Traveling with an infant often overwhelms new parents. Being prepared is essential. Included are some tips to help ease travel with your baby. Replicate your home environment and keep to baby’s eating and sleeping schedule as much as possible. When planning your trip, first identify the travel duration, modes of transportation, and climate. These factors will determine the quantity of items you will need and dictate what you'll be allowed to pack for your travels. Call your hotel, airline, or other mode of transportation. Understanding the rules and amenities provided for families will help you pack more efficiently. Feeding, Health and Safety/Well Being and Sleeping are three main factors to consider when packing.
Identify the quantity of food and formula or breast milk baby will need during the time span it takes to reach your destination. Portion food in Ziploc bags and portable containers. If flying, the airport Transportation Security Administration will inspect all food items to make sure they are acceptable. Consider how much breast milk, formula and/or baby food you will carry on and also pack in your luggage. For security guidelines, visit www.Tsa.gov/travelers for tips on security checks. Breast pump, bottles, formula, baby food, utensils and plates, burp cloths and sippy cups should all be included for feeding on your travels. Pack extra meals to carry with you, if non-perishable, as a precaution if you are delayed.
Health & Safety/Well Being
A large waterproof diaper bag with sectioned pockets and a shoulder strap can double as your diaper bag and purse to alleviate forgetting anything while in route. Include a copy of your insurance card and pediatrician’s phone number in your carry on bag. Pack a thermometer and first aid kit in your suitcase.
Determine the length of time you will be outside versus inside and pack accordingly. Sun care is essential.Even when the weather is cooler in some regions the sun is stronger as altitude increases. Follow guidelines for sunscreen application and make sure your stroller and car seat have hoods to shade your baby. In addition, make sure your baby stays hydrated and try to avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day.
Be prepared for leaky diapers and spit ups by packing an extra outfit for baby and yourself in your carry on bag. Bring Ziploc bags to dispose your dirty diapers. You can even pack baby outfits in Ziploc bags so to avoid hunting for socks and tiny items in your carry on bag.
To the extent you are able, create a similar sleep environment to what baby has at home and stick to a schedule. Consistency will help comfort your baby. Follow your same routine for sleep time, however, be flexible and creative if your baby needs time to adapt to the new environment. If you are not at your hotel, use your stroller and walk to create a calm setting for baby to sleep. Realize you may have the best intention to stick to an exact nap schedule by following your current routine, but allow some flexibility depending on what your activities might be. Consider planning major activities around baby’s naptime.
With research and proactive planning, your trip will be manageable and fun. Start packing a few days before you travel and use a checklist. Your planning and efficient packing will provide for an enjoyable time! visit www.Tsa.gov/travelers for tips on security checks. Breast pump, bottles, formula, baby food, utensils and plates, burp cloths and sippy cups should all be included for feeding on your travels. Pack extra meals to carry with you, if non-perishable, as a precaution if you are delayed.