The holiday season is upon us and with that it is high season for family travels. Whether you are visiting loved ones in warmer places or colder places and no matter if you are getting there via car, train, bus or plane, traveling with little munchkins is always an undertaking and never easy. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get there smoothly with your baby and kids in tow.
Be sure to check out all the options that are available to you with your airline. You will be able to locate this information in the same part of the website you will go to for check-in. There can be benefits such as extra baggage allowance, bulkhead reservations (along with a small crib option), and information about what to do with strollers (ALWAYS take the stroller all the way to the gate. It will be stowed and then ready for you when you land)
For children be sure to reserve them a kids meal ahead of time (This needs to be done a few days in advance of travel). There is nothing worse than being stuck at 35,000 ft with a hungry toddler.
Pack brand new toys for them to play with on the plane. The fun of discovering a new toy keeps them occupied – especially if it is something that engages them for a while such as a new coloring book and pens or a small puzzle. Keep the items small, but ideally pack at least 1 new toy for every hour and reveal them hourly, not all at once.
Pack a zip-lock® bag or small garbage bag in your purse. This might seem odd, but the amount of things you get handed on a plane with wrappings can make a big mess of your area and can add to the stress. Alternative, you can use your Bebe au Lait Wet & Dry Bags – they are true multi-taskers, especially while traveling.
Pack a change of clothes for your little ones. Inevitably, they spill something on themselves in the first 5 minutes of travel. And again our multi-tasking Wet & Dry bags will come in handy. Make sure to pack a few! get them here>
If it’s a long-haul flight, pack pajamas. The routine of getting ready for bed helps to settle them down. Plus, there is nothing more comfortable to wear.
Make sure the iPad is fully charged and don’t forget child-size headphones.
Wear a Nursing Scarf for travel – it can double as a blanket when the flight is air-conditioned like the North Pole.
Bring lots of snacks! But not sugary ones or you’ll be pulling your little one off the celling of the plane. Cheerios are good, as are raisins.
A Nursing Cover can be used to both nurse in public, and also provide a cocoon – helping baby focus on you, not the surroundings and keep them calm.
Last but not least, relax and try not to worry about the people around you. Most of them will be glad they are not the ones dealing with children and will actually feel more sympathy for you than anger.