Baby Nomad - Essential Travel Gear
Nomads, Digital Nomads, Travelers, Wanderers, Adventurers, Explorers. Whatever the label is, we’ve been traveling non-stop since March 2018. If you’d like to learn how to travel forever too, check out our FREE Nomad Guide! A few months into traveling, we discovered that we would be expecting a baby in early 2019. A few months before the baby’s arrival, we started researching the BEST baby nomad gear. Our plan is to continue our travels with our baby nomad in tow and thus it was necessary to compile a list of must-haves and a few would-be-nice-to-haves. This is what we have found works best.
1. Baby carrier
There are SO many options! A popular recommendation was the Baby Ergo, which my sister has and loves for her littles, but I was looking for something more compact and easy to pack. Baby wraps are minimal, but require more tying, adjusting, juggling, and balancing the baby than I wanted to do. We ended up finding this soft carrier from Boppy which packs up small, has a hip belt, and is very easy to adjust. Another similar option that we almost went with was the Baby K’tan.
2. Baby bed
If you’re planning to co-sleep then you might not need this. I know I am a heavy sleeper though and wanted to have a safe, separate sleep space for our baby. Many hotels and some Airbnbs have cribs or pack-n-plays available but we wanted to have something on hand as well. It was difficult to find something that wasn’t too bulky or heavy as every pound (or kg) counts when you’re traveling! We thought about getting something like the Guava Lotus Travel Crib as it folds up into a backpack type carrying case, but chose the KidCo PeaPod Plus instead. It fits in a suitcase and can be used easily indoors or outdoors. Plus, it protects against mosquitoes - something co-sleeping and cribs likely don’t do as well (especially in places like SE Asia, India, and Africa).
Since we’re headed off to SE Asia after our baby is born, we decided to hold off on getting a stroller. Our baby should be light enough to wear for the first few months, and there are many roads/paths/walkways in SE Asia that aren’t paved or conducive for stroller pushing. But when we do get a stroller, we’ll likely get the Baby Zen Yoyo, or the GB Pockit Plus (money saver) for their folded, airplane carry-on size, and being lightweight, yet sturdy.
Usually we carry day bags when we go out, so we’re just going to use them to carry baby essentials too. We did get a portable changing pad clutch that also holds wipes and a couple of diapers. We’re also going to carry ziplock bags with a change of clothes for the baby and us. (Side note: We’ve recently read about EC – “Elimination Communication” – and are hoping it will work with our baby as it will cut down on the number of diapers we’ll need to purchase over the years)
5. Car Seat Insert
We’re planning to rent car seats either from the car rental company, or a baby supply company if traveling by car. We’re not sure how fussy our baby will be since every child is different, but we may get a car seat insert that can be used in any of the rentals so that the smell of the seat will at least be the same to our Baby Nomad wherever we may be.
We chose a thermometer that can be used a couple different ways (soft touch and ear). These methods we believe will be easier for our baby. We also purchased a few temperature strips that don’t require any batteries, because they don’t take up much space and can easily be used in emergency situations if the other one stops working.
7. Baby bath
This multi-use scarf is for both nomad moms and nomad babies. It can be used as a circle scarf, a nursing cover, a car seat cover, a stroller/pram cover, and a shopping cart seat cover. Multi-use items are great for nomads/travelers as you can do more things with less.
That rounds up our list of Baby Nomad travel gear essentials! All of the items on this list needed to be as lightweight, easy to pack, and long-lasting as possible to fit in with our nomad life. Are you planning to travel with your baby? Do you have any baby nomad travel gear must-haves that you’d like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!