by Jen Uebergang
Technology can be brilliant when planning a trip with kids. Hubby and I often comment that we are glad we were born into the generation of smartphones and online grocery shopping to fit more into less time. We wonder with awe as to how those who went before us coped and raised children without a smartphone.
We also acknowledge that the gap between cultures is vast and we are very lucky and perhaps too dependent on superfast internet connection. I do have a reoccurring thought of ‘what happens if we run out of resources to generate electricity?
For now I remain grateful and enjoy the small wins, like my smartphone notes app which has just added in checklists in a recent update. I found this incredibly helpful with a recent interstate visit when planning to travel with our 7 month old.
You can type or paste in a list (or speak it with voice recognition) and add a check circle using the toolbox at the bottom of the screen. Once you have physically packed the item in your suitcase you click on the circle and it adds a tick, and turns orange to indicate that this item has been packed but not erased from your list. This means that your list remains intact for the next time you need to use it.
It’s a simple but incredibly useful tool for shopping as well. Say goodbye to annoying shopping list apps that just clutter up your home screen. I’ve heard that some people use a piece of paper and a pen for this task. That’s so vintage.
What I actually packed for our holiday with our baby
Here’s a checklist of things we took on our first trip interstate with the bubs. I’ve followed this up with things I wish I had taken using the notes app.
Baby items I wish I’d taken when we travelled!
Now here are the things I wish I’d taken …
- More nappies (we ran out on the second to last day)
- White noise comforter (in case you haven’t heard of these, they’re amazing but I left mine at home!)
- A nightlight
- Lightweight portacot – they can be made to weigh less than 8lbs
- Well thought out presents for our hosts, wine & chocolates is pretty standard but I often wish I was better at picking the right present for our gracious hosts
HOT TIP: Feeding a baby while travelling
One of the most helpful things for travelling was the supermarket bought puree food pouches. Thankfully they are making ones these days that are organic and don’t contain a bunch of unwanted additives and preservatives.
Spending a little extra on these for the convenience while travelling was money well spent in my eyes. It’s only for a short period of time and it saved burdening us (and our hosts) with the extra fuss of preparing extra meals for bubs.
Bubs grew in front of our eyes and started rolling more and being more physically active while we were away. As a result he was more hungry and slept better so we ran out of pouches quickly.
These are fantastic because they are virtually mess free if bubs eats straight from the packet but you can spoon feed if you want to as you’ll have more control of how much he gets in his mouth per bite. They are great for planes or cars where you’re not in the driver’s seat and bubs needs to eat a little more after a breastfeed.
HOT TIP: Hire a baby car seat at your destination
Another handy hint is to simply hire a baby car seat when you arrive at your destination (this can often be done through your car hire company). There comes a point where saving a few extra dollars is just not worth the extra stress.
I would have found the burden too much trying to carry all the equipment from the taxi to the airport check in and then on to our accommodation. I can just picture how that could have turned out – me desperately wanting to throw a toddler tantrum. Thankfully, using some adult foresight, I was able to avoid any such display.
Carrying all the equipment needed for a baby is not for the faint hearted so be brave, and maybe start training now to get some lean muscle onto your bones before you go. The baby will only get bigger and heavier while you’re away!
Jen is mum to one LP (little pancake, not bubs’ real name). She’s more of a listener than a talker which is why she loves to write because she still has a lot to say, just not out loud. She’s a jack of all trades, plays piano and guitar, writes songs, paints, upholsters and restores furniture, sews, cooks and blogs for Nursing Angel between all other domestic activities (except ironing, which she ignores).