For the first time, your little one will be coming along on vacation with you, so you want to do everything you can to make sure the trip goes smoothly. The good news is that traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive; if you plan ahead and pack smartly, you can spend your trip relaxing instead of stressing about how to keep the baby happy and safe. Here are some of the most essential items you should bring when traveling with your baby in 2021…
Essentials for car travel
As your baby gets older, he or she may want to join you on road trips. When that happens, it’s time to lay out a few ground rules for travel with a baby. The first thing you’ll need is a car seat that with an infant insert. Because some roads will probably still lack high-speed internet, your child will need access to entertainment—and some quiet time for naps—during long car rides. So pack along soothing music and lullabies; they’re worth more than their weight in gold. You’ll also need several must-have items to keep your baby safe, comfy, and healthy on any trip. For example, if you plan to leave town over Thanksgiving weekend for some fun at grandma’s house, bring along some comfy festive clothing appropriate for any holiday festivities. Other important vacation baby essentials include plenty of food storage containers, baby water, and snacks that are easy for babies to eat one-handed—especially when they’re teething!
When traveling with your baby or toddler, you want to make sure that you’re prepared for any situation. Of course, everything can’t be planned for ahead of time. But certain items are so must-have and essential that they should be included in your carry-on luggage. First and foremost: diapers and wipes. Airplane bathrooms do not provide parents with much space to store much else. In fact, if it weren’t for necessities like these, I’d probably recommend having a bag stowed below your seat during takeoff and landing periods. Also, keep lots of snacks on hand—for both you and your kids—as it will take a while before everyone is up to their normal appetite again after a flight delay or change. Your last tip is a bit obvious but needs saying just in case: remember most airlines allow two free checked bags! It might be worth buying an extra bag just for baby essentials when traveling with little ones!
Nursing moms know that you never know when a hungry baby will arrive, so it’s important to have a go-to nursing kit packed with essentials for traveling with the baby. Whether you’re getting ready for your next flight or vacation, here are three essentials for packing for nursing during travel:
- Nursing cover
- Portable breast pump
- Easy access bra (for pumping)
You can definitely get away with not bringing certain things on your trip, but there are just some essentials that you’ll need to bring with you. A baby is an exciting part of every couple’s life, and traveling with a baby is a great way to share new experiences together. So before you travel, make sure you have all of these must-have items for traveling with your baby! If you’d like a more in-depth checklist, ErgoBaby has one that you can save to your phone or print out. We hope it helps prepare for your next family vacation.