Lightly? Are you kidding? No, if you have kids, there’s no such thing as traveling lightly. It’s more like “Have Children, Will Travel Like a Freakin’ Pack Mule.” Consider my checklist for my airplane carryon in light of our upcoming trip:
THE BARE NECESSITIES:
–Diapers, lots of them
–Plastic bags, lots of them for dirty diapers or spit-up-saturated clothing
–Burpcloths, lots of them (yes, my 9-month-old still frequently hurls and now that she’s eating solids, her spit-up comes in a rainbow of colors)
–Snacks, lots of them, including Puffs, Cheerios, crackers, raisins, Power Bars (for Mommy and Daddy; we may need the extra power), etc.
–A few jars of baby food and a couple of baby spoons
—My Modest Mum nursing cover
–17 pacis or thereabouts
–Distractions for an antsy baby and/or preschooler, including a small stuffed animal, Color Wonder coloring books, a board book or two, a few plastic figurines, teethers, etc.
–The baby’s elephant lovey
–Gum for popping ears
–Tylenol (both adult and kids)
–Several $5 bills in case we need to buy drinks for everyone around us to make up for a crying baby and/or a whiny preschooler*
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:
–Two changes of clothing for baby and preschooler
–Change of shirt for Mommy
–Manual breast pump
–One receptacle for storing pumped breastmilk
–A few spare pacifiers
IN CASE OF A MIRACLE:
–A novel and magazine for me to read during the flight
*I cannot claim this idea as my own. I credit a friend of mine who recently braved flying alone with her 9-week-old and upon the suggestion of her husband, tucked a few extra $5 bills into her purse just in case her baby had a marathon crying jag and she needed to make nice with her fellow passengers. I spoke with her today and she fortunately returned home with her cash.