How to pack for an outdoors vacation
Are you heading off to a festival or show this year? Perhaps you’ve decided to go camping, whether it’s a simple tent pitched in a field or a luxe yurt on a glamping campsite. Any of these can be great fun but if you have a baby in tow, you need a little planning and some great products to help your trip go smoothly. Here are some of our favourites.
There are places that a pushchair can’t go, so to carry your baby at a festival or through the woods and fields of your campsite all day long in comfort, look for a great backpack carrier. Made with the same technology as a great rucksack, the Phil&teds back carrier has been created using years research and testing in the wild and is designed to be as comfortable for the parent as it is for the baby. With an anatomically shaped baby seat, neck support and face pad, it includes a rear view mirror so you can see what your baby is up to, a sunshade and foot stirrups to keep their legs supported. The kick-out leg helps you get your baby in and out and it even has a bottle pocket, a toy loop and accessory pocket.
If you’re travelling by car, this is be perfect to pop into the boot for lots of fun and games for your baby all day long. It will keep your baby safe, raising them off the ground (especially if it’s muddy or a bit mucky) and because it has a seat that spins 3600, your little one can look all around them to see what’s going on. There are lots of activities on the Jumperoo, such as music, lights and sounds and your baby will learn how to make them all work. It has three different heights, so it will grow with your baby and the colourful toys will help your baby’s eyesight and development. Best of all, it folds for travel and it helps strengthen your baby’s legs for that all-important next developmental stage – walking!
Having a safe place for your baby to sleep at night and lay in during the day is worth its weight in gold, so this inexpensive pack n play is fabulous. It can be used from birth up to around six months (though you should stop using it when your baby can roll or pull themselves up) and it’s so easy to pack for your trip, as it folds up small. It has a padded mattress for a comfortable night’s sleep and a built-in mosquito net to keep biting insects away from your little one.
Whether you’re taking a pushchair, a car seat or a travel cot on your trip, there’s a SnoozeShade to fit each one and keep your little one protected and calm for that all-important night’s sleep. Why not save money today on a bundle – save 10% on a pushchair plus a car seat SnoozeShade or alternatively grab a pushchair plus travel cot SnoozeShade. You can even save 15% on the full range, giving you sleep options wherever you go with your baby.
You’ve probably seen these trolleys before at festivals, packed full of cute babies and toys! This is our favourite, as it has big, chunky wheels that will glide over the biggest mud pits and ridges at field-based festivals or beyond. Built to last, it’s made from all-steel hardware and it has industrial quality wheels with chunky tyres that make it easy to pull over rough ground. It has a comfortable handle to pull it along with and can be used at home too, for gardening or trips to the park.
It’s just 5.4kg, so in theory you could take this with you when travelling by any method, even train or bus, as long as your partner carries the baby in the backpack carrier, above! This enormous playpen is specifically designed for using anywhere to create a safe area for your child to rest and play. You can pop some toys inside (or create a mini ball pit) and it can be used indoors or out, at the beach or at a festival. The folding metal frame is light and easy to fold and unfold and the mesh sides mean you can always keep an eye on your little one. The base is water-resistant to keep your little one dry even on damp grass and it comes with its own bag with shoulder strap for easy transport.
It’s one of the most inexpensive items to pack for a trip but one of the most useful. In fact, pack two, as babies just love to pull them off and drop them from the pushchair, don’t they? This hat not only has a peak to keep the sun off your baby’s face but has a neck flap too, to prevent sunstroke. Made from UPF50+ fabric it’s lightweight and quick drying and made from recycled plastic.
If you’re travelling light, you probably won’t want to take too many of your baby’s toys but if they are used to falling asleep to white noise, you can find an app on your phone so that you can play it when it’s time for your baby to sleep (check you’ve packed your travel phone charger). It’s the perfect way to help your little one drift off to sleep while masking external sounds. Just make sure you don’t choose an app that had adverts popping up in it that will wake your baby with a start!
Headed to a music festival? Worried that the music might be a bit loud for your baby’s delicate ears? These clever ear defenders will block out loud noises, keeping your little one happy and protected. They have an adjustable headband that’s soft and comfortable and the ear cups are well-padded too. They will be useful for all sorts of future events too – fireworks, parties and more!
Remember that babies under six months should not have sun cream applied to them, so keep them well shaded until then – of course, SnoozeShade is perfect for this! After that, look for a sun cream that’s as natural and protective as possible. We love the Aveeno range as it’s scent-free, chemical-free and made from the kindest of ingredients. Its soothing, does not clog pores and is water repellent and comes in recyclable packaging.