#ElisePacks | Vacation packing for a family of 4 (2 kids under 4!)

#ElisePacks | Vacation packing for a family of 4 (2 kids under 4!)


Hi! I’m Elise. I’m the head car seat tech
at Taxi Baby.com and my family and I, well, I am doing all the packing for my
family to go to Australia for ten days. So we’ve got a almost four-year-old Pete,
one-and-a-half year old Jack, my husband Al, and one on the way, and normally we
try to just take carry-on luggage. But Deb has challenged me to just take one
check-in luggage suitcase instead and not take carry-on stuff at all so I’ll
let you know whether I think that’s easier or harder than the normal way
that we pack and travel. So let’s get started. So I have packed each family
member a Packing Pal which is a Plane Pal product
and we really like these. It’s a packing cube. So in here I’ve got my clothes. I’ve
got some sunglasses. I’ve got hats. I’ve got a couple of nappies. I have got some
electronics. So some charges. Actually mostly just charges and I have also got
a really long audio cable and the reason that we want to use the really long
audio cable is the boys sleep much better; they sleep in the same room, but
the boys sleep much better when they have sleep sounds and we play that
usually off an old iPad. We’re not going to bring the iPad with us. We have got a
travel speaker. If you want to check out some of our other travel packing videos,
we went to Vietnam with two kids, eight days carry-on luggage only, and we
went to Sipadan in Malaysia for a scuba diving holiday. One kid. Scuba diving gear.
Carry-on only. So you can check those out. So I’m going to pack all the charges and
electronics back. So I am not really playing to my
wheelhouse in packing a big suitcase here. But we’ll roll with it. We’ve also
got dad’s packing cube. So we’re going for ten days and we travel on the fifth
day. So we’re planning to do some laundry there. We have about five sets of clothes
for everybody, but we’re staying in Airbnbs so we’ll be able to wash rather
regularly. This is Pete’s, the almost four-year old’s cute
little packing cube. I’ve got some clothes and some undies for him. This
little small one here has a couple of leftover clothes from Pete. Alright and then this is Jackie’s packing pal. Again he’s got a bundle of singlets that he wears to bed just with a nappy. He’s
got some like onesie suits and some shorts as well that he can just wear
with the singlets when he wakes up. And then this has their swimsuit. We are
taking Mountain Buggy pod which is a portable high chair. You can see how tiny
it is. So it just clamps onto a table. It’s really light. It fits in my normal handbag. It fits in the bottom of the stroller basket. So we’ll bring that guy along. We’ve got
our toiletries. I’ve got some food and food like stuff in here. So we’ll see
what we’ve got. Jack is on frozen breast milk and he eats solids. So his favorite
food in the whole wide world is awful. It is flounder rice porridge with mushrooms.
So I stocked up on that because I knew that he would at least eat something. We
will declare these when we go through Australian customs. Australia has
incredibly strict biosecurity laws. I’m also taking some metal cups. I’m also
bringing along one of these silicon lids. This brand, I think this one’s Happy
Spouts. They’re spill proof little silicon lids. They go on almost any cup. I
really like it with these clean canteen cups. I’m taking a little bit of Xylitol
and a little bit of pink salt. That’s what we use for sugar and salt. It just
makes a really big difference with the boys so I’m gonna take some along with
me. I’ve also got some metal straws and a little cleaner; a little pipe cleaner for
the metal straws. The other thing I’ve got which, these actually just
arrived today from Amazon, these are Baby Brezza make your own food pouches. I got some formula in a goodie bag which happens all the time here in Singapore
and I have no intention of using it because we are going to be taking a
little Esky or a little cooler bag full of frozen breast milk with us to
Australia. It’s going to pack quite nicely just here but I have the luggage
space and just as a backup I’ll take some with me. So this is just a little
placeholder for the frozen breast milk. We’re going to fill this guy up in a
can in the morning when we leave. I am quite particular about the pillow that I
sleep on and so I take my regular everyday pillow with me on holidays and
I use a compression sack. So roll up the pillow as much as I can and I shove it
into the compression sack and then that kind of sucks it down much smaller. So
that’s gonna pop in here somewhere as well. Tomorrow when we leave for the
airport, that’s all the space that it needs so
that can go there in the morning. I’m taking some paraphernalia for the milk.
So when I show you our carry-on bag, I’ll show you what we usually use from milk
because Jack’s a bit sick and teething at the moment. I’m taking, so we have a
travel bottle that I’ll show you, but I’m also taking his regular glass bottle. I’m
taking some Milton sterilizing tablets and I’m taking a sterilizing bag for the microwave. The brand for this one is Munchkin. These are
drop-ins, Playtex drop-in liners, which will make more sense when I show you
what’s in my carry-on luggage, but we’re using a Playtex drop-in bottle. An
old-fashioned one. Not the current modern ones. In terms of car seats, we’re
traveling with the Britax Two-Way Elite and a Cosco Scenera Next. The Cosco Scenera is a US travel car seat and it’s certified from birth to 18 kilos and
it’s airline approved. You will have to check with your particular airline to
see if they allow you to use it. The Britax Two-Way Elite is a Swedish car seat and it’s rated for children up to 25 kilos rear-facing. As we all know rear-facing is five times safer than forward-facing travel for
children in a car regardless of their age. We are traveling with the Britax Two-Way Elite and Cosco Scenera Next. Jackie
will use the Cosco and Pete will use the Britax. We have to catch the taxi from
our house to Singapore Airport. We are going to install the Britax seat
forward-facing because it’s really quick to do it forward-facing. When we install
the Britax rear-facing in the rental car and in our family’s car, it needs to
install with Swedish tethers which are rear facing tethers. So we’re not going
to use these in the trips to or from the airport because it takes a lot
longer to install. So I’m going to pack this so that as soon as we get to the
holiday house, we’ll take some time and install the Britax Two-Way Elite rear-facing. Now the Cosco is going to come on the plane with us and Pete has outgrown the
Cosco for car use. He can still fit in it and plane injuries for children are
typically turbulence related. So he’s protected by the car seat from
turbulence but I wouldn’t keep him in the car seat, in the Cosco car seat in
the car, because he is a little bit too big for it. So we’re going to take the
Cosco on the plane and we’re going to check the Britax Two-Way Elite in. We’re
going to pack it into a box. Alex is the luckiest husband in the world and he’s
playing golf while we’re on holidays and apparently we have to take golf balls
with us. And computers. So we have got some headphones for Pete. He’s just
gotten to the stage where he can be bribed with Paw Patrol episodes. We’ve
got nappies and a change of clothes that both boys will fit into in a pinch and
some wipes to take on the plane. We’ve got popcorn which we’ve popped
ourselves and it’s an excellent bribing tool, especially on the plane.
And then I’ve got a bunch of other foodstuffs. So actually I have
three packets of flounder porridge. I’ve one other squeezy pouch
that Jack really likes. I’ve got some Sultanas. I’ve got some snacks for me.
So we’re not big snack people to start with but on a plane we’ll do whatever we
can. We have Jack’s favourite book at the
moment which is very appropriate for our Australian trip. It’s a touch and feel
your kangaroo book. This is a product called DrawnBy and a lady called
Jessica in Singapore has these made and she does all the drawings herself
and it’s a bunch of marker pens and a silicon mat, kind of like a baking mat,
anyway you get the idea, and it’s got these really cute murals drawn on it.
This one happens to be a space-themed one and the kids can draw and color in
as much as they like or they can turn it over onto the blank side and draw to
their heart’s content, and then a wet wipe is going to completely clean it and
they can start again. I’m taking a little water bottle just to fill up. We’re
flying with Emirates. I’m bringing a water bottle for Jack. This is the only
conventional water bottle that I’m bringing for him. This is a Playtex drop-
in nurser bottle. I’ve got the Milton sterilizing tablets because I can put a
crumb of sterilizing tablet into a tea cup and after I’ve rinsed this or
I’m washed it with soap, maybe wherever I can, I can drop that in the sterilizing liquid for as long as I need
to. I’m going to take three teats with me and that’s. it’s super light and it’s
one of my favorite travel contraptions. That’s pretty much us sorted. If you have
any suggestions, I am all ears. I’m not sure how regularly we are going to be
traveling in the next six months but every tip helps. Please add some comments down below. They can especially help other people who are looking to travel
light and travel easy with kids. Traveling doesn’t have to be awful and
for me in particular, I think not lugging so much stuff around the world with me can make a really big difference. If you’ve
enjoyed our video, please let us know and if you have any other questions, you can
give us a hoy and contact us at info at Taxi Baby.com. Bye!

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