|By Francesca Brunsden, Social Media Manager and Mom|
Spring Break is my favourite time of the year to get away. But packing for your little one can be a challenge, especially when it's your first family trip. When packing for my son, I've stumbled across a few things that have definitely come in handy. But they aren't what you'd expect!
Top 8 Unexpected Must-Haves
1. Ziplock Bags
2. Beach Tent
This one is for the whole family. Your little one can play or nap in the sand without being burnt to a crisp in the blazing sun. And hopefully, you will find a moment to read in the shade between the rounds of applying sunscreen.
3. Portable Play Mat
If your babe doesn’t like the sand, you can’t find a good spot to sit by the pool, or the floor of your hotel room is questionably clean, a play mat will save your life.
You'll have an instant play area with Avery Row's portable play mats. They're so light and compact, even the kiddos can carry them.
4. Noise Machine
You never know how loud the nightlife (or your neighbours!) might be in paradise. It's well worth investing in a portable white noise machine for bedtime and naps. Trust me, you don't want to mess with naptime!
5. Nail Clippers
You would be surprised how quickly nails can grow, especially in the sun and fresh air. If you don’t want your babe to turn into the Wolverine while you're away, don't forget to pack some.
6. Baby Carrier
Leave your stroller at home! This will make everything easier, especially for parents travelling solo. For aeroplane rides, short walks, and rocking the baby to sleep in a strange place, a baby carrier is a must-have. Even if you don't use one much at home, once you travel with a carrier, you'll never leave home without it again.
7. Carry-on Suitcase
Imagine getting to your destination and your luggage has gone awol. Suddenly you don't have any baby clothes, spare diapers, bottles, or clean underwear. When travelling with a baby, always carry everything you need in your carry-on. No matter what. You don't want to be stranded in a foreign country searching for the only brand of baby formula that your little one likes. Not to mention the cost of buying new clothes and gear!
8. Sun Hat
What's better than sunscreen? Not needing to apply as much sunscreen. Look for a sun hat like Little Hotdog Watson's Turquoise Baseball Cap that covers your little one's face and neck. It's got super sun protection with UPF50+ and high-tech Goldilocks Fabric, that keeps your child's head the perfect temperature. A necessity to make sure they don’t overheat.
About the Author
Francesca Brunsden is a transplanted Brit, a hairstylist-turned-entrepreneur, a queen crafter, and one social mama. Her network boasts some of the most highly connected millennial moms in with a reach of 2.5 million followers and growing. Her social media management skills are unparalleled: whether it's making compelling Instagram stories and posts, beating the latest iteration of social media algorithm into submission, or building personal and long-term relationships with customers and influencers. Francesca has perfected the brand voice that connects with millennial moms where they are at least 8 hours every day, online.