Travelling with Infants/Toddlers
If you are travelling this holiday season with infants and/or toddlers, these tips will help avoid what could be a disastrous situation.
Consult with your child’s physician prior to travel. Some locations may require immunizations, or some immunizations may be a recommended precaution.
Be sure to bring some infant / child Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, along with a snot sucker and saline drops.
Pack a small first aid kit from your local pharmacy.
Crib and Crib Sheets
If you are staying at a hotel, try to arrange for a crib to be sent to your room. When you get there, inspect the crib and look for any recalls. If you are bringing your own, consider a model that will fold easily with a travel case that you can check at the airport.
Try to bring your own crib sheets, and perhaps have them in your child’s crib for a few days before the trip. This way they will smell like home. Otherwise be sure to have them laundered in your regular detergent.
Sunscreen and Swim Diapers
If you cannot purchase when you arrive, consider packing sunscreen and swim diapers. You may also want to pack a few swim diapers just in case as well as a small bottle of sunscreen in your carryon – this way, you can get right to the beach without needing to shop first.
Bring a small amount of stain remover – a spray, Blue Dawn soap (it works for everything!), oxyclean or something similar – in your carryon bag. You may run into a mess at the airport that needs immediate attention.
Speaking of that mess, you should pack an extra set of clothes for everyone in your diaper bag.
Consider getting a fun suitcase for your child. Suitcases like the Trunki model allow kids to ride along and keep themselves busy at the airport. Be sure to check the dimensions of the carryon bag before you leave. Fill this suitcase with toys
Consider picking out one new toy for the trip with your child. This can be new or new to you.
Be sure to remember to pack books to keep night time routine as close to normal
if you have an iPad or tablet, load educational videos from Netflix and educational Apps on the device
Consider ordering jars or squeezable packs to your destination to cut down on stress. If you have the room and a kitchen available where you are staying, consider packing a magic bullet or other small blender to puree fruits so you do not need to only feed baby store bought food (it will save some $$)
This will hopefully keep children entertained and will be a lifesaver to avoid an epic tantrum. Bring different varieties and have a small container in each bag.
Even if your child does not love pacifiers, have plenty of extras on hand.
Consider getting a light travel stroller. You may prefer to purchase a used stroller strictly for travel. You can always resell when you return.