While it may feel sometimes when traveling with a baby that you’re lugging along everything and the kitchen sink, Have Baby Will Travel’s founder, family travel expert Corinne McDermott shares items you definitely DO NOT need to cram into your carry-on luggage…
Airplane seat covers: (pictured above)
When you’re boarding a plane with a child in tow, you barely have a second to get organized, and you now have to slip on a seat cover? Never mind the fact that you won’t have time to do this, it doesn’t even cover the most germ-laden areas, the arm rests and tray tables.
Get yourselves seated, then give the arm rests, tray tables, and safety card a quick wipe with an antibacterial wipe, then make sure baby keeps her hands out of her mouth.
Airplane “hammocks”: (pictured below)
This gets surprisingly good reviews on various online retailers, but even if you manage to install it correctly, I can’t see it being entirely safe. If you can’t depend on the guy sitting in front of you not to give you the stink eye, how can you depend on him not to suddenly recline accidentally or on purpose?
Baby Carrier/Car Harness: (pictured below)
Don’t. Just don’t. If you’re traveling by car, your baby needs to be safely secured in an approved and properly installed car seat. Yes, car seats are a hassle to lug along when you’re traveling, but what is a little inconvenience when it comes to your baby’s safety. Bring the car seat. Or rent one when you get where you’re going. Or take public transit so you don’t have to worry about it. But please, please, don’t put your baby in something that markets itself as a carrier/car seat.