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How to Make the Best of an Overseas Flight with Babies

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Hey there Mama!

Anxious about your upcoming long haul flight with Baby?  I can’t blame you – it can be pretty rough if it’s not done right!  But don’t worry, I’m going to hook you up with some practical information that will relieve that anxiety.

I felt exactly the same way before we flew 27 hours door to door with our 6-month-old twin babies last summer.  Luckily, I did my homework (just like you are now) and implemented extremely helpful tips from other mamas as well as experimenting with some of my own ideas.  We had a fantastic trip!

So without further ado – Here is how to make the best of an overseas flight with babies.

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1.  Plan Meticulously

You will need to plan in detail:

  • your flights
  • your transport to and from the airport (with your own car seat?)
  • which of the large items you will need to bring with you (stroller, pack ‘n’ play, car seat.)  Then decide if you’ll be checking them at the gate (stroller) or for the entire flight (pack ‘n’ play and car seat.)  How will you protect them from being damaged?  Will they cost extra?
  • what items you need to pack in your suitcases – for yourself and your baby
  • which items you need in your carry-on luggage and diaper bag – for yourself and your baby
  • be informed about what you can and cannot bring through security.  We were able to bring 3 liters of hot and cold water to mix for making formula.  We also had liquid medications on us.

I suggest making as many checklists as you need.  This way you can add things as you go and won’t forget anything.  You can download your free carry-on checklist here:

DON’T FORGET TO PACK…


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2.  Book the Right Flights

If possible, be sure to book your flights around Baby’s normal bedtime.  An early evening flight leaving at 7 pm would be perfect.  That way she’ll be even more inclined to sleep on the plane.  

We weren’t so lucky flying from Germany to the USA.  Our flight left at 5 am and our babies did sleep until their normal getting-up time at 7 am.  But they were wide awake after that.  They also dozed for an hour or two once they got set up with bassinets on the big flight.

Flying with Babies

Remedies

3.  Book the Bassinets

I highly recommend directly calling the airline and having them book the flight for you.  If your long flight doesn’t offer bassinets, ask if you could get a plane with them if you were flexible in your travel dates.  We were in an Airbus 330 and the bassinets were in row 29 right behind the toilet area (perfect for a quick diaper change!).  The sweet woman at Lufthansa booked seats 29D for me and 29G for Thomas – and blocked the 2 seats between us so that no one could reserve them.  It was a dream!  

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We were even able to bring our car seats on board so that we had hands-free a lot of the time.  Our babies loved hanging out in their car seats and were thrilled to stretch out in their bassinets once we got up in the air.  They would doze for an hour or so and then come back to their car seat or our laps and watch movies with mommy and daddy – or just play quietly with their toys.  Having those bassinets were a total game changer!

Questions to ask while Booking on the Phone

Another advantage to booking on the telephone is that you can ask all the important questions you need to ask like: 

  • Will I be able to check my stroller at the gate?
  • Can I bring my car seat on the plane?  (Make sure it’s not too wide and that it meets the regulations.)  If not, how do I go about packing it so that it doesn’t get damaged? 
  • How many bags am I allowed to check in without paying a fee?  Usually, you can bring one for you AND one for your baby, but I would check just to make sure.
  • What liquids am I allowed to bring with me and how much?  Although the airline is not responsible for this information, they can usually give you some tips on how to easily get through security.  We had over 3 liters of water on us as well as fruit pouches and liquid medicines and had absolutely no problem getting through security.

Yes, you can and should find all of this information online, but it’s always a good idea to have it confirmed by the airline.

Clothing

4.  Be Prepared for the Worst

If you’re like me, what makes you most anxious is that there could be situations on your journey that you just can’t control.  Flight delay or cancellation, Baby starts to run a fever or vomiting, baby has a diaper blow-out, you get a nasty headache, you have to sit in different seats than the ones you booked, Baby notices your anxiety and starts to get fussy or even starts crying, Baby has gas or sudden teething problems, high-altitude crying…the list goes on and on.  All you can do is to plan for those things to happen so that you’ll be prepared (and more relaxed!)

 

  • pack extra everything – especially clothing, burp clothes, diapers, wipes, and formula (if bottle feeding.)  
  • bring a thermometer
  • pack remedies for fever, gas, and teething 
  • bring headache medicine or peppermint essential oil for yourself
  • pack extra clothing for YOURSELF in case baby liquids get on your clothing (happens at home all the time, doesn’t it?)
  • relieve ear pressure during start and descent with something for baby to suck on (bottle, breast, pacifier, etc.)

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5.  Pack Smart

My advice to you is:  keep it simple!  You don’t need to pack your suitcase full of diapers or formula when you can buy them at the drug store when you arrive at your destination.  

Forget about packing those fancy baby outfits with all the snaps and buttons.  You want to have fun and relax as much as possible.  Sweating over silly snaps, buttons, and layers is not what you need.

Pack an extra suitcase for your baby so everything has its place and stays organized.  This saves tons of time (and nerves!)

Now for your carry-on, be sure to get your free carry-on checklist so you don’t forget a thing:

DON’T FORGET TO PACK…


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SEND ME MY CARRY-ON CHECKLIST!

6.  Stay Cool

This is probably the most important tip of all.  If your baby notices that you’re anxious, she will get anxious too.  Keep a positive mindset and think to yourself:  “Wow, this is so cool!  There’s nothing better than seeing the world with the person I love most.”  Your baby will also be happy to have your undivided attention for a whole day – so enjoy the time being together.

Fully ignore the dirty looks from other passengers.  Almost every single one of them would be willing to help you if you needed it.  You’ll be surprised how many of them will begin to smile at you and flirt with your baby once they realize she’s not going to scream throughout the entire flight.  

If she does start crying, stay calm and check for the usual suspects and respond accordingly.  Is your baby hungry, thirsty, wet or dirty, cold or warm, bored?  Maybe she does have ear pressure issues?  Or could it possibly just be you sending out nervous vibes making her feel uneasy?

 

I hope my advice has somewhat eased your concerns.  If you follow these tips:  

  • plan meticulously
  • book the right flights (& the bassinets!)
  • prepare for the worst
  • pack smart
  • stay cool

you and your baby are sure to have a laid-back trip.

We’ll be doing another overseas flight this Christmas.  This time with 2-year-old twin babies toddlers!  YIKES!  I’ll keep you updated about how that went.  I’ll definitely have some more tips and info to share after that one!

Bon Voyage!

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