By now, Ning and I are so used to travelling that we’ve perfected our packing — we are completely unfazed even if we find ourselves packing at 6 a.m. in the morning, a mere hour before the taxi picks us up to get to the airport in time for a 9.30 a.m. flight. We also travel light. For as long as I can remember, we’ve always managed with two cabin luggage sized trolleys (which we have to check in because of my toiletries) plus a backpack for Ning, and a tote for me.
Unfortunately, I don’t think we can get away with that anymore now that we are travelling with little Isaac. So for our upcoming trip to Tasmania, our packing list includes:
- 1 x carrier. We decided to forgo bringing a stroller because we intend to do a lot of hiking in Tasmania and the trails are probably not suitable for strollers. Anyway, Isaac is still relatively light (7.5 kg with a full diaper and after a feed) so that makes him a manageable carry for now.
- 60 x diapers. We’ll be off for 12 days, so that’s 5 diapers per day (which should give us some to spare because Isaac uses about 4 diapers a day currently). This is the bulkiest and heaviest item we have to pack. On the bright side, we will run these down over the course of our stay, and we can use the space for shopping on our return trip!
- Many many many items of clothing. I don’t even want to begin to think about this. Ning and I usually make do with just a few changes of clothes while travelling, but that’s because we don’t drool constantly or spill foods on ourselves, unlike our little man. So, many rompers, bibs, PJs, blankets, small-square-cloths (probably our entire wardrobe worth of them), and a little sun hat for the Australian summer. The saving grace is that his clothes are tiny.
- Feeding implements. I am mighty glad that I am still nursing him most of the time, so the key item here is a nursing cover. Other than that, we’ll probably pack two spoons, two sippy cups and his baby bowl for his solid feeds. We had the wild fantasy that he would be polishing off pieces of bread with gusto by the time we travel but alas, this is unlikely to happen so we will still need to manage with some pureed, mashed, semi-solids at some point. And baby detergent to clean. And also a few jars of baby food.
- Bathing things. Um. Can I repeat once again here how glad I am that Isaac seems to have the early makings of a traveller, what with him being light, still nursing, and not using too many diapers? He can sit very well now so we are not bothering with bringing inflatable bathtubs or bulky bath-seats along. We will just get a non-slip mat which we can place in the bathtub/shower for Isaac to sit on (so he um, doesn’t slip. And also to prevent icky stuff from touching his delicate little body.) And his baby toothbrush, and his baby shampoo and shower foam, and his powder, and his lotion (Ning thinks this is completely unnecessary usually, but definitely a must I think for the dry climate in Australia) and his ruyi oil. Eep, how did this list get so long?
- Toys. Because how else to distract him on the long flights and drives? I don’t suppose Isaac wants to watch Serial (Bad) Weddings with me onboard the flight.
- Protective stuff. Sunscreen for the hot Australian sun, and insect repellant for the outdoors.
Um! Did I get it all? And dare I imagine that we can still fit all these into a little cabin trolley?