Since I continue to get a lot of hits on my blog from folks searching for tips on how to travel with a baby/toddler, I thought I would share tips and details from our recent trip quick-trip to Cancun. I have written a few versions of this post before, but as those of you with children know, as kids grow, so too do the details.
I should note that I handled all the planning and logistics of our travels myself.
GETTING TO CANCUN
Checked Luggage: 1 carry-on sized suitcase and 1 medium-sized suitcase (John had his and George and I shared the larger one). Since I have Premier 1K status with United, there was no charge to check our luggage on either leg of the trip. I would have gladly paid the fees for this though because not hassling with suitcases on board is ideal. We usually have too much going on to fiddle with that kind of stress.
Gate-checked Luggage: We checked George’s new Uppababy G-Luxe stroller at the gate just before we boarded and used the Uppababy traveling bag.
Carry-ons: My large MZ Wallace carry-all bag (my small cross-body purse was inside), George’s Skiphop suitcase and John’s carry-all bag. We each carried an extra change of clothes in our carry-ons in the event of a mishap. Fortunately, we didn’t need to use them. We also brought G’s back up car seat with us – a Combi Cocorro. George sat in this seat on the plane.
Airport: We flew direct from Houston (IAH) to CUN.
Aircraft: We were upgraded to the Business First Cabin thanks to some upgrade vouchers I needed to burn. For our seating arrangement, John took an aisle seat and George and I sat across from him (with G in the window seat). The row seating was 2-2, so this was the best arrangement for us. We had the same cabin and seating arrangements on the flight back to IAH.
Food at IAH: Since our flight left from Terminal E at IAH, we had plenty of options for food. However, since we were going to be served lunch on board our flight, we only picked up a few bottles of water and some contingency snacks.
United Club at IAH: Terminal E has a large Club, and we popped into it to do a diaper change in their clean and spacious bathrooms. We also used our brief time in the Club to organize our carry-on bags..
Transport: We used the hotel to arrange for car service to and from the airport. We didn’t leave the resort once, but would have taken a taxi if we needed to go somewhere. Taxis are plentiful in Cancun although they can get a bit pricey depending on where you want to go.
Hotel: We stayed at the Westin Resort and Spa Cancun. I will do a comprehensive review soon.
Money: Since we didn’t leave the hotel, and we billed airport transport to our room, we didn’t need pesos on this trip. Also, we tipped everyone in American dollars and no one flinched.
TRAVELING TO HOUSTON
Food at CUN: To spare trying to feed George lunch on board the plane, we adapted our schedule to eat later in the morning and to give G snacks at the airport and on the plane. There are many food options at the Cancun airport – many of them are exactly what you would get an airport in the USA.
United Club at CUN:There isn’t a Club in Cancun, so we briefly camped out at the gate.
Getting through the airport: We took advantage of having G’s stroller and pushed him around in it. This made getting through the airport much easier.
Food Bag: We always travel with food and drinks for George. On this leg of the trip, we brought 1 bottle of water and lots of snacks for George, including goldfish, dried fruit, Annie’s gummy bunnies (G is obsessed), Cheerios and yogurt raisins. These snacks are classic and come with us on all trips these days.
Global Entry: All three of us have it and I highly recommend it. This saved us a lot of time and hassle.
Items worth having: I am definitely a fan of packing as light as possible, but sometimes life is better when you have certain items handy. We spent a lot of time considering what items to bring with us and we think the following items were helpful when traveling with G on this trip:
- Beach toys
- Bath Toys
- Camera (and not just the one on our iPhones!)
- Small pillow for George – he sleeps with one at school and at home
- Small bag of toys/books for the plane
I am always open to travel tips and suggestions, so please feel free to share yours with me!