As you might know I travel quite frequently with my daughter Clementine. This week it is time again and we are off to a European city just a few hours away. I do like to write these posts because I consider myself a somewhat expert on the topic…it might also have to do with my toddler being a good companion. Though, here are some of my latest favorites that I promise will ease any anxiety you might experience.
Okay so here we go. My first and most important tip is to travel business class when possible. I know this might sound a little controversial but it comes with a lot of perks. You get a lot more checked in luggage and personal space on the plane, something that is quite worth it if you traveling with a big under two… You also have access to a lounge area where your little one can play around before take-off, and You can indulge in some fresh juice or maybe some champagne. Definitely already worth it. You also get fast track access to every line you will wait in – so no more lines. And don’t forget the drinks and the food on the plane and the fact that you receive your luggage as one of the first. I definitely recommend looking into it, especially on short haul flights where you might have enough points for an upgrade.
To make the flight even more comfortable make sure that you are all wearing comfy attire. I adore this set from Numero 74 and wish it came in my size! Clementine and I also often travel in matching sneakers that are easy to get off and on during the flight.
If your child is still nursing or drinking from a bottle as my little one does, you should remember to bring a few ones including one for water. Preferably one with a straw that can be closed. I use glass bottles from Hevea and this water container from Liewood (a favorite brand).
Now more than ever is a good hand sanitizer really essential. One that is organic and also has a wonderful smell is this one from Dr. Bronner’s. I usually carry this peppermint one or their lavender one that has a purple bottle. You can also find Egyptian magic, which is an all-purpose skin cream that I use on everything from diaper rash to nails and hair. One could probably survive in wilderness for two weeks living on just it’s magical fats. I also give Clementine vitamins every morning; vitamin D, C and a multivitamin in candy form. That and the sanitizer will probably help keep the germs far away.
While on the flight I use steel containers that I pack with some snacks from the lounge (lol) and other things that I put into a waxed canvas bag from a cute brand called Olli. It’s really great and are both reusable, biogradable and vegan.
We are just going to spend a few days in a European city not too far away but there will still be some swimming going on. Depending on size and age of the child you need different gear for safety. My daughter is almost two and pretty secure in water so I just purchased those great arm rings from a Swedish brand and they go under the name ‘Skrutten Ringen’ – they fit children from one year up to 30 kg so they can be used during a long period.
And last but not least: IPad. I know…but it is totally worth it. We all get a calm flight and the child can practice letters and watch educational games without getting stressed from the surroundings. And don’t forget the headphones, for everyone’s sake!
Good luck and see you guys in a few days
Lots of Love