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Traveling to Hong Kong with Infants or Kids

Traveling to a different town from what you are familiar with usually, comes with its many challenges. These challenges are multiplied in case you are traveling with an infant. This calls for proper planning especially when you are going to a destination far from home. A visit to Hong Kong, for example, may present issues like where to get more supplies of items like diapers, bottled water, and probiotic milk powder. As a part of your travel planning, it is important to also include the specific places you are going to get more baby items when your package runs out. Just imagine running all over town from shop to shop searching for diapers when you have used the last one and your baby has just saturated it and its only 11 in the morning.

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The starting point for an enjoyable trip to Hong Kong is to book an overnight flight so that the infant can sleep through the journey and be bright during the day. Planning every imaginable detail will save you a lot of trouble. You will also be well rested and able to manage through whatever comes your way when you reach HK. Babies have a way of sensing when you are stressed and they will gladly join you for the stress ride so try and be calm.

The other point to note is that Hong Kong is not very pram-friendly so it is best if you carry a small, cheap stroller since the streets are crammed with people leaving no space to push a pram. When you sort these manageable issues, getting refills and resupply of your babies food and other items. There are many shops dealing with baby products from consumables like probiotic milk powder to reusable supplies including bottles, clothes and play items. At every parent can get a variety of baby products to sustain a visit to the city. Apart from feeding and taking care of your infant, the mother also has essentials readily available during your trip.

There is even an easier way to survive with a baby in Hong Kong, online delivery shops like Emerald Green baby which stocks high-quality baby formula manufactured in Ireland and tested to be safe for babies. Along Wellington street, one can find Cosmo Beebies, a click and mortar shop stocking baby items including food, clothes and mother’s essentials like nursing bras among other accessories made in Europe. If you have no time to visit the shop, just visit their site and the items will be delivered to your location or they will find it for you if they don’t have it in stock. At Bumps to babes, every mother will find the required accessories for a trip in Hong Kong. Their catalog is very extensive.

If you plan to use the public transport while in Hong Kong then get your Octopus card at the airport so as to make your travel easy since there are no ticket options. Your infant doesn’t need to pat but those from age 3 to 11 requires a Child Octopus. It is easy to top up at many stores around the city and can even be used to make purchases and even get a refund of any money left over after your trip ends. Even though it is hard to get a seat on the mass transit railway, it is very fast and efficient. Avoid traveling during peak times as MTR gets very cramped and that is not comfortable for a baby.

The other issue many parents face when traveling to any destination is where to change the baby during the trip when out of your hotel room. In Hong Kong finding a place to change a diaper is not easy even at the airport. You will have to make do with the change tables in the ladies toilet, if you are a man then ingenuity is your only solution. Fortunately, at K11 shopping mall located in Tsim Sha Tsui, there is a wonderful baby change facility. At New Town Plaza in Sha Tin there is a spacious place to change a baby, warm bottles and even has baby wipes though the queues do get long.

The solution to all these challenges of traveling with infants is the numerous malls populating Hong Kong. Most of them are luxurious and well-equipped with all the necessities for travel and feeding your baby, places to change, refresh and where to have fun as a family or just the two of you. These malls keep sprouting every other day so you have plenty to choose from and decide which ones suit your array of needs for the baby and yourself for the entire trip.

The town is built in very attractive unending structures to amaze any visitor but this does not mean you should not get out of the city to see what the rest of the surrounding areas have to offer. Take a ferry ride to Lantau Island and see the museums and the Big Budha sculpture imposing above.

The surprising thing about Hong Kong is there are so many American brands and European brands on the shelves so you will not have to deviate from your regular diapers like Pampers and Huggies even though they are slightly more expensive than what they cost back at home.

If you are traveling with a baby experiencing digestive problems like colic, lactose intolerance, constipation and diarrhea it is advisable to get milk powder with probiotics. This helps bring back the stomach bacterial levels to normal especially if they have just finished a dose of antibacterial medication. Make your trip manageable for the baby by feeding this type of milk for a better health and happy infants. It helps in strengthening the immune system both for the baby and adults too.

The strains used in baby products are however different from the adult ones and this is thoroughly implemented and tested before being availed for consumption by infants. And since these are readily available in Hong Kong, you don’t have to postpone your trip just because you have an infant.

Enjoy the trip together and create some memories.

John Pang
As a father of two beautiful kids - Max and Jac, I want to share the love, jitters, concerns and joy that they have brought the Mrs and me over the past years. It's a blessing to have Shasha, our lovely domestic helper, who is helping us to keep the house in human order with the two cute monsters at home. Join me in my experiences and daily life as a parent. PS: Having a child is a big decision, there isn't any 30 days return policy 😄