Vanuatu is a popular destination for a family holiday. Many resorts in Vanuatu cater especially for families by providing family holiday packages. These usually include airfare and accommodation, plus special deals at resort's kid clubs.
So, it's no surprise that some families will travel to Vanuatu with a baby in tow. Maybe, your friends and other family might say you're just crazy! But we say that traveling with a newborn on an airplane or by car is doable and totally worth the efforts!
Yes, along with packing must-have stuff for a baby, you’ll have to bear in mind hundreds of other important things to make the trip more convenient. But we are here to help you out! In this post, you’ll find well-tried tips on how to mitigate the chaos and make traveling with a baby easier. Scroll down!
Traveling with a baby on a plane
The only way to reach Vanuatu islands as a visitor is by plane. It would be a great way to spend a week or two on a family holiday in this tropical paradise, back to nature in peaceful, serene surrounds. This destination wonderfully mixes tropical holiday fun with Melanesian culture and friendly locals.
Below here are tips on how to make flying with a baby less stressful. If you are flying from Australia or New Zealand it's only a couple of hours flight to Vanuatu. On othe other hand, if you are coming from the U.S. or Europe, you're in for a long haul. So, you better be prepared for a long flight with your family and a baby, like including overnight diapers for baby and clothes.
Prepare documentation for international travel with an infant
When you fly internationally with your little one, he/she needs a valid U.S. passport regardless of his/her age. Arrange an appointment in the local passport acceptance center for a time when your baby will be awake and calm. It’s an important condition for making the passport photo - he/she must look at the camera with eyes open and don’t cry.
Pack more baby stuff than you think you need
When you travel with a baby on a plane, there isn’t such thing as over-packing. Basic baby things like diapers or formula might not be available where you are staying or may be too expensive. Besides, if you have extra diapers and baby outfits, you’ll have peace of mind in case of an unexpected baby-caused disaster.
You should also pack extra clothes and toiletries for yourself in your carry-on. This way you’ll be able to make a quick change of clothes if you become a victim of a diaper blowout.
Arrive to the airport in advance
Going through airport security with an infant can take more time than you’ve expected. That’s why it’s recommended to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours earlier before departure so that you have adequate time to deal with all possible issues. Note that all items like strollers, carriers, toys bottles with liquid of more than 3.4 ounces must be visually inspected and X-ray screened.
Traveling with an infant by car
Are you already in Vanuatu? Beautiful, isn’t it? The landscapes are so gorgeous that almost all tourists desire to take a ring road trip around Efate island to enjoy nature and swim in crystal clear turquoise water. You can drive the whole island in a day.
Let’s face it, a car ride with a child is harder compared to a child-free one. Your family will help of course, but "the buck stops" with you as mom. However, we’ll provide you with some tips and tricks so that you and your little one enjoy your family ride.
Learn baby massage techniques
Your little one can get uncomfortable and stiff after sitting several hours in a baby seat. Read up on baby massage techniques so that you modify and use them during stops or while driving if you are on backseat duty.
Gently massage his/her legs and feet; it’ll help to comfort a fussy baby for long enough and you’ll be able to enjoy your ride.
Have supplies nearby
You should keep a kit with all critical items under your fingertips in the car. Fill a medium-sized backpack or tote bag with small amounts of necessities. Check with your travel agent or the airline about what can be taken aboard, especially when it comes to medications. Include the following:
Ensure to take a kit of necessities for adults as well:
Take reasonable precautions
When driving in Vanuatu, opt for a cheaper car to rent. Mainly, the road is in a good condition; however, there might be sections that need repair after storm damage. So, some parts of the road will be flat, some are rough and full of potholes, but yet all roads are drivable. Besides, you won’t get stuck in queues of traffic.
Therefore, if you prepare well for a car trip with your family with an infant, it’ll be smooth and pleasurable. Whether you decide for the round the island trip, a daily escape to Cascades waterfall, or some other attraction around Port Vila, you will find many reasons to enjoy your family trip to Vanuatu.
Vanuatu, as well as many other tourist destinations, are baby-friendly. Some hotels provide a crib upon request. In local shops and Port Vila supermarkets you’ll find everything you need for a baby, from diapers to formula. But to be on safe side, bring with you as much as you can.
So, use our tips and head to a beautiful place where you can share precious moments with your family and the little one.
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