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Traveling with your baby for the first time is challenging enough; taking the baby on a summer vacation for the first time can be even trickier. You want the baby’s first vacation to be as pleasant as it can be, but you should also prepare for the challenges along the way, so you can have a great vacation yourself.
We’ve covered things like how you can get your little one comfortable with water and swimming in previous articles. Now, it is time to prepare for the trip and have a blast. Here are the things you need to know about your first summer vacation with a baby.
Plan the Trip First
Choosing a travel destination and figuring out your travel details are the first things you want to do if you are planning a summer holiday with your baby. For starters, the destination will determine many of the things you need to prepare for the actual vacation.
For example, you need to get the baby a passport if you want to travel internationally. This is something you have to do at least six weeks – preferably more – before the actual trip. You can get the passport in as little as eight days through an agency, but it is best to give yourself plenty of time.
The same can be said for other travel arrangements. Certain airlines let your little one fly domestically for free, while others charge you a reduced fare for the flight. Be sure to get these details sorted before moving on to the next step.
You need to bring a lot of things to keep the baby comfortable; you also need to have all the baby essentials packed for the trip. The best way to pack successfully is by starting early. This way, you have time to start making a list of things you need to bring and working your way down that list accordingly.
Keep in mind that you are allowed to bring breast milk or formula, as well as baby food onboard. Other liquids that are necessary for the baby’s well-being are also allowed. TSA agents usually ask you to try the baby food and other liquids you bring, but this is a common procedure.
One extra thing to check is the airline’s policy on gate-checking certain items. If you bring a car seat or a stroller for the baby’s safety and comfort, you have the option to gate-check it and have the stroller ready for use as soon as you land.
Don’t Forget About Yourself
Going on a summer vacation with the baby doesn’t mean devoting the entire time to your little one. You need to have fun too! Don’t forget to prepare some things so that you can have a blast. You can start by doing some shopping for new tankini bathing suits and some summer fashion pieces.
Start packing your things early as well. Similar to packing for the baby, packing your stuff early means giving yourself enough time to make sure you have everything you need for the trip. You can check – and double-check – the baggage requirement and make suitable adjustments.
Aside from new summer clothes and gorgeous swimwear for the holiday, pick up sunscreen, moisturizer, and other items you need to stay fresh and beautiful throughout the trip. Since you can now buy everything you need online, shopping for the trip should be easy.
Make Some Final Arrangements
As you get closer to the departure date, it is time to make some final arrangements. You can begin by contacting the hotel and asking about babysitting services and other special arrangements. If you’ve been carefully planning the trip, you also have the option to get a baby crib added to the room for the duration of your stay.
Think about ways to keep the baby entertained too, especially during the flight to and from your holiday destination. Some movies, the little one’s favorite toys, and books to read are usually enough. Oh, and make sure you pack several pairs of baby-friendly ear plugs for extra safety and to keep the baby as comfortable as possible.
That’s it! Cover these basics and you can plan your first summer vacation with a baby without a problem. There are a lot of great destinations to choose from, including those with baby-friendly amenities and attractions that your child will absolutely love. Set aside some time so your partner and you can have private holiday moments. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures while you’re on vacation!