I’ll go ahead and start with my disclaimer that these are things that worked for US with OUR baby. I’m sharing these tips in hopes that they will help you manage, give you peace of mind, or help you believe that it is, in fact, possible and enjoyable to travel with children. But I make no guarantees that these suggestions are either universal or foolproof. What I’m trying to say is, take what I say with a grain of salt.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people assume that just because you have kids, you have to remain chained to your house for the rest of your life, or at least for the next 18 years. This is just SO not true. Sure, adding kids to the mix means a little extra planning and preparation, but I’m anal enough that that just adds to the fun. So when you run into the 87th person to say, “WOW! I can’t believe you’re traveling with a child!” you can just smile graciously and tell them about your wonderful trip.
I put this first because I cannot emphasize it enough – all of this is really SO dependent on YOUR child. Nat happens to be fairly flexible in where and when he sleeps and eats. He is not extremely shy, nor is he really super attached to his own crib and stuffed animals. Don’t get me wrong – he definitely sleeps better when he’s at home and it’s quiet and he’s in his own bed. But he won’t NOT sleep elsewhere. He’s also fairly flexible with food – he’s willing to at least try most things. So what happens if you don’t have a flexible child? Does that mean you can’t travel? Not at all. It just means that you will need to make sure to make him or her comfortable along the way. Maybe that means staying in one hotel for several nights, and returning there midday for naps. Maybe that means packing an extra backpack with favorite blankets and toys. Whatever it is, you are the best person to know your child’s routine and dependency on it.
figured international travel was an exception), which we used not once
on our whole trip. Still, I would rather have had it and not needed it
than desperately needed it and not had it. Little snacks, like raisins and sunflower seeds and baby goldfish are all great because they take a long time to eat. We always made sure to have milk on hand. Bring several medicines that you may need – baby Advil, a nose suction, teething gel, whatever you could see yourself potentially needing. You don’t want to be stuck trying to find it somewhere else and risk giving your baby something new while abroad.