Five Tricks for Traveling with a Baby

Monday, June 22, 2015

Over the weekend Amelia and I took a short flight to visit family in Georgia. It was our third time flying together and my second time taking her on my own. While the short flight felt like a luxury here are five extra things I did to make our trip a little easier.

1. Check bags curbside. In addition to our giant rolling suitcase this time I also needed to take a carseat and playard for Amelia to sleep in. Just as we pulled into the airport I had an aha moment where I realized I could simply drop all three items at the curbside check-in counter. Done and done. Not only did it save us wrangling the luggage and waiting in line it was so easy! (Just remember to have cash, around $3 per bag, to tip the baggage handler.)

2. Wear slip on shoes. This is pretty self explanatory, but I'm telling you it makes the security line process much smoother. In fact I think TSA is working on making slip on shoes mandatory for ALL travelers.
3. Pack a backpack. Handsfree is the name of the game when traveling with a baby. Also, it's tough to sling a messenger bag while wearing a baby carrier. Even if your go-to diaper bag isn't a backpack try packing one just for travel.

4. Pocket your ID. Try wearing pants (or any outfit with a pocket) to and from the airport. This will let you store your ID in an easily accessible location and save you the hassle of rummaging through your bag or purse for your wallet. Once you've passed security and reached the gate simply put your ID back in your wallet. This trick is great for domestic flights. Although I haven't traveled internationally with a baby, I would similarly wear a money belt at the airport for easy access to passports.
5. Board Early. Because traveling with a baby requires extra gear, extra time, and extra patience I think airlines give parents a bit of a break by saying Hey, we know this is tough, feel free to settle in early and make yourself comfortable. 

And there you have it. Five easy tricks for flying with a baby! Have you traveled with a baby? Anything you would add to this list?

More tips on traveling with a baby. 


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