Name – Nicole
Who do you travel with? We are expats living in Hong Kong so often it is just me with my one-year-old however, sometimes husband is able to join us too!
Your favourite airline to travel with so far? and Why? Qantas – living in Hong Kong they fly us home to family directly. We use our frequent flyer membership points to our advantage and it’s very useful to have Qantas Club access when travelling with kids.
What was the destination of your favourite family holiday? Italy
Where are you dreaming of travelling next? Hawaii
What are your top 5 travel tips?
- Stay flexible and adapt. Loosely plan your itinerary but leave buffer room to take breaks when you need to. Travel is a wonderful adventure and if you stay smiling, calm and positive, your kids will pick up on this too!
- When choosing a hotel, try to find a room with an alcove or another room that you can set up your child’s bed in. We have had a few rooms without this where we’ve been forced to whisper in the dark from our son’s bedtime which is not ideal. Another option is to look for rooms with a balcony that we can sit out on with a glass of wine at the end of the day to unwind and plan our next day of adventure!
- Most airlines allow 3 items for your child checked free, including strollers, car seats and travel cots. Very useful! Most will also allow you to gate check your stroller as well. Always call ahead to book a bassinet seat. Even if your infant no longer fits in one, the extra leg room is invaluable.
- Research as much as you can before you go. Helpful things to know are whether you need to take things with you. A few things I check if I need to take are;
- Travel cot (rare for us to take but keep in mind that a lot of Asian countries have VERY small cots! We’ve all bunked in together more than once when the ‘cot’ has been bassinet sized. We always take our own linen)
- Nappies (usually available but not always)
- Milk formula (a lot easier to use than fresh milk when travelling as always on hand and no need for refrigeration)
- Food (I always take the pouches with me everywhere we go.)
- Milton steriliser tablets where safe water is not available for cleaning cups and bottles.
- Invest in a good baby/child carrier. Cannot recommend this enough!
Must have items when travelling with children?
- Wipes, wipes and more wipes!
- I always pack a little bag of snacks and water for our son. Puréed airline food is not ideal and I’d probably use a whole pack of wipes on our son trying to keep him, me, the seat and the people either side of us food free! These bibs are always in our lunch box. Super easy to wipe over and the scoop catches most things that don’t quite make it into his mouth.
- A little nappy wallet with a few nappies, a pack of wipes and some hand sanitizer. The toilets on planes are tiny and you don’t want to have to try to juggle a full sized nappy bag and your child in one. Pull-up nappies can be a LOT easier to change. (Disclaimer: dealing with poo in a pull-up with a wriggling toddler in an aeroplane toilet is not something I’d recommend! So I only use pull-ups when I’m fairly certain I’m only going to be dealing with wet nappies). I always have a pile of spare nappies in my carry on but the nappy wallet is always kept easily accessible.