How to Survive Traveling with a Baby in the Air
Traveling by air can be a little tricky since there are limitations on what you can check before you start encountering baggage fees. Therefore the game plan for how you will get the items you need to your destination will take some creativity and require some heavy lifting. Here are some strategies for when you are traveling far from home.
- Pack and Play. If you are traveling to relatives, see if they can borrow a pack and play from a friend or relative for your stay. If not, check to see if there are companies in the area that can rent you one for the duration.
- Strollers. Most airlines let you check your stroller at the gate. This allows you to use it to haul a lot of the things you need during the flight and while you are waiting for your flight in the airport. You can retrieve your stroller immediately upon exiting the aircraft too.
- Car Seat. Infants under 2 do not need a ticket or car seat on the plane. However, if you can bring your car seat with you, this ensures that you have one when you reach your final destination. You can also check it at the gate and retrieve it at the gate when you land for no additional cost
- Diapers and a change of clothes. Try to squeeze in a few more changes of clothes and diapers than you think you will need. It is hard to predict when your aircraft might be delayed or if your luggage gets lost, how long it might be before you see those diapers and baby clothes again.
- Feedings. The TSA guidelines allow passengers to bring on formula, ice packs and other items necessary for feedings in your carry on luggage.
- Sling or Other Front Carrying Device. This is great for sleeping on plane rides and leaving your hands free to carry luggage and other items. You can also share this with your partner so you can take turns carrying the baby.
Babies are so small but they come with so many big items. If at all possible, bring your items from home. This will ensure that they meet safety standards and are in good condition. Good luck on your travels and bon voyage!