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Tips for Packing Smart with a Toddler

MotherhoodHailey AndresenComment

In February I wrote out my top tips for traveling with a newborn, and well, considering Owen is almost a year old, I figured it was time to update and revise these tips both for myself and for any of you who are potentially taking one last trip before the summer ends. I teamed up with Away Luggage to put together this video and our typical checklist for packing smarter not harder, and overall a little lighter - even if that means a checked back. Safe travels! 

1. When traveling alone with your little one always check your bag. I know this sounds contradictory when most of my suggestions involve packing light, but believe me, when you're traveling with a little one, the less you have to cart around the better. 

2. Plan ahead to do laundry rather than over packing. I feel like on our first couple trips I packed EVERYTHING. I now know that laundry can be done in other places ;) and rather than stressing myself (and my back) out, it's easier to just pack what we need and deal with it. 

3. Buy diapers and any other disposable items when you reach your destination. I always just bring what we need for the first day or so and then run to a market or pharmacy. Diapers take up a lot of precious suitcase space and it just really is unnecessary. 

4. Stick to light weight toys and books that you know your little guy or gal will actually play with. It's easy, especially with a baby under one, to want to bring them every little thing you think they may want. Don't! You know the few toys that keep them occupied - stick with those! 

5. Regardless of your suitcase size stick to travel sized toiletries. Once you buy one of those empty packs of travel sized containers and fill it up with your favorites you're set. I continue to fill these up for each trip, which saves me so much money and leaves extra space. 

6. Book an early morning flight. This has been a go to move when traveling since Owen was a newborn. The early mornings are the best. We will typically leave the house when Owen is till sleeping so I'll wake him, nurse him, put him in the car, and he will normally fall back asleep on the ride to the airport and through security. He tends to wake up sometime around boarding, and I just make sure to nurse him during take off, and for whatever reason he usually sleeps fairly easy on the plane. 

7. Dress comfortably. Seems simple, but when you're traveling with a kid (especially if you're alone) comfort is key. Make sure if you're using a baby carrier that your clothing underneath makes using the restroom and breastfeeding (if applicable) easy, and that you're not too warm. I prefer to layer over the carrier if necessary, rather than under.

8. Use a baby carrier rather than a stroller. I used my Solly Baby Wrap until Owen was 25 lbs. and the Beco up to 35 lbs. I have yet to carry/roll a stroller through security and onto a plane, so maybe I'm biased, but we've had the greatest luck with carriers. 

9. Arrive early so that there's ample time to grab a cup of coffee, find your gate, and make a quick diaper change before boarding. 

10. Take a car service to the airport and borrow a car seat wherever you're heading. The less bulk you have to deal with at the airport the better! 

Videography by Amy Frances Photography

Music by Golden Groves

Sponsored by Away Luggage