Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posted On June 14, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Stress .... that’s the side effect of the urban lifestyle we lead today. The level of stress we face may not be similar in magnitude, but the after effects are identical for practically everyone. Stress builds up knowingly or unknowingly, creates havoc on the body thereby releasing toxic hormones and endangering the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of the person. When I feel stressful, I head to a spa or a salon to unwind or hit the gym with a vengeance. Essential oils in a spa, relaxing messages in a salon and the adrenaline rush in a gym work like magic that help me unwind. 

But now all of these time-consuming techniques are no longer needed, as I’ve found a product that helps to instantly relieve stress no matter where you are, the magical Forest Essentials Vaishnavi Stress Relief. 

The product is a synergic blend of pure essential oils that helps ease anxiety and tension, and claims to uplift and destress the senses. The product uses aromatherapy to offer a natural and organic way to enhance the body’s senses to lessen stress hormones and their after-effects. The oil is clear, extremely light and feels luxurious and premium to touch and the packaging is by far one of the most gorgeous I have seen. Though the product is priced at INR 850 for 10 ml which seems a bit overpriced, it is justified by the rich ingredient list. The shelf life is 12 months, but considering the hectic lives we lead, it sure will be long over before you realise it.

The Stress Relief is infused with Steam Distilled Essential oils, including Lavender, Lime, Lemon and Peppermint. Lime and Lemon essence brings clarity and focused concentration while Peppermint oil improves mental relaxation and calmness. Lavender Oil widely known as ‘nervous system restorative’ helps to boost inner peace, improve sleep, relieve irritability, anxiety and panic attacks, as well as calm a nervous stomach and body. The best way to use the Forest Essentials Vaishnavi Stress Relief is to spray on one’s wrists and temple points, breathe in the tranquillity of the fresh aromas as the body relaxes and stress gently slips away. 

The Forest Essentials Vaishnavi Stress Relief can also be used in the following ways:
~ in a bath
~ in a compress
~ in an oil diffuser
~ in a body lotion
~ as a massage oil

I have experienced immense stress in the last few months and I’m glad to have tried Forest Essentials Vaishnavi Stress Relief. A couple of drops seem to make me calmer (moms would understand this) and the product works as a real stress buster, it is an experience. And an added advantage is that it smells divine. I would definitely recommend everyone to run a long warm bath, add a few drops of stress relief and lay in sipping on some green tea or red wine. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Monday, June 11, 2018

Posted On June 11, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Travel for some is a luxury while for others travel is a necessity. For us, the Dhedhis travel has become a part of life, an unending adventure that we want to wake up to each day. Over the last few years since #PrincessHeer expressed her interest in travelling contrary to other kids her age, we have been wanderlust, taking numerous trips each year. We’ve travelled from Sri Lanka to Dubai to Thailand and Paris and even explored Kerala, Phaltan and Kutch. 

This winter we have zeroed in to experience the royalty of Rajasthan for its fascinating, multi-faceted outlook buzzing with historic forts, beautiful lakes, camel carts, colourful bandhani sarees and much more. Spread over the entire northeast region, Rajasthan is enormous and practically impossible to cover in a single trip and most travel guides suggest an itinerary that covers a few cities at a time, so you can actually soak in the grandeur of each region. After numerous discussions we have chalked in our must-visit cities of Rajasthan for our royal sojourn and look forward to a blissful trip.

The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is known for its pink stone architecture that christens it the Pink City. Jaipur never fails to stun its travellers with its royal charm and stunning heritage sites. It is a must to visit the City Palace built in the early 1700’s that still houses the royal family. Other iconic locations that can be explored are the Jantar Mantar, Haha Mahal, Albert Hall, Tiger Fort and Monkey Palace. Another aspect of Jaipur that is worth experiencing is the stay at luxurious heritage Jaipur hotels. Travellers will definitely be spoilt for choice with exotic options like the Lohagarh Fort Resort And Spa, the Royal Heritage Haveli by Niraamaya Retreat, the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel, The Oberoi Rajvilas and more.

Just a few hours drive from Jaipur is the gorgeous town of Dausa that offers a rural experience that screams Rajasthan hictorically. Of the numerous archaeological sites that the little town has, the one that stands out is the Abha Nagri stepwell which is also known as the Chand Baori. It is the steepest and largest step well in India that was built in the eighth century during the rule of Raja Chandra to store and provide water all year around in the arid regions of Rajasthan. Adjacent to the Chand Baori is the temple dedicated to the goddess of happiness, Harshat Mata, renowned for its rustic yet sculptural architecture. 

Almost untouched by vacationers and tourists, Pali is a must-visit place for those who marvel in temple architecture for its rich heritage of beautiful Jain temples. Especially known for the 15th century Ranakpur Temple dedicated to first Jain Tirthankara Shree Adinath, Pali is among the most revered Jain holi cities in India. Cupped within the beautiful Aravalli mountain range, the construction of the temple lasted a decade, concluding in the early 1400’s. The construction was supervised by Jain Monk Gurudev Shree Acharya Soma Sundar Suri of the Tapa Gachha community.

The ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur also known as the 'City of Lakes' is surrounded by eight lakes and the lush green Aravalli hills. One of the most mesmerising sites in the city is the Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola that glitters like a diamond when illuminated at night. Udaipur is a perfect holiday destination for the entire family with its offerings that include a Biological Park, Fish Aquarium, Vintage Car Display Centre, Hollywood Wax Museum, Temples, Forts, Lakes and much more. Vacationers schedule their trips to coincide with the 'Shilpgram Fair' which showcases ethnic art and craft of the region as well as the lifestyle of the locals. 

Many would argue, that our itinerary doesn’t include numerous places like Jodhpur - the city of Palaces, Jaisalmer - the city of Havelis and Forts, Pushkar - the town of fairs, Dungarpur - the city of hills; that deserve to be visited. But didn’t we say that Rajasthan cannot be covered in one trip, so we plan to reserve the rest for out next visit to the royal state

But feel free to recommend any particular place or experience that should make it to our itinerary.

Until next time,
- Heena

Friday, June 01, 2018

Posted On June 01, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

I am a balanced indoor as well as an outdoor person, so my love for books and board games equal to my love for motorcycles and swings. As an occasional rider, I’ve ensured that my motorcycle is set properly and maintained to the ’T’ by the specialist who clearly know my biking goals, so as to ensure my safety and no compromise to my recreational activity.

After the important set of getting myself the perfect motorcycle, I now need to get my biking gear in place to become the rider I want to be. The two things that I always keep in mind while picking any product is its usability and style, and both these parameters have to be on-point for me to pick the product. As I was looking for some protective and riding gear recently I stumbled upon, that offers the most professional motorcycle riding gear from the best brands in the industry including but not limited to Fly Racing, GMAX, Alpinestars. As I continued to research, I’ve made a list of 5 things every rider must have if you want to seriously pursue motorcycling as a hobby or a recreational activity. 

A motorcycle riding jacket that is lightweight and waterproof, would be most perfect for a biker. The style needs to be well cut in order to be wind resistant, and compact. 

A pair of warm, well-fitted gloves is perfect not only as protective gear against the weather but also for a firm grip on the handgrip is a must for every motorcycle rider.

A must for any recreational activity would be a pair of sturdy yet breathable shoes that are made from perforated microtex or anti-scratch leather.

Nothing is more important than safety and the first rule of biking safety is a helmet. A helmet with ‘Multi-Directional Impact Protection System' technology, well-ventilated and easily adjustable one is what a biker needs to invest in. 

A high-quality analogue smartwatch that also doubles as a bike computer, that indicates the speed, riding time and distance covered; that can be clipped on is ideal. 

If you are looking for specialised motorcycle apparel, it would be most apt to surf an exclusive online motorcycle riding store rather than a general fashion store.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Posted On May 17, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Summers are all about colours and prints, a frenzy of textures, fabrics and what not. If you look around you will see the best prints this season, some full of colour explosions and some full of perfect prints. However, the catch is to mix and match in such a way that you catch the eye and not your outfit. I’ve identified some of the prints I’d like to flaunt this season, and I'm here sharing a mood board from one of my favourite online brands Shein, for you to emulate.

Floral Print Ruffle Hem Skirt
Micro Florals
A summer staple, florals have always been around, but this year micro florals are the in-trend print. Micro florals are a cute petite, feminine and fresh prints and can be flaunted anywhere.

Pineapple Print Tie Neck Frill Trim Dress
Sunny Tropicals
A notch up from the floral game would be tropical prints of hibiscus flowers and palm leaves, that offer freshness from the mundane. One can go over the top with pineapple prints too.

Letter Print T-Shirt
Logo Mania
This summer, logos have made a huge comeback with everyone sporting solid coloured tees with prominent brand logos. These would be perfect for casual outings or running errands.

Ruffle Trim Polka Dot Shorts
Polka Dots
The tiny print keeps bouncing back from fashion history to claim it’s place every now and then. Polka Dots don’t need any introduction and can be styled in soft pastels or fierce monochromes.

Rainbow Striped Dress
Rainbow Stripes
A summer classic, the rainbow stripes comes back with more sensation each year. The standard print is not standard at all and takes the wearer from brunch to beach in seconds.

Cartoon Print Contrast Striped Dress
Cartoon Fun
The trend of interpreting the classic cartoons for the new age fashionista has evolved over the last few years. The trend becomes fun in bright coloured tees and dresses with ones favourite cartoon characters. 

Flounce Layer Neckline Madras Plaid Belted Dress
Gingham Checks
The Gingham Checks has finally found its place under the sun after hustling with florals and pastels for years. The best way to embrace the trend is to experiment with bold colours and large prints.

Cut And Sew Leopard Yoke Top
Fierce Animals
A trend that has a lot of takers as well as shunners, the fierce animal prints keep reinventing from leopards, cheetahs and tigers to snakes and reptiles. Wear with caution. 

Summers is all about celebrating prints, so don’t go break the bank but shop well to enjoy each print. So tell us in the comments below which is your favourite print to flaunt this summer. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Posted On May 13, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Oral hygiene for children is as important as physical and mental wellbeing, but very few parents understand this. Many parents I know believe that since children have baby teeth that they will lose in due time, oral hygiene is not that crucial until permanent teeth come along. Little do they realise that the foundation for healthy permanent teeth is laid during the early years of life with proper oral hygiene. Poor diet, poor food habits and improper brushing lead to tooth decay, cavities and distorted tooth structure in children which affect the permanent teeth. 

Thus, as parents, it is essential to establish a good and systematic routine for children's oral hygiene and make them understand the importance of how oral hygiene and proper diet are necessary for happy and healthy teeth. I set a routine for #PrincessHeer even before her first tooth sprout out, guiding her and encouraging her to adapt to the correct and efficient techniques. We have worked through the no teeth phase into the baby teeth phase and wading through the current phase of losing baby teeth without any dental situations. 

As a first-time parent, I did keep a close eye on #PrincessHeer's routines in the first couple of years of her life. When she had her primary teeth, I began brushing her teeth with a finger brush twice daily and then upgraded to toddler brushes on the eve of her second birthday when she started brushing by herself with a  pea-size amount of children’s toothpaste. A few important things that I've learned with Heer and would recommend to parents to set a great oral hygiene routine are:

~ use a soft-bristle brush so that the child doesn't hurt his gums and teeth
~ use a toothpaste specifically formulated for children as per their age
use a toothpaste pleasantly flavoured that the child will love 

With the benefits of practising good oral habits, I was more hands-on in ensuring my little one's teeth were clean and healthy. Not only did I use Radius Totz Toothbrushes but also MamaEarth's Natural Berry Blast Toothpaste for kids that is fluoride free, and infused with aloe, xylitol and stevia.

So don't wait until it is late, start early and be rest assured about the gorgeous smile inside out. 

Until next time,
- Heena

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Posted On May 12, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Today I want to introduce you to a Monthly Beauty Subscription box called the GloBox. What makes the GloBox different from its competitors is a unique concept, BYOB - Build Your Own Box, that allows subscribers to choose makeup and skincare products that are specific to their individual needs and preferences. Sounds perfect, isn't it? Wait there is more, the price of the monthly GloBox is INR 999. And it sure gets better. Subscribers can opt for a 3-6-12 month plan and make further savings on the costs. That sure makes it one of the must-subscribe to products for all our beauty needs today.

I opted for the May Box, filled in a skincare and makeup survey and voila the box arrived in 2 working days. The box contained a welcome note, referral coupons, 5-full sized products and a few knick-knacks. 

Mond Sub Silk Protein 3D Hanging Ears Face & Neck Mask
The 3 in 1 mask contains Silk Protein, which helps to repair, renew, revitalise, lift and firm the skin and improves dull and damaged skin. The protein and EGF essence ensures a clear and radiant skin. The retail price of the product is INR 250. 

Plump Face brightening Pack
A powder pack infused with the goodness of multani mitt, sandalwood, turmeric, saffron and liquorice; promising to brighten and add a refreshing glow to the skin. The 100gm pack retails for INR 599. 

Nicka K Radiant Liquid Shadow
A highly pigmented, shimmer eyeshadow helps to create stunning party looks. The metallic eyeshadow effect will add sparkle to the eyes emphasising a daring and adventurous effect. The 5g product is available for INR 395. 

Elenblu Precision Liquid Eyeliner
The water-based, smudge and bulge proof Precision Liquid Eyeliner is a weightless formulation to wing the lashes. The water-proof formulation ensures a glossy finish. The 2.5ml product retails for INR 499.

TS Cosmetics Pressed Glitter
A cream-based glitter powder that helps you achieve a glam eye make up look without any mess. The water-resistant formula can be simply dabbed on to the skin to achieve the desired effect. An 8g tub is available for INR 300.

I've recently started warming up to subscription boxes, and Globox stood out for its BYOB concept. Personally, I think the box is a great investment, especially for the price point, brand composition and products offered. I loved the fact that the May box is the balance between makeup and skincare products. 

To celebrate Mothers Day, GloBox is running a Mother's Day Campaign - #GloBoxSuperMom to honour the most influential superhero in our lives, our SuperMoms. Share your Super Mom moments with us via a video and stand a chance to win a GloBox and movie tickets. To know more about the contest rules head to

Until next time, 
~ Heena

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Posted On May 01, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Amway, one of the largest direct selling companies in the world, established in 1995, with a presence in over 100 countries and retailing over a 140 products across categories like Nutrition, Beauty, Personal Care and Home Care, launched a new range of dietary supplements under its sub-brand Nutrilite. Nutrilite Traditional Herbs has been launched as an extension of its nutrition and wellness portfolio to bring together the Best of Nature and the Best of Science to offer the Best of Traditional Wisdom.

During the launch, Ajay Khanna, Category Head – Nutrition and Wellness, Amway India; reiterated how the changes in the Indian lifestyle along with urbanisation and stress has affected the health and wellness of individuals and how the Nutrilite Traditional Herbs range will fill the missing pieces to pave the way for a healthy life with physiological benefits. The USP is how the range takes traditional knowledge of herbs and combines it with the scientific research at Nutrilite to create a range of herbal products that support a healthy lifestyle.

The range is pegged to stand out among its competitors for a number of reasons including: 
~ is developed specifically for the Indian consumer with an erratic lifestyle
~ is developed through a ‘seed to supplement’ process with multi-level quality checks
~ is developed using herbs grown and harvested on certified organic farms

The range comprises of four variants, compliant with the new Nutraceuticals Regulations of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations issued by Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), namely:

Nutrilite Tulsi 
The supplement has assured levels of Tulsi extract drawn from Certified Organic Herbs, where 1 tablet has 100 leaves of the herb. Tulsi is found to be effective for its adaptogenic and anti-oxidant properties thereby supporting immunity.

Nutrilite Brahmi 
The supplement has assured lives of Brahmi extract drawn from Certified Organic Herbs, where 1 tablet has 5 gm of the raw herb. Brahmi is found to be effective in improving attention and concentration thereby supporting mental agility.

Nutrilite Ashwagandha 
The supplement has assured Ashwagandha root extract drawn from Certified Organic Herbs, where 1 tablet has 3 gm of the raw herb. Ashwagandha is found to be effective for easing stress, calming the nervous system and improving energy levels thereby supporting vitality.

Nutrilite Amalaki, Vibhitaki and Haritaki 
The supplement has assured blend of Amalaki, Vibhitaki and Haritaki extract drawn from Certified Organic Herbs, where 1 tablet has 3 gm of the raw herbs. Amalaki, Vibhitaki and Haritaki are found to be effective in aiding digestion and detoxifying the body thereby supporting digestion. 

The Nutrilite Traditional Herbs Range can be purchased from three sources; through the distributors, at the Amway Experience Centres and via the website.

Until next time,
~ Heena

Posted On May 01, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

Monsoons are around the corner and I am looking at ways and means to protect my little one, especially from water-borne diseases such as malaria. The malaria mosquito breeds not only in water marshes and edges of streams and rivers but also in temporary rain pools. As more than 70% of Indians live in malaria-prone areas, it is really important for us, especially moms to know all about the symptoms, treatment and preventive measures.

Malaria is a serious disease spread by mosquitoes, that pose a significant health risk that may prove to be fatal if untreated. The illness is spread when the parasite travels to the liver, growing exponentially and then gushing through the human bloodstream destroying the red blood cells in the body. 

An infection typically begins with high fever and bouts of sweating episodes, that may or may not be accompanied by abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. If the condition remains undiagnosed additional symptoms like anaemia, extreme tiredness and convulsions and breathing disorders which may lead to coma, edema or kidney failure.

When any signs or symptoms of malaria are observed, it is advisable to get a blood test or a rapid diagnostic test done to ascertain if the parasite is present in the bloodstream. Sometimes symptoms cannot be reliably and hence a parasitological test is important for diagnosis and managing the disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), early diagnosis is critical for treatment and recovery.

Since malaria is a treatable disease, the primary objective of treatment is complete elimination of the parasite from the bloodstream to prevent any progress of the condition. Malaria requires prescription medications for a period of 3 to 7 days, depending on the severity of the illness and the medication type. Since there are no vaccinations or home remedies for malaria, it is important to take the medication for the prescribed time period.

On April 25, 2018, WHO celebrated the 70th anniversary of World Malaria Day to commemorate and celebrate the global efforts to control and prevent malaria all around the world. Since 2000, it has been noted that India has taken the problem head-on and progressed towards the prevention of the disease. This impressive work has been due to the active participation of the government as well as the preventive measures adopted. As a mother, a homemaker; I have identified some preventive measures that I adhere to, to ensure I keep the malaria parasite at bay. 

Preventive Measures
The most important step to safeguard the family against malaria is to keep mosquitoes away. Some of the most prominent ways to keep mosquitoes away are to spray living spaces with indoor mosquito repellants, use outdoor mosquito repellents especially for children and ensure no stagnation of water.

Staying true to the proverb 'Prevention is better than Cure', we must all stay vigilant to any cases that may breed mosquitoes and take action at the first sign of any symptoms to ensure the health and wellness of our family and friends and #MakeIndiaMalariaFree. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Posted On April 12, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

As soon as I started working, I realised the importance of investment planning and tried to find out about ways and means to investment my meagre earnings. As my investment journey was set in motion; I realised that I set out on a trip that was without any direction, without a goal, and without a destination. I made investments without understanding the product, purpose or concept of the vehicle. Friends argued with me about how difficult it would be to understand about investments, but very few actually knew how the entire gamut of financial planning worked. I first realised that investment planning without a well-thought-out financial plan does not yield the desired results. 

The general notion among novice investors like myself is that financial planning and investment planning are the same things, but, financial planning is the larger spectrum that includes investment planning. Without any doubt, investment planning plays a very important role in a successful financial plan, but it is not comprehensive in itself. However, it is imperative to understand the difference between the two, to truly improve your financial health. 

In layman terms, financial planning is a professional and realistic plan of organising money for the entire cycle of your life. This realistic financial plan is the evaluation of your current financial situation and a forecast of your future financial situation, that enable an advisor to plan your savings, expenses, taxes, term insurance, investments, asset, and last but not the least retirement. A good financial plan will enable you to achieve your short, medium and long-term financial goals, and will have to be revisited and altered at important junctions in your life. 

In simple terms, investment planning is a systematic and consistent plan to allocate your resources to maximise the returns. This consistent plan is the structured method to continuously allocate the funds to investment vehicles even when the growth isn’t as much as forecasted, that enables an advisor to act on behalf of you and execute a pre-decided investment structure factoring in risk, diversification, and returns. A good investment plan will enable you to make decent profits even during market volatility and establish a good base for your financial plans. 

The next question one would ask is when the right time is to start planning your finances. I would say it is TODAY, no matter what your age is. With every passing year there will be new challenges and with every passing decade, there will be new expenses that have not been accounted for. Both investment planning and financial planning are customised solutions and the most appropriate way to move ahead confidently would be to seek professional help. The way forward would be to work with a certified advisor to analyse your financial life, access your risk appetite and decode the best plan that will help you live your life the way you ought to.

Don't take your financial health lightly, it is as important as your physical and emotional health. 

Until next time,
~ Heena

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Posted On April 05, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

India is a country of traditions where every festival, every occasion, every celebration is a multi-day affair; some with super intricate rituals and numerous functions. And those are the days when we throw caution to the wind and indulge in the extremes, be it elaborate decorations, sumptuous food, crazy music or traditional fashion. Ethnic wear and Indian celebrations go hand-in-hand. However, most people make the mistake of de-accessorising ethnic wear, which ultimately ruins the entire look. Fashion trends come and go, but the staple look always remains the same - a great outfit, complimented with beautiful traditional jewellery, flattered by some gorgeous heels and completed by designer handbags

As a fashion stylist, I would at times compromise on things other than a handbag, but I know for a fact that only a perfect, outfit-appropriate hand accessory can do justice to an ensemble and make the person an iCynosure of the occasion. Not many think about a handbag when the outfit in itself is so enchanting. The easiest thing for anyone would be to dig into the pool of handbags, that you think will be complimentary and head out. But that sure isn't going to make any heads turn. You need to know which type of bag you shall need and when to carry it to look like an ace in the fashion game. 

Potli Bag - Old World Charm
The potli bag has undergone some serious changes from the days our great-grandmas carried them until today. With new twists of embroidery and embellishments, the simple ladies carry purse has now taken the fashion world by storm. Perfectly complimentary with a saree, choli and even anarkali, the potli bag is now the most sought-after bag during Indian celebrations. The craze can be seen with every celebrity carrying designer potli bags and flaunting them away. 

Clutch Bag - Lets Box It
A clutch bag has come into the spotlight for its structured shape, eased utility, effortless manageability, and overpowering appeal. The clutch bag steals the show at every occasion, especially when in multi-coloured hues or single toned in gold or silver. Perfectly complimentary with semi-modern traditional wear such as salwar kameez, half saree, etc; one can buy clutches online from numerous designer stores. One can even get a clutch personalised to redefine their individual style statement.

Minaudiere - Tiny Royal Wonder
The most modern yet most un-apt bag that works wonders with traditional Indian outfits is the new age minaudière. The cute little royal wonder is the first choice of a true blue blood fashionista, that will take you from good to great. Perfectly complimentary with modern ethnic wear like saree gowns, cape sarees, lenghas, etc; a minaudière though a bit too small to fit in all that you may need is a great way to show off your personal style and strut like a pro. 

Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments which are the types of bag you like to carry with your ethnic wear and why? 

Until next time, 
~ Heena 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Posted On March 22, 2018 by Team iCynosure.

I’ve always been a travel buff and my travels used to be spontaneous with spur of the moment plans. It really helps that DH also enjoyed exploring new places just as much as I did and was willing to throw caution to the wind during our travels. After #PrincessHeer was born we were extremely cautious about taking off randomly and started planning our holidays more meticulously. Over the last few years, we’ve learned a lot about what makes or breaks a holiday with a child. And we’ve also learned how travelling with a child is different from travelling in a group with many children. Just a few days earlier, my cousin, a new mom called me to ask zillion questions as she was to embark on a journey with her newborn for the very first time. I could hear the panic in her voice, similar to what I felt years ago with Heer. 

In preparation for her trip, I shared with her some of my most useful baby travel tips. However, since she was travelling alone, I also included an essentials list that I realize most moms overlook, putting the onus of these on the dad. 

The absolute essentials when travelling, with a child:

Passport and Visa

A valid passport, usually with a minimum of six months validity is required for all international flights. Numerous countries offer a visa on arrival, however, with an Indian Passport, many countries still require a visa to be organized before the travel day. So, do ensure that passports are checked and visa received for a smooth check-in, custom, and immigration process. 

Travel Insurance

Apart from a visa, the next most important thing to obtain is a travel insurance to have the peace of mind should anything unexpected happen. You can get travel insurance online that will cover any issues that may crop up due to an accident, cover lost or stolen property and even help with flight delays and cancellations which may otherwise prove to be very expensive. 

Consent Letter

When a child is travelling with one parent or with someone who is not a parent or a legal guardian to some countries, the accompanying adult should carry along a consent letter signed by the other parent or both the parents that they have permission to do so along with a bridging document like a birth certificate where both parents’ names are listed. It is important to get the letter notarized. 

Get Vaccinations

Depending on your holiday destination and the kind of activities planned, it is important to check for any necessary vaccinations that may be needed before you travel. The safety and health of your child and your family are of utmost importance and sometimes you may not be able to travel without having undergone some tests and being vaccinated. Talk to your family doctor if you have any concerns.

Yes, the right clothes, the right skincare essentials, and baby food are important as well and as a mother, you will ensure you pack all of that, but the above list is something moms need to ensure as well. 

So, get ticking and packing. 

Until next time,
~ Heena