Re: Advice for flying
posted at 8/9/2011 4:58 PM EDT
I have covered a lot of advice in previous travel related threads, but I will add a few things here since I don't know which ones you have seen, so sorry if I am repeating myself (or other posters).
Definitely bring extra clothes for your LO and yourself. Pack them in ziploc bags so you can squish them, plus you will have the bag for the soiled item.
Extra ziplocs are a must (I know someone else just posted, but it is SO true.
Try to check in on Southwest as early as possible - Parents with small children boarding is after the A group, so if you can check in early enough to be in the A group, you will be ahead of the other families (Now that DD is over 2 and needs her own seat, I am considering paying the extra fee to be at the head of the line when being ready to go online exactly 24 hours ahead isn't feasible.)
The stroller is great for going through the airport - I know you mentioned you aren't connecting, but with connections it is critical. Gate check it (in a bag if possible, but make sure you remove any detachable parts (like cupholders/sun awnings that come off easily) if you don't have a bag. I don't know what they do to them getting them on/off the plane, but they certainly aren't gentle!)
Bring extra formula/breastmilk, diapers, snacks or other babyfood in case you get delayed or stuck in transit (We missed a connection due to mechanical issues and spent the night in Chicago, thank goodness I had "overpacked")
Don't overthink or overpack the toys, though. You'd be amazed at how long the safety card or in flight magazine can entertain a little baby.
I know you are lap carrying this time, but I am a strong advocate of buying a seat for an infant, just so you can use the carseat for safety's sake. Just my two cents.
Hope that helps!