Back in November, we went our VERY FIRST family vacation and since then many of you have been asking what it was like to travel with Leo, along with what I learned from our first trip together and what I brought with us and today I’m going to share some of this insight with you, in hopes that I can help some of the mamas out there who are about to take their first family vacation!!
Justin and I were so excited to take off to Hawaii and spend some time poolside and on the beach with our little Leo but I’m not going to lie, we were a LITTLE nervous for it as well!! I didn’t how he was going to handle the plane ride, and we don´t really like to have him in the sun for too long and I really struggled with what to pack. Next time we are going to rent one of the Visit Blue Mountain cottages to just relax out there with our little Leo and have some family fun.
I was so nervous I was going to forget something that I ended up reaching out to Snuggle Bugz for some guidance!! As you already know, I love working and shopping with Snuggle Bugz (even more so now as they’ve gotten to know Leo and they also know exactly what stage he is at) … they are so accommodating and you can order everything online! I told them we were planning on going on our very first family vacation and I really wasn’t sure what I needed to bring and they ended up putting together a list for us with all of their suggestions which were so helpful! One of the many benefits of shopping at small, local businesses!! …
- Towel | 2. Swim Shirt | 3. Navy Reusable Swim Diaper | 4. Red Stripe Reusable Swim Diaper | 5. Sunglasses | 6. Bucket Hat | 7. Baby Wrap | 8. Mineral Sunscreen Stick | 9. Natural Bug Spray | 10. Mineral Sunscreen Lotion | 11. Car Seat Travel Bag
As I was packing all of our stuff I was thinking that I probably packed too much … when we got to the airport and tried to maneuver all of our luggage I noticed that maybe I really did overpack … and now I can safely say that I really DID pack a lot and there were quite a few items I regretting taking along with us but it’s hard when you feel like you need to bring everything “just in case”!!
I do however have a baby clothes packing HACK to share with you that I think you’ll appreciate just as much as I did … I absolutely LOVE using those little Ikea separator boxes to fold and store all of Leo’s little clothing … since it’s so small and awkwardly shaped it makes it easier to keep organized!!!! It was perfect to try out with the new baby boy clothes that I recently bought.
We ended up bringing our own stroller and car seat along with us, these items are a MUST in my eyes … you can usually get a stroller and a car seat on for free on flights, so we thought why not bring them since we were checking them anyway?! We ended up using both of these items ALL the time and it was hassle free because we were already so familiar with how to use them!!
We also used Maui Baby Rentals for the items we didn’t bring along with us but that came in very handy … we got a bottle warmer, a bouncy seat, a cooler for the beach and a little beach tent!
They have cribs and pack and plays in the hotels so there is no need to bring any of that with you (trust me, the less you can lug along with you, the better!!). One lady at the hotel brought a Dock a Tot but I don’t think that’s necessary, you can use two pillows to create a makeshift one that works just fine. Also, if your baby is 0-6 months you don’t need to haul any toys with you, in fact, babies this age need very little!!
I read a lot of comments and concerns about sunscreen and hats as well when I was sharing photos of our trip … and I have to admit that I have a bit of mom guilt here … I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to put sunscreen on kids until they reached 6 months and I totally put some on Leo (he was two months shy of the suggested age) … BUT in my defense, it WAS super simple and organic sunscreen!!
If I could leave you with a few pieces of advice, they would be …
1. Travel hands-free: This is a game changer. We ended up checking our stroller instead of taking it to the gate and I carried Leo around in his wrap, it makes the world of a difference when you are able to be with baby handsfree. I love the Solly Baby Wrap or the Beluga Baby Wrap. Also! Bring a backpack to haul your necessities in, the Fawn Design backpack is a lifesaver … I didn’t have it in Maui but wish I did!!!
2. Nurse or feed on take off and landing: If you can do this, it will make your life (and your babe’s life) a WHOLE lot easier! If you can’t nurse or feed make sure to bring a soother!
3. Stick to your routine: This can be difficult while you’re away on vacation but trust me, the more you stick to the routine you’ve set back at home the better your trip will be for everyone! I recommend using a baby tracker app to help with this, I use Sprout! You can change your time zone to your typical time zone so you can track your babies sleep and eating schedule with your regular at home schedule, this is gold!
4. Simple is better: You may think you need to bring it ALL with you but trust me, the less you have to pack around the better and the worst case scenario … if you forget something, chances are you can buy it when you arrive at your destination!
5. Try not to stress: I know, this is easier said than done but honestly the more you learn to let go and relax the better your trip will be. Trust me, Justin and I had some tense moments but you have to learn to laugh things off and move on!
What are some things you learned while travelling with your babe?!?! Make sure to share your stories and advice below in the comments section!! I also got some question about Immigration issues, to be honest I don’t really know much about the topic, but I know that the Reiss Edwards info provided by immigrationlawyers-london.com can help those who are looking for answer.