After spending ten days on the Maledives – let me just say at this point that it was outstanding! (a separate blog post will follow) – we are finally back home since Sunday night. I love to travel but at the same time love coming home again, there is nothing like home and no need to say that I missed my furry little friend like crazy, too!
As this was our first travel abroad with baby and we had a long travel before us, I taught it would be a good idea to give you guys my experiences and tips which I could collect during the time. At the time getting ready to prepare everything for our trip my biggest concern was not to forget something for Emma Rose or to go out of food or something else. Of course, because I had no plan, everything was NEW! So, I spent a lot of time in the internet searching for posts or blogs giving tips on how to travel with a baby but it was hard to pull out the information and what to pack in your hand luggage during the flight what food is concerned. So in this post I summarize everything for you what I packed in and hope that it will be useful for you and your family vacay!
Let me just give you a little background information about our planned trip:
on the way to the Maledives we could book a night flight which left at about 8.00 pm in the evening and we flew with Lufthansa. We also organized about two weeks ahead a baby bassinet for the outbound as well for the return flight and let me tell you that this is quite IMPORTANT to check in advance! An airline has only limited places with baby bassinets per flight and if there is no more baby bassinet available you have to take your baby on your lab the whole flight – well, this information was given to us by our travel agency. After we arrived in Male there was a short bus transfer of about 15 minutes to bring us from the airport to the seaplane airport. There, we waited for about one hour in a lounge which was quite comfortable as they had air-conditioning and complimentary food and beverages (on this point noted that it is NOT the norm as it depends on which hotel you book yourself in and if this hotel has a lounge or lounge facilities at the airport, so I would advise you to check in advance if this is important for you – if your hotel has no lounge at the airport, just for you to know that everything is quite open, so no air-conditioning but a lot of fans on the ceiling, as well you will find there small shops). Our seaplane left on time and with two short stops on other islands we arrived forty minutes later at our resort).
For this trip I packed my hand luggage/diaper bag as follows:
diaper bag (I used this model here):
– two bottles for milk, I used these ones as they were lightweight)
– one bottle for tea/water
– four teabags (boiled water as well as water bottles you will get in the plane)
– (in case you don´t want to prepare milk this is a good option as this is a ready one)
– milk powder & corresponding spoon for it
– four fruit snacks, Emma loves these ones
– one of this for breakfast
– three fruit bars
– one glas of a menu
– snacks like this, this or these rice snacks (I put a little box full of it as a mixture)
– 2 spoons
– desinfection wipes
– nose drops
– diaper wipes
– 8 diapers
– diaper creme
– two bodys
– two tights
– two socks
– three bibs
– two swaddles
– changing mat (my diaper bag has an integrated, detachable changing mat which is already included in my diaper bag and washable) -> there you will find my blog post about it
One bottle I already filled with fresh water right before the flight, so I only had to put my milk powder into it and was ready to feed Emma while we took off (when we rolled to the runway I put the milk powder in my bottle). I tried to feed Emma as long as the seat belt signs were switched off that means that we reached a flight altitude in which the pressure for ok for the ears because babies can´t make the pressure equalization. (I also did this while flying with the seaplane but tried to give Emma just water and it functioned very well – I sometimes had the feeling that she wanted to drink by herself because she felt it was good for her but maybe just my feeling ;-).) During the flight Emma also ate from my food with, for example a bread roll with butter or some Tortelloni with tomato sauce (I tried to give her just a small amount of sauce because of the sourness in it – she LOVED it). Of course I had too many food with me but I wanted to be sure in any case she didn´t want to eat the food of me – you can never be too much prepared when it comes to your baby, right? :-).
hand luggage bag (I used this model here):
– four more bottles for milk to be on the safe side, the same as above
– angel nest
– toys (took Emma´s favorite stuffed animal with me, her favorite book & some small water figures)
– the rest of the snacks which could´t find any more place in the snack box
The baby bassinet will be installed by the flight attendants as soon as the seat belt signs have been switched off after take off. They will also put a fresh linen onto it but it is quite hard so I was glad that I brought my angel nest with me. You will get a pillow as well as blanket for the bassinet as well but as I had my angel nest and I also brought my blanket with I didn’t need it. In the airplane it gets quite cold sometimes so I made sure to bring my own things with on which I was sure how they work.
Concerning how to entertain your baby in the plane I only can say that Emma is interested in quite a few things. She was just a brave baby and smiled a lot with the flight attendants or other guests. As I brought with me her favorite book (is all about farms and the animals who live there) and little water figures (they were new ones), she was quite good entertained. As well she loved to play with magazines, papers, water bottles or just with us. On the outbound flight, as it was a night flight, she slept quite right from the beginning of the flight and for almost seven hours (I know, we can be really happy) and for the rest of the around about three hours we entertained her and it was ok, time went by very fast. On the return flight, it was a flight which left at 10.40 am (we didn´t get a return flight for the night, unfortunately), it was a bit more difficult but we already prepared us mentally for that. We tried to do different things with her means to read her book, to let her entertain by herself, to show her the small figures (each time a different one), to let her play with shoes, har ties, lip glosses (closed ones of course) and we also got to know a family and our both babies played with themselves. During the time we ate together a several times (baby girl was quite hungry) and two times she slept (she fall asleep on me ones, how I LOVE it, and slept for almost three hours and the other time was around about one hour. We really can´t complain as she was so brave and I was so proud of her. I had in mine to be relaxed and I am pretty sure if you are, your baby is as well.
Overall it was really a good experience for all of us and took us the fear of traveling with her. She was a lucky baby and it is just a great, great joy to see her discovering new things and to see things from the eyes of her – wonderful.
Don´t forget, you are an amazing mama and I am sure you will prepare a perfect trip whether it is a long or a short one.