Traveling is hard enough, but throw a baby into the mix and your stress increases 10 fold. You remembered diapers, but did you remember diaper cream? Sure you have socks, but did you remember tiny nail clippers? There is just so much to remember. Did you pick the right hotel room? How are you going to carry that car seat? When you sit down to try and plan how to travel with your brand new baby, you don’t do much planning, in fact, you just have a panic attack or six.
Well calm down and take a deep breath because we have an easy to follow guide to help you plan for traveling with a baby the right way.
Check your carry-on checklist
Your carry-on is no longer your carry-on, it’s your baby’s carry-on luggage. Sorry, but your baby needs supplies more than you need that romance novel, so fill your carry-on with all your baby supplies and if you’re not sure what those are, here is a good checklist that we use when we travel: diapers, wipes, tissues, disposable plastic bags (for dirty diapers), an umbrella, a sweater or jacket, first aid kit, drinks, snacks (non-perishable,) spoons, straws, books and toys.
Join a Facebook travel group
The easiest way to travel as a family is to learn from other families who have done it before you. If you don’t have any friends with kids in your personal life than Facebook is a great resource for you. Join a group focused on family travel for all the tips you need or for things you didn’t think of when it comes to your traveling tot.
Bring Ziploc bags and extra clothes. Trust us.
You never know what is going to happen on a plane, but you want to be prepared. It’s a good idea to always bring more fresh clothes and Ziploc bags than you think you’ll need. Your baby will constantly surprise you with how quickly they can ruin their own clothes and Ziploc bags are a great way to keep those stinky clothes out of sight and out of mind. Oh, and you might want to bring yourself a change of clothes too. Babies can make you a mess just as easily as they can make themselves a mess, so if you want to stay clean then you should probably bring something to change into.
Hit the dollar store
Buying a bunch of new things for your child is a great way to keep them distracted on a flight. If they haven’t played with anything before then the odds are they will love it. A toy car or toy wand or even a kitchen utensil will all do wonders for your sanity and their sanity as well.
Keep baby cool
Bring a small fan you can use to keep your baby cool. A lot of car seats just aren’t that breathable and babies can get too hot very easily. A hot baby is a miserable baby and a miserable baby is a miserable you. So if you want to enjoy your trip, then think about packing that fan.