Preparing an infant for a flight can be quick and easy depending on the duration of your travels. The process can be a little more time consuming if you don’t have a plan of action. I use to travel alone prior to having my daughter so I saw a lot go on during a flight. One time I saw a mother trying to console her screaming infant as the plane was in flight. While others on board were a little annoyed by the screaming, I felt sympathy for the mother and child. I am going to share how I prep my daughter’s bag for a quick weekend getaway.
You want to make sure you have everything for your little one and also that you are abiding by TSA rules and regulations. It is always a good idea to write a list of the things you want to pack, ideally, so that when it is time to put things in the bag, you can just follow the list which may consist of; clothing, diapers, wipes, snacks, a blanket and in much more detail described below.
I lay out her outfits so that I can see what she is going to wear the days we are away. This way, I can see if I have to add additional items like onesies, burp cloths, and clothing in case of minor accidents.
I put her washcloths in a little ziplock bag to try and save as much room in her bag as possible. I learned how to condense and save a little more room from traveling on prior trips and it has helped so much. Once the washcloths have been used, you can put them back in the ziplock bag away from the ones that are dry and clean.
When it comes to diapers, you never really know how much is enough. If you are traveling somewhere that has a store nearby, only pack what you need until you arrive at your destination to save a little more room in your bag. It is important to prepare for a longer flight. If you are in the air for a good four to five hours, make sure to prepare your carry on bag with the necessary items for the plane ride. Depending on your airline you can bring two carry-on bags.
When it comes to entertainment, I will be bringing things that will keep her content and occupied. An iPad with headphones so she can watch her favorite shows works as an available option. Don’t forget the snacks!
If you have a child at the teething stage, bring a few teething toys to soothe their gums while on the plane.
Make sure all your liquids are under 3.4 fluid ounces and place them in a ziplock bag. I usually have sample sizes for this particular rule, but if you are checking in bags, then this rule doesn’t apply.
Once you get through TSA, you can buy water, snacks and even fruit to enjoy on the plane. If your child uses bottles or sippy cups, bring an empty one to fill up. With these simple steps, it makes packing for an infant a lot easier and stress-free.