Traveling with Family

Traveling with a baby/toddler

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Traveling with a baby/toddlerLike0

Here are a few tips, some obvious, some new! What is YOUR  best tip?

Packing Tips

  • 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! )

Traveling Tips

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!



Travel Junkie Diary

A bohemian traveler

Leave a Reply

Follow @ traveljunkiediary
  • You loved her because you saw all her magic... she loved you because you reminded her of it when she’s forgotten it... 💫
  • We just had a long 3 day weekend in the UAE and I LOVED it! 
I’m thinking of starting a global petition where we can have 3 day weekend all over the world! 
What do you think? Wouldn’t you LOVE a 3 day weekend!?
  • Truth: I’ve come to terms a long time ago that, if you are not motivating me, praying for me, loving me, inspiring me or trying to build with me... then, you are a distraction. 
For a long time I’ve felt the pressure of social media and I’ve learnt to deal with it. 
We live in a society that is continuously looking for happiness, dreams and goals out there for the next best thing to feel ‘happiness’ and ‘social acceptance’ but, we seem to forget that we are ALIVE, and that is all we need right now. 
If you agree leave a ♥️. Thank you for being with me throughout all these years.
  • Right this second, where I am... and where I want to be and it’s f*** incredible ♥️
@travelwithtjd #TravelwithTJD

Music by @christianloeffler ♥️
  • Who wants to join??! Not long now for our upcoming group trips on @travelwithtjd as we kick off the season! #travelwithTJD
We’ve got 6 separate FULL groups on our Adventure Travel Movement going to different locations in Norway and Finland in 2018 and I’m so thankful and excited! 
Our first one sets sail in October in Tromso for 4 nights in search for the Northern Lights while we sail the arctic sea! We dock in an uninhabited Island to hike and explore too! 
Make sure you follow @travelwithtjd to join our Travel Adventure Travel Movement. 
Thank you @dennisstever for this lovely picture ♥️
  • Are you a beach person or a mysterious desert lover?? I have to admit I love the beach but the desert has its own magic too! 😊
Back in the desert 🌵 and it’s hot but I can’t wait for the weather to start cooling off here! Which one do you love more?
  • What’s your favorite animal? Mine is the elephant. 
Those who know me well, know how I constantly talk about the dark side to elephant tourism that many people just don’t seem to be aware of… but you need to know this! 
Elephants are endangered species and should be in the wild, and the ONLY way to ride an elephant is by taming it with a process which is called Phajaan, or “the crush”.
It involves ripping baby elephants away from their mothers and confining them in a very small space, like a cage or hole in the ground where they’re unable to move with them tied down. Check it out on YouTube. 
So please don’t ride elephants, at any cost, ride bicycles instead. 
This photo was taken in an elephant sanctuary in North of Thailand in 2016
May the power of a thousand elephants give you the strength to face the troubles ahead. ♥️
  • I’m curious to know... Where is the best sunset you’ve ever seen? ♥️
  • People always say: “Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. 
The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every single day and that is ok because that’s what it means to be human ♥️ #infinitilebanon #Q30
  • Believe me, with the crazy errands I’m running around for today, I wouldn’t mind dropping it all and being back here where my only concern would be tan lines 😊 Who is with me? 😊
Happy Friday!! ❤️
  • Leaving Lebanon is never easy. Thank you for those with insane magic in them, those who danced through the nights till the mornings with me, those who took road trips with me, those who loved me, those who ate ice cream with me every day, those who made efforts to see me, those who competed with me for the best tan lines and for those friends who always were undeniably themselves with me. You know who you are ♥️🇱🇧
  • When you follow a feeling to the very end, all your dreams will come true! Inside peek at Giraffe Manor in Kenya 🇰🇪