If you have yet to transport a small human from A to B, you’re in for a treat. These miniature tornadoes require a lot of shit. The amount of stuff depends on if your breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and if your bub is on solids. There is your pram, porta-cot, steriliser, dummies, nappies and wine to name a few (yes wine is essential to cope). And if you have a vagina this means you are in charge of packing for EVERYONE in your household, yes this includes your man-child that you refer to as your husband/ boyfriend/ smelly mess-maker.
This was our first time travelling long distance with Little H. It was a 7 hour drive to Melbourne to spend the week with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. H has never been in the car longer than an hour so this was going to be interesting. So I thought I’d compile a list of things I took! Now of course depends whether your flying or driving but here is a list I go by when we drove!
The Essentials For Baby
- Port-a-cot (including cotsheets, blankets). I prefer to use my own cot as I know it’s clean and safe. I love our Baby Bjorn Travel Cot, it is so compact and bub loves it!
- Baby bag
- Shitload of nappies, wipes, nappy bags
- Onesies (enough for unexpected poonami’s)
- Warm coat (if needed)
- Things needed if bub gets a cold (thermometer, fess nasal spray, eukybear rub, snot sucker, wind drops, baby panadol etc)
- Baby bath wash
- Terry towels (I use these as burp cloths as they are much cheaper)
- Soundmaker (white noise if you use it)
- Baby Monitor (if needed)
- Snuzza (this is a breathing monitor I use)
This obviously depends on your situation whether your breastfeeding or using formula. If your breastfeeding just don’t forget your tits.
- Steriliser (you can buy microwave steriliser bags which have 10-20 uses and a lot less bulky or you can also use the Milton sterilising solution)
- Bottles (have enough sterilised for each feed that day/night)
- bottle thermo bag/s (have a couple of feeds ready to go in these)
- Formula and formula travel dispenser
- A bottle full of cooled pre-boiled water (to mix with formula)
- Thermos of hot boiled water to add to bottle it make warm
- Breast pump and milk storage bags
- If baby is on solids pack enough meals for that day in a thermos bag (you can buy baby food if needed)
- Mirrors, or anything shiny
- Musical toys
- Soft toys
- Teething rings
- Wine (for obvious reasons)
- Coffee (for obvious reasons)
- Makeup (to cover-up how bloody exhausted I am)
For the Husband
- Duct tape (to shut his mouth)
The trip down to Melbourne was a success H just slept the whole trip (thank the lord!) Hope this list helps you mamma’s! If you would like to know what brands I use feel free to comment below!