Packing Perfection: Preparing to Travel with Babies or Toddlers

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Travel with babies and toddlers can be a challenge, but it can also be a grand adventure! Pack perfectly and follow a few easy strategies and your trip with kids can be an entirely enjoyable situation! Yes, for real 😉

Tips for Travel with Babies or Toddlers
Pre-packing checklist

Before you begin packing, make an on-paper checklist of the things you’ll need while vacationing with your kids. Once you are 100 percent sure every necessary item is on the list, start the packing! Don’t wait until the last minute to do this, advises travel gurus at BabyCenter magazine.

Plan on at least two outfits per day per kid and check weather forecasts before you go. If you’re traveling to a colder climate, remember to take along a cozy sweater or winter coat for each child, too. Extra socks can be a real lifesaver, too! Although you could always hand wash socks in your hotel room, it’s so much easier to put on a new pair.

Familiar things in a new setting

Little ones tend to prefer familiar things, so be sure to take small TSA-approved travel bottles of your kid’s favorite shampoo, lotion, and other kiddie toiletries. Place bottles inside a sturdy zip bag to prevent accidental leaks and spills. If your child needs medicine, stash labeled prescription bottles in your handbag or carry-on tote. You certainly don’t want to wait in case your luggage is delayed for any reason.

Many kids are accustomed to their favorite snuggly blanket or familiar stuffed teddy bear. Take them along! Your child is sure to sleep better while in a strange hotel room if they have their favorites along. Most nice lodging options offer kiddie beds and travel cribs. Call ahead to reserve a portable baby bed at the Marriott Boston or wherever you will be staying.

Life’s little essentials

Another must-have is snacks! Don’t count on finding healthful treats at an airport. Instead, tuck granola bars, oat cereals, and juice boxes into your purse or carry-on bag. Remember to pack extra snacks for yourself, as well. Herding little ones through airports and train stations is hard work, and you’ll want to keep your energy levels high.

Toddlers and bigger kids may enjoy carrying their own toys and treats in a backpack purchased for your travel adventure. Go ahead and enclose a package of baby wipes in their pack, and you’ll always have a quick and easy way to clean sticky hands and faces, say traveling moms at Parenting magazine.

Plan to unpack as soon as you check into your hotel room. Make the space as kid-friendly and childproof as you can. Set up a play zone with your toddler’s favorite toys and a few new ones purchased especially for the trip. If you are traveling with an infant, set up a diaper changing station. Call housekeeping for extra washcloths and towels. Trust us when we tell you that you will definitely need them!

Travel offers a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and plentiful memories. Plan ahead, make lists and check them off, and have a fine time traveling with babies and toddlers!

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