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:

  1. Make sure you do all your paperwork for your visa or any other travel documents required for the baby ahead of time.
  2. Choose a non-stop flight or one with less lay overs, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Check for the availability of your favorite diapers and wipes at your destination country.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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