Credit: iStock Travel consultant Claire Eastwood shares her survival guide for flying when pregnant or with your baby
Travelling while pregnant: what should you pack?
Bag – choose a light cross-body bag
Heartburn tablets or sachets
Compression socks and leggings
Lavender oil – rub this on the sides of your temples and wrists to relax and soothe tension (suitable only for the second and third trimester)
Shawl or blanket
Packing essentials for pregnant women
Top tips for flying while pregnant
Don’t forget to take your maternity or hospital notes
Check your travel insurance is still valid in pregnancy
If you’re over 28 weeks, you’ll need a letter from your doctor
Check-in as much as possible, travel with a light four-wheeled case and be sure to ask for help if you need it
Travelling with baby: what should you pack?
Bag – opt for a large tote bag, use freezer bags to keep everything separated, dry and easy to access
Travel changing mat
Hand sanitiser gel
Overnight nappies – these will last longer than the standard variety
Travel-size nappy cream
Dummy and dummy clip
Supersize muslin – I like Marloe London or Molly & Moo, whose muslins double up as a blanket and cover-up
Bottle for milk during take-off and landing – If using formula, take pre-mixes rather than powders. If breastfeeding, feed during take-off and landing to help little ears equalise
Couple of silent toys
Car seat – this keeps baby secure and also supports their head when sleeping
Packing essentials for travelling with baby
Top tips for flying with baby
Remember baby food, milk and sterilised water is exempt from the 100ml rule
Be sure to book the bassinet if on a longer flight
In many destinations, specifically cities, or depending on the hotel, you can rent or borrow baby gear – everything from buggies to travel cots and high chairs
Check if your car seat is suitable for flying – it will have an FAA-approved sticker. This means the car seat can be used on aeroplanes as well as in cars, because it has passed the inversion test
Travelling with a toddler: what should you pack?
Bag – go hands-free and choose a backpack
Snacks (for both of you)
Water bottle with a really good seal
Favourite cuddly toy
Set of pyjamas – accidents of all sorts can happen!
iPad – load it with new cartoons and games
Top tips for travelling with a toddler
It’s worth trying to book flights that will fit into napping or sleep schedules
Remember, even if your flying partner is not playing ball, the flight will eventually end and it is very unlikely that you’ll ever see any of your fellow passengers ever again. Good luck!
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