Happy Monday Glams!
With plans for summer travel quickly gaining traction and the fact that I recently brought my little guy along for a weekend business trip to New York City (Yes, I am that mother who loves to figure out ways to bring along her child for business travel, especially since he still flies for free!), I thought it was the ideal time to share 5 of my own tips for traveling with a toddler.
One thing I know for sure is that the in-air travel experience is very different for a three-month-old than it is for an almost two-year-old. My son actually took his first flight at three months and has since been on more than a dozen flights! With that many mommy-and-me flights under my belt, I can honestly say that I do have a tad bit of mommy experience when it comes to this!
With that, sit back, hold tight and take a read of my top 5 in-air travel tips:
Select The Earliest Flight Times Possible
One of my saving graces has been being able to book flights that depart pretty early in the morning. For me, this has allowed me to easily awaken my son and transport him to the airport in his PJ’s, which has not only saved me a bit of time in the morning, but also helped ensure that he was still a tad sleepy in preparation for the flight.
Give Yourself Enough Time To Check In, But Not Too Much Time
The goal here is to arrive to the airport in enough time to not feel rushed, but also not too early where you are spending precious travel time trying to keep your busy toddler calm and comfortable before you even board the plane. I learned this a bit of the hard way on my flight back from New York last week as I left the hotel a little too early and spent over an hour ½ in the airport trying to entertain my son and keep him distracted while we waited to board our flight back home. Definitely a learning lesson ladies!
Invest In A Lightweight, Inexpensive Stroller
As most of you mommies who keep up with the blog know, I am a die-hard Orbit Baby mommy! However, I am also all about traveling as light as possible, especially when my son is in tow, minus the hubby. For my recent trip to NY, I decided to go out and purchase an inexpensive umbrella stroller. I landed on a Red and Black Babies R Us Umbrella Stroller that was only $19.99 and came with a removable canopy, which totally came in handy when a bit of a drizzle started to fall while shopping in the city. I also loved the ease of folding the stroller, which was perfect for zipping in-and-out of the airport and of course jumping in and out of cabs while in the city.
Pack A No-Fail Diaper Bag
Glams, when I say this, I mean, make sure your diaper bag is packed in a way that covers all of the possibilities. Of course, we can’t anticipate every single want and need of our child while in-flight, but we do know what he or she loves and what works while on land don’t we? Be sure to pack some of their favorite snacks, a couple of their favorite toys (nothing too big, only those items that are sized just right), hand sanitizer, a book, heck, even a change of clothes, as you never know what could happen while in flight. Again, the key is to not experience a #mommyfail!
Entertainment Is Key
This is my last, but also one of the most important travel tips. We as mothers know what our kids enjoy. In the case of my son, that happens to be music and a fascination with headphones. So, my husband and I went out and purchased a pretty cool pair of headphones for our son, which he absolutely loved. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kid Friendly Headphones feature a built-in volume limiter to protect your child’s hearing and are compatible with all portable devices. We scored these babies from our local Best Buy for $29.99 and saved his Beats by Dre headphones for when he gets a little older!
Bonus Tip: No Heels Ladies!
So I know as glamour moms we love to rock a heel. Heck, I was shooting shots of my platforms while traveling to Atlanta solo on business last week post my NY-trip. However, I do caution against rocking a pair of sky-high heels while traveling with your toddler. Go for comfort and style by choosing a pair of super cute flat boots, wedges or any other low-heeled shoe to get you through the airport traveling experience. Of course, the minute you step into the hotel, feel free to break free and break out those heels!
Well, there you have it, BlackGlamourMom’s five tips for traveling with a toddler.
Let us know, BlackGlamourMoms! Do you have any traveling tips to share with your fellow mommies? Let us know what you think of our five tips in the comments section below.
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