Diego and I traveled to Mexico city in April. It was a trip that was both causing a lot of excitement and anxiety for me. This was the first time I traveled with Diego. No only that, but it was also first time on a plane and first time out of the country for him. I had to plan and make this easy for him and for myself.
I love the organizing behind a trip. I make lists for everything! That is not an exaggeration.
My Pre-Vacation Lists consisted of:
- Things to buy for the trip (Motrin, Desitin, Tums, Pepto, travel size toiletries..etc.)
- Packing: Things not to forget for Me
- Packing: Things not to forget for Diego
- Packing: carry-on for Diego (I had to keep him entertained on the plane.)
- Ideas & Things to entertain Diego on the plane
Entertaining an infant on a plane takes strategy. I can honestly say my best friend was the dollar store (The Dollar Tree to be exact). I purchased cards with numbers and shapes, window gel decals, crayons, coloring books, a ball that lite up when bounced, and set of cars (3 in pack). Everything for a dollar ($1). Can’t beat that! To his backpack (carry-on) I added my kindle with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes downloaded and ready to view even w/o wifi. Last, but not least I had his favorite snacks, a sippy cup, and a bottle. This was my survival kit!
Tips: If you are planning a trip with your little ones PLAN AHEAD & GET INFORMED. A great place to start for me was Pinterest.
There is a lot to do before the trip. Packing is inevitable on your to-do list, but not the most important.
All children, even infants need a passport to travel. Here is a link with all the information on what you need to apply for your child’s passport straight from the U.S. Passports & International Travel website. There’s even a cute print-out for the kids to color, at the bottom of their page.
The other very important thing to research is flights and airline policies for minors. There are so many airlines and different rates when it comes to purchasing a child’s ticket. In my case I was lucky that Diego was under 2 and able to travel on my lap. Here is a helpful little tool I found. It doesn’t have all airlines, but it does have a lot of major ones.
Let me just say the planning was all worth it. We had a great time! I will post pictures of the trip next time.