~ Carry-On Essentials when flying with a baby!

Hey y’all… Howdy?!

Sorry for the radio silence here, I’ve been away on a vacation to Istanbul, Turkey and India, and we just got back Sunday before last!

I’m working on a Istanbul Travelogue but today I am sharing with you my carry-on essentials when flying with a baby!

As I post this, I have taken 12 flights (8 international and 4 domestic – 2 within the US and 2 within India) with Lil Miss Krits and hence feel like I am little knowledgeable on this topic to share that knowledge with you all today.

Her 1st Flight at 5 months old, to Miami!!

The most important thing when traveling with a baby is to make sure you have read the TSA/Airport rules of where you are flying from, before going ahead with anything. This will save you a lot of time at the airport / security check.

Her 1st International Flight at 6 months old heading to Dubai and Kuwait!!

My list in no particular order is as follows:

Diapers: My rule of thumb is 1 for every 2 hour of flight and transit time. And then 5 extras on top of that. Use long term diapers like Pampers Baby Dry or Pampers Cruisers because it has more absorption power and keeps the baby drier for longer when compared to Pampers Swaddlers for example. You’d think my rule is a little extra cautious, but trust me it’s better to not risk getting stranded without diapers during a travel delay.

Diaper cream: Pack a travel size one.

Changing pad: Pack the disposable ones, these are use and throw and make life so much easier. You can use your regular one too, but in case of a super messy diaper, there could be stuff that gets on your changing pad and having to wash and dry it on the go could be a hassle.

Baby wipes: I swear by using baby wipes for everything!!! Not only for diaper changes. Want to wipe baby’s hands and mouth – use baby wipe, want to clean up a spill – use baby wipe, dropped something on your clothes – use baby wipes, you get the hint 😉 Haha!! I always carry an extra unopened new pack as a back up. My favorite wipes are Pampers Sensitive Wipe or the ones I got from Kuwait – Voi and Bivy Wet Towels.

Plastic bags: A few plastic bags and diaper disposable bags (you can use pet waste pick up bags) are very handy when it comes to having to dispose or store away wet or dirty clothes and diapers.

Burp cloths, Bibs and Wash cloths: I always carry atleast 4-5 of each, just because they do not consume much space and it’s good to have backups in case one or two get messy.

Nursing cover: If you are breastfeeding, honestly a big non-transparent scarf would do!

Blankets: Not a big huge one, instead a small just right size one should definitely be packed since airports and flights are always cold. In international flights they give you blankets, so you could skip this if you wanted to, unless there is a particular blanket your baby loves and prefers to have.

Mat: This only works if your baby is tiny enough and isn’t moving around yet. You can spread it on the airport floor / airplane floor for your little one to play on. If you don’t want to pack an extra bulky mat, like I didn’t want to, I used a lightweight big scarf of fine to serve the same purpose.

Two changes of clothes for your baby: Coz messes do happen!

Change of clothes for yourself: Well, coz messes do happen!!

Pacifiers: If your baby uses one, pack the one they use and an extra one just in case. Pacifier’s sucking motion in general is a good idea during landing and take off so that the baby’s ears don’t hurt. Use a pacifier clip to ensure it doesn’t fall down and is clipped to your baby.

Teething Toys: If your baby is in that stage. Try to buy ones that can be clipped using pacifier clips.

Cotton Buds / Ear Plugs: This helps with the whole ear popping situation during take off and landing.

Snacks for the baby: Things like their cereal, puffs, crackers, fruit, purée etc. whatever your child eats.

Breast milk or formula: Both of these are exempt from the TSA’s 3-ounce limit, as is baby juice. They also don’t stop opened formula boxes. You could also get individual, pre-measured formula packets to mix with bottled water, any number of bottles water (ofcourse within limit) is also exempt from the TSA limit. The ready to drink formula bottles are a life saver when it comes to calming down a howling hungry baby!

Canned or jarred baby food: Definitely can carry them along, but just be prepared for additional TSA screening. Some international flights provide you with a baby meal, basically it’s either fruit or vegetable purée. How cute!

Milk Bottles and nipples: Always pack milk bottles and nipples in separate ziplocks as batches. What I mean by this is at one time pack about 4-5 bottles along with some formula and keep that out near you in the flight, once done with that batch, bring out the next ziplock and put these used bottles back. It’s more efficient this way. And always pack them in a ziplock especially if they are already filled with water as it’s always better to be safe than sorry in case for any reason they leak.

Passport (definitely required when traveling overseas) or any other form of identification if traveling domestic: This one’s a no-brainer!

Basic Medicine / First-aid kit: Including the regular antihistamine and acetaminophen, plus any prescriptions particular to your baby. Don’t give your baby Benadryl or another antihistamine unless your pediatrician recommends it. Packing the baby’s nasal aspirator and saline solution in carry-on is also a good idea.

Travel Insurance documents: As applicable.

Some more International flying with Lil Miss Krits on our way back from Kuwait and Dubai.

Download their favorite nursery rhymes and some soothing music too: Having to log into YouTube all the time can be data consuming and also you probably won’t have WiFi all the time, so downloading their favorites for easy access is always a good idea.

Toys and Books: I always carry her favorite toys no matter where I am going along with some current favorite books. You can make a separate smaller bag for these, it’s easier that ways.

Baby Carrier: For international flights, once you give the stroller and/or car seat at the gate, you don’t get it till baggage claim at your final destination – this is when a baby carrier comes in handy. For domestic US flights, they give you the stroller/car seat at the airplane gate itself at arrival.

Stroller and Car Seat (along with covers): I found this stroller bag and this car seat bag on Amazon and it’s a life saver when having to gate check these items – it keeps them clean and germ free along with protecting them from damage and are super easy to identify!

Have you travelled a lot with your kiddo?! What was on your carry on list?? I’d love to hear.

Until next time, safe travels…

Recent International Flight to Istanbul and India!
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~ Island Style – 2!!

With Spring Break around the corner and a lot of you having some beach getaways planned, or for those who are still stuck with frigid temperatures and are surely dreaming of tropical weather, today’s post is on Island Fashion!

My 1st Island Fashion post can be viewed here: ~ Island Style – 1

For the July 4th long weekend last year, we drove to Florida, and went to Pensacola Beach, Destin and Panama City Beach! I’ll be sharing our trip details soon, but for now, wanted to share some of my looks for our beach getaway 🙂

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I was absolutely feeling the boho vibes while on the beach or in and about a beach town and most of my looks reflect the same!

My first look was a long skirt with a cute short top, not in any shape to show my mid section (that I call tummy) though, LOL!!

The skirt is from Target and the top is from Aeropostale and my headband is from Claire’s and Jewelry from Charming Charlie.

My second look was a coverup and a big beachy hat. This coverup is from Miami, and so is the hat. But I am linking some cute options here (Amazon Cover-upsAmazon Beach HatsTarget Cover-upsTarget Beach Hats). My swim wear is from Walmart and I love their Catalina line (Walmart Catalina Swimwear).

My third look was a Desi fushion look – pairing a demin shirt with harem pants! Harem pants are from India and the denim shirt is from Kuwait, I wasn’t able to find similar options for the harem pants but here are some denim shirt options (Target Denim Shirt).

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There’s something about the beach, it relaxes me completely and also gets the quirky side out in me!

My first look in this collage was a simple shorts with T-shirt paired with a funky sleeveless kimono. Linking similar options here (NY&C ShortsOld Navy TopTarget Kimonos).

My second look was for July 4th fireworks!! This cute dress was hanging in my closet for a good part of the year but I hadn’t found the perfect occasion to wear it, but fireworks at the beach sounded perfect!! The dress is from Aeropostale, wristlet from Coach and my funky wooden jewelry from Hawaii, head band from Claire’s.

For a day out on and about the beach, I wore this coverup that I got from Bahamas over my swim wear with my beachy hat. Similar options linked here (Amazon Cover-upsTarget Cover-upsAmazon Beach HatsTarget Beach Hats and lastly Walmart Catalina Swimwear).

For our sunset cruise, I wanted to keep it chic yet cool (and by cool, I mean cool temperatures as it was scorching hot!!) so I opted for this denim skirt I got from Kuwait along with this funky top from and beachy hat I got from our trip to San Juan. Similar options  linked – Denim SkirtCool Tops from GapAmazon Beach HatsTarget Beach Hats).

For my flip flops, I usually shop at one of the following: AeropostaleOld Navy and AerosolesTarget has a cute collection too!

It was a super fun trip and we had a great time! I’ll definitely be talking about these destinations and their details more towards the summer, so stay tuned!!

Also, here are some islandy destinations I have shared on the blog in earlier posts, in case you are interested in checking them out 💁🏻

– Cruise to Bahamas: ~ Cruise to Bahamas…

– Cruise to Mexico: ~ Our 6 day Western Caribbean Cruise to Mexico!

– Maui, Hawaii: ~ Maui, Hawaii…

– Big Island, Hawaii: ~ The Big Island of Hawaii…

– Oahu, Hawaii: ~ Oahu, Hawaii!!

– San Juan, PR: ~ The Perfect Vacation: San Juan, PR!

If you are staying local / around Houston:

– Austin: ~ Around Houston: Austin!!

– San Antonio: ~ Around Houston: San Antonio!!

– New Orleans: ~ Around Houston: New Orleans!!

– Fredericksburg: ~ Around Houston: Fredericksburg!!

– South Padre Island: ~ Around Houston: South Padre Island…

– Wall Murals around Houston: ~ Houston – Off the Beaten Path: Wall Murals – Part 1.

And some general information is always good, am I right?!

– Road Trip Ready: ~ Road Trip Ready!

– Crusising Tips and Tricks: ~ Cruising Tips & Tricks!!

– What’s in my Carry on: ~ What’s in my Carry-on!!

– Patio Maintanence (spring special!!): ~ Patio Maintenance!!

Alright folks, thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend and the upcoming Spring Break!! 🌴☀️