When travelling with baby, whether it be a trip to the local shops or a long journey, you’ll need to pack a travel kit for baby to cover all his/her needs. For a short journey, you’ll need only the basics, which you will carry with you on an everyday basis, but for a longer journey, you’ll be required to do a lot more planning ahead.
To carry your baby’s travel kit, you’ll need a backpack or diaper bag that is large enough to carry your everyday basics. Whatever method you choose to travel by, whether by foot, bus or car, you’ll need similar items in your baby travel kit. Of course, take bottles, baby food, diapers, baby wipes, a dummy and a spare set of clothes to cover baby’s basic needs and accidents. Also, always carry around with you a small First Aid kit for baby that includes plasters, ointment and anti-bacterial hand wash for you. Make sure all first aid goods are in date, and as your baby grows, expect you baby travel kit to expand too.
A long journey requires a lot more effort and planning. Before you set out on your journey, make sure you and baby are both fit and well to travel. This means you’ll need to be both well and not tired. Tiredness affects your driving, so if you are to drive get a few nights of good sleep beforehand.
As well as your basic baby travel kit (with double or more the amount of food and clothes), you’ll need to pack a suitcase, if staying elsewhere for awhile, a blanket for baby to snuggle in and his/her favourite stuffed toy or pillow.
Baby may not be comfortable sleeping anyway besides his/her room, so get baby use to sleeping in different environments. It will make baby more comfortable when it comes to sleeping in the car. Also to keep baby comfortable, stick to his/her routine of sleep and feeding. Prepare for times in your journey when you’ll need to stop. If using the car, you could locate safe places to stop for feeding/changing when planning the journey out.
When on a long journey, you’ll need to expand your basic baby travel kit, by adding a bigger first aid kit, extra layers or weather appropriate clothing for baby, a portable travel baby changing mat, bin bags for diapers and wipes. Also make sure you have enough liquid and food for you and baby, and perhaps bring extra snacks just in case.
When preparing for a long journey with baby think carefully about what you will need and take a look at weather predictions to inform your clothing decisions. Write a list out if it helps you. Always pack most items the night before you travel, leaving only a few goods to pack last minute. Moreover, don’t forget to pack all parts of your pushchair, weather protection (rain, snow, sun) and the car seat/carry cot.