Your Pack, Your Bump and You – Things to Take Backpacking Whilst Pregnant
Travelling whilst you're pregnant can be a stressful and concerning time, but it can be done safely and without complications so long as the right preparations are made before you depart for your little slice of bliss away from home. So what should you pack?
- Begin with packing comfortable, supportive shoes such as trainers. These are especially good if you plan on spending a relatively long amount of time on your feet.
- Pack blister plasters too - even the most comfortable shoes can rub if your feet swell. Flat shoes like ballet pumps are much kinder to the feet and are smart enough for dining out or your holiday evenings, but they are less supportive so it's suggested that you don't use these in the long-term.
- Make sure you pack clothes with lots of room, depending on how long you're intending on travelling for. Your shape is likely to change the longer you're abroad for, so check there is room for growth in the clothes you intend on taking.
- Pack enough layers to keep you warm if it's chilly and for you to peel off if it becomes hot. You could sweat more than normal or could be sitting still for longer than usual and becoming more susceptible to noticing things like the cold.
- Pack a pregnancy first-aid kit including things such as the usual pregnancy supplies like heartburn remedies, anti-cold and flu remedies along with healthy, energy-boosting snacks and bottled water for when hunger suddenly strikes.
- Remember any medical records related to your pregnancy that are up-to-date, as well as any additional notes your doctor recommends that you take abroad with you in case of an emergency, too. A letter stating that you are fit to travel also comes in useful with airlines and cruise ships.
- Travel insurance - read up on what your travel insurance provider covers in regard to pregnancy and make sure you have noted down your policy number and the emergency assistance line which can give you support and advice in emergency situations.
- Pack your hand sanitiser! Your immune system is less effective when you're pregnant and if you intend on visiting popular tourist attractions, you'll be exposed to more germs. Packing hand sanitiser helps you keep your hands clean and your body free of nasties.
- Your pre-natal vitamins and other supplements that help keep your body healthy are essential if you want to make sure you remain fully healthy throughout the duration of your trip. Bring enough to last you the entire time as you may not be able to find them, or your favourite brand, at your destination.
- Consider bringing a light pregnancy handbook for those instances where you are experiencing something to do with your pregnancy but have no access to the internet.
- Taking a partner with you always comes in useful. Travelling alone can be fun, but it can be stressful and frustrating when you're pregnant. Having someone else to run around helping you to arrange things is the best way to lessen your load and allow you to relax whilst away.
- Most importantly, make sure that you're travelling light. Pack what you can roll on wheels or easily carry with both hands. That way, you won't be stuck asking for help, and you can't injure yourself trying to lift something which is too heavy.
- Don't forget your sense of humour! It'll come in useful should you get stuck on the tarmac grounded in a plane or waiting for your bags to come through.