Babies need a lot of care. This is more evident when you move from one location to the other. In addition to their everyday items such as food and diapers, you’ll always need to have an extra set of everything: different shoes, extra diapers, extra bottles, even extra clean clothes. The list is truly endless, and this might get overwhelming for parents.
It’s essential to note that how you pack will depend mainly on your mode of travel, where you plan on staying, and the overall duration of your trip. If you’re thinking about taking a long journey with your baby, here are a few tips to help you pack for a tropical vacation.
Do your research
When it comes to traveling with babies, there’s no such thing as a good trip. However, doing your research can help you make adjustments when packing. For example, if you want to find out about the April weather in New Mexico, all it takes is a quick ten-minute search on Google.
During the planning phase, you must ask yourself questions such as;
- Where are we headed?
- What’s our activity going to be like once we arrive?
- How’s the weather likely to be?
- How long are we going to be away?
- Are you breast or bottle feeding?
The last question is crucial because it’ll help you find the best clothes for yourself, making the journey easier. For example, if you plan to breastfeed during the trip, there are many maxi dresses for women you can choose from that’ll keep you comfortable and stylish and allow easy feeding.
Yes, we said babies demand a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean you must overpack. This can be costly, especially if you go over your baggage allowance. Be sure to pack essential items first before adding your stylish sandals. Cut down on heavy items such as shoes and books as much as possible, but please don’t forget the baby sunglasses. Those go everywhere. No questions asked!
Pack the essentials
Speaking of sunglasses, here’s another tip you should pay attention to; practice good sun safety. This is important, especially for tropical destinations, where the sun knows no boundaries. For babies under six months, sunscreen is generally not recommended, and as such, you’ll need to manually keep them out of the sun as much as possible. To help with the heat, you can pack a light wardrobe filled with clothing that offers coverage but doesn’t retain heat. Dress up your baby in loose clothes, and pair it with a baby beach hat for better coverage.
Also, be sure to stock up on food and some snacks in your carry-on for as long as you’ll be in transit. Add some extra just in case you are delayed. Don’t forget your spoons for feeding as well. Trust us; they’re much easier to ignore than you think. What’s more, bear in mind that it’s normal to use more diapers than usual when traveling. So, try to have a portable changing pad that can be used in all these spaces with ease for every hour of travel. It also helps to pack extra diapers. Blow-outs can happen mid-air. You better be equipped for them.
Pack medicine and first aid supplies
There’s a high chance for a newborn to fall ill while on a trip. So, it won’t be out of place to pack a first aid kit and medication bag. Fill the bag with as much baby medication as possible. This includes fever reducers, pain relievers, ear drops, gripe water, and a thermometer. Also, don’t forget to pack some medication for yourself as well. Better safe than sorry.