Travel Gear Wish List for New Parents
As my husband and I are expecting our first baby in January, we’ve already started thinking about how living and traveling abroad will be different when we suddenly become a family of three.
When we were still just talking about getting pregnant, I started reading obsessively about traveling with kids and checking in on some blogs of active travelers and writers who have young children: Julie Schwietert, Leigh Shulman, David Miller, and Christine Gilbert.
I read all of Matt Gross’s Frugal Traveler posts that involved traveling with his baby daughter, Sasha, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading articles like David Page’s Adventures in Weaning: Cold Turkey in the Great American Desert. I was thoroughly convinced that bringing a baby into our family would not stop us from traveling or working abroad.
Several months later, I found myself prepping for the baby shower my mom is throwing. My husband and I are fairly minimalist, and we plan on borrowing the majority of baby-related items from his sister. We don’t want baby jumping things hanging from the doorways, clunky plastic toys cluttering the floors or music-playing mobiles driving us (ok maybe just me) insane with repetitive tunes.
We like to travel light, but we figured there are a few things that could make traveling with baby easier. I registered for a baby sling (for everyday use), a baby backpack (for hiking), an inflatable infant travel bed and an inflatable baby bathtub that rolls up and can easily be squished into a bag.
During my search for baby travel gear, I found all sorts of things that could be helpful for new and expecting parents. You can check out the full run-down on my latest BootsnAll article:
About half of these items are things I’ve registered for myself! If you do click over, remember the goal is to NOT be traveling with as much stuff as the mom in the first photo. Travel gear you do get should help make travel with baby easier, not leave you pushing overloaded carts through the airport.