Preparing for your first holiday with a baby can be difficult. You’ve never been away with a teeny tiny person before so how do you know what to pack? You know that babies get through clothes and nappies like the speed of light. But you can’t possible take their entire wardrobe, a bumper size pack of nappies and all their toys, can you? There’s so much else to consider, too, including sleeping arrangements and finding suitable food choices for your weaning child. So, how do you plan for your big trip away?
Plan your trip
Once your baby’s first holiday is booked and paid for, head online and choose the things you want to do on your trip. Make a note of the addresses of anywhere you want to visit, check the cost so you can ensure you have the funds on you when you arrive and look at parking and travel facilities. This will allow you to decide on the option which will suit your family’s needs the most without having to fret when you’re there.
Only take the necessities
It’s easy to take everything except the kitchen sink. But, you’ll find that there are so many new things to see and do on your baby’s first holiday that they won’t miss their stuffed bunny toy or their baby walker. Of course, there are some items that are a must, such as clothes. Don’t be tempted to over pack, though. Should you find you don’t have enough or your baby is extra messy on your week away, there will always be a launderette near by. Failing that, grab some detergent and hand wash a few items in the sink or bath.
Get insurance & breakdown cover
Regardless of whether your baby’s first holiday is at home or away, you should take out insurance. Insurance will protect you should one of your party fall ill and you have to cancel or if someone falls sick on your trip. It’s also beneficial in case of accidental damage to your hotel room. Breakdown cover with onward travel is a must too when you’re driving to the airport or going on a staycation.
Make life easy for yourself
Travelling with a baby is never going to be easy. For holidays at home, book a click and collect shop from the nearest supermarket so you haven’t got the hassle of a food shop to do. Consider paying for half board, full board or go all inclusive to enjoy a cooking free holiday. You could even opt for a speedy transfer when overseas to get you to your accommodation in record time.
Make a list
As soon as you know you’re heading on your holidays, get a notepad a pen and keep them in a handy location. Whenever you use something or think of an item that your baby will need on your break, jot it down so that when the time comes to pack you can follow your list. Even if it seems obvious, write it down as it’s always the most obvious things people tend to forget when packing.
Your baby’s first holiday can be stress free by planning and preparing for your trip carefully and smartly.
How was your baby’s first holiday? Or are you planning your first trip away with your baby? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.