Boracay may be famous as an island party destination, but families also flock to this place for its beautiful beaches. However, we all know that traveling with tots can be challenging. But that should not discourage you from taking the family trip and creating memories with your kids.
Aside from packing the essentials and managing your toddler’s fits from time to time, there are still a lot of things that you need to be ready for. Here’s a complete guide that will help you enjoy an easy-going vacation with your kids.
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Fly Directly To Caticlan Instead Of Kalibo Airport
It can be a bit more expensive, but we suggest that you directly book a flight to Caticlan airport. Traveling to Boracay via Kalibo airport is possible, but it’s still a two-hour drive from Caticlan. Travelling on a plane with your baby is stressful enough let alone another two-hour drive with all the extra luggage. The convenience of not having to commute for two hours in a van is definitely worth it.
Quick tip! Avail an airport pick-up service with the hotel you’re staying at. Inform them of your arrival time. Make a request to ensure that the car will arrive on time. You don’t want to be stuck waiting at a crowded place, with all your luggage, with a crying toddler.
Checklist For Your Toddler’s Essentials
When it comes to your kids, you know that it’s better to be overprepared than underprepared.
On the day of your flight, we suggest to bring a carry-on bag and prepare all the essentials when travelling to Boracay with your baby or toddler.
If you are using a particular brand on your babies milk and diapers, its best to stash as much as you can before travelling to Boracay. Although, there are plenty of grocery stores in Boracay where you can find imported products and you can buy the essentials on D’Mall along the beach. But remember Boracay is still a small island and resources can sometimes be limited and stores in boracay may not carry the brand your toddler is using.
- Baby’s Travel Documents
- Resuable/ Disposable Swim Diapers
- Milk – If you’re particular with the brand of your baby’s diapers and milk, we suggest that you bring the most that you can.
- Hankies and Napkins
- Shampoo and Body Wash
- Baby Moisturizer
- Baby Wipes
- Beach Blanket
- Baby Wash
- Baby Sunscreen – The best approach is to keep your baby under 6 months away from the sun, but applying a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 if a shade is unavailable.
- Baby Sun Hat
- Insect Repellant
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Rash Guard
- Baby Powder
Nice to Have:
- Baby Beach Tent
- Baby Carrier
- Baby Beach Float
- Water Proof Blanket
- Wet Bags – You’ll need this for your wet clothes.
- Strollers – Strollers might not work on the sand, use this only on areas near the establishments where there are pavements or beach pathways where the sand is more sturdier.
Consult With Your Trusted Pediatrician Before Going
Consult with your baby’s pediatrician at least three weeks before your scheduled flight. Inform him about your travel plans. You will have to coordinate with him to ensure that your child has all the needed vaccines for safe travel. If your child has a scheduled vaccination before your departure, try to request for an earlier schedule.
It is natural for babies to lose appetite and have a fever after getting shots. Traveling will be difficult if your child is not feeling good because of the vaccination. Ask for a list of medicines that you need to bring for the trip. Make sure to keep your pediatrician’s number in case of an emergency.
Splurge On A Comfortable and Family-Friendly Hotel
Prioritize your kid’s comfort. Happy child, happy life!
You also have to consider that, based on your child’s mood, you might spend more time in your hotel than you usually do. Book a hotel that has a swimming pool if it fits your budget. It can be a fun activity to do if the beach is too crowded for your little one.
Call your hotel beforehand and ask if they can baby-proof your room. This is important, especially if your child already knows how to walk. Pay special attention to the table corners and electrical outlets. If your hotel does not offer baby-proofing supplies, duct tape can be your best friend. You can use it to cover outlets and seal drawers. Final tip! Make sure that your room is on a non-smoking floor.
Things To Do In Boracay With A Toddler
Boracay is no amusement park for kids. While most water activities here are designed for adults and mostly will not allow young children. However, it’s not to say that you won’t be enjoying your vacation together with your Baby.
There are still plenty of options and activities Boracay has to offer for you if you can be creative.
Relax – Plan for a laid-back vacation. Sit back and relax on the fine white sand of Boracay and watch and listen to the waves. Bring a water proof blanket for your little one and bring their toys where they can play with the sand. You can even work on building a sandcastle with your little one!
Watch Fire Dancers – There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along White Beach where flame dancers can be found. Children are amused by the amazing light show but always stay safe and keep them away from the flames.
Dinner By The Beach – Just walk along the stretch of white beach and you’ll find amazing restaurants. The night time ambiance of Boracay while dining in front of the beach is such a relaxing activity.
Emergency Contacts And Hospitals In Boracay
The sudden change in weather and stress on traveling can take a toll on your baby’s health or even allergies can occur. When traveling to an unfamiliar place it is wise to be aware of emergency contacts and hospitals near the area.
Even though Boracay is flocked by tourists the whole year, it’s still an island. Do not expect a state-of-the-art medical facility. There are hospitals and clinics in the area, but they’re not equipped for severe cases.
Aside from having your pediatrician’s number, we recommend that you also save the contact details of the clinics near your accommodation.
Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic:
Contact No: (036) 288 5920
Address: BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan 5608
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MDMCBORACAY/
Boracay Alert Medical Clinic and Diagnostic:
Contact No: 036-2881278
Station 2 Boracay Main Road , Mangayad
Balabag, Boracay Island
Malay, 5608 Aklan
Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital – BORACAY
Contact No: (036) 288 3041
Address: Tirol Road, Malay, Aklan
Take extra precautions during your planned activities and don’t forget to have fun and create wonderful memories with your family!