We have been practising a sustainable lifestyle at home for some time now and this time I adopted the same while travelling to Pondicherry with my 3 years old son. We have been trying to lead a sustainable lifestyle by adopting green methods like composting wet waste at home, buying plastic-free packaging materials, making our own cosmetics/toiletries, and floor cleaner, using reusable straws, cups, cutlery, etc. giving away all kinds of plastic items and food pouches for recycling.
One of the most important things, we can do to protect our environment is, to find ways to reduce waste. There is not a perfect zero-waste solution, but there are some little sustainable travel tip things we can each do. It just requires some advance planning.
Single-use items like- water bottles, cups, and straws, have an impact not only on the environment but also on us.
Here are the sustainable travel tips that I followed:
Packed our own food in reusable containers (or reusable food wrap) instead of buying that are wrapped in plastics
Carried our own water bottles and refilled them after security check-in. Refilled at regular intervals from drinking water station
Steel straws, spoons, and snacks in small containers for the little one
Requested the hotel staff to provide drinking water in a jar instead of water bottles
As a result, I could save 10 single-use straws from going to the trash. No unnecessary buying of water bottles.
Trash that we generated:
One water bottle was kept in the hotel room and my little one was feeling thirsty
2 chocolate wraps someone gave it (which I got back with me)
I am most guilty about the carbon footprints that I contribute while taking a flight. I know flying is bad for the environment and all, but unfortunately, it was my only option. Otherwise, we mostly travel by public transport or on foot once we are at our destination.
Planning ahead for the trip will not only help you lessen your environmental impact, but it will also make your whole travelling experience more enjoyable. It was my first attempt at making a sustainable trip and I am glad I could attain it to some extent.
My husband and I love to travel on any given day. After travelling to different places in India and the US between Nov to Feb (4 months) including visits to our native place in Assam (including some solo trips ), it was time to take a rest.
And within a month I conceived. I guess travelling helped my mind and body to relax, as we’ve been trying hard for the last year for a baby, followed by a miscarriage.
My pregnancy went smoothly and we had a lovely baby boy. Life became a roller-coaster ride for us. But the travel bug was crawling inside me and pinching me occasionally. Travel bug doesn’t come and go, they resides permanently inside you.
I desperately needed a break from the daily routine. Oops did I say daily routine? The daily routine doesn’t change whether you are home or on vacation when you have a baby.
One week before our trip, I introduced my son to formula milk (he didn’t have outside milk before). So in public places, I don’t have to cover him or look for a secluded place to breastfeed him.
I even made a checklist of items like his daily essentials and food items to carry for this 3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1-Year-Old. This helped me with what to pack and when to feed him.
What to pack for 3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1-Year-Old? Below is the list of items to pack for a short trip:
1. Diapers and Changing Mat: 3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1-Year-Old.
I guess it is the first things that come to our mind while packing a baby`s bag are diapers and a changing mat. Take only the required number of diapers or carry a few and buy the rest at the destination as disposable diapers are easily available. And if you only use cloth diapers then I would suggest taking flats and diaper covers as they are easier to wash and dries really fast. Travelling with cloth diapers is not at all messy. All you need is a little planning and patience.
Do remember to give some diaper-free time to your child, it can be early in the morning after the child wakes up and after reaching your hotel/resort. Training/Potty pants and nappies are best.
2. Diaper Bag:
Choose a backpack instead of a shoulder or sling bag as a backpack will keep your hands free. You can use your regular backpack instead of a separate bag for the baby. I recently came across this Foldable Mummy Bag with a Bassinet, that can be used as a diaper bag as well as a cot. This will be very helpful at the beach.
3. Extra sets of clothes:
Always carry 2-3 extra sets of clothes when you travel with babies
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you step out in Goa. The one from Mother Sprash is my personal favourite.
Keep 2-3 small toys to keep them engaged for some time like during a train/flight journey or while waiting for your food at the restaurant or at the hotel. Small board books, and touch-and-feel books or Doodle art books have been very helpful to me.
Carry a few snacks with you like Cookies, makhana, fruits, and cake that can be made at home. If that is not possible here are a few options:
Take 2-3 bottles if your baby is on formula milk only or takes bottle feed 2-3 times a day. Wash and Sterilize them once you are back at the hotel.
9. Electric Kettle:
All hotels and Resorts usually have an Electric Kettle but do check with them before leaving as you may need them to make baby food or milk or even to sterilize baby`s utensils.
For keeping water for making formula milk or food.
Do carry all the medicines along with the doctor’s prescription, because you just never know when you will need them.
Carry your regular toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, and shampoo, detergents in small bottles instead of those full-size bottles. Comb and face cream.
13. Baby Carrier/Stroller:
Do carry a kangaroo bag cum adjustable baby carrier. The baby is not only comfortable in that but will be very helpful when the baby is sleeping and you are out exploring places or riding a bike or car. A stroller will be helpful at airports or hotels. You cannot take a stroller to the beach, so check if you require them. We didn’t take them as it is difficult to move around in India as the tourist places are always crowded.
Wipes not only clean your baby`s bum but for cleaning their little hands or face also. You can make your own wipes. Just carry a few small cotton clothes or old leftover cotton fabric or bamboo sheets with the solution. Check this video on how to make Wipes Solution.
Carry their shoes/slippers/crocs. Don’t take any new shoes or make them wear them a few times as they might not want to wear them or may get shoe bites.
Kids packing list: For one-day outings.Duration: 7-8 hours.
Kid`s Age: 4 Years and above
Going out with your toddler or kid for a full day or half day also requires planning and packing your bag accordingly. Keeping a checklist of items on what to pack will make packing hassle-free. I prefer to pack my bag a day earlier or the first thing in the morning, to avoid the last-minute rush. Kids’ packing list differs from person to person. A packing list for the day might be different from one for a road trip or when travelling by flight or train. But there are a few things which you will always require no matter where you go.
2 things to keep in mind before packing kids’ bags are:
1. The Destination:
If you have not been to the place do try to find out about the site. Are you going to a friend’s or relative’s place, for a fun outing, to attend some event, go out shopping, or going to the beach? One needs to pack your kid’s bag accordingly.
2. The Bag:
What type of bag to carry? A large tote bag, diaper bag, or two separate bags, one for your toddler and one for yourself. I prefer to carry one large bag which will fit everything, instead of two separate bags. Have a look at Tote bags: tote bags and diaper bag
Kids packing list: Checklist of items to carry
1. Clothes: Kids packing list for one-day outings.
When it comes to packing for a day outing with kids, it’s essential to consider their clothing needs. Dressing them appropriately can make all the difference in their comfort and enjoyment throughout the day.
First and foremost, make sure to check the weather forecast for the day. If it’s going to be sunny and hot, pack lightweight and breathable clothing, such as t-shirts, shorts, and hats to protect them from the sun’s rays. On the other hand, if the weather is expected to be cooler or there’s a chance of rain, pack a light jacket or raincoat to keep them warm and dry.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to pack an extra set of clothes, especially for younger kids who might be prone to spills or accidents. Having a spare set of clothes can save you from any unexpected mishaps and keep your kids comfortable throughout the day. Also 2-3 hand towels or cloth- napkins/paper napkins or wet- wipes.
Remember to pack comfortable shoes suitable for the activities you have planned. If you’re going for a hike or a nature walk, sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are a must. For a day at the beach, water shoes or sandals that can get wet are ideal.
2. Water: Kids packing list for one-day outings.
I always prefer to carry water from home. I found this leak-proof water bottle very handy. This insulated water bottle can be used to store hot/ warm water and it will be very useful during winters.
3. Food: Kids packing list for one-day outings.
Even if your child is big enough to eat outside food, do carry some snacks with you because you never know when they will feel hungry or in case they refuse to have the food served at the venue. Pack a mix of healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, cut-up vegetables, granola bars, and trail mix. These snacks provide essential nutrients and energy to keep your kids going throughout the day. Snacks like protein biscuits, dry fruits, and cakes can be easily carried in a small container with lids. And they easily fit into your bags also. Have a look at containers with lid: Tupperware Tropical Plastic Container Set, 230ml, Set of 2, Multicolour
4. Hygiene and Personal Care Items for Kids:
Maintaining good hygiene is crucial when you’re spending a day outdoors with kids. Pack essential personal care items to ensure their cleanliness and comfort throughout the day.
Include items such as sunscreen, trash bags, an umbrella, insect repellent, and hand sanitiser to protect your kids from harmful UV rays and pesky bugs. Opt for kid-friendly products that are gentle on their skin and offer adequate protection.
To keep your kids fresh and clean, pack travel-sized toiletries such as wet wipes, tissues, and hand towels. These items come in handy for quick clean-ups and can help you tackle any spills or messes along the way.
5. Toys and other Entertainments:
I let my kids enjoy the moment rather than getting them engaged in some sort of activity. Watching the things happening around them is very necessary for their mental development.
Otherwise, you can consider bringing along portable games, colouring books, and puzzles to keep them occupied during travel or downtime. If you’re heading to a park or beach, pack outdoor toys like balls, frisbees, or sandcastle-building kits. One or two small toys in case they get bored or you are stuck in traffic.
6.Safety Essentials for Kids on an Outing:
Ensuring the safety of your kids during the outing should be a top priority. Pack essential safety items to keep them protected and give yourself peace of mind.
If you’re heading to a crowded place or a public event, consider using child safety harnesses or wristbands to keep your kids close. These can be particularly useful if you have younger children who tend to wander off.
Additionally, pack a basic first-aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any necessary medications. It’s always better to be prepared for any minor injuries or accidents that may occur.
Extra Items to Consider for Specific Activities or Locations: Kids packing list: For one-day outings.
Depending on the specific activities or locations you have planned, there may be additional items you’ll need to pack.
For a beach outing, don’t forget to pack essentials like sunscreen, beach towels, umbrellas, and beach toys. If you’re going camping, make sure to pack camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, and flashlights. Tailor your packing list according to your destination and the activities you have in mind.
With the ultimate kids packing list in hand, you’re now well-equipped to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable day outing with your family. By packing the right clothing, snacks, personal care items, entertainment, and safety essentials, you’ll have everything you need to create unforgettable memories with your kids.
Remember to plan ahead, stay organized, and tailor your packing list based on the specific activities and locations you have in mind. With proper preparation, you can embark on a one-day outing with your kids, knowing that you have all the essential items to make it a day to remember.
So, pack your bags, grab your kids, and get ready for an adventure-filled day that will create lasting memories for the whole family.