Don’t forget your holiday list essentials
Preparing for any holiday can be a stressful experience. It can be even worse when there is a new baby to pack for as well. There are so many things to try and remember and it is almost inevitable that something vital will need to be added at the last minute and you will need to reopen that bulging case you just spent ten minutes trying to close.
To help make packing for your next holiday a little easier here is a list of the essential holiday items that everyone needs when going on holiday with a baby. We haven’t included all the obvious essential holiday items like clothes or swimwear. In the unlikely event you do forget all your clothes you will almost certainly be able to buy some close to where you are staying. Our list of holiday essentials concentrates on things that you must bring from home because you really can’t manage without them even for a few hours.
Passports and visas come first on the list as you need to check them early. Ideally several months before you travel you must ensure that you know where your passports are. Check they are all still valid for the duration of your holiday? Have you obtained any visas you may need for your trip? Remember that all members of your party will need their own passports so if you have a new baby due shortly before you will be travelling they will need to have a passport arranged. Protecting your passport with a cover is always a good idea. Passports can have a rough time being pushed into pockets or being hastily bent to fit into travel bags after passport control. A baby passport cover or baby passport holder can keep your little ones passport in good condition and stop it getting damaged during your trip.
Travel tickets are another obvious item to remember but most of us have probably been in that situation where we have almost reached the airport and someone asks the question ‘Did you remember to pack the tickets?’. Avoid the worry make the passports and tickets the first thing you pack. Put them somewhere easily accessible and somewhere you won’t forget. You don’t want to have to start hunting for them when you reach the check-in desk at the airport.
Essential Holiday Paperwork
You really don’t want to get to your destination airport and have to worry about how to find your holiday apartment. Make sure you have all the holiday related paperwork easily accessible. This includes the address of the place you are staying and detailed instructions on how to get there. You should also keep any insurance documents close at hand as well. They are something you must be able to find quickly in the event of an emergency.
Babies need a lot of looking after. No-one every really ‘travels light’ with a baby. Your holiday apartment may provide a travel cot and baby high chair but it is always worth checking before you travel. Some other things you will be able to purchase at your destination but there are items that you are going to have to take with you as they are too essential to be left to chance. If you can keep your baby clean and fed then most other essentials can be purchased upon arrival.
Concentrate on bringing with you enough disposable nappies to allow for any delays you may encounter while travelling and sufficient milk powder and the facilities to prepare it. Don’t forget to include sterilizing equipment. A travel baby bottle warmer is also indispensable in quickly being able to feed a hungry baby.
Keep this list of holiday essentials close at hand so that you remember to pack your baby passport holder travel baby bottle warmer and your other holiday essentials