Here are a few tips, some obvious, some new! What is YOUR best tip?
- Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to bring, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
- Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
- Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your carry-on bag — just in case.
- Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in re-sealable plastic bags.
- Keep your child’s outfits together in one suitcase so you can find them easily.
- Keep water near at all times! ( make sure it does not leak either!)
- Take your camera — and don’t forget the battery charger.
- Bring first aid kit
- Bring a clip-on reading light so you can read at night without disturbing your child.
- Keep what you might need when you land at the airport at the top of the suitcase so you wont have to throw all the clothes on the floor in the middle of the baggage belt! ( True story! )
Travel off-peak. This varies with the route and the season, so ask the airline which flights to your destination fill most slowly. You’ll have a better choice of seats, and the plane is less likely to be packed. Avoid flights with long layovers or late-night connections. Always try flying after the weekend, on a monday when everyone else has already flown back in and out of their mini breaks and ALWAYS book the morning flight!
Reserve seats when you book. Though final seating assignments aren’t guaranteed until check-in, prebooking ups the odds of getting your preference. (Keep in mind that a car seat can be installed only in a seat next to a window.) On your departure date, be sure to arrive early enough to ensure that you get your choice. Remember that the coveted front-row seats with attachments for bassinets are assigned first to families with younger babies but you NEED to be there early!
Check in online and be organized This has to be the best advice, not sure why no one takes it into consideration, it is not hard people, plan ahead. Do not be lazy or face consequences.
Dress appropriately and your child It is insane the number of families we see dressing up for the airport like they are going to the ball. No heels, no oversize jewelry no mini skirts and no oversize bag, ( always use a carry on with wheels!) there will be bending, there will be pulling and there will be carrying, I am sure fashion can be put on hold for the day and I am almost certain you will feel more comfortable in flat shoes. Your child the same.
Entertainment Ipad, books, cartoons, puzzles, coloring books, HEALTHY snacks, toys and lots of tissue! Something about tearing the tissue into shreds keeps them entertained!
Window seat Always seems to keep them calmer – the aisle is too distracting.
Food Please, PLEASE do NOT pack sugar drinks, sugar candy or any sort of sugar biscuits for the plane! THEY ARE HYPER already… you need to calm them down. And no, having a biscuit might entertain them for now…but would you like to suffer the aftermath? Feed wisely!
Try not to stress…remember happy mom – happy baby! At the end of the day, it is not going to be a magical day for any of you, there are no solutions or tricks. Just try to take it easy, it will pass, if it is is a crazy ride, so be it, just try to be polite to others who do not have kids.
Stay happy! Chaos will happen, its part of the whole travel package with little ones!
Feel free to share your secrets!