Remember these few things before you actually head out:
- Weather at the destination: Wherever you are headed to, make sure you check the temperature of the destination. You may be in the middle of summers, but the international destination you’re headed to may actually be cool, even cold. Call up the hotel where you’ll be staying or check with a friend to know about the weather.
- Pack accordingly
- Check the hotel: As you’ll be traveling with a kid, you need to be absolutely sure about where you’ll be staying. Check out the hotel online, if possible, call up and inform them you’ll be traveling with a kid. Also check the nearby area and facilities available.
- Inform the airlines: While making reservation, make sure you inform the airline staff about the age of the baby, as well as meal preferences. To make your travel more comfortable, call up the airlines 48 hours prior departure to pre-reserve your seats
- Get evening/night flight: It’s always better to take a late evening or night flight so that baby can sleep on the flight. A morning or day flight may end up making baby feel cranky and crying
- Pack in advance: Start packing a few days in advance as with a baby, there’s always too much to carry around. Make a checklist to make it easier
- Keep liquids in spill-proof bags
- Extra electric plug-points: Most international circuit-boards have different plug-in points and you may find it difficult to charge your appliances/gadgets. Carry portable travel plug-points.
- Medical details: Carry your baby’s medicines, prescriptions, doctor’s number, emergency medical contact details and medical files
- Visit baby’s doctor: Make sure you take your baby for a doctor visit before traveling and inform her/him about your travel plans
Taking an international flight will mean you’ll be up in the air for quite some time, so whether you’re traveling with a new-born or with a toddler, there are a few things you should be definitely carrying ‘with you’ in the cabin baggage for easy access.
- Baby wipes: these will always come handy on the flight, whether you want to change your baby’s diaper or you need to wipe off those greasy hands after a meal
- Sanitizer: if you’re traveling with a toddler, this will come in handy before meal times.
- Handkerchiefs and bibs
- Food supplies: if you’re traveling with an infant, make sure you’re carrying some infant formula with you as well as some milk powder and water. Airlines generally allow this. Also remember to pack in a few packets of cookies and food bars that your toddler can have in-between meal times
- Water: keep some water handy, it’s always best to carry some filtered boiled water if you’re traveling with an infant and some filtered water if you’re traveling with a toddler
- Activity Ideas: toddlers will be jumpy during the long hours of flight, so make sure you have a few colouring supplies like colour books, crayons, doodle boars and the like. You can also carry a few story books or a favourite toy
- Extra set of clothes: you never know when you may need to change your child
- Medicine supplies: while carrying medicines, make sure you carry the prescription along to avoid any hassle at the airport
- Infant seat that can be used on the flight – make sure you check with the airline first if they have any regulations on the same
- Car seat if you’re planning to hire a car
- Pushchair or stroller
- Baby sling
- cool clothes
- warm clothes
- night clothes
- swim wear
- lots of clothes
- child safety pins
- diaper supplies
- diaper rash cream
- plastic bags to dispose diapers and other waste
- body and hair wash
- tooth brush and paste
- portable night light
- travel first-aid kit
- baby thermometer
- baby medical files
- hot plate