Hey lovelies, look who’s back! As most of you already know by now baby E and I moved back to Australia. I traveled solo with him and the trip was over 20 hours long. I was terrified; we traveled the same distance before but when he was a baby (he wasn’t even crawling back then). This time around he is a toddler running around and wants to be independent, so all you mums understand why I was so terrified about the long journey.
As we settle in our new home I wanted to share my top tips and advice about traveling with a toddler to make it as easy and smooth as possible.
Don’t over pack: I know this is the hardest, I over packed and I wish I didn’t because we didn’t end up using most of the things I carried for him. I packed 3 outfits and we used all 3 by the end of the trip.
What I packed
- The essentials- passports, tickets, money, my son’s birth certificate (we don’t share the same family name and I heard that for some reason that can create an issue at airports so I carried it just incase but I wasn’t even questioned about our different surnames once) and all-important documents that I didn’t want to risk putting in the luggage.
- Yellow fever cards- you will be asked upon arrival at the airport if you are arriving from Africa, my son got his yellow fever shot a month before we travelled if not more and I had mine from a few years back.
- 3 different outfits – onesies and a sweater worked best for us
- Dummies- we still use pacifiers so I carried more than enough incase he drops them I didn’t want to risk washing them so we ended up using all and losing a few.
- Warm socks
- Empty baby bottles
- Warm water
- Toddler formula – Baby E has been drinking fresh milk since he turned one however, a few weeks before our big trip I transitioned him to toddler formula because fresh milk will spoil during the trip if left not refrigerated and we were at the airports for hours. Once we arrived and settled he went back to fresh milk.
- Snacks – I packed a lot of snacks and he didn’t even eat it.
- Moisturizer for both of us
- Lip balm
- ipad with lots of cartoons to keep bub entertained.
- Baby carrier – don’t take your buggy as a carry on luggage because it is usually heavy and being all alone it will be hectic trying to carry the buggy, baby and bag out of the plane because sometimes you will have to use stairs. There are strollers available at Dubai International airport that I used while in transit for a few hours.
Ask for extra blankets for your baby, I used two blankets for Baby E because it gets a little cold on the plane.
If your travelling alone with your baby best of luck, it looks scarier than it really is. Trust me I’m a living proof that a mummy can travel across the world with a toddler alone.
Have you ever traveled alone with you baby/ babies before?
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