It’s that time of year, when we all take off to visit family, with babies and diaper bags stuffed to the brim, and strollers and car seats and suitcases ready to explode. For us, we end up doing a lot of travel during the holidays because our family is scattered all over the country (Massachusetts, Colorado, and California, at present), and each of these trips means a plane ride.
As much of a pain as it can be to get the whole family ready to fly across the country, we’ve done so many trips that I’ve got this thing down to a science. I actually keep a checklist of all the things I need to pack for the girls in my phone and revise it as the seasons change (swap out the California Baby sunscreen and pack up the fleece Sleep Sacks). It’s amazing how much stuff you have to travel with when you’ve got little ones in your family, but every time I don’t pack that nasal aspirator, someone gets a cold and I regret it, terribly.
So maybe you’re traveling with your little one for the first time this year and you’re wondering WHAT SHOULD I PACK??
Here’s my Holiday Travel Survival Guide: a list of my go-to items—the ones I never leave home without.
- Yes, I always pack diapers. You know why? Because once you get off that cross-country plane ride with two exhausted kids, pick up your rental car, and then hit the road for a two-hour drive to your final destination, the LAST thing you want to do is stop to pick up diapers. And when leaks are absolutely not an option (like on a plane—have you ever had to change a baby’s entire outfit because of a blowout diaper in an airplane bathroom?!?), I always choose Pampers. They’re super absorbent, with three (not two) layers of absorbency, even throughout the night.
- My babies have sensitive skin, so I really have to give some thought to treating their dry skin at this time of year. We’ve had excellent luck with Aquaphor, our doctor’s recommendation, and it doubles as an intensive hand cream for me, since plane rides wreak havoc on my skin, too.
- And because skin sensitivity is an issue, I have used nothing but Pampers Sensitive Wipes. They’re just so gentle. That’s why they’re the #1 choice of US hospitals.
- Hand sanitizer for diaper changes (who can really wash their hands well in that tiny airplane sink?) and before eating.
- Just as I always pack that nasal aspirator, I also make sure to pack a pain/fever reliever, like Little Remedies, which I like because it’s paraben-, dye-, and gluten-free, and…
- Simply Saline nasal spray, which is great when the kids have a cold, or even just for after a long plane ride that’s dried us all out.
- And last, but certainly not least, what A refers to as “baby snacks.” I seriously don’t get on a plane without these squeeze packets of baby food because you just never know what you’re going to get for food options in an airport terminal and on the plane. Since we’re at that picky-eater age AND we’re dealing with a food allergy, I have to have a few healthy food options on hand. Thankfully, TSA has never given me any trouble about bringing these packets through.
If you’re getting on a plane or starting a road trip with these items in your arsenal, you’re guaranteed to have an easier go of it. That’s not to say you won’t end up stranded in an airport for 8 hours in the middle of a snowstorm with a two-year-old during your third trimester, but hey, at least you’ll be prepared :)
So, if you’re getting ready to head out of town, get on over to CVS to stock up on these must-have, Holiday Travel Survival Guide items, like I always do.
Interested in stocking up on some Pampers products? We’re giving away two manufacturers’ coupons to one winner:
- One good for FREE Pampers Wipes (56-72 ct), valued up to $3.99
- One good for FREE Pampers Diapers or Pants, valued up to $13.99
To enter, please visit the merelymothers Facebook page to find our Pampers contest post, pinned at the top. The instructions are all there and super easy. Good luck with the contest and your holiday travel. And Merry Christmas!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.