised traveller), itinerary ideas and reviews by parents who have done it and survived. This is a travel essential for Team Bailie.
To Go – Pro or not to? Always Go. Go-Pro cameras are fantastic to take on your travels because they are small, so packing them is easy and they have some nifty settings these days, which includes filming in HD. You can use your GoPro camera to take pictures and or shoot film. It also comes with protective casings for whatever adventure you throw at it, whether you are visiting Disneyland, whizzing down a mountain or swimming with sharks.
Snacks – obvious, but we all know that kids are gremlins touched by water when they are hangry, so snack up. If you’re travelling in the sky be sure to check with your airline about what you can and cannot take on the plane. Snacks like these Graze boxes are ideal for travel for both child and folks. This leads me onto the ‘bribes’, which depending on your little angel – does not have to take shape in fruit flavoured gummy wheel form, but could be an activity magazine, a new game on the iPad, an Ella’s Kitchen Pouch and or money – whatever motivates the sprog – you go with it.
Have you got a cracker? because here comes some cheese. Take your buddies. A travelling essential for me is a companion, whether it is your BFF, a couples break or the human you created – take them and make memories.
You know you’re a mum when….
You carry a tiny first aid kit around your persons, because emergencies and accidents happen to you on the daily and you’re ready for blood, grazes and falls anytime, anywhere and in any continent with this travel sized kit. FYI always have a first aid kit, even if it is just full of paracetamol for those morning afters the cheeky 2-4-1 Pina Coladas aka ‘Mummy’s coconut water’. Also add plasters, antiseptic wipes, rubber gloves etc. This kit was already packed when I bought it – so worth checking out your local pharmacy, chemist, Boots and health care stores.
Also don’t forget your passport! Or the kids…or the hubs.
Asides from the obvious; chargers, batteries, phones, spare SD cards, wet wipes (life essential) and my swimmers, these are some of my favourite travelling essentials. I agree – you can spy a book and no it is not ironic, because when I holiday with the mini human I do actually read, mainly because he goes to bed at 7pm and we share a room, so unless the hubs and I eat in the bathroom (have done this, do not recommend) there ain’t much to do past 7pm, but read. Reading when you are a parent is a luxury, especially when it comes to fiction, pre bambino – my content of choice was “everything one can do to keep a tiny human alive”, but now, post baby I am reading anything and everything that involves ‘a struggle that ends well’. Is that a genre? Or a comment on my parenting stratedgy?
Don’t answer that. What are your travel essentials or complete must haves when travelling with small humans?
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