Monday, August 29, 2011

Flying with a toddler...

My daughter and I are heading home tomorrow from out lovely trip to Maine to visit my parents. I am a firm believer that organization is the key to a safe and relatively peaceful flight.

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
  • Wipes
  • 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
  • Tissues
  • Toys and books- Your child's favorites, plus several new toys for surprises along the way.
  • Clothes, socks, and shoes- Dress in layers.
  • Bibs
  • 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 :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great tips. Hope you had a great trip!