How to Stay Organized When Traveling By Yourself with Baby
Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or simply trying to get a change of scenery, traveling with a baby can be pretty stressful. Between trying to pull your luggage, push a stroller and carry a diaper bag all while juggling boarding passes, Passports and that teddy bear that your kid keeps chucking onto the floor, you may find that you’ve possibly bitten off much more than you can chew. Here are some well-needed tips that I’ve discovered about staying organized while traveling alone with baby:
- Ditch the Diaper Bag
Sounds crazy, right? How are you supposed to travel with your baby without their diaper bag? I’ve found that ditching the diaper bag freed my hands up, and I didn’t have a mountain of stuff stuffed into the basket below her stroller or multiple items hanging on the handles. By investing in a good, sturdy backpack that has a lot of compartments, I was able to pass the title of ‘bag lady’ on to someone else. My backpack holds the entire contents of her diaper bag, my laptop, AND the contents of my purse neatly, and all I need to do is throw it on my back and go! Not to mention all the time that’s saved at security checkpoints…
- Read the Airline’s Guidelines on Travelling with Breast milk and Baby food
I’ve read a few stories about moms who’ve had to dump a significant amount of breast milk and baby food into the trash at TSA checkpoints, which is so heartbreaking and is something that can easily be avoided. Before traveling, contact your airline and ask them what their policies are when it comes to breast milk and baby food. While some airlines have no problem with it, others have a limit as to how much you are actually allowed to travel with.
- Get an Organizer
You know those stroller organizers that you’ve seen and always wondered if you’d actually need one? I know that, if nothing else, these bad boys sure are helpful when you need to quickly grab some wipes, a bottle, or a pamper without having to stop and dig through your bag. A great organizer is this one which is lightweight and folds away easily so that you can just throw it in your bag when you have to check the stroller at the gate!
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
Asking for help is something that I had to stop being ‘too proud’ to do. I tried to be superwoman a little too much, and struggle when I really don’t have to. If you find yourself overwhelmed with stuff, don’t hesitate to ask someone to help you. Whether it’s someone who works at the airport or the person you were sitting next to, getting an extra pair of hands for a few seconds could be the difference between making it down to baggage claim in one piece and the entire contents of your bag spilling out as you tried to balance the baby, your carry-on and the stroller.
What are some of your travel tips?
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