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Pack like a pro

10/10/2015

To travel stress free with a baby, it is mandatory to plan ahead. Is it easy? Not exactly, but with enough planning and the right attitude, it’s not as hard as you might think. Just read our post about our first plane we took with our little munchkin here.

A good checklist is the first thing you need before you start your travel adventure with your baby. To avoid a ‘Oh-my-god-I-forgot’ scenario, you need a good checklist that works for you and your family. In our hectic life everyone has a to-do list, it is from time to time nice to have a not-to-do list, but that’s when you are at your holiday destination.

You can take a ready made checklist or make your own, either way make your checklist 3 weeks in advance, so you can order your missing items online or buy them in your local store.I tempt to overpack if I travel, but believe me a baby does not need 5 pair of shoes and 3 different outfits/day. Check your hotel what they provide, baby bath, travel bed, baby seat, etc. There are some things you might want to buy ad your destination, like washing powder, diapers, baby formula, wipes, etc. So that’s your first to-do list 😉

Here’s a fun ready made checklist, you can find plenty of them on the internet.

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made my own and added some more children, just for you guys who have more kiddo’s. You can view and copy-paste the entire list here. The things I need in my hand luggage, are marked in yellow. To have a detail view into our hand luggage diaper bag check here.

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One last tip before you start packing, is to relax, if you’re not traveling to a third world country, you can buy the things you forgot. So chill and enjoy being with your family!

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Travel

My first flight to paradise!

30/09/2015

With a bit of know-how, travelling with a baby doesn’t have to be a hassle. Stay cool, prepare, know your baby and plan ahead! We had a great stress free family holiday. Every baby is different, but these are the things that made our flight a breeze.

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1. Prepare

What is typically allowed on board of a flight, on top of your own luggage allowance? Does a baby get their own luggage allowance, and what do you do about the pushchair and the car seat? Are you allowed extra hand luggage for the changing bag?

It all depends on the airline you are flying with, so call ahead and talk to them about what they offer and what you have to pay extra for and what you can book in advance. There’s nothing worse than arriving to check in and being hit by extra fees that could have been avoided by a little advance planning.

Most Belgian airlines also offer no hand luggage allowance for infants, so you’ll have to make sure all you need for yourself and your baby fits into 1 bag. We choose the Elodie Details StrollerShopper in Graphic Grace print. Truly love this line. The bag is huge and the shoulder band is wide and very comfortable. And you can use it after the baby has grown as a beach bag. Read here what was in our bag that saved our plane ride!

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It is allowed to stroll to the plane and check your buggy in before boarding your plane. Super handy if your baby hates to sit in a baby carrier! The pushchair will need to be fully collapsible as it will need to go through the same x-ray security procedures as other baggage. You can bring as many baby formula as you needed in your hand luggage, please bring more than usual. Mille drinks only Evian (other brands give him cramps), so I filled his feeding bottles with it and that was no problem for security. Do not bring it in a drinking water bottle, it will not be allowed!

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Do not pack an extra luggage for the baby, split the kilo’s with you and your traveling partner, this was a difficult task, but after a long search we found a bag that could hold many kilo’s and still would close. We totally love the Eastpak Tranverz L, this range can hold 121L and they have really nice prints. Practical and very fashion as we like it!

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The only regret and hassle we had was not taking our maxi-cosi with us. We thought that the taxi company abroad would have them, but little did we know that most of them advice tourists to hold your baby on your lap! Having your own car seat may mean a bit of extra luggage to check in at the airport but it will give you the peace of mind to know that you can hop into a cab at the airport with your child safely strapped into their own car seat.

 

2. Make a checklist

Pack like a pro and use some standard pre-made travel lists or custom made ones.  Evernote works perfect for us, we could share it with each other, edit and keep it. Make your list in categories for example: official papers, care, clothing, food&drinks, transport, safety, pharmacy, handy. Then we marked the things that we would need in our hand luggage in yellow. Read here our travel checklist on the blog. Make your checklist in advance, needless to say by making it you can perfectly see what you have and what you have to order. Like for example a kids ID. It takes a couple of weeks to request it and is mandatory for traveling by plane!

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5. Book the right hotel for you

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Finding a family appropriate hotel room is infinitely more complicated than booking for two. Keep in mind with a small baby you will be spending a lot of time in your room, so pick wisely, this will make or break your holiday.

We wanted a small house with a separate room for the baby and our own swimming pool or Jacuzzi if possible. A baby is a lot of work so we wanted to enjoy our breakfast without the fuss of cleaning after ourselves. But we also like to cook some local dishes from time to time, so a kitchen would be perfect. Avoid packing the entire house by asking what supplies (bottle warmers, sterilizer, etc.) And what kind of baby accessories they provide (travel bed, baby bath, baby seat, etc.)

Our hotel made our holiday perfect, it was the right scenery, with the right service, with the right lay out. Bahiazul in Fuerte Ventura was everything we wished for; a duplex villa with swimming pool and terrace and on the roof a Jacuzzi, outdoor kitchen and bbq. This 3 bedroom house had cleaning service every 2 days and a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. And on top of that it looked amazing!

 

4. Up in the air

on the planePut some cute clothes on your little one and show him/her of with pride. (ignore the ‘Oh no, a baby on the plane’ looks of some people). Ask the flight attendent if the plane is fully booked. Passengers with small children get priority on an extra seat, this is not only comfortable for you but also for the fellow travellers on the plane. If luck is not on your side and you’re traveling on your own, book an aisle seat. Believe me the work out you’ll be doing to get things out of the hand luggage compartment, will give you thighs like bricks! If you travel by couple let your partner sit in the aisle, and sit by the window so the baby can lay between you. Feed during take off and landing, to prevent earache. It works the same, like we chew our gum. Bring some toys, lot’s of toys! Mille loves his taftoys play arch. It’s very colourful and loud, not at all to our taste, but man this thing is like magic. You can screw it on to the seat in front of you and manoeuvre it as you desire. Mille is fascinated by it and can play for many minutes with it! (If anyone knows similar thing in monochroom colours, please leave a comment!;)  Know your child and act upon it. That’s the best advice we can give you. For example we know that Mille doesn’t sleep if it’s not dark and if Mille doesn’t sleep enough than he get’s cranky, you don’t want that! 😉 We’ve packed in our hand luggage several big scarfs so we could build a tent between the seat in front of us and lay one over the side. Cosy camping for babies, but worked like a charm! You will see, if you are well prepared, you’re baby will eat sleep and repeat in the plane for sure! And most of all if he screams, stay calm! Also bring lot’s of spare clothes for you and the baby, not only for accidents but if you travel from a cold country to a warm place, it’s handy to change him/her before landing to avoid overheating.

One last and best tip I ever had, bring some Digemel, it’s a panacea and we swear by it, to keep him calm on the plane, restaurant or other public place. We call it the baby shutter!

Enjoy the ride and make some great memories!shore

 

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What’s in our flying diaper bag?

10/09/2015

This is about what works for us when we travel by plane. We always find ourselves with a cramped diaper bag even when we are not taking a plane. Our mission was clear for travelling we needed a huge bag that won’t contain just the baby essentials, but also our basic personal stuff. Most Belgian airlines do not allow extra hand luggage when travelling with babies.

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After a long search and unfortunately some bad buys, we found a perfect big bag for that: the Elodie Details StrollerShopper in Graphic Grace. It’s huge and has a wide shoulder strap, so if you stuff it, it doesn’t hurt your shoulder, not even on your bear skin. It is washable, that was a key point for us, because travelling means getting your bag dirty!

If you cramp up your bag, you need a system. Working with different pouches, every pouch has a different print so I could easily find the right one in no time. The toys were tossed loose inside, for some extra surprise effect on Mille when I grabbed something from the bottom of the bag.

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A must have for us on holiday is Mille’s dream sheep, we call her Eva Mouton, she makes white noise, plays classical music and gives light. Perfect to snooze the trip away!

Create a checklist, so you don’t forget the essentials and the extra’s! Read our post about making a checklist like a pro!

OFFICIAL PAPER POUCH

Don’t forget a pouch with official papers like a kidsID, child booklet, medical card, etc.

TOYS

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Like we already said toys are loose in the bag, this worked better for us. 1 Sophie la Girafe, great for chewing and she looks so pretty and is from Paris, trop chic! 2 Rings and rattles are always good to have around, Mille is happy to grab them. 3 Mille loves these kind of musical books, this Rhyme and discovery book is from Vtech4 We love the Done by Deer brand, they make beautiful toys who are very stylish. Mille loves to put these Zoopreme Safari friend in his mouth 🙂 5 Also a winner is a soft book, this one from Fisher Price has a rattle attached, get’s his attention every time.

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CHANGING POUCH

6 Pretty Pouch by Cabbages & Roses, they have great house wear. 7 Pretty essential wipes for that little booty, make sure you bring your regular brand and don’t try out new brand on holiday, travel size is enough 8 Changing cushion, ours is black and beautiful! This one from Lässig is washable and foldable and folds like a A5 book with Velcro. 9 For us a must have for on the go, Cytelium spray, this diaper rash cream, comes in a spray, so no need to dirty your fingers, just shake the bottle and spray. You will thank me when your in that small airplane cabin changing your little one! 10 Same as the wipes, diapers are pretty essential when you travel and take enough for the journey and your arrival. The rest you can buy the next day in a local supermarket. Always fun to have foreign language diapers and wipes, makes changing a dirty one so much more fun! 😉 Don’t forget some plastic bags. Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets.

FEEDING POUCH

Bring more than double than you need baby formula, your baby has to drink at take off and landing. 11 This milk powder dispenser from Bojungle is lean, AOK pretty and can hold up to 4 feedings. 12 We took 5 feeding bottles with us, filled with Evian water. Mille gets cramps from other brands, so we didn’t want to gamble. You can easily get through customs if the water is in a feeding bottle and meant for your baby. They will poor out some of the liquid to see if it is actually water. 13 Feeding tote bag  from Black Balloon, our family favourite brand (du-uh), this came in handy in the plane, we just had to put some essentials in this one along with the feeding bottles, so we didn’t had to get up every 5 seconds. Also on holiday, this was a good alternative to the big bag for small walks. 14 Bring lot’s of bibs, you never know how your baby reacts in the air. Muslin cloths is also a good thing to bring, Mille likes to sleep hugging one (so cute), but this also comes in handy for burping accidents.

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TOILETRY POUCH

15 Don’t forget your baby’s sunglasses, they are essential! Most of the time you need them right away after landing, so keep them near. I searched for a long time for a baby wayfarer model, but I don’t think they make them for small babies. If anyone knows a brand who does, please leave a comment. 16 Don’t forget some gum or mints for take off or landing. 17 Hand sanitizer is an alternative to hand washing with soap and water. Babies touch everything, so keep your hands and his/her hands germ free. 18 Essential kleenex for travelling with or without a baby. 19 Bring extra pacifiers. We didn’t loose one, but in case we would we had 4 extra! (Mille is very picky on that) 20 Lip balm for you and your baby, We are an organic lovers family, so Dr. organic is a perfect brand for us. This balm has a SPF 15 and smells like coconut, perfect to set the holiday mood. 21 Remember that song, ‘always wear sunscreen’, handy to have right before arrival, put it on you and your baby. 22 An essential for us, Digemel sirop, we took it with us in our hand luggage in a travel container. We dip his pacifier in it and silence is with us! 😉 23 pocket size face and hand wipes. These Biolane organic wipes are skin friendly and toxic free.

EXTRA CLOTHES POUCH

24 This large fabric pouch from 3 suisses is perfect for spare clothes on the go. Bring extra rompers and extra outfits, don’t forget to put on an lighter outfit before landing, so your baby is ready to rumble the tropical temperature! You don’t want to smell like baby puke the whole plane ride.Don’t forget those large poncho’s or scarfs, they come in handy during flight and on holiday. Last but not least choose your baby’s sun hat carefully. The ones with a back flap gives your baby more protection from sun and wind.  We went for the Flap hat from the Flap Happy brand this hat has an 50 UPF+

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Don’t forget to read what made our first travel smooth and easy. These do’s and don’ts will help you plan your perfect holiday too.

Do you swear by an item for your travels? Please let us know and leave a comment. Bon voyage!

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