I always knew that I wanted to take a family vacation with cubby when she reached 7 or 8 months. We booked our vacation a few weeks ago and are waiting 2 more weeks to go to sunny Mexico for a well deserved trip. I can’t wait! More importantly I have started gathering items that I will need to pack for cubby. The list seems endless. I spoke to a few friends, who travelled with their little ones, and got some ideas. Here is what I have come up with so far:
1/bathing suits, swim diapers, Lil Swimmers diapers (http://www.huggies.com/en-US/products/swimpants/littleswimmers)
2/sun dresses, beach outfits, day time outfits
3/sweaters, pants and dresses for evening
4/towels: for the beach and hooded ones for her baths
5/baby toiletries: wash, shampoo, hairbrush, diapers, travel size wipes
6/hats: floppy UV protected hat for the pool and beach, daytime sun hats
7/baby sunscreen: I found a good natural brand called Green Beaver, which does not have any chemicals in it (http://www.greenbeaver.com/sunscreen-86.html).
8/baby sunglasses: A good brand is Baby Banz (http://www.banzworld.com).
9/baby pool float: We looked all over for one in winter and found one left at Canadian Tire so she can float in the water and it is covered for UV protection.
10/umbrella stroller with protective bag for the airplane: We are taking the umbrella stroller as it is easier to manage and lighter to travel with. We found a cheap cover for curbside check in so our stroller does not get scratched or damaged. The umbrella stroller has a bug net and rain shield.
11/baby food: Although I have been making my own purees, I’m not about to give cubby random fruits and veggies in Mexico so I am taking pre-made organic baby food purees.
12/diaper bag with a wet/dry bag: I am taking our diaper bag, with an extra big change pad for the beach/pool that can get wet or dirty. (The one that came with the diaper bag is too nice to put in dirty water!) I’m getting a wet/dry bag so I can put her wet bathing suits, and swim diapers in the diaper bag without getting everything else wet.
13/her favourite toys/ teethers
14/sheets for the crib: I called ahead and they have cribs that we can use.
15/tent for the beach/outdoors/sleeping: I don’t know if I actually needed it, but I bought a mini tent for her with an inflatable mattress so she can roll around on the beach in it and is protected from the sun as it is UV proof. I think it is called the PeaPod (http://www.kidco.com).
16/baby spoons, bowls, bibs, sippy cup
17/the portable Sleep Sheep so she will have background white noise for sleeping (http://www.sleepsheepandfriends.com/sheep.html).
18/her homeopathic drops such as Coryzalia for colds, Mommy’s Bliss gripe water for gas, Hydrasense saline drops for her nose, Baby Tylenol.
19/a camera and video camera. We are taking an SLR camera and our FLIP Ultra HD mini video camera. The FLIP is tiny and lightweight and takes up to 2 hours of HD video. Check out the website at http://support.theflip.com/en-ca/home.
It is quite the list of things to pack. I think her suitcase is going to be bigger than mine! Hope this helps you if you are planning on travelling anywhere warm this winter with your little one.