Best Advice for Traveling with Kids
I love to travel and in style too … If I have some time during transit, I would freshen up and change my clothes too. But this was when I was young, single and not a mom yet, well I am still young in my mind though. LOL
Fast forward to when my baby arrived. My world was turned upside down, like literally. I was so nervous, how would I travel with my child for 10 hours and transit once.
I quickly put on my super-mom cape, got creative and went shopping immediately. Ahaa… I forgot to mention that for breastfeeding moms it is a lot easier than when you have to travel with a toddler/child or two who have started eating other things. Most importantly, keep your eyes on your kids at all times too.
Let me share a personal experience with you. I was on a plane going to Nigeria and I noticed that I was sitting with top Nigerian clergymen! OMG! I thought to myself. How am I going to breastfeed my son in front of these men? How would I flip my breast out just like that? The whole flipping thing wasn’t adding up in my head at all. I wasn’t comfortable at all. I searched for an empty seat on the flight but to no avail. Then, it was time for plan B ” a breastfeeding cape” this was my saving grace. I breastfeed in total privacy and comfort while I stayed put in my seat.
But before I go ahead with the tips there are major things to do to make sure you travel smoothly.
- BOOK AHEAD – Flight booking should be done ahead of time. This will give you more room to pack and have some time for damage control. Cheap flights to USA can be accessed on Travelstart for that long overdue family vacation.
2. SNACKS AND FEEDING – These sealable-waterproof bags are good for packing your child’s feeding utensils such as feeding bottles, spoons etc.
If you are still bottle-feeding, stackable food containers are the best for dry foods such as cereals. You wouldn’t have to worry about the food spoiling or how you would scoop food out and mix.
you can mix up the dry foods as desired, then pack them in the stackable food containers prior to traveling.
Things to consider while packing for your trip
These are few things you should consider while packing your toddlers diaper bags or traveling bag.
- At this point, you should know the number of diapers your child uses in one day. Add that number and two extra. Don’t forget to add a changing mat and spare clothes.
- You can never be too clean. You need to sanitize your hands before feeding and after each diaper change so your child stays healthy.
Disposable wipes and breast pads
- Disposables are the way to go to keep the germs away. Change your breast pads at each feeding so your nipples are as clean as possible. You can also wipe down if you have access to clean water. Some pocket change would come in handy so you can buy a bottle of water.
Don’t forget all Vitamins and any necessary syrup your kid needs, just in case you cannot access a pharmacy when in need.
Carefully take some time out especially when the kids wouldn’t disturb you and make sure everyone’s documents are sorted out.
– Resident Permits
– Other necessary documents for the trip
On the day you commence your journey, kindly arrive early to the airport to avoid hiccups. Then check-in your properly tagged luggage and proceed to your gates as stated on your flight tickets.
Games and toys are not left out to keep your kids entertained. So be sure to pack some coloring books, some light toys too to keep your kids engaged. Make sure to keep your eyes on them at all times.
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