Hey there ON THE GO MAMAS! 🙂 You came to the right place! After 3 LONG connections and 2layovers I think we have this airline travel thing MOSTLY covered! So let us help you.
There are a few things, 20 that we found, that we couldn’t live without when traveling.
We made this list because the day we left I had packed so much into my backpack I was overwhelmed; It was heavy, I couldn’t find anything. We didn’t use half the things I packed into our carry on the first go round. So I narrowed down what we found worked for us on the way home.
The Lulyboo travel changing pad has been my go to item since Brendon got it for me. I LOVE EVERYTHING about it. We stuff a diaper and wipes in the pocket, and I put money, my phone and hand sanitizer in the zip. Its a one stop diaper bag on the go without the bulk. Literally there have been so many times I JUST GRAB the Lulyboo to run errands or go out, it fits all the MUST have items. Thats why its #1 on my list of life products.
The Little Remedies Travel Kit is another life saver. It has gas drops, gripe water, baby meds, droppers and a nose bulb, and they are all safe natural products.
The City Mini GT is our favorite stroller. There are ALOT of strollers out there, some more affordable, some more expensive, but we love this one so much for our family. Its super easy to travel with. It has a middle pull that is easy to grab and a one strap pull system. So its really easy to fold. For a large stroller it’s really compact and fits nicely into small trunks and is easy to travel with because its light weight. It also has a seat that can go almost all the way down and back or up. Adora started using this at about one month. We also had the attachments for the car seat carrier so she could use it right away. The large front wheel makes it perfect for jogging or for just a stroll. The oversized wheels also make it great for traveling quickly and through different terranes. All in all we prefer this stroller to the Uppa Baby, the Stooke, the Bumble Bee, Britix and Chicco. Honestly we think its the best for the money and for what it offers. Its been a life saver for us.
I’m actually not a stroller mama. I would rather carry my baby but I knew with travel and not really knowing what we would be doing it makes a lot of sense to bring along the stroller. I almost checked it with my luggage but I am so glad I didn’t. Even with a carrier its nice just to have something to push with your stuff so you don’t have to get tired. Also since the seat folds down when we had a layover Adora took a nap in the stroller. I used the carrier to tote her around most of the time and the stroller to push my backpack.
We didn’t bring a car seat with us because we had one at my sisters. I couldn’t imagine traveling with one. Having to check it through customs and then lugging it around when traveling. I think, personally, it would be easier to rent one or to travel by bus and train if possible. I wouldn’t use one for the plane since I watched mamas that did this and they told me not to even try it.
Ok for those of you that read my blog about the poo on the plane, you get the disposable changing pads and the ziplock baggies, or the doggie poop bags. 🙂 I think the wipes and diapers go with out saying and the extra baby clothes. Also a bottle is probably a no brainier, but I almost didn’t bring one. Were breast feeding still and I thought she would just go to the boob the whole time, but on the plane after the extra long day we did a bottle. We brought a lot of toys and books for Adora to keep her entertained. I brought hand sanitizer and baby organics dish soap to clean her toys between flights you never realize how many times they are going to fall on the floor or touch the tray table or the side of the plane. I liked having the hooded blanket for the flight and layovers. We tried the baby muffs ear muffs for ear protection. I saw a few moms with ear protection, its just loud on the plane and I just felt more comfortable. For Adoras comfort I had boots, a sweater, and an extra hat. Adora didn’t use the boots or the extra hat, but you never know. Also we love to have our portable chair with us. Its cloth and folds up into your carry on, but it converts almost any chair into a baby chair, it just makes travel and the destination a bit easier! Don’t forget your zip binder for your documents. Check out our passport blog for more information but you will take out your paper work and boarding passes and passports at every stop and customs. So plan ahead.
Mamas you should totally plan ahead on this one. Comfortable outfits that are easy to nurse in. Your baby is going to want to go for that boob when their ears pop from pressure. Also a tired baby is going to want comfort even if they are weened. I really am into these cape sweaters for my life and they also make nursing so easy. We put them around Adoras head and she is covered but with the top open, so much better then a nursing blanket. I hate using the nursing covers that go around your neck, so the capes are perfect for us. Comfortable shoes goes without saying. All us smart baby carrying mamas know WEAR YOUR BABY while traveling. Its just easier and leaves you with 2 hands for everything else. I have photos below of at least 2 other moms carrying baby. Trust us on this one, especially if you are traveling alone like we were. Its just a life saver to have your LO on you and one hand for the stroller one for your luggage. For layovers I would suggest your lap top to watch your LOs favorite songs. We had a 4 hour layover and this helped alot. Brendon has also taught me to always bring a portable charger for your phone and other electronics with me everywhere and it has always come in handy.
So there you have it – a full in depth whats in my carry on!