Summer is the time to pack up the family and get out of town. If you have some trips booked with your family, it’s important to note that there is more than just packing that you need to be prepared for, especially if you have a baby. In today’s blog, the team at ParkDIA is going to touch on some of the tips and tricks that all parents should know about if they’re planning on taking their baby on a flight. Grab a pen, some paper, and let’s get started.
Babies Can Fly Free
One of the most important things that you can know about traveling with a baby is that some airlines let babies fly for free. Each airline is going to differ in what ages are allowed to fly free, but a majority of planes will allow children under the age of two to sit on an adult’s lap throughout the flight. In this instance, an adult is considered someone of 12 years or older. When it comes to saving money while traveling with your family, this fact is an important one.
Choose Your Seat
When you’re purchasing tickets for your flight, being able to choose your seat can make a big difference in the experience that you have when traveling. While you would guess that there is one seat that will ultimately be best for all flights, that’s not the case. If you’re going to be on a longer flight, it is best to bring a bassinet where the baby can sleep comfortably. In the case that you’re going to be on a shorter flight, choosing to sit up front in an aisle seat is going to be your best option. So, if given a chance to select your seats, take advantage of it.
Most people recognize that traveling with a baby is difficult when they start to pack for them. Aside from having to bring enough clothes to change them out if they wind up making a mess or having an accident, you have to bring all of the various gear that they use regularly. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but if your little one is still using a highchair and you’re staying with family, you may be at a loss of what to pack.
That being said, one of the most important things that you can do is really think about the things that you’re going to need, and what you can do without. If you’re able to go without less baby gear, take advantage of it. As if packing it isn’t hard enough, carrying it with you while you’re traveling is infinitely more difficult.
Don’t Go Overboard with Diapers
When you start to pack for your baby, you’ll inevitably want to pack so many diapers. There’s nothing worse than leaving for a trip and not having the things that you need, we entirely get that. However, it’s essential that you come to terms with the fact that there are going to be diapers wherever it is that you’re going. By not packing a lifetime supply of diapers for your trip, you buy yourself some extra room in your suitcase and take some weight off your shoulders. Then, once you’ve landed, you can go ahead and purchase the number of diapers you’ll need while you’re there.
Having a baby requires flexibility. You are on their schedule, and there are so many unknown factors that you simply can’t predict. When it comes to traveling, you could be as prepared as possible, and you will still come across something unexpected. That being said, make sure that when you are leaving town with a baby, you remain flexible. If they’re unhappy during dinner or you need to shorten the amount of time you’re out on the town, let it happen. Don’t let these types of things ruin the vacation that you’ve worked hard to plan. If you get in this headspace before you head out of town, you’re more likely to enjoy every minute of your trip.
Schedule Parking in Advance
One of the best tips that we can give you when it comes to traveling with a baby is that the more you can plan in advance, the better. The points that we’ve listed above all require you to take advantage of the time you have so that your trip can go smoothly, but they aren’t the only things that you can do to ensure it.
ParkDIA has made it incredibly easy for you and your family to park your car and get to the airport. Our DIA parking lot is the closest independently owned parking lot, and it is also the most affordable parking option. Simply head over to our website, choose the parking service that you would like to enter the dates you’ll be traveling and confirm your reservation. On the day that you are flying out, you will park your car in our secure lot, be picked up by a bus, and dropped off directly at your check-in gate. Not only does this service give you one less thing to stress about, but it quick and affordable so that your trip can go without a hitch.
If you’re going to be taking a trip this summer, browse the parking services and rates that we offer to individuals flying out of Denver. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions with your parking services.