Traveling With a Baby Checklist
After several miserable attempts at adventuring with our one year old where one or all of us ended up short tempered, over hunger, and/ or crying, I scribbled a checklist reminder down in my travel journal. It is so easy to get so caught up in trying to see all of the sights and forget about the things that really matter. Because of this checklist we ended up doing a lot less then we had originally planned. That simply forced us to prioritize the things we really wanted to do, and gave us time for small adventures and little moments. I highly recommend that you and your partner or traveling companion check in with each other out loud. Don’t just assume that your partner is good to go because he/she appears to be! It is easiest for us to neglect ourselves. Also, bring snacks. Lots of snacks. Good luck and safe adventures!
1) ASK YOURSELF
a. Does the baby need anything?
b. Does your partner need anything?
c. Do you need anything?
2) IF YES STOP
Take care of each other and love each other, then repeat step 1
3) IF NO
Proceed with ONE thing on your itinerary
4) ENJOY YOURSELVES
Enjoy doing the thing, enjoy your baby, enjoy your partner, enjoy yourself.
Repeat steps 1-4
6) AT THE END OF THE DAY ASK YOURSELF
a. Did everyone have a chance to smile/ laugh?
b. Is everyone healthy, fed and cared for?
7) IF YES
Consider your day a success.
8) IF NO
Repeat step 1
Do you have any tips to travel with a baby/ toddler/ family? Please share in the comments below!