Its time for us to board a flight! Yippiee.. But its never so easy with a toddler is it?! with all the excitement in the air, there is one imp factor which I MUST look into..yes my toddler ofcourse. packing for him alone is a whole new story. although i have taken an international flight (alone!!) with B, everytime it is a different story.

ok so how do you go about it? i mean packing for the toddler.. so here’s my tips on travelling (by experience ofcourse!) and what i am doing for my travel on fri.

  1. first and the most obvious is check if your travel destination is baby friendly and to what extent (NZ is totally baby friendly and since my travel now is local i am relaxed!)
  2. depending on the length of the flight, you might want to book a seat in front with enough leg room for yourself. Toddlers will definitely not fit in the bassinet provided but your baby can rest there peacefully.
  3. i had taken a night time flight with B for his first travel and i would highly recommend it.  i would recommend taking a flight during their nap or sleep time so they remain sleeping throughout the journey and don’t have to go through the ear pains caused by change in pressure. if for some reason they are awake during take off and landing (B was so excited for his first travel that he fought his sleep at 12.30am to experience the take off!), make them munch on food or drink water or milk.
  4. stroller? yes i think you should if your holiday is a travel and you will be out the whole day.
  5. food? not all destinations have kids meal and even if they do, who’s to tell what your toddler’s mood is going to be like? so its best to think ahead and carry your toddler’s fav snacks along for the long drives (remember hungry toddler/baby is super cranky).
  6. always (and i repeat again), always have a separate bag for your baby/toddler. its just so easy this way. DO NOT mix your clothes with your little one’s. you will never be able to find their XS size socks amongst your L size jackets! trust me.
  7. diaper bag is a must! try not to have a carry-on or cabin luggage for yourself as you already have a toddler and 10 other stuff of his to carry along.

and so now that this is clear, its time to start packing. check the weather of your holiday destination in advance so you know what you are packing for. our holiday is for 3 nights 4 days, hotel accommodation, and destination is windy with a few showers so i am going to pack accordingly.

Untitled-22Diaper Bag/Hand bag

  1. Diapers, wet wipes, nappy rash cream – atleast 3 diapers, you know all about this!
  2. Ipad – it has all of B’s fav games and books to read! I cant go without this and you cant really rely on in-flight entertainment for toddlers. they need their stuff they are comfortable with.  keep it fully charged. if not for the flight (its just max an hour long flight), i will need it for the drives during the holiday.
  3. Formula and milk bottle – if its a long flight, its good to have your formula dispenser full to make atleast 3 bottles of milk. for my last trip, i carried the 250ml milk packets for B (he has on cow milk then). either empty them in their milk bottle or let them sip it with the straw.
  4. water – to keep the little ones hydrated if they are not eating enough during the flight.
  5. Books – since B loves his books, i will be keeping his fav in my diaper bag and a few more in his checked-in baggage.
  6. A change of clothing – atleast 1 set of clothing for spills.
  7. Hand sanitizer – i cant really trust B’s inquisitive mind and hands anymore!
  8. A few snacks – B’s fruit sticks, multigrain Cheerios, crackers, biscuits to keep them busy during take offs and landing.
  9. Packet of tissues – for any clean ups.
  10. Wash cloth or hand towel – for accidental spills.
  11. Bib – atleast 2 bibs for under 2s.
  12. Jacket – airports and planes can get a bit cold for the little ones.
  13. Blanket – if B decides to sleep in the flight, or in his stroller or car.
  14. And lastly his Teddy! after all his teddy needs a holiday more than B!

Untitled-23Checked-in luggage

  1. Clothes – pack atleast 3 pairs for each day for your baby and 2 pairs for each day for toddler. since we are staying in a hotel and laundry may not be an option, i will keep an extra pair as well. so i have socks, tees, jeans, caps, hooded puffer jacket, hooded jackets, hooded sweatshirt (yes my destination is quite windy), vests, shoes, belts. add in sleepwear as well. depending on your destination, you can also pack in swimwear/beachwear.
  2. Toiletries – no hotel will ever provide baby shampoo and i just cant risk using them on B. so i am packing B’s face towel, bathrobe, his shampoo, ‘Mr. Frog’ loofah, body cream, sunblock.
  3. Wipes, diapers – if its a short holiday, carry extra with you since some destinations wont have the same brand or for the same price.
  4. First aid – anti repellent roll-on, an anti bacterial cream, nasal spray (B catches a cold with the slightest change in weather), paracetamol, baby balm, measuring spoon, digital thermometer and other basics.
  5. Water bottle – one more..
  6. milk bottle – one more. don’t forget the brush and other accessories to clean the bottles.
  7. Lunch bag – to carry B’s snacks for each day. he’s super excited to carry his bags.
  8. Blanket – carry an extra one which is more warmer for the night sleep (if your baby/toddler is going to sleep in the cot provided by the hotel) or you can use the hotel blanket if your little one is going to sleep on your bed.
  9. Books/Toys – you wont need many if you are going to be out whole day. but i will need a few books for B’s bedtime! and maybe his few fav cars and puzzles for the long car rides. basically you need small flat toys that don’t occupy space.
  10. Snacks – a few extra for each day since i am not sure i will get them at my destination.



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