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If you are as crazy as us you will be considering, or already, travelling with kids. We have given a lot of thought to what we need to have in our changing bag and have come up with a few essentials for travelling kids.
Tip read: Family travel essentials
The bag is as important as the contents. I spent a lot of time mulling over what changing bag to get, long before I ever decided to take my son travelling. After lots, and lots of research I picked the Babymel Amanda Quilted Diaper Bag – Black. I bought mine through Amazon so if you have prime
This bag has lots of compartments so its easy to keep everything separated. Keeping things separate is exactly what you need when you are traveling with a kid. Things need to be quickly accessible and easy to grab in a hurry. The bag also offers a compartment for bottles. It can keep a bottle of warm milk warm for hours!
If you are taking your little one abroad you really need to consider lip care aswell as skin protection. So many people forget about the lips, but I bet they are the first part of your body you notice getting dehydrated. This Sun lipbalm actually had UV protection, the first lipbalm I have seen with sun protection and the healing and moisturizing properties provided by aloe vera.
So I understand you may be wondering why I have both the sun lips and aloe lips… But I just love both. Travis loves using the aloe lips and it can be used in both hot and cold weathers. What I am trying to stay is it protects your lips in both hot and cold climates. Plus the jojoba smells glorious.
The aloe lips also has cleaning and healing properties which means its the perfect mini first aid stick. You can quickly rub it over small cuts and bruises to promote quick healing. Also, if you (the adult!) plan to get a tattoo abroad this is a great alternative to expensive nappy ointments or bulky Vaseline tubs.
Always keep a water bottle handy. If you an pick one and stick to it your child will become familiar with it and will enjoy using it. You also want to be getting as much water as possible into your kids while you travel to avoid all the dangers that come with being in hot climates.
We picked up this one Sistema Twist ‘n’ Sip BPA Free Water Bottle, 460 ml – Blue in Fuerteventura and its perfect. The top screws off making it easy to re-fill and screws back on tightly to avoid leaks. The bottle uses a screw function to open and close which makes it easy for a child to learn to use for themselves.
Aloe Vera Gelly
This Aloe Gelly is as close to natural Aloe Vera that you can find in a tube. It is almost identical to the inner leaf of the Aloe Vera Barbadensis plant. As a changing bag essential this baby offers you;
A nappy rash cream
Skin rash cream
Soothes broken skin and cuts
Promotes healing of cuts
Works as a teething gel
Soothes sore throats
…and so much more. You can try this on almost anything and see results. We used it on impetigo from Fuerteventura, and I have had friends use it on hand, foot and mouth contracted in Scotland.
The ‘don’t lose me’ clip
This little clip is a life saver. We have used it on cups, books, toys and much more. It has a crocodile clip at one end and a popper clip at the other end.
We buy ours from Oh Sew Angie because her designs are awesome and she really listens to what you want. She is based in the Scottish Borders.
You can clip things to almost anything, we have used it to attach cups to the car seat, the buggy and to Travis’ clothes. Super handy when he feels like chucking his cup in the car, but wants it back a few minutes later.
A good book
We love love love Usborne books. Part of the fun is shopping for these books. We have a representative in our area who comes around and throws us book parties. She is really fantastic and will give every person personalized advice about what books will best suit the kiddies they are buying for. It can be super overwhelming to buy books as gifts for children when you feel completely lost about what they should be reading at their age.
If you are in the Scottish Borders you can contact our representative Amanda and she will happily throw a party for you. In the comfort of your own home too.
Amanda suggested the ‘Thats not my…’ book series for Travis and she was absolutely spot on. This book range have different feelings and textures for the kids to touch as they work their way through the book. A good and amusing book is a handy thing to have in your kids bag to keep them occupied during otherwise boring times.
A teething toy
Kids teeth for so long that its always a good idea to have a teething toy in their bag. This makes it another of our essentials for traveling kids. You never want to be caught off guard without a teething toy when you really need one. We found this out in Fuerteventura when Travis has four teeth push through within a week… On that note there are some other things you should know about taking a teething child to The Canary Islands.
This Nuby Ice Bite Teether Keys toy is really cool because even a slightly older child will find it amusing because you can make a game out of it.
These are the essentials we pack when taking our 1 year old abroad. What are yours?