[FREEBIE] International Travel Checklist // for young families with toddlers + babies
We are about to fly over the Pacific Ocean for the first time as a family of FOUR.
We have never flown with kids before. [insert horror emoji face.]
The boys are 21 months old and 2 months old.
As I am preparing to leave, I looked everywhere for a master checklist that would fit our family's needs but nothing came up.
The ones I had found were geared towards domestic travelling with either older toddlers or young infants.
So I thought I would make a list myself, and while I was at it, why not share with you guys?! Cause if I found it useful, maybe someone out there would find it helpful too!
Feel free to download it and print it off. I hope this will help ease the stress of packing for adults + young ones so you have more time to enjoy BEING with them :)
A few details I want to highlight:
Reserve Offsite Parking - If you're travelling internationally, chances are parking at the airport will be expensive. Last time we traveled, we used a third-party site and reserved a parking spot at a nearby hotel at a lower price. PLUS, they offered free shuttles. While it added an extra 30 minutes to our commute, it was worth not paying the hefty price tag at the airport! The site we used was Global Airport Parking.
Ask for Front Row Seats/Baby Bassinets - It will make your flight a little bit more pleasant with hands-free time and extra legroom. Ask nicely at check-in.
Eye Wear Case - I wear glasses and I find having a hard-shell case with me helps me sleep better. I don't have to hold my glasses in my hand or squish them in the pocket in front of me or set them on the table/tray in front of me because any of these options will probably end up in ruined or lost glasses. Not something I want when I travel. I like to know they are safely stored away in their case so I can sleep worry-free.
Gas Relieve / Antacid / Pain Reliever - Don't know why but I usually get pretty gassy when I fly. So I'm sure those who sit around me will appreciate it if I have these on hand. Also, it doesn't hurt to have antacid or pain reliever with you, because you just never know. It would be awful feeling uncomfortable/sick on a long-haul flight... with a toddler... and a baby.
New Toys - Distraction, distraction, distraction. What better ways to distract a toddler than some new toys? We got ours at a dollar store.
Lotion - Our oldest has Eczema which gets worse in dry environment. Bringing his lotion/Eczema cream will help ease his discomfort in the dry cabin.
Quart-Sized Ziploc Bags - They are great because of their versatility. They can be used for storing vomit-soaked or poo-stained clothes; they will keep the cabin air from smelling like such. They can be used for storing snacks or little toys. Plus, quart sized ones meet TSA's requirements should you need a plastic bags to store something in the last minute.
A Change of Clothes for Adults - As much as I hope it won't happen, it is always a good idea to have extra clothes on hand for yourselves. Because if your little one vomits or has a full blow-out on you, you would not want to stay in those clothes for the next 10 hours.
Dirty Laundry Bag - I like to separate dirty laundry from the rest of my stuff in the checked bags. So I like to bring along a bag of some sort, even if it's just a plastic bag from the grocery store. Nothing fancy here. If it works, it works.
This Checklist - Bringing this checklist with will help me when I'm packing to come home. No more asking myself, "did I pack everything?", just take a look at this list and I'll know whether I've packed everything I've brought.
Diapers & Wipes in Checked Bags - Unless you are traveling to somewhere remote, I'd just buy the diapers & wipes at your destination. This saves room in your luggage and it will be lighter. Win win.
Eating Utensils - Z loves using utensils like mama and dada do. It may be a good idea to bring a plastic plate and travel eating utensils for easy feeding without the fear of breaking anything at the restaurants.
So here you go! Hope these will help you! Most important of all, give yourself grace and keep a joyful heart - they will go a long way :)
Click the image above to download the 2-page PDF checklist.