The number one question I get asked by my readers is what baby products I took along with me on my 4 month backpacking trip to Asia. After careful planning and many sleepless nights prior to my trip I rigorously decided on a few selected products. It wasn’t easy to getting to a final decision, because once you leave home and board the plane, what you have with you, is with you! So there’s no going back. I am so happy with every product I decided taking and I would 100% take them all over again.
Below I have my ultimate list of baby essentials, whether you’re travelling for 1 week or 4 months, you’ll be more than equipped to have that adventure of a lifetime wherever in the world you go, these favourites will never let you down. All products listed I have personally used while travelling.
During my 4 month trip around Asia I took my Maxi Cosi carseat. I mainly took taxis and coaches overland. It was used all the time, especially as Rosa was only 4 – 9 months old. It was my no.1 concern as a mother travelling with such a small baby, that she had to be safe on the roads. What made it my first choice of carseat was that I could easily attach it to my Bugaboo frame.
I used my Bugaboo cameleon everyday while travelling the world in Asia. It was the best choice I had made when coming to planning and taking a pram with me. If anyone knows this pram they’ll be well aware of how robust and efficient it is for all types of terrain, from sandy beaches to busy cites, malls and off the beaten tracks.
The Gate Check bag is a must have for parents travelling with car seats or strollers, the bag is large enough to place a pram or car seat inside for airline travel. I used to pack my Maxi-Cosi car seat inside the Gate Check bag and be cheeky enough to stuff it with 200 diapers for the long-hual flights and even ask the airline to add a ‘Fragile’ sticker. The bag is compact enough to fold up into a pouch, I used it so much I never needed to fold it into the pouch because if I wasn’t using my carseat inside I was using my Bugaboo seat to keep it safe and protected.
The Boba Air is an amazing compact super lightweight baby carrier, it tucks up inside it’s own pouch, made of water repellant ripstop nylon material, it makes for the best of the best compact baby carriers on the market. I used this for easy terminal transfers while waiting for my pram to arrival at baggage collection. The Boba Air was also used very frequently during my 2 week trip to Hanoi and Halong Bay in Vietnam where the streets were too narrow for a pushchair.
My Infantino baby carrier was the more comfortable and warmer option of baby carrier for Rosa during my 4 month backpacking adventure. The Infantino was used during my climb up Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi in Thailand. Both me and baby were so comfortable, I wore Rosa on back at only 4 months old I hiked 1,237 steps high into the clouds up to the summit of the temple featuring a huge golden Buddha statue.
While travelling we were eating out all the time, from 6+ months Rosa was using the Lap Baby where she could sit at the table with me and I could eat hands free and enjoy my meal with ease. The Lap Baby was a great product I researched before my trip and decided that this could change the way we eat out. Rosa was part of the meal and we could sit together as a family. The item is light and compact and can be used either on my lap with me or on a separate chair of her own.
I took my Medela pump with me on our trip, even though I didn’t use it much at all it gave me reassurance that if I needed to use it, it was there for me. It’s light and took up only a small amount of space, what was super handy were the International plug fixtures so I was able to change to the correct plug type depending on which country I was travelling in. The pump comes with the option of batteries or bing mains plug operated, it also comes with it’s own nylon drawstring carry bag.
The Munchkin bowl set with 4 bowls, 4 lids and 2 spoons were a perfect choice, they are colourful and small enough to pack away during my travels, easy to clean and perfect at holding her baby porridge. I loved the long thin spoons which was great for dodging clapping hands during meal times.
This was Rosas all time favourite toy while travelling, I brought for her when she was 2 months back in the UK. I always used it at bed time for settling her down with the soothing jungle sounds and the illuminating colour changing lights worked well. What really pleased me was that the batteries lasted a whole 4 months, I used it several times a night and during the day at nap times. The toy also made a great light for her when it was dark and I went out for dinner, I could easily use the Velcro feet to strap it to her pram. The toy also washes really well, you can take out the electronic part in the tummy and wash the fabric in a washing machine to keep it looking like new.
Every child loves a Taggies toy, Rosa especially, she would sit for over an hour at a time feeling and investigating them, this gave me time to get ready to go out and plan our next trip. This specific Bright Starts Taggies has 4 chewable silicon tags perfect for babies to teeth on. The bright colours and various texture tags of different sizes was perfect for Rosa to practice her motor skills by pinching them and turning them over to she the other side. The toy washes really well and feels like new each time.
Rosas favourite chew toy, Sophie the Giraffe. What we loved most about this toy was the handles which were easy for Rosa to hold from about 4+ months. We actually took this with us everywhere by attaching it to a clip in her pram so whenever she felt like teething it was a hands reach away. The toy cleans really well, I would just boill hot water to pour over and then a gentle scrub and it was like new again because you can imaging all the baby dribble!
The one pram accessory I could not live without, the mosquito net. My main worry about travelling to Asia was the mosquitos as Rosa was so young, too young to take any kind of antimalarials. We made sure to visit locations with no known cases of Malaria by using the NHS fit for travel website to give us advice. The net came in handy every day, especially in the evenings after watching the sunsets on the beach when the mosquitos would become most active. It protected her so well. I actually lost my net on the Gili islands and couldn’t find another one anywhere so in future I would take 2 with me just in case I lost it again.
Second to the baby mosquito net was my VIE Deet Free Mosquito Spray, I brought 3 of these and used them on both me and Rosa as I would be holding her and feeding her I wouldn’t want to use anything toxic on myself which would then affect her, they last ages, I used mine every day 3 or 4 times and even came home with 1 full bottle during 4 months of travel. I would spray Rosa lightly but also spray her pram before putting her in as well as the mosquito net on the outside to prevent them hanging about. I would definitely use this baby mosquito spray again.
During my travels Rosa was going to start her teething journey, every mum knows about Bonjela teething gel so I made sure this small tube was in our medical which I carried with me all the time. After spending 2 months travelling Thailand which I was sure she would cut her first tooth, but nope, we landed in Vietnam and the next day 2 tiny sharp teeth were coming through, the gel worked perfectly to ease her discomfort.
My ear thermometer was an absolute essential during my travels, I was able to monitor Rosas temperature accurately anywhere and also keep a record to check if her temperate was creeping up. We took 2 trips to the Bangkok International Hospital while staying in Thailand due to a cough which I still think to this day was down to dust and teething. The thermometer came in a handy pouch to keep it clean and protected, I would always carry it around in my day bag just incase I needed to do a check. Batteries last for ages and I’ve not needed to change them yet.
A must have in your baby medical kit. With the constant change in room temperatures and staying in accommodation with air-conditioning with lots of humidity outside and cool dry air inside caused congestion. I also brought saline nasal drops from the same Snufflebabe brand and they worked perfectly when her nose was blocked. I would use the vapour rub after showering Rosa and getting her ready for bed so she could sleep comfortably.
I never left anywhere without carrying my hand sanitizer gel, whether I would be changing baby Rosas or preparing to eat a snack I would use the gel to give a refreshing and sanitized clean. Josh would also use his own one after playing in the park or before an ice cream. We brought several along with us as we found a great deal on Amazon for a 6 pack with a lanyard for carrying out and about easily.
I took 2 bottles of 200ml Nivea Kids factor 50 for both my children. Rosa would be kept out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day, 11am – 3pm, I’d always put lotion on her arms and legs incase she caught the sun on her while in the pram or carrier. When the hottest hours had passed I would take her into the sea with me and let her feel the waves and splash around. When directly in the sun I would cover her whole head and face to ensure protection. Joshua on the other hand was grab him while you can situation to slather lotion over him as he was always off playing on the beach and swimming in the sea.
For Joshua and myself we used the Incognito Mosquito Spray to ward off the terrible mosquitos. The spray lasts for ages and we took away 3x 100ml bottles but only made it through 2 of them. We found the mosquitos to be worse in Thailand than in any other country we visited in Asia. If Joshua didn’t spray this over his arms and legs during the evenings he would have been bitten quite a lot, if we had gone out and forgot the spray we would always head back and get it as the mosquitos in Thailand, especially the southern islands are absolutely relentless. Aside from mosquito repellants you can read my 50 tips for avoiding mosquitos in Thailand.