My Must Haves for Traveling with Baby

Traveling with baby can be stressful, but as military families, it is pretty inevitable! Either on leave for vacation, to visit family, or when its time to PCS. But there are some must have essential items that can make traveling easier, whether flying or driving!

A few weeks ago I shared about our travels in South Korea. I loved our trip, but I was really nervous about traveling internationally for 12+ hours by myself with an infant! I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Google looking for all the tips, tricks, and hacks for traveling alone with a baby! I was overwhelmed by the amount of information that was out there. Some was helpful, some wasn’t. So I wanted to share my two cents worth of experience in traveling with a baby with you .

Here are my must have products when traveling with baby:

A Baby Carrier

When going through the airport I would have struggled big time with pushing a stroller and carrying my luggage through the airport. Wearing her in a carrier made it hands free to keep my passport, boarding passes, and my phone. Also Anything else I might need it for like emptying pockets going through security. Also for us with all the sights and sounds in the airport I knew she would easily be overwhelmed and carrying her would be a comfort for her. And it was it made her much less irritable and I didn’t have to worry about pushing a crying baby around in the stroller with my hands full unable to get her out.

A Backpack Style Diaper Bag

This goes along with being hands free. I have a really nice diaper bag that I love that is over the shoulder. But going through the airport it just would not have been practical as it is forever falling off my shoulder. Having a backpack for a diaper bag also helped distribute the weight I felt so my shoulders, arms and back weren’t hurting.

Backup Clothes for mom and baby

Thankfully I was not the object of any explosive diapers, but had I been I definitely would not have wanted to finish out the plane ride in pooped, peed or spit up clothes on! In that same frame a wet bag- like the ones a lot of cloth diapering mamas use so that the soiled clothes are not making a mess in the rest of your diaper bag.

A Comfort Toy

Does your baby have a lovey? Well this is not the time to forget it. Even if you are running low on space find a way to squeeze the lovey in. It will help your little one have a familiar piece of home with them. When little ones feel out of place it will be hard for them to relax, having their lovey might help them catch some sleep on the flight so you can too!

New Toys (or Toys that haven’t been played with recently)

Little babies, and those under the age of 2 do not have a huge interest in TV or movies to hold their attention during long flights. So having new toys can help create interest in it, keeping them occupied. However, if you don’t want to spend more money on new toys before travel, a couple weeks before it happens remove a few little toys from their collection and put them away. By the time you fly it will be like a new toy again!

All of these things helped my solo travel with baby go pretty seamlessly!

 

I would love to hear all about your travel hacks!

Traveling with baby can be stressful, but as military families, it is pretty inevitable! Either on leave for vacation, to visit family, or when its time to PCS. But there are some must have essential items that can make traveling easier, whether flying or driving!

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