Traveling with Kids to Thailand

Our graphic designer, Ida, went on holiday in Thailand. Here is her suggestion for “the perfect beach holiday kit” and a bit about traveling with kids

Before I became a mom, I was a real backpacker traveling around Thailand, The Philippines & Indonesia.

But since the little ones, came into my life I was suddenly deadly afraid of traveling and exploring in the same sense as earlier, and it took me 3 years to finally get a grip and book the tickets to Bangkok.

Then I went into the phase of speculations and spent many sleepless nights telling myself ’it was ok bringing them to the other end of the world – even putting them through ‘dangers’ as driving without auto chairs AND seatbelts, sailing in old outdated ferries, eating food made in kitchens that would have been closed down by the authorities in Europe and living it huts surrounded by lethal creeps and parasites:0)

But from the second I set my feet on Thai ground I felt safe even without all the safety that is a must in our everyday live here in Denmark.

The worries simply left me like dew under the (Thai) sun, and now I’m again addicted to traveling in Asia – WITH KIDS

Kids are just so easy to travel with. Opposite adults, they don’t bark about bad weather, don’t complain about the heat – every inch of the journey is an adventure, and every ant they meet in their bed or gecko in the ceiling at bedtime is a gift.

The 3 weeks were kicked off with 2 days in the busy metropole and Thai capital, Bangkok.

Bangkok is one of my favorite cities – it is so diverse, alive and truly an inspiration – and I think it’s really healthy for the kids to see that life can be very different from theirs and learn about the diverse world we live in.

The rest of the holiday was spent in or by water on the calm island of Koh Phanghan, unwinding and playing.

We always bring sunscreen clothes, it is so much easier than hunting the kids around trying to make sure they’re safely covered in sun cream all over the body, and of course a good waterproof sun cream on the uncovered parts. You should not bring much clothes and if you miss something buy it much cheaper there.

We always bring a few toys and small books, it’s nice for the kids to have something well-known when you are traveling around. Kawan was a true play friend as he is at home, he was buried, washed and had his own throne of sand made, and perfect as a ’ball’ for throw and catch and he doesn’t fill or weigh much in the baggage.

Muslins have been a returning part of our hand luggage traveling with kids, as they are very big and soft we use it as a blanket or pillow in the plain, boat, bus and at night time, to cover the shoulders in the sun…

In the toiletry we always bring our own organic anti-itch products for mosquito bites as most of the products you can buy in Asia contain stuff you wouldn’t want to use on a child and the table of Contents is often only in the local language which makes it hard to understand. You can buy sun cream on the destination but we though always bring our ’green’ stuff from home + after sun.

Villas aged 3’s motto seems to be higher, faster, wilder which caused several bruises on the trip, he really challenge my nerves sometimes – pew!! Anyway this time we brought some disinfection plaster where the pad contains clorhexidin, and they were very effective and kept his wounds clean and uninfected, I will definitely bring it next time too.

Now where back home after a fantastic journey – looking forward and dreaming to the next.

Enjoy your holiday!!

Ida xxx

WHAT TO BRING

HEVEA Kawan
Organic – No more insect itch
Green People sun cream – SPF 25
Green People after Sun
Sunscreen clothes SPF 50
An organic Muslin
Anti-bacteria plaster – Hansaplast
Small books
Bathing shoes