Remember the days when you were young, innocent and hated the person with a baby on the plane? Guess what? You're that person now. You have a baby, you need (or want) to take that baby somewhere and you cannot strap it to your back and swim — not that the thought hasn't crossed your mind.
Stop hyperventilating! There are plenty of ways to make a trip with your little one easier. The key is preparation. Put your heart and soul into research, planning and packing, and the travelling part really won't be so bad.
The saying goes, "Preparation and planning prevents piss-poor performance." Aside from being an impressive — although perhaps a tad unnecessary — amount of alliteration, the message really rings true. Especially when it comes to travelling with a baby.
About 90 per cent of any potential issues can be avoided by simply doing the right amount of research and planning. Surprises are what spell disaster. Make it impossible (or nearly impossible) to be surprised and you'll be invincible… ish. So before you do anything, investigate the following:
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Once you've done all of the reading, have familiarised yourself with your destination and stocked up on swimming nappies, baby paracetamol and whatever else you may need, you'll be ready to move onto the next step.
Packing for a trip with a baby is in a whole new packing league — in a whole new packing universe, actually. You spend hours arranging and rearranging baby items. Then, just when you think you've got all of your bases covered, your bag doesn't make it to your destination.
There's not much you can do about wayward luggage, but you can be prepared for it and other emergency situations:
With your bags packed and your sanity still intact, it's time to move onto the final step.
Eeesh. This is the hard bit. No matter how well you plan, there is still a chance your baby will scream for four hours nonstop and you won't be able to do anything. Of course, there are some precautionary measures you can take to make your trip more pleasant:
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