not as hard as you think. With a little planning ahead of time, traveling with baby can be much easier than you think. Just remember to take along the necessities. This checklist can help you out.
Of course, the most important thing to bring is nourishment for your baby. If you’re still breastfeeding, that makes things easier. However, if you’re uncomfortable with nursing in public, you may want to bring along bottles and formula to tide you over while in transit. If you use a breast-pump, don’t forget to pack it. Make sure you bring an extra bottle or two, and it never hurts to have a few extra nipples (for the bottles!). If your baby is eating solid foods, bring some things for him or her to nosh on – crackers, teething biscuits and the like. Don’t forget feeding utensils and jars of food. Finally, if your baby uses a sippy cup, make sure you bring it along too.
Diaper time can be a hassle when traveling with baby, but it’s easier if you’re prepared. Have a diaper for each hour of transit time, plus 2 or 3 extras in case of delay. Have a pack of wipes, diaper cream and don’t forget to bring along a changing pad – you want to make sure you’re baby is protected if you need to change at a road side stop. Disposable changing pads can be very handy during a road trip. Make sure to bring along enough plastic bags to store soiled diapers or dirty clothes.
Once baby’s immediate needs are met, there are a few other items that can make traveling with baby much easier. A lightweight, portable travel crib can be a lifesaver whether in the airport or at grandma’s house. Letting baby suck on a pacifier during take-offs and landing in airplanes can help release pressure and prevent a baby that cries through an entire flight. A collapsible stroller is an absolute must while traveling with your baby – look for one that folds to store in the overhead bin if you’re traveling by air. And don’t forget a baby carrier sling – being able to carry the baby hands free can make life much easier when juggling various suitcases, backpacks and carry-ons.