Baby Bear just turned 1. Hooray to another milestone! 🙂 Her next adventure is a trip to El Nido Lagen Island, Palawan — first airplane ride, first boat ride, first long trip, first beach, first outing, a lot of firsts! 🙂
Here are some tips for taveling with a baby.
1.) Be prepared. Be very prepared. – Call the resort and ask questions about the trip, flight, airport details, etc. For instance, I just learned that all liquid hand-carry must be in increments of 100mL with a maximum of 2 bottles only. I requested for a larger allocation for this because my baby drinks a lot! Plus, you have to be at the airport 1.5 hours before the flight, the flight is 1.5 hours, the boat ride is 1 hour, not counting the travel time to the airport of 1 hour… you do the math! 200mL is not enough to feed a probably-starving and bored infant by then! 🙂
2.) Call the resort and ask them to set up a baby cot in your room.
3.) Call the resort before the trip and request for special meals that your baby eats. i.e. congee, soup, vegetables etc.
4.) Ask if they have microwave ovens, airpots in the room and yes, I was very happy to discover that they had sterilizers at Lagen Island. 2 thumbs up to them for having complete baby equipments.
5.) Make sure they have life jackets for babies. If not, there are small life jackets being sold at Speedo stores but it’s for 2 years old and above though.
6.) Check if the water at the resort is desalinated. This is important especially if your baby has atopic tendencies or skin asthma.
7.) For island hopping, check out the schedule of the boat transfers, how long the transfers are, if their boats have shades from the sun, if there are bathrooms in the islands you will be going to.
8.) Do they sell mineral or distilled water in the resort and how much. El Nido only has Evian and Viva Mineral Water. Evian is being sold at a whopping P570 and Vivia is at P73.25. Yikes, I am lugging around my own Absolute distilled water.
9.) Speaking of which, there’s only a 10kg weight allocation per person – luggage and handcarries. Babies have no allocation!
Now that you are armed with all that information, it’s time to pack. We will be away for 3 days and 2 nights. Sharing with you my list that I based from babycenter.com. Being the OC mom that I am though, I added other items and lots of extras too. Crossing my fingers that we will not exceed our baggage allocation.
1.) Diapers – Calculate how many diapers she will need for the trip and add 10% for buffer in case of emergencies.
2.) Diaper Pad – This is very important especially since I highly doubt that you will be lugging a stroller around the beach.
3.) Diaper Rash Cream
4.) Wipes – 1 big for the luggage and 1 small pack for the diaper bag will do 🙂
5.) Blankets – 4 blankies which will also double as beach mat or blankie when she sleeps on the plane or boat
6.) Plastic Bags – Varied sizes to store soiled clothes, diapers, spit-ups, etc.
7.) Alcohol – 1 medium size, 1 small
8.) Baby wash – 1 medium size for the luggage and 1 small (for when you go island hopping or go to the beach you need to quickly wash her face/hands)
9.) Baby Lotion – 1 medium size in the toiletry bag
10.) Tissues – 1 big for the luggage, 1 small for the diaper bag
11.) Fave toys/books
13.) Clothes, socks, shoes
15.) Sun Hat and Shades – both of which my baby doesn’t like to wear, good luck to me! 😦
16.) Bathing suits – I love the brand iPlay because it has UPF and they have swim diapers. Protect the fishes hehe 🙂
18.) Feeding Set (Spoon, Fork, Bowl) – 2 sets
19.) Formula, Water
20.) Bottles, Nipples, Sippy/Straw Cups
21.) Bottle Cleaner and brush – don’t forget the straw brush 🙂
22.) First Aid Kit – The most important item is the ear thermometer and ice pack. (Separate post on the First Aid Kit coming up) 🙂
23.) Inflatable Baby Bath Tub
24.) Toothbrush/Toothpaste – we bring 2 brushes because our baby loves holding one while we are brushing her teeth
25.) Nail Cutter – Do cut the nails before the trip though so that will be one less thing that you will have to worry about.
26.) Cotton buds/Cotton Balls
27.) Laundry Powder – 1 sachet
28.) Socket Protectors – got mine from Saizen
29.) Baby Bed Linen – Bring your own small pillows and bolsters so she doesn’t need to adjust too much to new surroundings.
30.) Hooded Towels – Wrap around after swimming/from the beach
31.) Baby Towels – We’re bringing 4
32.) Wash Cloths – 5
33.) Burp Pads – 6
34.) Moski Shield/Insect Repellant – We use OFF! Clean Feel because it uses Picardin which is safer for babies
35.) Sunblock – Upon our pedia and derma’s reco, we got Cetaphil SPF50 🙂
36.) Aceite Manzanilla – We always carry 1 small bottle in our diaper bags as precaution to kabag or stomach gas.
37.) Baby Powder (Cornstarch) – We don’t believe in using powders but we always have 1 small cornstarch powder in case her skin gets irritated and itchy from her sweat or the heat.
38.) Baby Oil – Put baby oil before swimming so that baby doesn’t feel too cold in the water. I learned this trick from the nanny.
39.) Snacks and Drinks – Baby Bears’ current fave snacks are Marie Biscuits. This brand is safe for babies because it melts in their mouth. She washes this down with Dutch Mill Yogurt Drink. The only packaged drink that is approved by Mama Bear for babies. We get the Strawberry flavor because it has less sugar contents vs. the others.
1.) Try to Ziploc all medicines and toiletries.
2.) Mix and match clothes already. Better if you can Ziploc or place in a plastic per set/per day, so you can just whip it out anytime and you won’t need to look for matching socks, hats, etc.
3.) Pack an extra outfit for you and your husband in case of spit-ups.
4.) Use a diaper bag that is water-resistant and with shoulder straps for convenience.
5.) Bring medicine prescriptions in case of any emergency.
6.) Always remember to charge your battery cameras and other electronic devices such as cellphones and iPads.
7.) Don’t forget to enjoy!!! Show baby the wonders that God has made, build sand castles, bury her feet in the sand up to the ankles to make the legs strong – old wives’ tale, feel the wind and waves and go stargazing at night 🙂
That’s about it, I guess. We leave tomorrow morning. I hope I haven’t forgotten anything. Excited for our first vacation with Baby Bear. Til’ the next post. Happy weekend to all! 🙂