I love traveling but I do get a little freaked out when I think about traveling with my baby girl. We recently introduced our beautiful baby to the rest of my extended family overseas, and I prayed it would be not be stressful.
Before we left I thought I went overboard planning, checking the weather and all our flight options, but in the end it was all worth it. We had a smooth, hassle free and enjoyable experience because we made the right type of planning beforehand. Here’s what I learned:
- Make sure you do all your paperwork for your visa or any other travel documents required for the baby ahead of time.
- Choose a non-stop flight or one with less lay overs, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
- Carry enough baby formula powder to reach your destination and then some. You never know if you’ll get stuck somewhere without the right formula.
- Make sure you have boiled water in a flask to mix with the baby formula ( airplanes may also have mineral water handy). However, check your local airport because some security policies prohibit carrying liquid and other restrictions.
- Although I had all our paperwork ahead of time, I also checked for visa policies both for the adults and babies, sometimes some places could have an visa on arrival or transit.
- Since there could be multipe feedings during travel and I couldn’t clean any milk bottles, I brought Playtex or other liners to keep our bottle nipples sterile.
- Check for the availability of your favorite diapers and wipes at your destination country.
- In the wake of the recent Zika virus, it is advisable to carry mosquito repellents and mosquito net. Also, check with their pediatrician any required vaccinations before traveling.
- Babies visiting tropical countries could suffer from summer diarrhea in which case you should check with a doctor if there is a special formula milk available if you also formula feed the baby.
- Bring your own baby strollers, car seats and baby carrier unless you can borrow or rent them at your destination country.
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