Here are some tips that have helped me get ready for 6 hours of traveling:
· Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to bring, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
· Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
· Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your carry-on bag — just in case.
· Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in re-sealable plastic bags.
· Keep your child's outfits together in one suitcase so you can find them easily.
· Take your camera — and don't forget the battery charger if it's digital.
Here's a checklist of things you'll need to put in your carry-on, plus tips for easy, efficient packing.
- Diapers- Bring extras in case of emergencies or delays
- Pad to put under your toddler during diaper changes- You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones at baby stores
- Blanket- For comfort, shade, and warmth
- Plastic bags- Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and shoes
- Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel and toiletries
- Toys and books- Your child's favorites, plus several new toys for surprises along the way.
- Clothes, socks, and shoes- Dress in layers.
- Sun hat and sunscreen
- Sippy cups, or bottles- Encourage your toddler to drink lots of liquids to avoid dehydration, especially when flying
- Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils
- Snack food- Don't forget high-energy snacks for yourself, too!
- Collapsible stroller- Can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.
All in all, just remember: pack right, arrive early, stay patient and most of all try to have a good time :)