Next month I will be flying with our little guy out to California. Did you just nearly need a change of undies, too?! I'm nervous.
Here's my plan. I'm Charlie, you're the Angels...you will help me beat the airport....
I made sure that on the way out there, as well as the way back, that we have connecting flights. There was no way I was going to try and have Jake cooped up on an airplane for 4-5 straight hours. So, I figured I did good on that, right? ;)
Next, my travel arrangements. I toyed with the idea of using a shuttle to get us to and from the airport, but I'd have to worry about a carseat on there, right? If so, that definitely puts it off my list. I thought it might help with being tired, not having to worry about parking, that kind of stuff. As far as in-airport traveling...I decided I'd use my mei-tai wrap, rather than the stroller. I decided this because I don't want to have to worry about pushing a stroller, while pulling my carryon. So, I'll have Jake strapped to my chest, pulling the carryon (which will, hopefully, be able to contain our clothes AND the diaper bag. But, I mean, summer clothes have, like, no material, so less space), and holding my purse. I see that as completely doable. Yep, holding him a while will get hard, but I think it's the easier choice.
My big, fat make-things-a-KISS (keep it simple, stupid!)-operation element to this plan is going back to disposables for the length of this trip. I mean, really, taking them means carrying them, keeping track of them in a "new" house, washing with certain detergent AND, having to wash again when we get home. No thanks. No, it's not terrible, but this is my first time traveling with a wee babe, and? I'M BY MYSELF, PEOPLE. So, that's the one thing I'm not really budging on. They'll be clean, and nicely folded in his drawer when we get back!
As far as TSA guidelines, I can bring breastmilk, if I choose to pump, but things like my prenatals, his iron supplement, etc., will be in clear bags, so that I can plop them onto the security belt. I'm not going to check any bags, but I don't plan on bringing anything through security that I can't have.
I've been told to help baby's ears pop, during take-off and landing, to give him juice, or just breastfeed him. I've had friends that didn't have any issues with that, but is there something I should do just in case?
We're flying Southwest. I have every intention of being one of the first ones on the plane, so I can have my pick of seats. I was thinking the very back. That way, if he gets fussy, I'm not in everyone's way, plus, people are so concerned with getting off the plane at lightning speeds, that I may get a row all to myself. Let's hope!
I'm not really one to make a big deal of things, just trying to make sure I'm not missing some crucial element I should be thinking about! Could y'all be a bunch of dears and take a second to leave me a tip? I'd be uber-grateful!