Part I: stroller and travel bed
I have received a lot of questions about baby travel essentials and it is really difficult, when travelling for the first time with a baby to decide what to bring and what to leave behind, especially if your are backpacking with a baby and travelling light. You will need to do really hard prioritizing.
When we travelled for the first time with our baby, we brought way to much of everything. On our latest travel we really optimized and only brought the most essential.
You can read more about travelling abroad with a baby in these 2 posts:
These are some of the baby travel essentials we bring, when travelling abroad:
A stroller is a must bring travel essential when travelling with a baby or smaller children. The most important feature about the stroller is the weight, that it is foldable and the fact, that the baby can be placed horizontal in the stroller. We use a Phil and Teds stroller. They are quite expensive, but we think they are worth it. We use an Phil and Teds Navigator stroller adaptable for 2 kids, the extra seat in the back is a lifesaver travelling with two small children especially in big cities and in airports. But the stroller is also a lifesaver with only one seat 🙂
It is a small batteri driven stroller fan – and you can clip it on the side of your stroller. The fan has small soft foam blades, so it won’t hurt your baby to touch the blades. We use the fan, when exploring tropical cities or when our baby needs a nap and the weather is sticky hot.
When our baby was newborn, we brought a baby hammock on our travels. The hammock comes with a door clamp, so it can be hung in a doorway. It weighs under 2 kilos and can be folded to fit in a backpack. The hammock is great and bounces your baby to sleep.
Deryan Travel Bed
When our baby grew older we have brought a Deryan Travel Bed on our travels. The travel bed is like a pop up tent and comes with an inflatable mattres and sleeping mat. Best of all the travel bed comes with a net to protect your baby from insects, so if your travelling to areas with malaria, this bed is perfect. It weighs only 2 kilos.
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