Have Baby Will Travel’s collection of baby travel tips and advice is based on the first hand experiences from parents getting around while traveling with a baby or toddler. Every experience has its own challenges, so we’ve included packing suggestions, flying tips, advice for getting through airport security smoothly, plus driving, taxis, public transportation, strollers, carriers, diapers, and more!
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Baby Travel Tips – Getting Around…
●Dress baby in clothes with built-in feet. You’re ensured of warm toes and no worry of a lost baby shoe. Or two.
●Separate all of baby’s things throughout your luggage. If a bag gets lost, it’s not THAT one.
●Book flights for when you think baby will be sleepy. If sleep isn’t likely, aim for the most cheerful time of day.
●You can never have too many wipes. You can never have too many wipes.
●A stroller is not just a stroller. It’s also a high chair, a bed, and in a pinch, a luggage cart. Also, a baby jail.
●Bring along one diaper per hour of your travel day. You don’t want to risk running out!
●By sticking to public transportation, you’re free from the bringing the car seat dilemma plus you’re being good to the environment!
●Visit local parenting websites before your trip for information on parks, family-friendly restaurants, etc. These sites often also have coupons or discount codes you can take advantage of . Try Googling “your destination + parents”
●See if your destination requires any vaccinations or medications. Some may not be suitable for infants or toddlers.
●Even if you plan on buying supplies when you arrive, have enough on hand so you’re not rushing out the minute you arrive.
●Be sure baby is eating or drinking during take-off and landing to ease pressure on the ears – swallowing is what you want to be happening. A pacifier also works if your baby takes one.
●Renting equipment at your destination may be easier, but check your airline baggage fees to see if it’s cost effective.
●To pre-board or not? If your airline still offers this try having one of you pre-board and get organized while your partner tires out the kids until the last minute.
●Get wristbands with your information and/or cel phone number on them when visiting crowded places. Mabel’s Labels 411 Wristbands are good ones.
●Keep baby’s food and toiletries together in your carry-on. It’s much easier to stay organized when going through security.
●Try dressing yourself and baby in patterned clothes. Patterns tend to not show spots and spills as much.
●The most important thing to pack when traveling with babies and little kids is your patience.
●Don’t overschedule your days. A looser itinerary means no one will be disappointed.
●Scan your passports and travel documents and email them to yourself. You can now access them anywhere with Internet access.
●Count your bags and carry-ons and remember the number. Don’t ask me why I’m suggesting this.