Traveling to the East Coast with a 1yo and a 2.5 yo
Hi BPN folks, just wondering how people travel to far-flung places with little ones. We are about to embark on a cross-continental trip when baby is 1 yr and brother is 2.5 yrs and down the line, we'd like to do international trips too. In all these scenarios, we would be flying and plan on staying with family and friends, who may not necessarily have baby equipment on hand. I've been googling a lot on travel hacks but wanted to know what worked for you! I have also heard of babyquip.com and while that may work for the East Coast trip, not sure if I will have much luck with international, so it might just be that I could invest now in some equipment anyway.
- Sleep - Both are accustomed to sleeping in their own space and sleep better that way. Buying two travel cribs (like the Lotus/Guava pack-and-play) gets really $$ and might be overkill, also too much to carry. I am thinking of investing in one. Anyone with success with packing some kind of kid's tent and just putting bedding in there (I'm thinking for the toddler)?
- Strollers - Bring our double stroller (I already have the lightest one - the Zoe), or just travel with one umbrella stroller? I know we can check strollers in at the gate, but if we are sightseeing and such, I am not sure if the double stroller will be more of a pain to lug around. Yet, I don't know what else to do if both kids get tired (and we are tired of holding them...)
- Car seats - I have no idea what to do here. We will still need an infant car seat, and my toddler will still need a forward-facing car seat. We likely won't need to rent a car because we are always going to be with family/friends, but their cars aren't equipped either.
- Anything else I need to think of? Tips for entertaining kids on long plane flights are always welcome too. Unfortunately we still have to have our little one be a lap baby because tickets get so expensive... I remember when I was very young, my mom just asked for extra bedding from the attendants and would make a makeshift bed for me on the floor at her feet (not the aisle, lol). Probably would get raised eyebrows now, but heck I was able to sleep!
Thanks in advance!
[Moderator note: Lots of advice here from past discussions: Advice about Traveling with Kids ]