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Travel with Baby

Travelling with child

 

Travel is fun, exhilarating and can be educational. But planning for travel is a chore for many, and those Bohemian at heart, just jump into it, their only plan being to have a return ticket in place.

 

Now imagine travelling with child. Many of the foot loose backpackers evolve to parenthood and travel with kids can be challenging.

Let's bring India into this mix. For a majority of world travellers, India is intimidating. Very intimidating. It's only for a handful of people India as a destination is their first choice for international travel.

 

Travellers first referred to test waters by visiting Thailand or some other South East Asian country and then consider India.

 

Amongst those who have visited India, to them, India's stands for "I'll never do India again". Fortunately a huge mass of India lovers exist, who can see beyond the obvious and recognise/appreciate India's inherent beauty.

 

While the extreme contradictory aspects of India is a fascinating subject and shall be the meat of many articles, I wish to focus on the narrow but growing niche of travellers to India with young ones in tow.

 

 

If India is considered to be difficult for most mature adults, envision the situation travelling to India - nay, touring India with a baby.

India with kids can be easily done if some basic clarity is there. Read delicious baby for some practical advice.

 

Just do it.

 

Yes to the agonising. All the weightage that you will give to the doubters should be checked against the possibility of joy visible on your child's face

when they visit India, the biggest amusement park.

 

Your children and family more often than not, shall be treated like national treasures. The smells and tastes, the journey from local bazaar to a king's palace, the eclectic mix of colours and people will be an unique experience for the kids.

 

Prepare yourself.

 

Do your home work. Be prepared to answer the countless questions your child shall ask. Few of them are:

 

  • Why are there so many brown people?
  • What is this funny language?
  • Why do they bob their heads from left to right and back?
  • Why are they so poor?
  • It shall be a long flight to India. Are they ready for this?
  • Can your child sleep easily amongst new surroundings?
  • Pace yourself gently. Rushing through cities is a recipe for many headaches.

 

Health

 

  • Follow the advice of your doctor, especially if he is a specialist.
  • Carry all the medicines required.
  • Long sleeves and trousers shall reduce incidence of mosquito bites
  • For the first few days, watch your child's health closely for some kind of first signs e.g. urine smells different, mood swings, changing eyes.
  • Carry rehydration salts.
  • Antibiotic hand wash.
  • Hats and sunglasses.
  • Comfortable shoes, but not sandals.
  • Immediately attend to minor cuts, disinfecting them.
  • Eat in busy restaurants, especially the ones patronised by Indian families.
  • Trimmed nails.
  • Drink from bottled water.
  • Use mosquito repellent.
  • Attract good karma and blessings by giving small donations to temples.
  • Carry a first aid kit (bandages, support bandage, shatterproof thermometer, tweezers, safety pins, gloves, antiseptic wipes, aggressive tapes, sterile compress, ice pack)
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