Traveling with a young child can feel like a daunting task, but with the right preparation and planning, you can ensure a successful experience. Here are 3 tips for traveling safely and comfortably with infants and toddlers.
1. Book the right flight When considering flight options, think about whether purchasing a separate seat is necessary. If you plan to hold your child, a window seat or an aisle seat will provide the most comfort. Consider the length of flight, and whether the time is booked during your child’s nap time. Trips that are longer than 6 hours may create more stress on you and your child if confined to a seat for hours. “When planning to travel, non-stop flights are always be preferable even if the cost is just a bit more than making a connecting flight,” said Jenny Ruff, travel advisor at Compass Travel in DeKalb. “If a connecting flight is the only option, be sure to allow for plenty of time between flights. Depending on the airport, I recommend a minimum of two hours between flights.”
2. Pack your child’s favorite things Having his or her favorite blanket, toy or snack or activity will help the time pass by more comfortably - and likely quieter. Keep toys packed away until your child starts to get tired or cranky to reengage them with a new interest and distraction. If your toddler plans to watch their favorite show, pack fully-charged technology and bring along a portable charter. When sharing a seat with your baby, there may be baggage restrictions. If you have additional luggage, including additional carry-on luggage, a stroller or car seat, there may be an additional fee.
3. Review your hotel accommodations If your trip includes a hotel room, make sure there are proper sleeping arrangements for your baby Not all hotels have cribs available, so call the hotel and confirm availability. The hotel will make a note on your reservation to have the crib in your room upon check-in. Review hotel amenities for laundry, microwave/fridge and free breakfast options. A balcony also offers an option to relax in the room while your child naps.