Travelling with kids this June holidays? Pack these to help ensure that everyone in the family enjoys a safe, stress-free vacation!
Travelling with kids can be stressful! First of all, they scream bloody murder while getting tangled up in the airline headphone wires, making you the most embarrassed mother on board.(#truestory)
In addition to that, since your craftoholic preschooler who’s packed his own carry-on bag will put in a pair of scissors (so that he can do origami and paper cut-outs during the flight, he said), your entire family will be asked to stand aside for extra body and baggage checks at the boarding gate because who knows what other implements of torture your little darling could be hiding in that little Thomas the Tank Engine roller-bag? (#truestory again)
Indeed, travelling with kids is probably one of the most challenging (but okay, admittedly fun) experiences a parent can have. So how can you make it easier? Try these must-pack travel essentials for babies and kids.
(See also: 10 Tricks to Survive a Long Flight with Kids)
Cherub Rubs Skin Balm
Inflight air is harsh on delicate baby and kid skin. Combat its effects with Cherub Rubs’ rich and nourishing Skin Balm, whose organic sandalwood, calendula, and chamomile oils soothe dry, chapped skin on the hands, face, body, and lips, replenish moisture, and nourish skin. This delicious-smelling cream also suitable for use on nappy rash, cracked heels and palms that result from overexposure to the elements and harsh chemicals. And if you’re breastfeeding, mum? You can use it to ease cracked nipples. There’s no need to wipe it off before feeding junior, either!
LilGadgets Untangled Pro Children’s Bluetooth Headphones
In-flight entertainment is a godsend when it comes to long plane trips with kids. It keeps them occupied, meaning you can get some mile-high time off. But it’s no fun having to pull those adult-sized airline headphones up from the kid’s neck every two seconds, and untangling wires over and over again. That’s why we make space in our carry-on bags for LilGadgets Untangled Pro Children’s Bluetooth Headphones. These smartly-designed headphones are sized for children from 4 to 12 years, and come with noise-reducing padded earcups and a headband that fits comfortably over child-sized heads, so kids (and we parents) get a hassle-free holiday too!
$99 at Wondertoys, Playhao at Forum Shopping Centre, and Hamleys at Marina Bay Sands
Tollyjoy Pacifier Clip
Minimise the chances of Baby’s pacifier falling onto airplane floors and picking up icky gems with Tollyjoy’s new Pacifiers Clips. This new range of BPA-free clips have been tested for mechanical and chemical safety in accordance to European standards. They also feature a lift-and-lock fastener that grips well onto babies’ clothes and come in four colours to match any #OOTD you’ve planned for the little one! Tip: use them to hold bottles and sippy cups too; they’ve saved us several times when sightseeing with a Baby determined to fling everything out of a stroller.
$4.90 at BHG, Mustafa, Metro, Tom & Stephanie, FairPrice, and Giant hypermart
SÄNGDAGS Sleeping Bag
Help Baby sleep well by letting her drift into the land of nod in a sleeping bag. This does double-duty as a blanket in cooler temperatures too. Suitable for babies aged 6-18 months. Avoid using the sleeping bag with additional bedding though. On its own it is already relatively warm, so probably best for use in temperatures from 16- 20°C.
$34.90 at Ikea
(See also: Baby Sleep Secrets while Travelling with Kids)
This award-winning “washable, squashable highchair” fits into chairs of almost every shape and size; hence there’s no need to search for a high-chair everywhere you go and yes, mum, you can finally sit down and eat with both hands! Best for babies and toddlers aged 6-30 months, the lightweight, compact chair harness is machine-washable and fits easily into a small, handy bag so you can easily stash it and bring it along when you’re out and about.
$49.90 at Agape Babies
(See also: Travelling with Allergies & Dietary Requirements)
CARES Child Aviation Restraint System
Your child may be old enough to have his own seat on the plane, but he’s still too small for the adult-sized seat belt to give him adequate protection and safety during the flight. No kidding; children’s bodies can get hurt during turbulence, and they’ll flail forward or slide beneath the seat belt if the kids are not held securely in place.
That’s where the CARES Child Aviation Restraint System comes in. This belt-and-buckle system is designed for children aged 1 and older weighing between 22 and 44 pounds (10-20 kg). It fits easily on most airline seats and is the first and only harness type Aviation Child Safety Device to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an alternative to a car seat. Finally, weighing in at just about 500g, it’ll hardly make a dent in luggage weight!
$175 at TaxiBaby.com
(See also: Stress-free Travel with Tots)
Don’t Forget These!
• A First Aid kit: Buy a ready-made one from the pharmacy or make your own. Fill a case (Daiso has a good collection of sizes) with medications, a thermometer, tweezers, insect repellent, gel packs, kid-friendly bandages, Band-aids and plasters in various sizes, gauze pads, sting-free antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment/cream, and anything else you think you may possibly need.
(See also: Medical Facts for Travelling with Kids)
• Extra hand & mouth wipes
• Ziplock bags
• Anti-bacteria wipes
• Hand sanitiser
• Vitamins and/or supplements
(See also: Does My Child Really Need Supplements?)
• Bottle brush and nipple/bottle cleaner
• Disposable bibs
• Disposable nappy change liners