When I was pregnant with my first child, I remember sitting over churros and chocolate in a Spanish cafe with my husband at 11 pm.
We looked at each other and agreed that this trip to Spain would probably be our last trip for several years because, well, we’re having a child.
Fast forward four years later and now we have two children – a three-year-old daughter who has been to 19 countries, and a nine-month-old son who has been to 8 countries so far!
My brother had a whirlwind romance with an amazing girl from Korea. I gave birth to my daughter and immediately went to my local US Post Office in San Francisco to get her a passport so we could attend their beautiful wedding in Korea.
We got a taste of how fun traveling can be with a baby, and, after moving to Singapore, it opened the window of traveling possibilities – it’s so easy to hop on a plane and explore neighbouring countries over the weekend. We can no longer leisurely enjoy dessert at 11pm, but we can at 7:30 am!
In all seriousness, traveling with young children is fun, but can be daunting and challenging. Here are travelling must-haves that work for us, especially when I’m exploring a new city solo with the kids.
Now, my daughter is too big for a carrier and my back cannot handle carrying either child for an extended period of time. This leads to my number one tip: invest in a good double stroller that works for you and your kids.
We love our Joovy Caboose Ultralight tandem stroller because:
- It’s easy to push around the city.
- It’s light enough for me to lift into taxis
- It fits in all lifts
- Both seats lean back, making it comfortable for naps
- It can fit most infant car seat brands using the included adapter
- The back seat can be taken out so my toddler can stand instead, and
- My kids will sit in it!
Those were a lot of reasons, but you can tell that I really love our double stroller!
Stroller Rain Cover
A little – or a lot – of rain never stops us from exploring. We just pop the rain cover on top of the stroller and the kids stay warm and dry. My husband, kids and I once walked around in the freezing rain in Hangzhou for six hours! I don’t recommend doing that, but the rain cover is a real necessity when you’re planning to be outdoors all day.
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This is such a simple contraption but it’s genius! I hook the Mommy Hook onto the stroller handle to hang our baby bag and the billions of bags we end up accumulating while we explore and shop. It’s so sturdy and durable, and my hands are always free to attend to my kids.
Ergobaby carrier and breastfeeding cover
I learned my lesson early on when I once took my toddler and newborn to an ice cream shop. I wanted to treat my daughter for being an awesome big sister, but as soon as we got there, my newborn was crying to be fed.
I sat in the corner to breastfeed, but after 15 minutes, my toddler told me she had to use the potty. I asked her if she could hold it. She assured me she could, but then a minute later, she said, “Maybe I can hold it for a little.”
I knew I had a limited amount of time, so while still holding and feeding my infant, I ran to the nearest toilet with my toddler in my other arm.
My kids and I always share a large suitcase, but it can get really confusing and disorganised. I keep all our clothes organised by using packing cubes. I also label the packing cubes, so I never have to rummage to look for outfits. If the hotel doesn’t offer a laundry bag, I reuse the packing cubes for dirty laundry and just wash them when we get home.
Lanyard Phone Case
People always laugh at my ridiculous phone cases, but little do they know how functional and practical they are. My phone case has a little zipper pouch included and a lanyard attached so I can wear my phone like a small purse. I can access my phone at anytime to look at GPS or take a photo of my kids. I usually also have my camera hung around my body too… always need to be ready in case my kids do something cute (we all know that “can you do that again?” never works)!
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Finding a changing table can sometimes be tricky while traveling. If your baby can stand while holding onto something (probably around eight months old), pull-up diapers make changing diapers quick and easy. Insert your baby’s legs into the new diaper, tear the sides off of the old diaper and then pull up the new diaper. It’ll take less than a minute.
Photos (except Mommy Hook): Ahnah Han