Motherhood and the Traveling Pram: Planning the Trip

Pram (n. Chiefly British) baby carriage

Planning is the key.

It’s our first time to fly with the little prince. Though I’m pretty confident that we’ll blend in well in Hong Kong (HK), it’s the preparation before the travel that concerned me.

Here’s the first part of tips on how we had everything in control – or close.

Planning the Trip 1

Cleared. Visit your baby’s pediatrician before the trip. Just to make sure s/he’s fit to travel, free from any illnesses and has all vaccines that may be needed.

Study your destination. Aside from the language and culture, be in the know of your destination city’s current news, events and weather forecast. Keep maps and navigators. Try to find out the area where you will be staying. Good that HK Tourism provided Apps for tourists that helped us a lot in planning our trip.

Baby and the Vacation Home. I had a lot of things to consider but here are my top concerns: Tub, Water Heater, Bottle Sterilizer and Crib. Good thing there are portable tubs, water heaters and sterilizers out there. Just make sure that sockets’ shape and voltages match. Speaking of sockets, outlet protectors and duct tapes would be helpful.

Look for friends and people you know. I love that Filipinos are scattered across the globe.

Locate your embassy. Know where your country’s embassy is. Well, for safety. You’ll never know.

what to bring

Now you know what to expect, from the weather forecast to transportation modes. It’s time to decide on what to pack.

Baby’s clothes. A good set of clothes right for the season gives baby a lot of ease. It was summer in HK so I packed in light, comfy clothes. But the airport and malls were freezing cold, and a typhoon landed in the middle of our travel. We had to walk, take flights of stairs, and ride the train and buses – in and out of humid or wet streets. Glad I brought sweaters, socks, beanies, and heavy pants.

Baby Food. I’m sure there’s baby food available everywhere. But thinking about money conversion rates, where to buy, and the food stock we have at home, I decided to stay on the safe side and bring snacks good for a week.

Baby Milk Formula and Vitamins. I brought in a can of formula milk and bottles of vitamins. Your baby’s brands may not be available in your destination country.

Stroller, Car Seat and Carriers. Not all streets and transportation modes (in HK and in some other countries) are stroller-friendly. So for smaller babies, it would be best if you have the basket carrier so you can move baby from the stroller and out, and vice versa without a hassle. But for bigger babies, investing on a light umbrella-type strollers and back-pack carriers can be really helpful. We found a good buy in SM Department Store, for only P999. Light, easy to fold, and cheap. Exactly like this…

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Documents. The Passport and the Baby Book are the basics. If baby is travelling with only one parent or with other adults other than the parents, a notarized letter of consent signed by the parent/s is required.

Bags. King and I fit in our stuff in 1 big luggage, and we had a separate luggage for Prince. It’s a wonder how a tiny baby can use up too much space. King had a backpack for all the gadgets, and I carried the baby bag.

What’s in the baby bag? Find out here.