Peter, Pilot and I are going to Italy! I am thrilled because Pilot has been gone for the past 5 months, this will be so great being stuck on an airplane together! Seriously though, I’m really thrilled about that part. I will be about 31 weeks pregnant, am I crazy? Not sure. I bought Birkenstocks. With that confession I may be crazy. I have already begun preparation for the trip, the point being 31 weeks pregnant and with a 21 month old, I must prepare in advance. My biggest concern are “nacks” (snacks) for both myself and Peter, and comfort for the long travel hours in plane and car.
I flew with Peter to Europe when he was 12 months last year, ignorance is bliss because people looked at me like I was crazy but I just smiled. I met my mom and grandmother in Prague then we traveled to Barcelona then Rome (where Peter was kissed by the Pope, really). God must have sent me travel angel baby because he was perfect!! I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better baby to travel with. He slept when he was tired and ate pretty much everything we did. It must be his easy-going attitude because there wasn’t much adjusting, we just rolled with it. When you travel with an infant or toddler you HAVE to roll with it. If you try to stay “on schedule,” psh, let me tell you, you’ll be hating life. Let the kids adjust on their own, feed them when they’re hungry and let them nap when they’re tired. Peter slept through the night the second night we were home, because I didn’t force him on Europe time.
Let’s see how round 2 goes traveling abroad with him at this age. The only thing I can do is pray and prepare.
No one wants to be under the weather when traveling so prep your body before you leave! Get lots of rest and take elderberry daily, this is used to boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections.
Also, Peter and I will have green juice daily and try to stay away from sugar to boost our immunity.
Make sure you have plenty of healthy snack options for the flight and when you get there because sometimes there may not be good options.
Home made Trail Mix- My nutrient-packed trail mix recipe: brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, goji berries, mulberries and cacao nibs. (Try to stick with raw)
Natures Path Flax Plus Oatmeal- Quick and easy-to-make breakfast staple (all you need to add is hot water!) that helps me rise and shine through the whole day.
Amazing Grass Green Powder- What I reach for when I can’t find fresh green juice.
Garden of Life- Keeps my stomach full and my energy up!
Happy Tot – Great option for greens on the go.
Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood Powder – (Just mix with water) Created from a blend of organic greens, fruits and vegetables, one glass equals three full servings of fruits and vegetables.
Home Made Trail Mix- Goji berries, raisins, cereal of your choice (instead of nuts I add Nature’s Path Flax Plus Flakes) sneak some fiber in there to keep him regular
Freeze dried fruit – Costco, Kirkland!
Annie’s – A great alternative to cheese-its and Gold Fish. Vegan, non-gmo and organic options! Let’s be honest, we only buy our kids snacks such as these because we want to snack on them too, so let’s at least try and make it as healthy as possible!
I traveled with the City Mini to Europe last year and absolutely loved it. I will be bringing it again this time because it is so simple to fold up and is very light weight!
I LOVED wearing Peter. This is one of the things I miss most now that I am pregnant and unable to carry him in any wrap. I traveled with the Maya wrap to Europe last year and plan on bringing it again for Pilot to use just in case we decide not to take the stroller on some of the excursions. I highly recommend wearing baby from the beginning so they are used to it, this makes life so much easier!!
I still on occasion give Peter a bottle of water when I need him to relax and drink slowly. I always used Born Free and still he drinks from it in the car. I like Born Free cause it is BPA free and you have the glass option.
Share your favorite travel assessories and must haves, I would love to try new things!
Good luck and safe travels.