Keep your pram
Keep your pram or stroller until the last minute and then check it into the hold at the gate.
Prep for pressure
If baby’s awake during take-off and landing, give them a pacifier, bottle or sippy cup. The sucking motion will stretch the ear canal and help the ears pop.
Plane aisle activity
Don’t let toddlers know they can walk up and down the aisle from the start. Save this for when they really need it.
Plane time is screen time. Download their favourite shows beforehand.
Put a different sticker on the front of each passport. It makes it WAY easier to find the right one at airports, customs, etc.
Pack clean, quiet and compact activities: stickers, pencil colours, activity books & reading books.
Tots are unpredictable. Packing little bags with candy and earplugs for the staff & passengers next to you may put a smile on their face – and they might help you out when you need it.
Turn your airplane seat into a travel bed for kids with an inflatable footrest that lets your kids lie flat, turning their economy seat into a first-class bed.
Book an aisle & window seat
Middle seats are the last to be filled. If you book an aisle and window seat and the flight isn’t full, you’re likely to have an empty seat between you. Of course, if someone does show up to the middle seat they will be happy to switch to either the aisle or the window and you can still sit next to each other.
Gifts for the flight attendants
We know kids are unpredictable, little treats for the staff/passengers next to you may be enough to put a smile on their face and help you out if you need.
Carry something breathable that you can use to build a ‘cave’ around your little one, blocking out disrupting light during naps.
They’re a win-win: They protect your baby’s ears from the deafening plane sounds, and they stop any music, white noise or shows from annoying co-passengers.
If they’re used to white noise, download an app to play this from your phone. These headphones will drown out any other sounds.
Prep a playlist
Add all your kids’ favourite songs, audiobooks, white noise sounds or podcasts to one, downloaded playlist. Familiar sounds will help them relax and keep them entertained.
All children no matter the age need a passport, even a new born.
Plan around naptime
Try to book your flights during typical nap times, and ideally after mealtimes. Sleeping tots make flights so much smoother.
Consider packing a small amount of laundry detergent, so you can wash clothes in the sink or bathtub if you run out. Bonus – this peg-free clothes line will have them dry much faster.
Bring your baby monitor
If you’re staying somewhere with an outdoor space or separate floors, bring your baby monitor so you can relax while keeping an eye on sleeping tots.
Pack shoes in shower caps
A great use for those free shower caps – wrap them around the soles of your shoes to keep the rest of your luggage clean.
On a plane or on an outing, pack a spare outfit for the baby but possibly for yourself. Pack them in zip lock bags so any accidents/sickness can be contained.
As you pack for your first trip with a child, make a checklist on your favourite app (Google Keep, Todoist, Notes). Check off the items as you go, but keep the list for the next trip.
Travel with a sling
A sling or carrier can be a lifesaver on a flight. It’ll also free up your arms.
Use packing cubes
These mesh bags come in a variety of sizes and colours. Pick one colour for each family member to keep things organised. Plus, you can start packing these cubes before the bulky suitcase comes out of storage. Bonus tip: Designate a packing cube for emergency clothes that you keep in your carry-on luggage.
Bring your Chromecast
If you are staying somewhere with a TV, bring your own Chromecast. That way you can enjoy Netflix, YouTube or other shows that your kids love.
These stroller fans can be a life-saver for keeping kids cool during nap time.
Pack a wet bag
You can use it to keep a spare change of dry clothes when you are off swimming. You can also use it to keep any remaining wet items separate at the end of your trip.
Pack baby powder
Sprinkle a little onto your little ones’ feet and it will help the sand stay off, making clean-up easier.
Don’t pack sand toys
Buckets and spades don’t pack well. Pick up a cheap set on arrival at local tourist and toy shops, and then leave them with another family on departure to pay it forward!
Waterproof phone case
Keep your phone dry while taking as many photos as you want – even underwater! Pics turn out great with Seawag.