What To Wear When Traveling With A Baby, Toddler Or Young Child…

White Pantsuits Optional…

There are a couple of travel stories about me as a toddler that are often repeated in my family. One is how when we were in Scotland, I dumped a chicken dinner on my mom’s lap when she was wearing her white pantsuit. Another is how on a plane one time I spilled a full glass of orange juice on her lap while she was wearing her white pantsuit. Now that I’m a parent and a traveling one at that, I have a question, “What on Earth was she thinking wearing a white pantsuit?”

What to wear when traveling with a baby or toddler…

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A Stain Waiting To Happen…

My uniform is typically black from head to toe, and while that can disguise a multitude of problems, when you’re with an infant it only highlights various slobbers and the kind of goo that only a baby can create with a cracker. After arriving at various destinations feeling less than fresh, I’ve learned enough to feel confident sharing my travel attire tips for every member of your family…

Layers aren’t just for cakes…
On any given travel day, you could go through as many as 3 different climates, and the plane offers its own temperature variations as well. If you start out with a few light layers, you can remove as needed. Bringing along a few changes means you can add or subtract as the thermometer dictates, and maybe even get away without a full outfit change should baby spit up or have a diaper failure. Try to avoid cardigans or sweaters with zippers, you’ll have to remove them going through security.

Shoes blues…
Everyone in your family needs to remove their shoes when going through airport security, even family members who are wearing them for fun instead of function. Have everyone in footwear that’s easy to get on and off, and if possible, have baby wear outfits with built in feet to avoid keeping track of yet another item. (**note the TSA now no longer requires those younger than 12yrs to remove their shoes, but I maintain you should keep baby in clothes with built in feet. No lost little cute shoes that way ;))

Think flight patterns…
Multi-coloured patterns can hide a multitude of messes (including the aforementioned cracker goo), so even if you’re not really clean, you don’t look messy. Keep this in mind for babies and little kids as well. In a pinch, diaper wipes work remarkably well at taking out stains.

Save pyjamas for cats and bananas…
Was it Paris Hilton who popularized wearing pyjamas on the plane? I guess I’m old school, but I try to dress up a bit for air travel and the same goes for my kids. For a really early start, I’ll put them to bed in the (comfortable but cute) outfit they’ll wear on the plane, and my travel clothes are those that feel like stretch pants and sweats without actually being them. Not convinced? Note that you’ll never be upgraded on a flight if you’re wearing flip flops and sweatpants. A bit of effort CAN go a long way if you’re lucky.

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4 Responses to What To Wear When Traveling With A Baby, Toddler Or Young Child…

  1. lizardmama at 22:10 #

    I bring a sundress and flip flops for myself and my daughter, and as soon as we disembark at a sunny destination, we go to the washroom and change! Makes the long line-ups for customs, car rentals etc much more comfortable. Plus it doesn’t take up much room in the carry on bag. (The sundress is also back-up for the inevitable vomit/spill etc on the plane).

    • Corinne at 22:38 #

      Great tip on the sundress! I always stash flip flops in the carry-on too!

  2. Sonja at 17:57 #

    I just marvel at how my mom used to dress for travel when I was little. In fact I posted a photo of it today at http://www.toeuropewithkids.com/2011/05/photo-friday-happy-mothers-day.html. She would wear stilettos hiking in the Alps and linen suits on airplanes. Crazy.

    • Corinne at 18:02 #

      LOVE!

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