When you have a baby, packing for a holiday feels a bit like moving out of a small apartment. Infants need a lot of stuff – nappies (so many nappies), nappy cream, wipes, formula and food. Some parents choose to do a Target or Woolies run when they arrive in the new city, but the last thing I want to do after a long day of travelling with a baby is transport that baby to another location.
My favourite solution: Carry on the essentials you’ll need for your flight (and some extra for comfort), and have the rest shipped straight to your destination.
I know parents who use Amazon Prime to deliver boxes of nappies to their hotels, and it’s freeing (just be wary of the two-day delivery promise). Most hotels are used to receiving packages for guests — call the front desk or business center and ask for the best address to have the items shipped. Make sure the name on the package matches the name of the registered guest.
(On the “Attn” line, you might also add “Hotel Guest: [Your name]” and your room number, if you know it.)
If the package will be arriving before you do, notify the hotel staff and ask them to hold it for you. Some hotels may charge a handling fee.
Note that Airbnb discourages hosts from allowing guests to receive packages at the the property. If you’re staying in one, an alternative is to use Amazon Locker.
Shipping your baby supplies is a simple way to lighten the load. Now you have more room in your suitcase for earplugs for your fellow aeroplane passengers — and some cocktail mixers for yourself.