Impromptu trips……don’t you just love them?! But are the even possible once you have kids? Well I’m here to tell you, heck yeah they are! And this is how I did it:
On a random Thursday I decided to buy a ticket to fly home that Saturday, for only $98 how could I pass that up?! And of course if I’m going home then baby girl absolutely must come with to meet her family! Now I’m a veteran at flying; I’ve done it so many times I find it relaxing but flying with a baby?! And alone?! Who would do such a thing?!
Well I did and I survived! (with only being peed on and puked on once, so I consider it a major win)
Days leading up to the flight:
- call airline and find out what items can be checked for free (most airlines will allow a car seat and stroller but it never hurts to see if a pack n play or other items are free as well)
- make a list and check it twice! and three times! and heck even a fourth! Lists are your best friend for any type of travel.
- only bring absolute necessities in diaper bag ( my complete list will be posted below)
- spend lots of time loving on your significant other (especially if they aren’t traveling with you; I had Riley and Louise spend alone time together since they’ve never really been separated for this long)
- start packing as soon as you can! Anything you won’t need in the next few days pack away! The more you pack the less you’ll stress later on #protip
What’s in my diaper bag:
- diapers (remember you can never have too many of these)
- wipes (one unopened packed worked for us)
- blanket (perfect for layovers for baby to crawl/lay down in the connecting airport)
- pacifier/pacifier clip (if baby won’t take a bottle during take off have them suck on a pacifier to help their little ears pop; and clips are perfect so paci’s don’t go missing during travel)
- teether (if you have a baby in the teething stage)
- toy/stuffed animal (keep it small but if they have a special item that soothes them it doesn’t hurt to bring it for comfort; remember this is all new for little baby)
- bottles; I bought 3 (the amount depends on the length of flight & if any layovers to clean bottles mid-trip)
- formula (how you bring formula is personal preference; I brought one unopened can and it made TSA faster & easier)
- water bottle (TSA allows brining your own water for baby’s so save yourself some money at the airport & pack your own!)
- Wallet with I.D.s & other important docs (always check ahead of time with your airline; example: united on my way to OH didn’t need anything for Louise but southwest on the way home to CA wants proof of age for her)
- chargers for any electronics you bring ( I like to travel light so I only packed my phone but depending on age a tablet for baby might be a god send!)
- EXTRA CLOTHES!!! for you and baby (I’m so glad a mommy friend shared this with me last minute cause Louise had two accidents while flying; I did an extra sleeper for her and an extra shirt for myself)
Might seem like a lot but this all fit into one backpack for me!
While Louise did have two accidents during flight she did sleep the whole time and didn’t cry so that makes me a pro right?!
- carry car seat to gate for checking; if it’s not a full flight they may let you use it for your baby!
- bring as much baby food/snacks/water as you need…..TSA can’t say no for baby!
- (if of drinking age) enjoy a drink on flight and splurge on that wifi! It helped this mama relax
- If possible fly late at night or earl in the morning during baby’s normal sleeping time
- Most of all; DON’T STRESS! Easier said than done I know but I had so much help and offers for help from not only the flight attendants but also the passengers!
Louise and I have been loving our time with family here in Ohio but we are ready to brave the long flight home again and be reunited with Daddy!
**comment any tips or tricks you have for flying or let me know if any of these helped you out!**