If you are ready to take a trip this year with a baby in tow for the first time, you may be overwhelmed by the planning that should be done. A baby holiday doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience if you plan ahead and keep certain principles in mind before and during the travel. You should consider such things as the destination, time for traveling, season, clothing, food and health.
Choose a family-friendly destination. When you are on the beach, having an infant or toddler along is not a difficult task. You will have to be sure to have skin protection for yourself and your child. Hiking trips can be managed with pre-planning. On the other hand, a trip with a heavy emphasis on museums, sightseeing or skiing runs will be less enjoyable unless you bring along a baby-sitter.
You should schedule your travel times around the infant’s home schedule as much as possible. If a morning nap is routine, plan your excursions around that period. Schedule plane trips to fly during typical nap times, especially if your child is more fussy or active during the time when you would fly.
Even if you are traveling in your own car, planning the hours of actual driving around infant’s nap time will make it easier to arrive at your destination more relaxed and rested. You will not be able to spend as much time out and about, but you can use the nap time to rest yourself. Be more selective about what you want to see and do.
Packing for the locations and activities is important. This means some fairly detailed planning in advance of leaving for the trip. Checking with the current regulations about items that can be carried on board during a plane flight will affect what you pack in the checked bags and what you put in a carry on for easy access. You should be sure to consider the possibility of delayed flights or detoured flights and what it would do to the supplies you have with you. Be sure to carry an infant car seat on the plane and for automobile travel if required at the destination.
When traveling by plane, most airlines personnel are willing to warm a bottle of formula for the infant. Make certain that there is enough formula to take care of your trip. Changing formulas can result in stomach upset for the infant. Mothers who are breast feeding won’t have a concern for formula supplies, but must be aware of maintaining hydration and nutrition levels. This is not the time to try unusual foods that could affect you or the infant.
A small travel kit that includes things like a baby thermometer, children’s aspirin, infant syringe and any medications your child takes on a frequent basis is wise. A stuffy nose or earache is no fun at any time, but could be a vacation-breaker if it occurs in a country where English is limited. Include sunscreen for your child always.
Whether your infant is a babe in arms or a toddler, careful planning can make a baby holiday an enjoyable experience. Planning for food, medications, rest, clothing and destination are all elements of a positive experience. You should always take plenty of pictures to share with family and friends during and after the excursion.