Traveling abroad with babies. Does that sentence scare you? It used to give me a little anxiety too. Once we did it, we realized that while it comes with some challenges, it is absolutely not as difficult as we thought. I used to spend hours scouring blogs on any travel tips I could get my hands on. I figured I’d add some of my own in this post.
-If you have a lap baby, I like to have him or her in footie sleepers. The covered pjs keep them warm, without having to worry about losing socks and little shoes that never seem to stay on. As an extra tip, the zipper ones are great for traveling. Who wants to worry about all those little snaps when you have to change a diaper either in your seat or in those plane bathrooms that were not designed for a real size baby.
-Water bottle caps are great space savers. If you have a child that can use a water bottle, it’s nice to pack tiny water bottle caps. They fit most water bottles. It’s a small thing to pack and saves space so you don’t have to pack a big plastic water bottle.
-Bring a natural cleaner. I’m a huge germaphobe. I always have to wipe down our whole area before letting the kids sit down. My issue was using the bleach cleaners made me nervous because my littles would be touching that or eating off of those surfaces. I’ve packed natural cleaning wipes in ziplock before, but I also found Force of Nature cleaners, and now I bring the travel bottles and napkins to wipe them down. You can order some HERE 🙂 As an extra precaution, I sometimes bring the disposable, sticky placemats.
-Snacks on Snacks. This tip is not a new revelation, more of a reminder to pack more snacks than you even think! You of course can buy some at the airport, but typically the prices are pretty steep. I like to pack snacks in every bag we’re taking.
-Pack extra outfits in ziplock bags. Both my girls spit up a lot when they were young. I always have to have extra outfits for that, or for other spill and bathroom accidents. If you pack them in ziplocks, you have a good spot to put the dirty clothes. Extra tip: Pack an extra outfit for you too!
-Bring a toy your child hasn’t seen in a while. Either hide a couple toys, or buy a few new toys [target dollar bin is a great place]. That way it’s something new to keep their attention. Be sure to bring a favorite toy too and a few books. Extra tip: For toddlers, those gel sticky things are fun for them to play with on the windows of the plane.
I hope that some of these were helpful! It can feel like a daunting task, but I really believe it is worth it for the adventures you will experience with your family! What other travel hacks do you use? I’d love to read them, leave some in the comments 🙂