Linsey McNeill offers her tips for stress-free travelling with an infant.
It's virtually impossible to travel light when flying long-haul with an infant, but with careful planning you can avoid busting your luggage allowance and ensure a less stressful journey too.
You might not need to take large items such as prams, travel cots and car seats, as these can often be hired from hotels or tour operators when you arrive. For example, Thomson has bottle warmers, sterilisers and buggies available in its resorts.
Carrying a baby in a sling will leave your hands free at the airport, but if you want to take a pushchair, make sure it's easily collapsible for getting through security. Most airlines offer free carriage for buggies and you can usually wheel your baby right to the aircraft door.
To avoid bouncing baby on your lap for the entire flight, reserve a bassinet or sky cot. There are only a limited number on each flight, so book early. Alternatively, you could pay a child's fare and use your car seat onboard, but check with your airline to make sure it's suitable.
The 100ml limit on liquids doesn’t apply to baby milk, so take enough for your flight, plus a little extra in case of delays. If you take sterilised water, it must be in baby bottles.
Your airline might not carry the right size nappies onboard so it’s best to take your own, although there's no need to take a changing mat as there should be tables in the loos (but check with your airline first). Also, take sachets of infant painkillers and wipes.
Some airlines will allow you to take a baby bag onboard, but check first to avoid being hit with an excess baggage fee at check in. If you have room, it's handy to take a change of clothes for baby and a clean top for you, as we all know caring for infants can be messy!
To make your journey even easier, you can send your check-in luggage ahead to your destination Luggage Mule or sendmybag.com.
For more travel hints, please see our helpful guides.
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