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The well travelled kid

April 13, 2012

Margaret River – Lily @14 months

London – Lily @10 months

Melbourne – Lily @6 months

London – Lily @10 months

Brisbane – Lily @6 months

Lake District – Lily @10 months

Koh Samui – Lily @17 months

Lily is one well travelled kid. At her age I had only been to Albany (4 hours from Perth) and it took a massive 10 years later for me to make my first interstate trip. And WA readers, it was not to Rottnest Island (that isn’t overseas people!!), but to good ‘ol Sydney.

I’m not going to lie. Packing and preparing to travel with a baby/toddler isn’t easy. Especially if you are a first time parent…like me. And especially if you tend to stress about packing…like me. But all is good when you have lists to help you prepare days (even weeks) beforehand.

Here are some of my essentials:

  • Normal Nappy Bag items – E.g Nappies, wipes, Panadol etc. You need at least enough nappies and wipes to last the journey and then you can make a trip to the local shop to stock up.
  • iPad – Now I don’t want to sound conceited but what the hell did parents use before touchpads? I’m pretty strict with not allowing Lily to use this at home (only on weekends) but I do admit that this was my saviour on the plane (I’m sure the fellow passengers appreciated a happy baby rather than screaming baby) and out on the road.
  • iPhone music – I’m sure most of you would agree that when you were pregnant you thought your kid was going to listen to the music you like ? There is a reason why the Wiggles and Hi-Five are multi-million businesses. Familiar music makes Lily happy and a great distraction method when she gets bored during travel.
  • Favourite Toys/books – When Lily was 3 months we took her activity gym with us to Busselton. At 6 months when we were in Brisbane/Melbourne we took  her sleep aid tiger, soft books, teething rings, Sophie the Giraffe and rattles. For the UK trip when Lily was 10 months we took the same toys as the Brisbane/Melbourne trip but also bought some new toys there to mix it up. And for Koh Samui we took books, building blocks, stacking bowls,  a shape sorter musical car (we had to bring something loud and annoying) and bought her some new toys from the local Tesco’s ( we later donated these toys to the local kids).
  • Warm and Cold weather clothes – Weather is unpredictable so I tend to pack a lot of clothes that you can layer on so you can take things off when it gets hot and put more on when it gets colder. And don’t forget you can always buy more clothes too :).  Sounds a lot like a good strategy for me too!
  • Travel Cot – I love Lily’s travel cot (Koo-di travel cot, you can get it here) as it’s folds and pops out like a small tent – so it’s very light (adds a measly 1.5kg to your luggage weight) and quick and easy to set up. I also found the mosquito net handy when we were in Thailand.
  • Pram – Travelling with the Bugaboo Cameleon was a bit of a hassle because it was heavy. But since we were doing lots of walking in Brisbane, Melbourne and the UK, and Lily was still doing 3-2 naps during the day, we felt that using a pram with good suspension and one we knew she would comfortably sleep in was an absolute must. And as you can see in the pictures above, Lily spent a good amount of time peacefully…even in a loud pub in London! But we decided to get a folding stroller for Thailand as we knew we weren’t going to walk around a lot (high curbs and lack of footpaths are not conducive to easy walks with the pram!) and wanted something we could take as hand luggage. We decided on the Quick Smart easy fold stroller which folds into a size small enough to fit in a backpack and surprisingly quite robust and easy to maneuver – even when on the beach!
  • Food /Milk– It’s so much easier to pack some food which require no refrigeration or re-heating. We used a lot of Rafferty’s garden and in the UK, Lily really liked Ella’s Kitchen (now available in Australia). In Thailand, Lily was old enough to eat from the Kid’s menu (which surprisingly they had at most restaurants) but we packed some food anyway just in case she didn’t like the food. In Brisbane and Melbourne I didn’t have to pack any milk because I was still breast feeding. But for the UK we packed a tin of formula and found these formula dispensers to be really handy. For Thailand we packed long-life milk. Check with your airline and what the rules are at airports with packing food as hand luggage. In Heathrow for example, we couldn’t bring pre-packaged food which wasn’t under 100ml. But in Changi, we have always been fine.

What do you pack for your babies/toddlers when travelling?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2012 1:12 am

    Glad to see you haven’t let kids be an excuse not to travel! Although, having travelled with friends and their kids, additional considerations and things are inevitable.

    • April 13, 2012 8:50 pm

      Travelling with kids is definitely difficult to plan. And not all of your plans work out anyway so you have to really work the trip around the little ones. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. April 13, 2012 2:18 am

    Yikes, I’ve only traveled twice with my baby, for the very reason that it’s quite the commotion to try to get everything together. I packed the regular stuff and just make sure he had a ton of books and his beloved stuffed animals. We didn’t pack a stroller because it was too big, and so far we’ve stayed at hotels that have a kitchenette, so we were able to bring food and prepare it there.

    • April 13, 2012 8:52 pm

      That’s a very good tip about staying at hotels with kitchens. Having a microwave would be cery handy!

  3. April 13, 2012 6:09 am

    Great post, love all these tips. Quick questions- we are thinking of taking the twinnies on a quick beach trip to Fiji but I am worried about car seats. What do you do- take them with you or hire when you get there?

    • April 13, 2012 9:15 pm

      I would recommend hiring car seats as then you would be sure that the seats comply with the safety standards of the local country. Plus it will save you the hassle of bringing them over. Maybe ring the hotel and ask what the safety standards are…in Thailand they were non-existant so we ended up taking short trips and just having Lily on my knee – something I would never do back home! Fiji sounds exciting!

  4. April 13, 2012 6:49 am

    Lily certainly is one very well travelled babe!
    Although we have flown Syd-Melb and Melb-Syd many many times… We are in the ‘teens’ now! It’s the thought of a long haul that scares me!
    You have some great tips there!
    Did you know you can join Qantas FRequent Flyers for babies at the moment for free? They don’t start earning points till they are 2, but it’s an $80 saving! I’m pretty sure it’s still on???

    (thanks for your comment about our moving situation. I’m so excited to be moving closer to family, but quite sad to be leaving friends in Syd. It’s Bitter Sweet.

    • April 13, 2012 9:17 pm

      I didn’t know that Sammie – thanks for the info!

      I hope the move goes well and I think you guys are making a very smart decision!

  5. April 13, 2012 11:44 am

    My saviour!! I just got told that Logan would be a traveller because of his birthdate and it’s true. I’m adding this to my bookmarks for our Bali and Torono trips xoxo

    • April 13, 2012 9:18 pm

      I’ve been trying to post on your site for ages. So please don’t think I’m not reading your blog! It’s great to do mini-trips to see how they go, and gives them a bit of practise. You are lucky to be going to Bali and Toronto. Can you believe I haven’t been to Bali yet (and yes I’m born and bred in WA!)

  6. Jodi permalink
    April 13, 2012 6:51 pm

    Did you buy the inflatable mattress for the Koo-di cot?

    • April 13, 2012 9:22 pm

      We did buy it but we haven’t really used it to tell you the truth! I think it will be great for younger babies but for babies 6+ months we found the mattress the cot comes with to be comfortable enough – and the proof is that she slept through the night!Thanks for visiting!

  7. April 15, 2012 9:55 am

    She’s been everywhere! And so has that pram! We’ve done lots of short flights but no long haul.. the thought sends shivers down my spine!!
    Thanks for the list of tips and tricks

  8. Luca permalink
    April 22, 2012 8:47 pm

    Ohh isn’t she adorable. Rafferty’s Garden is definitely a great choice of travel food. They have the best choice, is so cheap and the nutrition they offer is awesome. I recommend them to everyone 🙂

    • April 23, 2012 12:39 am

      Thanks for visiting Luca! I’m glad that you are a Rafferty’s Garden fan as well!

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