Airport Essentials to Make Traveling With a Baby a Breeze
Picture this. You finally get to go on your luxurious dream vacation. After all the penny pinching, meal planning, and constant budgeting it’s time to sit back and relax. Feel the warm Caribbean breeze in your hair, while sipping a tangy margarita. Backpack through mountainous ranges and vast blue lakes. Getting through the airport was effortless and it’s all smooth sailing from here.
Now let me guess halfway through, that vision was ruined by your shrieking 7-month-old who has just learned he has a voice. Wanting you to pay attention to him every second. Alright, so maybe that’s a personal experience, but I can’t be the only one out there that knows this exact scenario. Trying to shop while your baby is throwing a fit. People who don’t understand staring and wondering why you can’t get the situation under control. I imagine if this is you there is some extreme anxiety over just the thought of traveling. However, I am here to help ease that tension.
So let’s talk. How can you make traveling with a little one, not your worst nightmare? I mean obviously, there are going to be breakdowns and people staring. However, the more prepared you are to travel, the better you can deal with those pesky breakdowns, or whining kiddos.
The first bag I always like to pack is the little one’s carry-on. This bag will hold all your airport essentials, and help you be prepared to handle any situation that may arrive whilst amid travel. I use our diaper bag, but you can use whatever you prefer that falls under TSA’s carry-on regulations. While lap riders are not allotted a baggage allowance, we go around this by having two personal items and a carry-on for both my husband and me. In total, we were allowed a purse, two backpacks, and a small roller suitcase. When you arrive at your are destination if something was missed in your suitcase, you can likely purchase it at your destination.
What to pack in Baby’s Carry-on
- Diapers and wipes. I try to pack at least two days’ worth in case you get stuck or delayed.
- Changing pad to use in the airport
- Change of clothes for baby AND you. Trust me when I say you don’t want to be stuck in an airport with poo-stained clothes. I have been there and it is not pleasant. I also have a little roll of bags attached to my diaper bag that you can put dirty diapers or soiled clothes into that trap the smell in.
- If your baby is anything like mine you are going to want to pack a couple of bibs and burp cloths for when they spit up everywhere.
- When it comes to food I pack two bottles and two jars of baby food. Disclaimer: don’t forget a spoon! Definitely been there before, let this be your friendly reminder. Or for a more convenient route try the squeeze pouches. We take them everywhere, and baby loves to feel like he is feeding himself.
- You will want formula if you aren’t breastfeeding, and any additional add-ins. For our little guy, we have to add oatmeal to his formula so I have to make sure to pack that as well. Space-saving tip: you can purchase the tri compartment formula dispensers to carry. I put both formula and oatmeal together in one compartment of the dispenser. We also have used the premixed ready-to-go formulas, as well as the packaged tubes of formula powder. You just have to remember though, they are only good for two ounces so take a handful of them if your baby is eating more.
- One or two receiving blankets to keep baby warm and to cover up if you are nursing. The bigger ones are my favorite because they pack easily, keep your baby warm, and can be a nursing cover.
- Pacifier. I would pack a couple and if you are like me got to have the matching binkie clip.
- A couple of toys. Bonus points for bringing along a new toy to occupy the baby’s time. Sometimes I will even buy something small to entertain our boy in the airport that way it is new to them. He is also in the teething stage so I make sure to have a teething toy on hand as well.
- Tylenol. Whatever you do, don’t forget the Tylenol. The last thing you want is to be stuck in an airport with a fussy baby, and not have anything on hand. I pack it everywhere we go just in case.
- Hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, lotion, etc.
- baby tooth brush
These are the basic things you will need to get through the airport with your little ones. When I am traveling I always take a purse with all my belongings such as a phone charger, wallet, keys, passport, etc. This allows me to keep my baby’s things separate from mine. I also recommend taking a lightweight stroller and car seat. Both of these items can be checked at the ticket counter, or the gate, for free. My suggestion is to check the car seat at ticketing, and the stroller at the gate.
Hopefully, this post has put your mind at ease for your upcoming travels. Thank you so much for reading. Comment below if I missed anything. I would love to hear from you. Be sure to check out my next post to find out how to pack a checked bag when traveling with a baby. Bye for now!