This was the first time I was traveling abroad with my baby. I wanted to wait till she was fully vaccinated before taking any international flight. Health is my main concern for Naomi. The only thing worse then to be sick away from home is to have a baby sick away from home.
So, as soon as we decided that we were going to travel for 3 months, we went straight to the doctor. I thought Asia had different child diseases and different vaccination. Nops! It's kinda standard diseases/vaccinations. So all we had to take is the tradicional yellow fever and flu shot. Naomi was checked and we had the green light from the pediatrician. Mom and dad also went through a full check-up before departure.
After that, of course, Naomi needed a passport. As she also didn't have a identification card, we did both cause ids are actually the only documents in Brazil that has her finger prints registered in any system, so we did for safety measures. Both took about 15 days to be ready for pick up, and because of that we had to delay our trip in a couple of weeks cuz the visa also needed a couple more weeks to be applied by daddy's hiring company.
That being done, it was just the matter of packing up and leaving.... not so simple... So for the big luggage I tried to be as light as possible, cause daddy was planning on staying for longer, then he needed to carry a little more, and we had to work within a limit cause carrying a baby plus tons of luggage is never easy. So we did our best, but it was not enough, we had to go through a second packing after weighting it, then we were down to 3 big luggage and 3 carry-on.
For Naomi I packed some summer clothes, some toys, basic stuff babies need like shampoo, soap, diapers, baby cream, baby wipes, bottles... all the things I could need for the first days before I could go to a store and buy whatever I would need,. Believe me it was not a little, it was a big lot of things, but some how I manage to share a luggage with my stuff, cause I pack super ultra light for me, I hate to carry weight.
The carry on was a little more complicated then that, cause as you know I was already carrying a baby, plus the stroller, cause you can't do without, and also the baby carrier (kangaroo/ergo), which for Naomi is a must, cause she only sleeps on me if not in her bed.
So, in two of the three carry on I had a little necessaire for me and daddy, a light jacket, lap-tops, documents, some toys for Naomi and all the diaper change gear, extra clothes, and comfortable pajamas, all the medicines she used to take, for pain, for gas relief, for itchiness, for seasickness and also a thermometer. My mommy vitamins and plasil for extra milk in case I get too tired. Most were not necessary, but I like to prepared. Although we did use the seasickness medication (dramin) to induce sleep on the long flights as per recommendation of the doctor. I was afraid of drugging my baby for no reason but I did and it worked fine. On the flights talking with other mommies I found out that this is actually very common practice. I have no regrets...
We also had bracelet identification on Naomi with our contact and flight information, which was not very necessary cause she couldn't walk by her self yet, but airports are always dangerous place to lose a child and we did not want to risk. And the basics,... copies of documents, address where we were staying and contact information everywhere.
On the third carry on we had a survival kit for the days we were going to do a stop over in Paris. I still don't know how I fit winter clothes for mom, dad, and the baby, for 3 days in a carry-on... but it happened, it was magic, and we survived!
Check out the pictures of this adventure!