A holiday abroad with a baby – what to pack

Following from my “flying for the first time with a baby” (historically one of my all time most commented, clicked and shared posts – THANK YOU!), it taught me that perhaps more of those kind of informative posts could be of help and interest to fellow newish mothers like me, especially when it come to travel.

For that reason I want to share with you my baby packing check list when going on a (summer) overseas holiday with a baby. I’ve shared this list already with a few friends (who know I have a spreadsheet for everything in life!) and I also received DMs on Instagram from those replying to my Instastories with questions during our recent (and first family summer) holiday to Menorca.

I hope you or a friend/relative find this useful and please let me know if you have any suggestions to add. I’ve linked to some of the products (not sponsored!) for ease for you to click/browse/purchase.

So here goes, my checklist for going on a summer holiday with a baby…

Me and Henry on our first summer holiday recently to Menorca

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A mommy’s morning in the West Village

When I took Henry to NYC, I HAD to take him to one of my favourite parts of the city – the West Village. Not that he was going to remember it, being just 5 months old at the time, but as I was an avid fan of the TV series Sex and the City and F.R.I.E.N.D.S during my teenage years, I simply had to document our morning in the West Village and beyond…

The infamous exterior of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment (exclude the political poster top right!)

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Flying with a baby for the first time

I recently took Henry on his first flight and to the Big Apple – yes a 5-month old on a long haul flight, 7 hours 50 minutes no less. A few people quoted I was “brave” and/or “mad”, others said “go for it” and some simply said “good luck”!

Me and my little lad on the Brooklyn Bridge

Since my trip, many have asked me questions about travelling with a baby.  Can you take baby milk in hand luggage? What’s the deal with pushchairs on board?

So I thought I’d blog about my learnings and tips which I hope will be of interest to anyone looking to take a little one on their first flight – long or short haul….

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A Center Parcs getaway with a baby

As a new parent, holiday shopping can seem daunting. You want accommodation that offers the facilities you want, to maintain some level of normality with your routine (happy baby + happy mummy + happy daddy = happy days) and a resort that is family friendly and makes life as easy as possible for (new-ish) parents. Especially when you’re spending a hard earned wage.

For a relative’s landmark birthday, a small group of us recently stayed at Center Parcs, in their Elveden Forest resort in Suffolk. This was Henry’s first holiday and the first time we have taken him away from home overnight and in this instance 3 nights. As a first time mother, naturally the planning involved lists galore, lots of questions (thank you Center Parcs for being so responsive on Twitter!) and about a week to get ready and packed…

Home for the weekend? Sure!

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An Ibiza Love Affair

We all have many ‘happy places’ in life, right? Travelling to near and far places, experiencing new cultures, immersing in to vast amounts of history and exploring beautiful cities and paradises….And anywhere that tops up a healthy glow is a bonus in my book – wearing SPF30 of course…(okay maybe I’ll drop to SPF15 on my legs when they are sun-kissed).

Ibiza

#nofilter: Ibiza paradise

But what is it about Ibiza that keeps us going back year after year? Whether you’re single or in a relationship, a ‘raver’ or a ‘yoga-bunny’, a dancer or chillaxer – whatever your purpose, there’s so many of us in love with the tiny White Isle…

I’m not denying there are many who enjoy entering a certain Ibiza escapism and wilderness, full of debauchery and memories either best forgotten (if they haven’t already been forgotten before the flight home) but I love that I can immerse in to a world where those in their teens and early twenties are in the minority and where it’s more than acceptable to wear flip flops all day and night (leaving the Louboutin’s at home) and a messy up-do is more fitting than a perfectly groomed GHD curl…

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Bienvenido a Miami

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Dreaming…

SORRY for my radio silence! Please forgive me for having some time out and enjoying myself!

This last month has been pretty aces – getting lots of sun, enjoying some R&R and getting a stack load of future blog content.

After a slightly challenging year, I don’t need to explain why “time out” is good for us, why it’s needed every so often and how I’m slowly learning how important it is to look after number one and to enjoy the things one most enjoys in life – which for me is seeing the world, as well as spending time and having LOLs with some amazing people! I have the best friends!

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