Traveling with a baby checklist – Traveling with Kids
Parents who travel with their babies deserve a gold star because traveling with kids can be a challenge. Full hands, heavy bags, and evil looks make traveling with toddlers a nuisance. Your memories are still fresh, and you can remember all the stuff you used to carry when your child was still an infant.
If you have to travel with your kid, then you have to think of how to keep the baby comfortable and entertained. But moms who travel a lot knows that planning ahead is key. This post may help you navigate through the journey. You’ll also find tips for easy and efficient packing to make sure you arrive at your final destination with everything that you need.
What to pack in your carry on
Diapers or pull-ups, ensure they are enough for 24 hours, you may even pack more in your luggage.
Wipes, carry enough of them in a small and portable container, pack more in your luggage.
Clothes, pack complete outfits in a gallon size storage bag to make it easy to access and find everything you need to change your toddler while on the go.
Bibs, you may carry two with you and pack more in your luggage.
Sippy cups travel with at least two. The design should be one that doesn’t drip when turned upside down.
Snacks, make sure the snacks have a low mess factor a good examples goldfish and cheese sticks.
Tablet or a DVD player with your child’s favorite movies. Remember to carry a power bank if traveling by air.
Familiar toys and a book, bring along with you a few of your toddler favorites, babies feel more secure in new environments when surrounded by familiar things.
First aid kit, with medicines like pain reliever, fever reducer, ear drops and gas drops. Least to leave out is a thermometer, keep in mind that small children have an uncanny knack for getting sick while traveling.
Gallon-size storage bags, three are better. Use the gallons for wet, dirty and used pull ups when you have no other means to dispose of them.
A surprise, kids fancy surprises, just pack a small bag of travel surprises for your toddler, and this may include a new stuffed animal, a new car or truck. Bring out the surprises when the baby starts to fidget or is getting bored.
What to pack in your luggage?
Clothes, for each trip day, pack one outfit (shirt, pants, and socks) plus three extra outfits if you do not have access to a laundry facilities. You may skip the extras if have access to laundry facilities. The complete outfits should be in resealable gallon-size bags.
Pajamas, three sets are okay if you can do laundry at your destination, but if not a set for each night should be reserved plus two extras.
Diaper/pull ups, make sure you pack enough for the first 24-36 hours of your trip. You should buy upon arrival at your destination.
Wipes, you may pack a small portable container and one larger refill package. Buy more upon arrival to your destination.
Blankets, two are enough just in case you need to create a makeshift bed for your toddler’s afternoon nap.
Toiletries, these include shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, ointment, lotion, cotton swabs and nail clippers. Pack them in gallon-size resealable bags.
Disinfecting hand gel
Equipment’s to pack
Car seat, to ensure the safety of your baby while traveling.
Stroller, because there are many models in the market it’s upon you y=to wear the pros and cons of each to find the one that suits your vacation. See more: Best Travel System Stroller.
Above all, there things you should not pack and these are; cribs, high chairs, booster seat, and baby monitor. Many hotels and resorts offer these things as parts of your room rent. Instead of a baby monitor, you can put a phone in the toddler’s room and call it from another phone, but make sure to put it in mute mode.
Little things you can’t afford to forget
- A current picture of your toddler, this could be useful in case your child get lost or separated for any reason.
- A special treat, make sure to carry with you something that your child loves but don’t get on a regular basis. The treat is good when your child has a meltdown during the trip.
- These could help you arrive at your destination with everything thing you need.
- Start preparing to pack 2-3 days before you travel.
- Keep running a list of things to bring as you think of them to avoid forgetting some basics items.
- Pack an extra outfit in your carry-on bag just in case
- Pack medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags to avoid leaks
- Remember to pack chargers and cords for your phone and other devices.