Long Distance Travel With Babies: 9 Things You Need To Know

Going on baby’s first vacation? We’ve got tips, packing lists and advice from our globetrotting parents on how to keep both you and your little one cool, calm and collected.

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Getting to travel the world with your mini me is one of the most special memories you can make. It can also be one of the most mentally and physically exhausting things you do in your lifetime. However, it’s totally worth it.

As parents who have flown, sailed, driven, hiked and even canoed with our babies and kids, we’re listed our tips and favorite products below!

 

Tips and products for long distance travel with babies

 

#1 GET GOING EARLY

 

If you’re flying and have requested a bassinet – make sure you’re at the airport early to guarantee you get it. They are not 100% promised until check-in so don’t risk it! If you’re driving – early morning travel can be the best time because little ones are either sleepy at this time or less fussy.

 

 

#2 THE MORE ALL-IN-ONES THE BETTER

 

Whether you’re driving, flying or catching a commuter train, you’re going to want to bring as little stuff as possible. Especially if you’re going solo with your baby. Products like the Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller goes from capsule to carrier to stroller in seconds, which makes transferring from car to rest stop or terminal to terminal an absolute breeze.

 

Doona 2018 Car Sear Stroller in Black

 

Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller

 

$499

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#3 BREASTFEEDING AND BOTTLE FEEDING?

 

If your baby is still only having breast milk or formula, it can be really helpful to map out where you’re going to stop along the way to make sure you don’t let your little one get hungry. When arriving at an airport, it can be chaotic to park, check in, go through security, and make small talk with a stranger – so make sure you take a moment to feed your little one BEFORE all the hoopla. (I’ve had to breastfeed a baby while taking off my shoes to go through a metal detector and it’s truly not fun.)

Flying? Try feeding on take off and landing. The swallowing motion helps your baby equalize the pressure in their ears. You can also pre-fill your baby bottles with sterilized water. Depending on the length of your trip, you may need up to 10 to avoid trying to wash bottles in a gas station or airport bathroom.

Pumping? The Elvie Breast Pump is wearable, tube-free and automatically shuts off when it is full. If you’re looking for no-fuss feeding, this should be your go-to.

 

Elvie Double Pump

 

Elvie Double Breast Pump

 

$499.99

Also available in single

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Olababy Gentle Feeding Bottle

Olababy Gentle Bottle (2 Pack)

 

$28.95

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#4 DON’T LET ANYONE GET ‘HANGRY’

 

This includes yourself! Whether you’re three months old or thirty, it’s important that you stay well fed and hydrated. When it comes to choosing storage containers and bibs, we like to use products made from food-grade silicone. This wonder product is non-toxic, dishwasher safe, microwave safe and one of the best reusable materials we’ve ever found.

Containers like Marcus & Marcus Snack Bowls are particularly great for packing rusks, rice puffs and fresh cut fruit or veggies. The lid has slits that prevent spills when little kids reach in. We are also huge fans of Silikids Siliskin Reusable Snack Bags because you can even fill one with almonds and granola for yourself.

Seasoned Parent Tip: If you’re flying – now is not the time to try out a new food and risk an allergic reaction or worse – gas. Stick to easy on the tummy foods.

 

Marcus & marcus Snack bowl

Marcus & Marcus Snack Bowl

 

$12.99

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Silikids reusable silicone snack bags

 

Silikids Siliskin Reusable Snack Bags

 

$11.95

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Miniware First Bites Travel Set in Nordic Lake & Aqua

 

Miniware First Bites Travel Set

 

$42

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Modern-Twist Bucket Bib

Modern Twist Bucket Bib

 

$18

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#5 SPEAKING OF GAS – BE PREPARED

 

One of the most important things you need in your diaper bag is the fridababy Toolkit. This carry-all contains an arsenal of fuss-busters which include a NoseFrida SnotSucker, 24 NoseFriday Hygiene Filters, a 10 pack of Windi the GasPasser, a NailFrida SnipperClipper Set, and 1 Fridet the MomWasher. It’s also a good idea to bring a forehead and ear thermometer. While fevers are normal in babies, high temperatures can be dangerous and need to be monitored.

If your baby suffers from dry lips and skin, their symptoms may be exacerbated by the air on a plane or train. Try using a natural and non-toxic balm to prevent and soothe their lips and cheeks.

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fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy

 

$49.99

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InnovoThermometer1

Innovo Forehead & Ear Thermometer

 

$29.99

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Erbaviva Baby Lip & Cheek Balm

Erbaviva Lip & Cheek Balm

$13

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#6 PACK MORE DIAPERS AND WIPES THAN YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED

 

There’s a good chance you’ll run out of diapers. There’s also a good chance the parent sitting in the row behind you will. Also bring ample wipes and a bottle of organic hand sanitizer. Keeping everyone clean will make for a much more pleasant journey.

 

Bambo Nature Diapers

BAMBO Nature Eco-Friendly Diapers

 

Ranging from $12.50 – $15.50

Available in multiple sizes

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Bambo Nature Wipes

BAMBO Nature Tidy Bottom Baby Wipes

 

$4

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#7 TEETHING TOOLS

 

There’s nothing fun about a teething baby – especially when you’re traveling. Make sure you bring at least two teething toys like the Dena Rainbow. If your baby loves using a pacifier, we highly recommend introducing them to the Doddle & Co The Pop Pacifier. When dropped, the nipple pops inward preventing it from contacting yucky stuff on the ground.

These are both completely non-toxic, easy to hold and will not only entertain your tot, but help soothe sore gums. It’s easy for toys to be dropped and lost in the abyss of an airport, so always have a back up!

 

Dena Rainbow Stacker

Dena Rainbow Silicone Stacker

 

$22.99

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Doddle & Co. Pop Pacifier in Lilac

Doddle & Co The Pop Pacifier

 

$9.99

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#8 CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES YOU NEED FOR THE TRIP

 

Your packing list should include easy-to-wash items that can also be mixed, matched and layered. While it may be fun to think about traveling in your Sunday Best – don’t. There are fluids and messes and delays. Where comfortable clothing and bring changes of clothing for both you and your baby! HART + LAND has a range of organic cotton baby gift sets that are perfect for travel. They even include a swaddle and pacifier tip teether.

Definitely bring more than one swaddle. Extremely versatile, they can be used for warmth, privacy while breastfeeding, as a space for tummy time, a spit up cloth, scarf and more! Also bring a sleeping bag. These can help babies cozy up on a plane and in bed once they get where they’re going.

 

Hart + Land $150 Gift Set in Micro Chip Grey

HART + LAND Organic Essentials Seven Piece Baby Gift Set

 

$150

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Louelle Baby Toddler Sleeping Bag French Grey FW19

 

Louelle Baby/ Toddler Sleeping Bag

 

$135

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Louelle Hooded Towel in French Grey

Louelle Hooded Towel

 

$59

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#9 THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED WHEN YOU GET WHERE YOU’RE GOING

 

Since getting our babies to sleep is pretty much our #1 goal in life, you don’t want to risk getting to a hotel or friend’s house and not having somewhere cozy and safe for your baby to rest. Perfect for travel, the Nuna Sena Air Travel cot can be opened with one hand and includes an organic cotton sheet & travel bag. Right now – you can buy it bundled with their wonderful Cudl Carrier.

Wraps can also be life-savers when traveling with your baby. Little ones can easily get overwhelmed by all the noise of a busy airport so it helps if you can keep them close or even nurse them while you’re on the move.

Nuna New Baby Bundle Frost

Nuna Cove Aire + Cudl  Carrier

 

$669.90

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Solly Baby New Standard Wrap Carrier Orion

 

Solly Baby New Standard Carrier Wrap

 

$65

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