Hospital Bag Essentials Checklist
A complete hospital bag will help ease your hospital stay by keeping you comfortable, clean & entertained.
It’s hard to plan for a new baby without thinking about the costs—hospital bills, healthcare costs, nursing gear, clothing, food, college savings—the list goes on. The financial obligations that accompany a new child can easily overwhelm anybody. It probably means that for a lot of families, a babymoon is a luxury that simply cannot be afforded.
Babymoons don’t have to be some lavish international getaway. More than anything, babymoons are an opportunity for expectant parents to carve out some R&R before getting deep into new baby duties. With a few tips and a little guidance, even parents on a budget can hack a memorable—and affordable—babymoon.
A staycation may feel like a “cop out” to a “real” vacation, but they can be just as magical. No matter where you live, opportunities for exploration and relaxation are nearby. Jump on Google, or even join a local Facebook group, and ask what tourists and locals like to do when they come to the area.
Take a short road trip to surrounding cities and towns you haven’t spent much time in. Get to know the locals and pick their brain on inexpensive activities to explore around their town. You’ll end your staycation with a renewed love for your city, the surrounding areas, and excitement to explore even more around home. Keep an eye out for baby-friendly activities, so next time baby can join you!
If you’re willing and able to spend a few more bucks on travel, you can still save a ton of cash by staying domestic. Hit up a neighboring state on a road trip, or hop on Kayak to browse their current inexpensive domestic flights.
Another big upside of staying within the U.S. is not having to worry about outbreaks and other diseases you typically have to prepare for when traveling internationally. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to check the CDC to be extra sure the region you’re traveling to is safe for everyone.
With Airbnb’s ever-increasing popularity, there’s an even bigger pool of options for accommodations. When you choose an Airbnb, chances are you’ll have access to a full kitchen where you can cook a few meals and save a little dough on eating out. If you don’t mind a little driving, look for a place outside of the nearest city center as they’re often cheaper.
If you still prefer hotels, booking them online is often costly and prices are firm. We suggest getting on the phone and calling hotels in the area. Talking with a real person may yield you some savings if you’re up for a little negotiating.
In the age of technology we have a lot more control over our own research, and that includes vacation planning. Sites like TravelPirates aggregate the lowest possible rates on flights, accommodations, and experiences and puts together packages that you can purchase all together, or in parts.
The catch? Saving big bucks on travel means you’ll have to take advantage of deals in specific locations and dates—and quickly. Prices can change with the drop of a hat, and with so many people buying, there’s the risk that it’ll be gone if you wait too long. TravelPirates may work best for those who don’t have their heart set on a specific location or date, and chances are you’ll get a screaming deal on a vacation destination you hadn’t originally considered.
If you have your heart set on a specific destination and date range, sign up for flight alerts so you’ll get notified when prices drop. Planning for a babymoon can be tricky, since you generally have the first trimester to plan and the second trimester to travel, so even flight alerts may take too long for your time window.
But don’t lose hope! According to a report by USNews, the best time to book a flight is 7-weeks out (even more specifically, on a Tuesday around 3pm EST). Keep your peepers peeled and a sweet deal is sure to pop up.
Travel insurance may seem like an added, superfluous expense, but clear that thought out of your mind. Pregnancies are unpredictable, and you never know when your travel plans will need to change or be cancelled altogether (fingers crossed they won’t). Depending on the travel insurance package you purchase, your flights, accommodations, and even lost luggage can be covered should your plans change at the drop of a hat. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
No matter where you go, free experiences are aplenty. Whether it’s just a picnic in a park, a scenic hike or sightseeing, look to save some bucks on expensive experiences by exploring the natural splendor of the location.
Remember not to exert yourself too much, though. Listen to your body when it’s telling you to slow down. More than anything, babymoons should be about taking it easy before free time becomes a luxury in itself.
For so many of us, spending is something we need to keep close tabs on. And budgeting with a baby on the way can be especially stressful. Before completely tossing the idea of a vacation out the window, use our tips to explore the idea a budget-friendly babymoon. After all, every expecting family deserves a little calm before the baby storm.