I’ve just settled back home, after a very extended trip to my family’s house in Karachi, Pakistan.
If I feel I have bragging rights over anything at all, it’s that I have quite literally travelled all over the world with my two kids in tow. I consider myself somewhat of an expert in this field and I’ve seen it all, from my bags being searched because of the motor in the bouncer, to the more dramatic request of me asking the pilot to turn the plane back to the airport just minutes before takeoff! So for all the mommies getting ready for your summer trips I have some advice for you:
1. Make sure everyone has the appropriate visas for all destinations (remember if you have a long layover you may want to leave the airport) and make copies of the passport pages.
2. If your child is eligible for a bassinet ( I think there is a weight limit of 20 pounds) ask for a bassinet and bassinet seat with your airline provider.
3.Since the liquids that you can take on the plane are limited make a separate medicine bag and put it into a suitcase that is easily identifiable, so when you get to the final destination you are not opening all suitcases trying to find the ear drops or children’s Tylenol.
4. If possible ask family or friends ahead of time to research or recommend a pediatrician in the area you will be staying in.
5.Prior to traveling, get all shots up to date, ask for a copy of a vaccination records and ask the doctor if they recommend taking any prescriptions with you.
6.In your carry on pack enough formula and diapers to last you at least 4 days. This may sound over zealous but there have been times when the suitcase has arrived later or been misplaced.
7. Carry lots of extra clothes (warm ones) in your carry on, my experience is that it’s always cold at the airports and on the plane.
8. If your kids are old enough let them pack their own carry on and put their toys, snacks, coloring things in their bag. (a great toy for the plane are those sketch pads with the magnetic pens)
9. Many airline providers offer special kids meals and even baby foods call ahead and see whats available.
10. Depending on the airline carseats and strollers are checked in for free, they do require a carseat cover which is available at Babies”R”Us. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3091046
Need more tips? Have specific questions? please ask!