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Traveling With a Baby

If you and your baby are going to be traveling together, it is important to be well prepared ahead of time. Make sure to plan ahead, keep track of the items you need to pack and have already packed, not over-pack, and think of several items that are reliable soothers for your baby (such as a toy). These basic rules can help ease the travel process for both you and your child.

What You Should Know About Babies and Traveling

Whether it is a quick trip to the grandparent's house for the holidays or a fun getaway with the family, traveling with an infant can be relatively easy, or a veritable nightmare. While you can prepare for the worst and hope for the best, there are always tricks to the trade.
 

4 Basic Rules for Traveling With Kids

Here are a few ideas to help you make your trip a success:
 
Plan Ahead
When you and your baby are going to be traveling, it pays to do some planning beforehand. Leaving the packing to the night before or even worse, until the morning that you are due to leave, could be the recipe for disaster. The chances of forgetting something increase drastically, and you just may lose your sanity as well in the meantime.
 
Give yourself the time to plan your pack-attack. There is an art to packing. For a big trip with older babies or a small trip with a newborn, try giving yourself a solid week to tackle the task.
 
The best packing jobs require:
 
  • Time.
  • Patience.
  • Full understanding of your space limitations and physical strength it will take to get it all out there and unpacked on the other end.
  • Remember to put the non-flexible items in first. Then work around them to maximize the space. Whether it's the trunk of your car or an overhead bin, your job is to make it work.
     
Write It Down
Since you planned ahead and gave yourself ample time to pack, you might want to keep a running tab of two things. You want to keep track of all of the items that:
 
  • You need to pack
  • You have already packed.
     
Write everything down and be careful to check off each item as you make your way through the list. Be sure to keep in mind all of the items that you use on a daily basis that cannot be packed early. You will need to remember to grab them all the day you are leaving.
 
An example of this might be the diaper rash cream or the cell phone charger. You'll be so glad that you wrote it all down. It leaves much less up to chance.
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