After two days of packing, repacking, studying aa.com, and talking to friends who have been there done that, I thought I was well versed in packing for baby’s first flight.
For just weighing in at 11 pounds, this little traveler is flying with well over 100 pounds of luggage.
Here’s the luggage that traveled with our family of three:
1. My carry-on size suitcase (I packed my items and Little Traveler’s clothes both in my suitcase. Points for me! I wore my tall brown boots, heaviest sweater and jacket on the plane so I wouldn’t have to pack my largest items. Since we would be able to do laundry on the second half of our trip, I only packed 10 outfits for Claire. Plus two sweaters, one jacket and a North Face vest. I also packed five pairs of socks and 2 winter hats. I passed on the shoes.)
2. My husband’s carry-on size suitcase
3. A computer bag backpack for the laptop, Ipad (we put our bathroom bags in here too)
4. Little Traveler’s bed (Co-Sleeper)
5. Little Traveler’s car seat
6. Little Traveler’s car seat base
7. Little Traveler’s stroller
8. Little Traveler’s diaper bag
9. Little Traveler’s backpack of ‘other supplies’ (a 50 pack of diapers, wipes, 8 burp rags, 3 swaddle blankets, 1 stuffed animal raccoon, a 3 oz bottle of Dreft laundry soap, a 3 oz bottle of Aveeno baby shampoo, thermometer, first aid kit, hair brush, and 2 bibs)
Nine pieces of luggage….really? Three pieces between my husband and I and that leaves SIX for an 11 pound traveler?
My husband, Little Traveler (Claire) and I were dropped off at the American Airlines terminal at LAX, three hours early. I hate feeling rushed for a flight, and I figured the spring break travel season had begun.
We unloaded the car and stood within our small mountain of gear that had to go with us. I was looking frantically for a luggage cart when an American Airlines employee approached us and asked, “What’s your final destination?” Curbside check-in at no additional cost, is definitely the way to go. Unfortunately, as a traveler that always carries on luggage, having to check our bags and pay $25 for each of them, was not fun. He swiped my Visa for $50 for three pieces of luggage. $25 for my carry-on and $25 for my husband’s. The good news…..Little Traveler’s Co-Sleeper bed flies free! According to aa.com, items such as cribs, pack n’ plays, strollers and carseats can all fly at no additional cost. And, you can check your stroller (as long as it weighs less than 20 pounds) and car seat at the gate.
So three of our nine pieces of luggage were checked and on their way to Washington D.C. Now we have to figure out how to manage six pieces through security. The double doors to the American Airlines terminal opened, we made our way inside draped in luggage, and I realized I had forgotten something. Something important. Crap. Any guesses? I looked down at my watch. My palms broke a sweat as they do when I’m nervous. Would there be enough time?