Mommy Guide: Baby Travelling Essentials and Tips
Travelling is fun but if you travel with a baby for the first time, it can be really scary and exciting at the same time.
Travelling with a baby is usually associated with stress and a lot of the time we tend to imagine the worst that can happen and we think parents deserve a gold star for flying with a baby. Full hands, heavy bags and evil looks make this a supreme parenting challenge.
However, the good news is, infants can actually make quite good travel companions. They complain and move about far less than toddlers, they don’t need their own full-size bed, you don’t need to buy a separate plane ticket; The bad news is its a little daunting thinking about what you need to pack since little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff!
What to Pack? (The Basics, of course)
Disposable Changing Pad
Plastic bags (for disposing purposes)
Travel-size hand sanitizer, baby wash and baby lotion
Pacifiers (if your baby is using one)
Clothes, socks and shoes
Breast milk or formula
Car seat for safer travel by car or plane
Important Packing Tips!
Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, 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.
Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.
Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don't have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.
Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
Take the phone number for your baby's healthcare provider in case you have questions while you're on the road.
Additional Flying Tips
Now that you know you'll need a lot of diapers, extra blankets and bottles. It's time to know these surprising yet very helpful tips in flying with a baby.
Your baby's passport
It may seem silly to have official documents for someone who can't even crawl, but a passport is required if you're flying overseas with an infant.
Airplane bassinet or Travel cot
Not even the most attached parent wants to hold his or her baby for 10 hours straight. For long international flights, you can request a free bassinet where your baby can sleep.
Bribe bag or goody bag for your fellow passengers
To avoid malevolent stares when they're flying with an infant, some savvy parents bring goody bags for the people seated near them. Two couples became Internet-famous for offering candy and earplugs with a cute note to their fellow passengers. (It can't hurt to have these on hand, particularly for a long flight *wink)
Hope these tips will help our new mommies/parents out there. May your family travels be enjoyable and memorable.