Take out the guesswork for packing with baby…
It was 11PM the night before a long haul flight to see the grandparents. I sat on the floor of the nursery which was strewn with onesies, baby blankets and a rainbow of cloth diapers. Baby’s stroller, baby bjorn and car seat were ready to go downtairs..how was I going to fit it all? It turns out I didn’t need half of it…Here are some tips to keep you from expanding your suitcase…
3. Pack light for the plane
Pack light, but not too light…back to the nursery…originally planned to dress my daughter in a cozy yet complicated outfit with several buttons, tights. It’s baby’s first roadshow. Luckily, a veteran mom stopped by. After making fun of me for all of the things I planned on bringing, she advised me to dress the baby in an outfit where it would be easy to change her quickly in a plane bathroom. Airports and flights tend to be toasty, so a footie or long-sleeved onesie should do it.
Pack right for your flight:
Plan on one outfit for every four hours.
Bring one diaper for every two hours
Bring one toy
Bring one blanket. If it is a long-haul flight, there is always an airline blanket, or two.
2. Consider the climate.
If you are traveling from a cold to a warm climate, leave the wintry stuff at home. This sounds obvious, but I don’t know how many parents I have seen bring a snowsuit with them to Hawaii.
1. All that you can leave behind
If visiting family and friends, see what you can scrounge up so to lighten your load. Perhaps your cousin with small children still has her breast pump? Your friend may have an extra stroller and board books. Your mom has some of your old toys.
If traveling to a new place, think of what essentials you can leave behind. On a recent trip to the Philippines, I dedided to forego the activity map and board books for a blanket and some soft texts baby could also chew.
Another option: head to a local department store for a cultural experience and to pick up small toys, a baby bath, etc. Developed countries usually have good quality diapers for sale at grocery or home stores, and it is interesting to see the cool products available. I am currently based in Seoul, which has a lot of great types of baby carriers, like from Pognae, and children’s clothes.