Intrigued as always with other people’s experiences of some of the things I’ve done with Littlest, I’ve been reading articles for a while about flying with a baby. And there seems to be one over-riding theme: pack SO MUCH STUFF OMG DON’T DARE FORGET ANY OF THIS.
Well, some of them aren’t so much like that. But still, when traveling alone, surely you want to be able to carry all your luggage yourself. I knew I was going to have to be able to traipse our carry-ons, pick up our luggage, and push the stroller through the Munich airport, so a gigantic carry-on for him and for me was not really in the program.
I found a deal on Amazon.com for a diaper back-pack before we left, though my original plan was to take my North Face backpack as my carry-on. The diaper back-pack is genius though and we’ve switched to it since for everyday use as well. (In full disclosure, I ordered it on Amazon.com and had my parents bring it—it doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon.fr.)
Here’s what went in it:
- diaper changing pad (the one that comes with the bag)
- baby towel (we usually put this on top of the pad to change him)
- cotton pads (we buy the cheap ones sold in all French pharmacies)
- 6 to 8 diapers (this was a long-haul flight, and I think we only used 4)
- 2 pacifiers
- small water bottle (we always wipe down with water after changes, but babies who don’t have sensitive skin probably don’t need this)
- burp cloth
- Sophie the giraffe (she bends up easily to pack in tight spaces)
- Another fancy toy that could get strapped on the side of the bag
- a very little board book
- two clean onesies
- a clean t-shirt for me just in case
- all our passports, plane itinerary, and signed note from J in a special compact pocket
- his lunch and snack (in those pouches made for bottles) with bibs and a spoon
- a thin blanket we acquired on our first United flight (rolled up and strapped on the outside of the bag)
- a tiny bottle of diaper rash cream (this took up no space but if you’re tight for space and your baby isn’t prone to rash, I’d leave it out)
- plastic bag for dirty diapers (though we were almost always close to a trash can)
And in my purse:
- normal purse stuff (wallet, glasses, contact stuff…)
- my Kindle (not sure I read it though)
- a crossword puzzle book (don’t think I used this either)
- a bag of trail mix
It does look like a lot now that I’ve listed it all out, but it all fit in one diaper backpack and one normal-sized handbag.
As for luggage, I packed soft things into a canvas duffel bag with a shoulder strap, and everything else in my big roller suitcase. So I was able to stack the duffel bag on top of the suitcase and roll it behind me while pushing the stroller in front. I was light as a feather. (Well not quite, but it worked pretty well.)
And I think the only thing I forgot was headphones.