I absolutely love to travel and see new places, so when we had Emersyn, I was really nervous that my love of travel would need to stop. I quickly realized that this was not true, but not because I wanted to travel at the time. It was September and Hurricane Irma was predicted to hit our county head on. It was just after Hurricane Harvey destroyed parts of Texas, and Hurricane Irma was supposed to be even stronger. The homes across the street from us were just mandatorily evacuated. Literally across the street. We live by the beach, so our area is always the first to be evacuated.
We needed to get out of Florida and fast. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you may know that I travel to Las Vegas a lot and it’s because my parents own a place in Las Vegas. That’s where we decided to go and that was the first place I’d ever fly to take Emersyn. It’ll be a story for her friends in the future, I’m sure.
We had to drive to Orlando to catch a flight to Minneapolis and then connect to Las Vegas.
I had to get comfortable traveling with her quickly! Since then, I’ve also flown with her to New York and drove her from New York to Boston. I’ve subsequently taken her to Las Vegas for Christmas, so while I’m not an expert on infant travel, I’ve done it enough to feel much better about it, so here are my tips!
- You have two options if your child is an infant: you can have your child be a lap infant for free or pay an infant fare (most airlines provide this) and bring your carseat on so your baby can sleep in the carseat. Make sure your carseat is TSA approved. (there is a sticker on the back)
- The second option is my favorite because I know Emersyn sleeps great in the carseat and I don’t have to hold her for a 5 hour flight.
- I SWEAR BY THIS PRODUCT for the carseat. I’m convinced that using it prevented germs from getting to her so she didn’t get sick while traveling. It also doubles as a nursing cover.
- If you decide to go the lap infant route, I’ve seen baby carriers be the best option. The solly baby wrap (or any baby wrap) is really lightweight and easy to pack!
- If you’re lucky enough to go somewhere with a washer/dryer you can pack a lot less clothing for her. I personally packed 1 suitcase for her and I when we travelled.
- If you have no washer/dryer: disposable onesies are your best friend. I say disposable because they’re about $2 each so you wont care if they get ruined.
- Pack onesies into bigger items. I had onesies in every purse of mine.
- Pack 2-3 outfits, medicine, food for a day in your carryon in case your luggage gets lost
- Pack any small items in clear pouches so you can see them
- Get a diaper bag with a zipper closure. My favorite bag for travel is the huge Tyler Tote from Jon Hart Designs featured above. It has a zipper closure, it’s monogrammed and has interior and exterior pouches. It fit EVERYTHING!
Going through Security:
- If you buy a ticket, you’ll probably have the baby in her carseat when you get to the airport. Security makes you take the baby out of the carseat, put the carseat through the X-ray belt and walk with your baby through the metal detector.
- If you’re with family, spouse or a friend, have one person in charge of the baby and one person in charge of the luggage.
- With that being said, if you travel alone with the baby most TSA agents are extremely helpful when you have a baby. They’ve picked up my stroller and actually helped me load my belongings onto the X-ray belt.
- I take my Uppababy stroller because it’s really easy to collapse and open when going through security.
- If you bring formula or breastmilk on the plane, pack the bottles on the outside so security can find it easily. I’ve been stopped every single time.
- Bottle & pacifier wipes
- the best pacifiers (always have extra)
- Lysol wipes
- portable changing pad
- water wipes (clean face and tush)
- owlet (I travel with it, see this post all about it)
- favorite books
- swaddle (I only use this one)
- baby bottle brush
- enough diapers & wipes for 2 days (you can buy more when you arrive at your destination)
- foldable/portable play mat to roll around
Let me know if you have any tips or must haves!