• Heading abroad for the summer holidays? Wondering what to pack for your baby’s first trip? Here’s a full list of space-saving items for babies and toddlers….

    struggling to close a overflowing suitcase on a bed with clothes not fitting

    We’ve compiled a list of things to pack for a sunny holiday with a baby under 12 months – if you’re staying at a hotel that’s purpose-built for kids, or your children are a bit older, you’ll be able to leave a lot of these at home. Just check what’s provided at your accommodation before you travel.

    Getting there…

    plane flying into a purple sunset

    1.A stroller

    Choose a lightweight stroller that lays flat and is easy to fold – you’ll be opening and closing it all the time. It doesn’t count towards your luggage allowance if you’re flying with Thomson Airways, and you can push it all the way up to the boarding gate, although you’ll need to take your little one out when you go through security

    2. A new toy for the flight

    Pick something multifunctional – Lamaze toys are great for young babies – and go for something quiet (or at least with a volume button). For bigger kids, wrap it up like a present to be given in return for good behaviour. Books are ideal for older children.

    3. An elaborate necklace

    When you’ve got a baby sat on your lap for the duration of a flight, it pays to have something that’s a) tied round your neck, and therefore can’t be thrown on the floor, and b) a distraction from pulling your earrings/glasses/nose. The beadier, the better.

    4. Sterilising spray

    Aquaint’s 100% natural steriliser comes in a 50ml bottle so it’s perfect for hand luggage, and you can use it to clean bottles, dummies, grubby surfaces – you name it. A must for camping, too.

    Feeding…

    baby eating, baby being fed baby food

     

    5. Sterilising kit

    Tommee Tippee’s travel microwave steriliser is really handy if you’re self-catering, and if you’re seriously short on space in your suitcase, try microwave sterilising bagsMilton sterilising tablets are brilliant if you don’t have a microwave – all you need is cold water.

    6. Bottles and milk

    Tommee Tippee’s milk powder dispenser pots are genius – they fit inside the top of standard Closer To Nature bottles filled with pre-boiled water, so you don’t have to take a separate pot for formula, and everything stays sterile.

    7. Disposable bibs

    They’ll save you forever washing bibs while you’re away and they’re pre-folded. Another useful bit of kit for bigger/messier kids is a long-sleeved waterproof bib like this one by Lassig. When you’re done, wash it under the tap, hang it out in the sun and it’ll be dry in 5 minutes.

    8. Food pouches

    Baby food pouches can be very useful when travelling as  you can squeeze the food straight onto a spoon (no bowl) or straight into your baby’s mouth (when you’ve forgotten a spoon). There’s no glass to smash in your luggage, and they stack neatly. If you’re taking a couple in your hand luggage, check the weight – some are over the 100ml limit.

    While you’re there…

    beach ball floating in a swimming pool

    9. A pop-up tent

    If you can fit it in your luggage – and you’re planning on getting out and about quite a bit while you’re there – a UV pop-up tent is a lifesaver. You can get lightweight ones that fold down to next-to-nothing, and it’ll save you constantly searching for shade.

    10. A swim float

    If you’re heading to somewhere like a Holiday Village, you’ll be well catered for in this department. But if you’re staying somewhere that’s less geared up for kids, consider packing a swim float or life jacket  that’s specially designed for small babies who won’t fit in a rubber ring. You’ll get a lot more pool time out of it.

    Getting out and about…

    baby with blue eyes in a jean bucket hat, being held by dad in a blue striped shirt

     

    11. Car window shades

    If you’re hiring a car, don’t forget to take these out of your own car when you park up at the airport. Or take the free ones you usually get with your first car seat, as it’s not the end of the world if they get left behind. A buggy shadeA buggy shade can help  shelter your baby  from the sun and provides a dark-ish place to nap in the day, and when out and about at night.A shawl or scarf

    12.   A shawl or scarf

    Use it as a breastfeeding shield on the plane, a makeshift tent/sun shade/blanket when you’re out and about, a sarong, a stand-in muslin… and whatever else you can think of.

    13. A baby carrier

    A baby carrier can be a lifesaver in hilly resorts or resorts with  , cobbled streets Plus, it means  you don’t have to queue for lifts, or navigate a buggy through busy crowds.

    14. A travel adaptor

    A double adaptor will come in handy for extra electrical appliances like baby monitors (take it for nap-times as you might not be able to relax without it).

    15.Something from their cot

    To help your baby to settle in their new surroundings, bring a teddy, a blanket that smells of home, or the musical bit from their cot mobile if that’s what they usually hear before bed every night.

    16. Mosquito patches and net

    Try to avoid your little one getting mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent patches and by hanging a mosquito net over the cot and buggy.

    The essentials…

    baby girl, in a big hat wearing her swimming costume

    17.Your baby’s passport

    You can get the photos taken at many local camera shops or pharmacies  – they will  snap away with a digital camera until you finally get a shot that’s blink/scream/dribble-free.

    18.Sun hats

    Take a spare to replace the one that vanishes without a trace, plus a pool-friendly one with UV filters.

    19. Baby sunglasses

    Protect your baby’s eyes with baby sunglasses, they might  constantly pull them off their face – but it might be worth a shot.

    20. Baby sun cream

    They’ll need their own, as it’s specially formulated for new skin.

    21. Essential medicines

    Pack anything your baby takes regularly, plus the usual suspects if you’ve got space – Calpol, nasal drops, Infacol and the like. Bear in mind, though, you’ll be able to get hold of most things while you’re out there if you need to.

     

    Have you got something to add to the list? Tell us about it below.

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