Since I found out I was pregnant I haven’t really done a ton of traveling. It hasn’t been on purpose, its just that our last trip was so extravagant and we took so much time off of work that we ran out of vacation days. Once we hit the new year, all our favorite long weekend escapes were in Zika infested regions and we didn’t really want to risk that.
With flights to Europe becoming so much more affordable, we decided on a trip to Barcelona. It’s one of Jason’s favorite places and has been on my bucket list for quite a while. Despite not being able to imbibe in all of Barcelona’s culinary treats, I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Spain. With a few adjustments to how we typically travel, Jason and I had a great trip. Below are a few ways I was able to make the most of our trip and enjoy traveling while pregnant.
Spring for the upgrade. Airplane seats are uncomfortable. They are even more uncomfortable when you are pregnant. I’m a super fidgety flyer normally, and even more annoying while pregnant. No matter what I did I could not get comfortable during our flight to Barcelona. On our way back we were able to upgrade and it made all the difference. Easily the best $100 we spent on the trip.
2 Adjust your Expectations. Face it, you aren’t going to be able to do as much as you used to. You are going to walk slower and need more breaks. Account for everything taking a little bit longer. A two mile walk used to be no sweat, but maybe you opt to take the subway this time instead. Your non swollen feet will thank me later.
3 Lighten your load. I consider myself a very efficient packer (a week’s worth of gear into a carry on? NO PROBLEM!), but my day bag can get heavy while toting around all my camera equipment. Thankfully Jason was a sport and carried it around the majority of the time I took it out with us. After the first two days I fully transitioned to iPhone only photography and I’m not even a little bit mad about it.
4 Bring comfortable shoes. You don’t have to wear your gym sneakers if you don’t want to, but a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes can make all the difference. I’m typically completely comfortable in a pair of cute flat sandals, but with all my joints stretching out I needed something a little more supportive. I found a pair of Vans slip-ons to be perfect for this. They are pretty flexible in terms of what you can wear them with, didn’t require a break in period and you can wear a pair of no-show socks with them to help avoid any blisters. Bonus that I don’t have to bend over to tie my shoes either!BUY NOW
5 Stay hydrated and carry snacks. Make sure you always have a water bottle with you so you don’t get dehydrated. This is generally a good rule to follow, but even more important when you travel. Also, carry plenty of snacks so you don’t get hangry or light headed while you off adventuring. I’m partial to Lara Bars. They are easy to throw in your bag and don’t have a bunch of extra crap in them that I have to worry about passing on to my baby.BUY NOW
6 If you see a bathroom, use it. It doesn’t matter if you need to go right then, or not. Just go. If you don’t use it, you’ll need to in about 2 ½ minutes anyways and then you’ll annoy your husband or partner when you have to make a uturn. Use it at every restaurant, store or park where you see one. It may be best to carry a bottle of hand sanitizer and tissues with you just in case. You never know what conditions you’ll encounter.
7 Get enough sleep. Growing a human is exhausting. So is exploring a new city. Add these together and I can barely keep my eyes open. Allow enough times for sleep each night and listen to your body if you need a nap. It will make everything more enjoyable.
Do any of my traveling moms-to-be readers have other tips for mastering travel while pregnant?