Pare down your carry on
benik.at/Shutterstock Remember, you could be carrying a child at any second and you don’t want to miss a connection because you are frantically trying to make sure you have everything off of the plane, so packing smart is key. I take a tiny cross body purse so that my money, phone, and ID are at the ready and a backpack with the kiddo necessities. If I’m traveling without my husband, I pack a small carry on suitcase that I can manage and check it. “It’s hard enough to carry a toddler, so I always look for ways to keep it simple. And that’s even more important with two kids,” notes Faith, a college professor and writer from Fargo, North Dakota, who travels frequently. “As long as I have milk, snacks, and activities, I keep the rest down to a minimum. After all, you can always buy diapers, etc. at the destination.”
Double check everything
conejota/Shutterstock On our first flight abroad with my daughter, my husband and I arrived at Chicago’s O’hare airport three hours prior to the flight only to discover that our infant daughter had somehow disappeared from our booking. After nearly missing our flight (and having to throw away her outfit that got trashed because we were unable to change her while working everything out with the airline), we’ve learned to call the airline ahead of time to ensure that everything is accurate, and make sure that everyone has an extra outfit. Organization and a few extra steps can alleviate any extra travel stress.