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end of the world – even putting them through ‘dangers’ as driving without auto chairs AND seatbelts, sailing in old outdated ferries, eating food made in kitchens that would have been closed down by the authorities in Europe and living it huts surrounded by lethal creeps and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

Slow Death By Rubber Duck

Despite its somewhat alarming title, “Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The danger of Everyday Things,” is actually a hilarious book with a serious message. What starts off as a light-hearted and funny joke between friends turns into an amazing project that will empower consumers. The two protagonists expose themselves to everyday products and watch the toxin levels in their bodies skyrocket. Even more alarming, is the idea that the products featured in the experiments are products that most of us use every single day.

What’s great is that the book is full of positive tips to reduce your toxin exposure. Even better, the duck featured on the cover is not Kawan. (Phew!) Hevea products are made from 100% natural rubber and therefore hope to reduce the amount of toxins your child is exposed to. Today, all too often, so called “rubber ducks” are made out of PVC, which contains the toxin BPA.   The warm water at bath time can cause these BPAs to leak. BPA’s can be found in plastics used for food containers, tin can liners and plastic bottles. They mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen and have been linked with causing infant obesity when consumed during pregnancy and also with harming nerve and brain development in babies. Additionally BPA’s have been linked to breast cancer in adults causing “The No More BPA” campaign to be set up calling for BPA’s to be banned from the packaging of foodstuffs: www.nomorebpa.org.uk .

Kawan is completely BPA, phthalates and PVC free, with no added colors or synthetics. Hevea have also made Kawan in one piece, without a single hole, to reduce the amount of grime and mould building up inside.

By making small changes such as switching from a plastic “rubber” duck to a 100% Hevea Rubber Duck, you can prevent the amount of toxins your baby is exposed to.

The Importance of a Bed Time Story

When bath time is over and Kawan has finished traversing the waters of the tub, the Pajamas are on and the lights have been dimmed, there’s one last activity that completes the bedtime ritual.

In our opinion there can be no more valuable investment in your baby than the hours spent reading to them. Believe it or not, by the time your baby reaches 12 months, he or she will have learnt all the sounds they need to speak their native language. The more words, sounds and expressions you expose your baby to from an early age, the more resources they have to draw from when they eventually do begin to speak and the more likely they are to learn to read from an early age.

Reading to babies also exposes them to a larger range of social expressions allowing them to process things such as tone of voice, build their listening and memory skills and introduces them to new concepts such as letters, numbers and information about the world around them.

The connection that is formed between a mother and baby in the early stages of a child’s development can have a profound effect on what they then go on to pursue in later life. When a baby is read to, the mother’s voice and tender cuddles become linked with a new dimension; books. By attaching this importance to books and reading, a child is more likely to learn to read early, and grow up with a love of books.

A well known Dane, Hans Christian Anderson, knew the importance of fairy tales and creating stories that help young children make sense of their world. The themes of these important stories learnt at an early age are often carried with us through to adulthood. After all, most of us know the story of The little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea and Thumbelina, but struggle to remember books we’ve read more recently.