With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years fast approaching, I bet a lot of new mamas are planning baby’s first trip. Plus, children fly free under 2, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to expand baby’s world view?
We recently flew to the Pacific Northwest for my cousin’s wedding, and just the thought of packing our family and getting there without too much tantrum stressed me out greatly. As crazy as it sounds, I actually researched into how to rent a private jet just so I could avoid the hassle of commercial flying. It didn’t quite come to that in the end, but I was tempted by the luxury jets I found. Granted, Vienna has a very easygoing and happy disposition and our flight was less than 2 hours domestic, I think these tips really made our trip as smooth as it was. The only real tragedy we suffered was losing Vienna’s favorite cow bath toy on the plane. She loved to teeth on that thing ferociously, hahaha.
- Take a deep breath and try not to worry about any possible meltdowns – whether you or the baby. People were very sweet to us, and even if they weren’t, you could probably assume they just don’t have kids yet.
- Check your stroller and car seat – it’s free and you can store extra baby things (and your things too) in a stroller prampack and a car seat travel bag. That was my secret to bringing everything my family needed with just carry-on luggage (no extra fees, yay!) for 5 days. You should have plenty of space in your it cabin luggage. And mind you, I’m a “fashion blogger” and naturally want to bring all of the coats and all of the shoes, hahaha.
- Bring a baby carrier with you so you can be hands-free when needed, both at the airport and when you actually arrive. I brought my wrap, because it folds into the tiniest thing.
- Use a bigger diaper bag/tote bag as your personal item and keep your most needed items in there for the flight – a few diapers, wipes, extra outfit, food, and (new and interesting yet not too noisy and/or old favorite) toys.
- Breastfeed/bottle feed/pacify at takeoff and landing – it helps with baby’s ears with the change in elevation.
- Sit at the window seat so baby has something to look at.
- Try to keep baby awake before the flight so that s/he will be sleepy and more likely to nap on the flight.
- Request a crib for the hotel room or see if family/friends in the area have one you can borrow (same goes for other baby gear, too).
- Don’t overpack – order diapers on Amazon to have shipped to your final destination, buy bulky/heavy baby food there, and take advantage of any washers/dryers for making baby’s wardrobe last longer. Aim to pack light and use a bag like the Ospreys Farpoint 40 to ensure you don’t overpack.
- Routines usually go out the window with travel, so just aim to keep baby happy and healthy while being flexible.
Also, family boarding is literally the best thing ever – you board right after First Class, woohoo! And Long Beach Airport is our absolute favorite SoCal airport. It’s small, chic, and not-so-busy. My favorite part about it is boarding the plane outside on a ramp; that always makes me feel like the President or some kind of celebrity.
A little more about the PramPack: it’s made by Stokke, but it’s actually a (mostly) universal stroller bag. It has wheels and a handle, is airline-approved, and rolls into what looks like a large yoga mat when not in use. I loved using it to protect our stroller when we checked it, because ain’t nobody got time for scratches, tears, and breakage on a $1000 piece of baby equipment. Same goes for the car seat travel bag – it’s not uncommon to hear about baby gear damage if you check it naked. Plus, I’m weirded out by the fabric that my baby touches touching all the insides of an airport. The best part is the extra storage in both baby gear travel bags! Highly recommend both.
Please share your tips for traveling with a baby in the comments below!
This awesome hooded baby footie here.
See this coat in an #OOTD here.
See this dress in an #OOTD here.
The same diaper bag I packed for my hospital stay last year here.
This giant tulle baby headband here.
See this trench in an #OOTD here.
See this blanket scarf in an #OOTD here.