Knowing that one pays almost nothing for flights for babies below the age of 2, we decided to travel as far as possible before our firstborn’s second birthday in February 2017. Back then, the destination of choice was New Zealand.
With the second child’s upcoming second birthday approaching, I wanted to take advantage of the “free” flights and so we find ourselves soon about to travel with 3 kids to: Canada, Mexico, Colombia and Panama. (The baby is 2.5 months old)
5 cities/different accommodations
2 X 65L backpacks
2 X 44L Cabin Zero hand luggage bags
1 sling handbag
2 Ergobaby carriers
3 kids (aged 2.5 months, 23 months and 3 years)
What is in your luggage?
For the airplane:
Extra clothes for everyone
Snacks (rice waffles & chocolate bread)
2 X water bottles
Sticker activity book
1 small ball & 1 stress ball
6 small toy cars
Spanish phrase book
3 small books (palm sized)
Thin hand towels (should baby throw up)
Diaper changing mat
3 Squishy microbead pillows (a travel luxury item I cannot sleep without)
For the beach / pool / cenotes:
2 X sarong (to lie on at the beach / towel)
2 Diving sticks
2 shovels, 1 rake
2 X sunscreen (spray & stick)
For the kids:
up to 15 tops and 6 shorts per kid
15 Boxer shorts
Suppository for the baby
Portable travel toilet seat
For the adults:
10 tops and 5 shorts/skirts/jeans
Shampoo, soap and facial soap bars from LUSH
Contact lenses and what comes with that
Sunglasses & hat
Cameras & chargers
iPhones & charger
Chocolates (as will meet friends & family – will be getting books & clothes for the kids from them to take home)
Luggage weighing scale
Telekung (for prayers)
Cash, Revolut debit card & credit cards
Tupperware (for kids’ snacks on daytrips)
Hand fan (I don’t deal well with the heat)
If we weren’t bringing as many diapers as we will and all those chocolates, we could probably do it with just one 65L backpack and two Cabin Zero bags.
How much research was involved?
A whole lot!
To keep flight prices within budget of around 2000usd per person, I had to play around with many destinations.
I would have loved to go to Ecuador but flights from neighbouring country Colombia were too expensive, so that was not happening.
I’ve had to research for kid-friendly cenotes in Mexico and other things to do in all destinations.
As Cartagena has been a dream destination for so long but also one that everyone has said we shouldn’t spend more than 3 nights at (we’ll be there for 6!), I’ve had to look for different day trip options we can do from there.
Do you have any must-travel-with items I haven’t mentioned that you would recommend?