Logistics is the most annoying part of traveling with kids: packing, unpacking, sleeping, feeding, moving around, all that with a sweet toddler (or three) demanding your attention. These are the things that proved to make our trips a little easier.
- Manduca carrier: Baby carrier is the first things that goes into the luggage for short as well as long trips. We love Manduca because it is compact, made from soft cotton, and yet it is sturdy and safe, fitting perfectly. Not to mention it’s ergonomic, and grows with the baby. The disadvantage is that due to the closeness of the bodies, it gets sweaty, especially in hot weather.
- Deuter carrier: We use Deuter for hiking in the mountains, where we need to keep Piko safe and comfy for the whole day. We love Deuter because it feels like carrying a backpack, not a baby carrier. With all the little details like cushioned headrest, adjustable seat, or a little roof, we don’t have to worry about Piko’s comfort and focus on the road and km ahead.
- Weego Twins carrier: We have not been traveling abroad with this carrier, but it has been a lifesaver at home and on any walk outside. Lily and Niky enjoyed being carried around in their first 4 months, and finding a suitable carrier for twins was the only way to get our hands free to manage a 2.5 year old at the same time. We love Weego because it is soft, cozy and suitable for our prematurely born babies. It is not a carrier for long walks, and as the twins gain weight it will soon be unmanageable. Still, a lifesaver!
- Britax strollers: We have two, a single one that we used for Piko, and a twin one that we use for Lily and Niky. We do not have another travel-only stroller, Britax is with us at home and on the road. We love Britax because it is compact and light, but still a full-fledged stroller that a baby or a toddler can spend a whole day in. The single one is awesome, the twin one has some faults. You cannot fit two car seats on it, and the foam wheels are not ideal. We have exchanged the back wheels with the proper ones from single stroller. Still, very good value for money.
- Phil&Teds travel cot: We take our own cot with us to most places we travel, whether a weekend at grandma’s or a trip to Australia. It saves us time and effort when looking for a hotel room, and it gives us more peaceful night as we don’t share our bed with three kids. We love Phil&Teds, because it really is “the only travel cot lighter than a baby”, as they claim. And despite being so light, it doesn’t collapse when a toddler leans on it full weight. We use it even now, unzipped, for a three-year old that likes to fall down from beds. We felt uneasy at first, having our baby sleep “on the floor”. Now, we are more worried about them sleeping in dubious travel cots provided by hotels and prefer to give our kids a chance to sleep beds they are used to when traveling.
- Kojo nursing activewear: as a breastfeeding mum, I am spared traveling with bottles and sterilizers, but I have to be ready to take my boobs out literally anywhere. I love Kojo T-shirts because I can do sports in proper functional clothes, while allowing me to breastfeed discreetly and comfortably. Something I thought impossible!