Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Travel with baby

My husband and I have been traveling with Rio since he was 9 weeks old. Until he was about 7 months, anytime we traveled I brought him in my Baby K'tan carrier and wore my Hooter Hider breastcover over him the whole time. He was so small and easy to hold and was exclusively breastfed so I didn't have to bring a lot. It was a piece of cake!  A couple months ago when Rio was 11 months old we flew to Nevis in the West Indies, and just last week for Thanksgiving we went on a cruise with my husband's entire family. If you follow my Instagram, you know that I only feed Rio certain foods. This has forced me to be very organized and prepared prior to leaving. I've made some lists of things that have helped me get through our travels while still giving Rio healthy foods.I'm also still nursing, which makes traveling much easier because there is always a way to comfort him and I know he's still getting the nutrients from my milk. When we traveled to Nevis, we were going to be flying for a whole day so I brought enough food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Here's what he had:
Breakfast: half an avocado with chopped spinach. Blueberries and raspberries. Love these Sage Spoonfuls containers. 
Lunch: green smoothie (in a Squooshi pouch) and a banana.
Dinner: oatmeal with chia seeds, sprouted almond butter, coconut butter, strawberries, and cinnamon. No veggies- but he had spinach, watercress and broccoli in his breakfast and lunch. With everything I added to this oatmeal, it has plenty of nutrients and protein. I prepped it in the morning before we left and he ate it cold, kind of like overnight oats). Other necessities: water bottle ( I like the Kleen Kanteen) and some little snacks (I brought a cut up apple and some puffs.) My Arctic Zone cooler, similar to this is the perfect size for carrying everything in. I take it everywhere! 

Here are some necessities that have helped us travel with food: 

1. A small cooler. 
2. Ice packs- make sure to keep ice packs inside a ziplock bag in case one gets punctured.
3. Small wet bag with hand/face wipes and napkins plus a spoon. 
4. Bib- I love this Make My Day catch all bib. It rolls up, it's compact and easy to clean.
5. Dishsoap- Dapple has these great tiny bottles for travel. Keep it in a small ziplock just in case it leaks. Fits perfectly in the outside pocket of the cooler. 
Listed below are some foods I brought on our trip in my checked bag. It really helped me to have these foods on hand! Rio ate oatmeal everyday for lunch-I just prepped all the ingredients (in a glass container with a lid) ahead of time then added hot water when he was ready to eat. Make sure to pack everything inside a large, sealed bag in case anything opens or breaks. 

1. Organic, gluten-free oats. I added some flax seeds in with the oats also. 
2. Organic Chia seeds- I added these to Rio's oatmeal everyday for extra omegas, fiber, and protein. I also love adding chia seeds to my juice and tea. 
3. Organic dried bananas and strawberries-use these as quick snack or a great addition to oatmeal.
4. Organic Sprouted almond butter- this brand, Dastony, is one of my favorites. It comes in a small jar (great for travel) and refrigeration is not needed. I added this to his oatmeal daily. It's also great for dipping apples.
5. Organic Coconut butter-same brand and same sized jar. Another great, healthy fat to add to oatmeal. 
6. Happy Baby organic puffs-these were a great distraction/snack at dinner when we were waiting for food to arrive. 

Rio pretty much ate the same things everyday. Avocado and chopped spinach for breakfast with apples, berries, or melon; oatmeal and banana for lunch; veggies, beans, rice and/or fish for dinner. He didn't eat a lot for dinner and he nursed a lot more at night while we were there...maybe because he was in the same room at night with us? Or possibly because he was hungry from not having a lot for dinner. Either way I was ok with it because I wanted to make sure he felt good and had plenty of nutrients since we were in another country. Rio stayed healthy and happy the entire trip. Plus, this healthy oatmeal is great for us mamas too!! Here's another tip: I stocked up on fruit and veggies at the hotel at breakfast. Each day I took some strawberries and blueberries for Rio's oatmeal and a couple bananas in cause he needed a snack throughout the day. The bananas came in very handy, he ate at least one each day either as a snack or at dinner. 

Four Seasons Resort, Nevis. Rio 11 months. 
Napping in Nevis. 
 Indiana for Rio's birthday, late August 2015. 
Archery Summit Winery, Portland, Oregon. Early October 2015.
Hiking at Hood River in Portland, Oregon.
 Just last week (a week before Rio turned 15 months) we went on a 7 day cruise with my husband's family for Thanksgiving. The ship left from Houston and stopped in Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize. So I planned for the flight from San Diego to Houston, one night in a hotel, and the week we would be on the boat. 

I always bring as little as possible (it's still a lot!) I have two bags that I travel with, my carry on bag and a backpack. The best thing about my carry on (pictured) is that it has an extra wide opening so it's easy to find things as well as a long strap so you can hang it over the stroller or across your body. 

     Backpack, carry on, Ergo, carseat, Bumbleride stroller (on sale here!) 
                                              Here's what's inside my carry on bag:

Outside pocket- Honest gel hand sanitizer, Beautycounter lip sheer, and 10 pack Honest wipes for easy access. 
Inside the bag-
1. Small bag with only diapers, wipes, mat, and Honest spray hand sanitizer (make sure it's spray so you can wipe down the changing tables). I like to be able to pull this bag out to take into the little airplane bathroom. I love my Anya Hindmarch baby emergency kit. 
2. My purse: I use my Rais Case for travel because I can wear it as a fanny pack for easy passport access and the shape is great because it fits right in my carry on.
3. Books: I brought 5 little board books, a couple of Rio's favorites and a few new ones to surprise him with. 
4. Mini iPad 
5. Extra outfit for Rio in a wet bag just in case. 
6. Rio's favorite Organic Farm Buddies lovie, Sophie the Giraffe, and a new little monkey toy. 
7. Aden and Anais blanket and my Hooter Hiders breastcover. 

This Steve Madden backpack is great. Found it on Amazon. Inside I carry this little reusable lunch bag which fits all the snacks and water bottle.  
1. Kleen Kanteen water bottle 
2. Organic fruit
3. Sunfood sprouted organic pumpkin seeds 
5. Roasted garbanzo beans (recipe coming soon!)
6. Earthbound Farm organic dried plums
7. Navitas Naturals blueberry hemp power snacks 

All these snacks were for me and Rio to share and will hopefully last us through the week! I also packed the food below for Rio in my checked bags: 

 The puffs and rice cakes were good for giving to Rio while he was "patiently" waiting for dinner to arrive. This Q'ia oatmeal was a lifesaver- he ate it daily. Also, these That's It bars are Rio's favorite. 

 I wanted to try make sure Rio had lots of good stuff to eat while we were on our cruise. It was my first cruise and I discovered that there aren't a lot of healthy options on the menu, but at every meal the waiters were very accommodating to what I asked for. Rio usually had scrambled eggs and fruit for breakfast, Q'ia oatmeal and a banana for lunch, and steamed veggies and rice for dinner with beans or salmon. I was really glad I had some healthy snack options. I know this is a lengthy post but I wanted to be detailed. Hope this helps easy some travel anxiety for some of you mamas! Please comment and share with me some of your favorite travel tips and healthy travel snacks. 


  1. Hi Carly!! I love your instagram account and now your blog! :-) I found your instagram when we were both pregnant and got so many good ideas. My Tymon is a few days older than Rio so I still get lots of inspiration from you!
    We are travelling to Europe next month and I am stressing out a bit already :-) When you guys travel do you take car seat with you on board? Our son has his own ticket (I figured 15+ hrs as a lap infant would be too much) but now I cannot decide if we should take the car seat with us or use KidsFlySafe harness....
    Also, can you share the link for you backpack?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Monika! Thanks for your sweet words! I think I might consider bringing the carseat on board. Since he's already used to riding in it in the car, it might bring him comfort. Because of how long the flight is, I think it would be a good option to have. Keep him in that as long as possible then you can have him on your lap when he needs you. Sending you safe and calm travel vibes. Let me know how it goes.

      I got that backpack on Amazon, it's called the Madden Girl Bbenji backpack. They have other colors on Amazon but this particular print is sold out. I can't find it anywhere online! Maybe you can try! Let me know if you find it!!