Five Kiddie Necessities for Stress-free Family Travels
I know how exhausting it can be to travel with a bunch of little kids with you. Keeping them safe and comfortable is our priority in this difficult journey hoping to have a successful end of the day. When I bring my kids outdoors, I have these five kiddie necessities for stress-free traveling. Let me share with you my “what to bring list” to aid me to get through the experience with a smiling face!
1. Sit and Stand Stroller
Having a bunch of kids not that far apart in age is a challenge even when you are just strolling in the neighborhood. Practical equipment like the sit and stand stroller makes the walk easier and comfortable for both you and the kids. This type of baby carrier accommodates two children at a time. For me, this equipment is a combination of a stroller, playpen, sleeping cot, and a changing station.
This baby ride has several designs for your liking. It is practical to use especially when two of your younger children has a close age gap. Aside from giving you a faster walking pace with them on it, it keeps them safe from crowded places as well. With its available storage space, your hands are free from bags and other loads.
2. Medical Kit
During long-distance travel or overnight escapades, a medical kit always comes in handy. You will never know what will happen when you are away from home with a bunch of little tots. Sudden discomforts like fever, cough, cold, and allergies are common when you are outdoors. I suggest equipping your medical kit with the children’s medicine, bandage and plasters, Betadine, thermometer, and other medical must unique for your kids.
3. Electronics/Mobile Phones
Who can live without gadgets nowadays? Though I am still in denial, electronics are a huge help in keeping the kids at bay. I used to play a kiddie movie with my laptop to hold their attention at least for an hour to give myself a rest. A quick siesta is what the adults deserve.
Nowadays, mobile phones can do more. From streaming, navigation, music, games, e-book to communication, you have it. I do not have to worry about running out of battery since power banks are there to the rescue.
4. Food, Milk, Snacks
The best relief for tantrums is food. Pack a few of your kid’s favorite snacks to save you from situations like this. When the little ones get bored, tired, or even scared, it is hard to let them settle down. Give their favorite snacks to keep them calm.
Nothing can beat the taste of their yummy food to change their grumpy mood into the sunshine. Food and liquid are necessary when you go out. A hungry child without food is no joke when you are traveling.
5. Extra clothes and nappies
Babies are messy human beings. They get messy when eating, playing, and even drooling or spitting! You need to take off sweaty shirts to prevent your kids from getting sick. Stained clothes from lunch are not nice to behold.
Extra clothes are practical to bring when the little ones already need to change. Nappies or diapers are essential as well. It would be a disaster not bring them when their shorts and pants are soiled. A few extra pieces will keep you at ease.
Let me share with you a video of a celebrity mom packing his carry-on bag before she travels with her kids. You will be surprised how moms become so creative when it comes to taking care of their babies. Take note that it might be different with each mom since every child is unique. Enjoy!
Indeed, when you got more than one kid at home, going out is quite a challenge. However, keeping a list of what is necessary to bring during the adventure is a big help. It will help you cope up with baby tantrums, give you more time to rest, and offers comfort while traveling. Try to observe what food your kids like for your snacks, choose the most comfortable clothes outdoors, do not forget to bring your mobile so you can call for help, always keep your medicine kit wherever you go, and pick the most versatile baby carrier for an easy walk.
Being a parent is always tricky at the very firsts, but it always ends up rewarding. I welcome you in the world of parenthood where your priorities drastically change.