Travel with children can be scary enough. Well at least it’s scary before you actually do it for the first time. And then you will see just how easy and rewarding it is to travel with kids.
But that’s not what this post is about.
This post is all about how to travel carry on only with a baby. It can be challenging enough to travel with carry on only as an adult. But remember, kids don’t even get their own carry on allowances. It can seem absolutely impossible to travel carry on only with kids, but believe me it is possible – we travel carry on only regularly.
Why travel carry on only?
There are a couple great reasons for travelling carry on online. The first obvious reason is budget. Most airlines these days charge fees for taking luggage with you on your journey. And sometimes these fees can be absolutely ridiculous. If you are going to be hopping on and off tons of different planes, then these fees can really add up.
The other major reason for travelling carry on only? It’s way freaking easier! Even if you are just going from the airport to the hotel and back again, doing it with tons of luggage is a pain. First you have to get from the airport to the taxi or train, and many airports only provide trolleys if you pay some exorbitant fee. And if you are going to be doing any overland travel, well forget about it. Luggage is the ultimate pain in the butt when you are trying to move from one place to another.
And of course, it’s quicker. No more standing around the luggage carousel, counting down the seconds until it starts slowly rotating. Then of course, there is the trying to squeeze through the horde of people, all elbows out, when you finally see your bag come around. Nope, none of that. You just walk off the plane and out the door.
What are you allowed to take with you when travelling with a baby?
Children only two do not get any luggage allowances. We all know that. But it isn’t totally accurate. There are several things that you can bring with you on the plane with you are travelling with a baby. Now every airline is different, but most have a list of items which you can check, free of charge, when you are travelling with a baby.
Pretty much every airline in the world will let you travel with a stroller. And most airlines also have other items you can take with you, like a car seat, a porta-cot, a baby carrier – those sorts of things. But make sure that you check with the airline first, as they do differ.
But what about a baby bag? Again – it depends on the airline. Sometimes you can get away with bringing a separate carry on bag for your baby’s gear, and sometimes not. Check with the airline.
We fly on a lot of budget airlines, so generally we are not allowed to bring a separate baby bag, so we have to ensure we pack smart enough that we don’t require it anyway.
How to be a little sneaky
There are a few ways you can get away with packing a few more things than you should – and fitting more in to your luggage allowance. The first one is with your stroller. When you check your stroller, you will be given a luggage tag. The check in consultant will put the luggage tag on your stroller, point to somewhere at the other end of the terminal, and tell you to go to the oversize luggage area. When you get to the oversize area, they will grab your stroller, throw it onto an x ray machine and you will walk away.
No one weighs the stroller. No one checks it to see if you are packing a few extra items.
I bet your stroller has some sort of pouch or undercarriage that zips up or closes in some sort of way. I bet you use this pouch or pocket every day for storing things when you are out and about with your little one. So why not use it to pack some things for your trip?
We always do this.
Liquids that are larger than 100ml? Back of the stroller. Heavy articles like books? Back of the stroller. Bulky things you wouldn’t be able to fit into your normal carry on luggage? Back of the stroller.
Do you travel with a baby carrier? We take a hiking hard baby carrier with us to most destinations. These baby carriers are quite bulky and are designed for being taken on long hiking trips. And what else do you need when you are hiking for an extended period of time? Well…. other stuff. Our hard baby carrier has a surprisingly MASSIVE storage area at the back which extends all the way underneath the carrier. We usually stuff this thing full of clothes and extra diapers. We can usually fit all the clothes we need for our little one, plus at least one tin of baby formula. No joke.