Traveling with a toddler can be tough but we have greatly enjoyed bringing ours on our adventures! We have been lucky enough to travel with my parents to Mexico the last two years with our son Oakes and this year Emily and her family joined us so we had two babies with us and a whole tribe of adults to help out! Here is my top 5 tips for traveling with little ones and I hope it comes in handy for your next vacay!
1) Have a pacifier, bottle or sippy cup handy so your baby can pop their ears.
Our son has flown a total of 4 times and all-in-all, he does a pretty good job. Flying is noisy and my son has always slept with a white noise machine so he’s spent most of his flying time asleep. It’s a good, constant hum. Just make sure to pack something for your baby to suck on so they can pop their ears if needed with the pressure change, a couple of their favorite snacks, a book or two and a small toy to occupy them while they’re awake. And don’t forget to change their diaper right before you board so you can avoid the tiny airplane restrooms.
2) Choose your toiletries wisely.
As for toiletries, each person gets 1 quart size bag with 3, 3 oz containers inside so as a mom packing for a little one, you need to be efficient. In Oakes bag, I packed baby sunscreen (we like Neutrogena), dish soap and infant acetaminophen. I would choose medicine or diaper rash cream over things like shampoo, lotion and bubble bath that are almost always supplied by your hotel or resort or anything that can be purchased once you get there. The first year we went, I didn’t pack dish soap (didn’t even think of it) and I ended up washing bottles with body wash. As far as diapers, plan for 5-7 diapers a day and at least 2 packs of wipes (you will use them for more than messy diapers). I believe we packed 40-50 diapers and 3 reusable swim diapers for an 8 day stay and that was the perfect amount for our son. Also keep in mind that powders are okay to carry and do not count against your 3 toiletries, so pack a non-aerosol dry shampoo like Primally Pure Dry Shampoo and throw a small container of baby powder in your bag for your babies bum and to dust onto your feet after the beach to get the sand off.
3) Don’t worry about purchasing your own milk.
If your baby drinks formula, yes you can pack it. Just make sure you put it somewhere accessible as you will need to take it out of your bag and place it in a bin for TSA to check it out. As far as white milk for toddlers, don’t worry about buying all you can carry before you get on your flight. In Mexico and many other countries, they drink irradiated cow’s milk which is simply a different pasteurization process that extends the shelf life of the milk and allows for it to be unrefrigerated prior to it being opened. It’s still the same, good ‘ole cows milk we drink at home, just on the warmer side. This didn’t bother our son at all and he had no issues, upset tummy or change in stools from it.
4) Ask your hotel or resort staff for a crib ahead of time
Don’t worry about having to pack and check a giant pack n’ play. Most hotels and resorts will provide you with one, you just have to ask!
5) Bring a stroller
An umbrella stroller is a great, inexpensive option for vacation that will make your life easier and won’t matter as much if it gets damaged on your trip or flight. Some people will question even bringing a stroller at all, my advice? Bring it.
As far as accommodations go, everyone we have met from taxi drivers, restaurant staff to hotel concierge have been above and beyond helpful with everything from high chairs, getting us extra milk for the baby to opening doors and loading up our stroller for us. Traveling with family is also a huge added bonus. Being able to take turns with the babies and having grandparents on stand-bye took a lot of the pressure off. I hope you found some of these tips helpful and you are already planning your next trip!
Good luck & enjoy!