With our first child only a few months away, my wife and I are fully aware that our love for traveling will not come quite as easy as it has in the past. Traveling with a baby can not only be stressful, but also expensive if you are not well prepared. If you follow some of these simple tricks you can easily put the fun back into traveling with a little one.
Before you start packing for your family vacation, the first thing you need to do is complete a checklist. There are so many additional items that need to be packed once you have a baby, therefore it is essential to have a checklist or you are guaranteed to forget something. This does nothing but add additional costs that could easily be avoided. If you need a comprehensive baby packing list check out the one that Trekaroo has put together.
Leave the Big Stuff at Home
When traveling with a baby it is much easier if you leave the big items at home. Most major cities have rental companies (babysaway.com, babystay.com) where you can rent items such as cribs, car seats, high chairs and other items. If you are going to be renting a car, you can also talk to your rental car company since they typically have car seats available for a small fee.
Adjust How You Think
Before you prepare for a family vacation the most important thing you need to do is adjust how you would normally approach it. You need to fully accept that a road trip will take a lot longer and that getting through the airport will take you twice as long. If you can do this you will end up becoming a lot less frustrated.
Check Your Items
Unpredictable events are always going to occur while you travel, but if you follow these simple tips you will find the entire process much easier and more enjoyable.