Behind the Scenes Vlog of Our Trip
How did you get into the scenario of having a baby while filming a wedding?
As a filmmaker and a parent, traveling with a baby can be quite challenging on its own but also traveling to film a wedding so tracking & packing expensive camera gear — another level! But, we recently took on the adventure of traveling to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for a 4-night, 5-day stay to attend a destination wedding as guests while also filming it with our baby, Lana, in hand. It was an incredible experience and sooo fun to enjoy as a family. But doing so, we picked up a few tips along the way that we’d like to share with you.
1) Pack Minimally – Capsule Wardrobe and Minimal Camera Gear
I think this is a given but packing for a trip with a baby can be quite overwhelming, though we found that packing minimally was the key to an easier and more enjoyable trip. We made sure to bring a capsule wardrobe for ourselves and Lana that we could mix and match easily. Warm weather travel is always easier too since the clothes dont take up as much space luckily! We also packed only essential camera gear to minimize the weight we had to carry around. This helped us avoid overpacking and made it easier to navigate through the airport and the wedding venue.
2) Free your Mind by Using a Checklist When Packing
Before our trip, I created a packing checklist in my Notion hub to reference. If you’re not familiar with Notion, its a productivity took that houses databases, spreadsheets, docs, etc. This helped us to stay organized and ensure that we didn’t forget any essential items. We included everything from clothes to baby gear, camera equipment, and travel documents. This way, we could pack efficiently and minimize the risk of leaving anything behind. We even made the checklist available as a free download on our blog, so our readers can use it for their own trips.
3) Think Ahead of the Trip with a Flexible Mindset
Traveling with a baby can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to plan ahead of time and have a flexible mindset. We researched the wedding venue, the weather, and the activities we wanted to do beforehand, so we knew what to expect. We also anticipated that our plans might change depending on how Lana felt or how the day went. Having a flexible mindset helped us adjust to unexpected changes and stay relaxed during our trip.
In conclusion, traveling to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with a baby to attend a destination wedding while filming it was a liberating experience. By packing minimally, using a checklist, and having a flexible mindset, we were able to enjoy the trip to the fullest without worrying about unnecessary stress. If you’re planning a trip with a baby, we hope these tips will be helpful to you. Happy travels!