As I’ve mentioned previously, our family tries hard to live a sustainablitarian life-style. You know, eat/shop locally, walk instead of drive, recycle, use cloth diapers, etc. Unfortunately, one part of our lives has had a huge non-sustainablitarian aspect: airline travel. If you go onto any of the websites that help you calculate your carbon footprint (for example, the Nature Conservancy has a good one), you’ll quickly see that no matter how insulated your house is or how little you drive, if you fly a lot, your carbon footprint will go through the roof.
Not even a year-old yet, and Jack has a huge carbon footprint! He’s not yet traveled internationally (though that’s been discussed), but he’s probably been on a plane at least once a month since he was 4 months old (sometimes 2-3 times a month). He’s been to California, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia, New York, Florida and New Jersey so far (several of those places, more than once), and that doesn’t count the 6 other states he visited while he was in the womb. So, we’re well-seasoned baby-travelers.
|West Coast Baby|
|East Coast Baby|
When we traveled before Jack came into our lives, it used to be us, our laptops, and some clothes—no need for bag checking and a zip through the airport in no time. Now that Jack’s in our lives, the stuff that we have to take along with us has more than quadrupled: a bunch of cloth diapers, baby food, utensils, Jack’s clothes, a car seat, and tons of other random stuff. But I believe we travel much better with a baby than most, and I’ll now share two of our secrets:
1) The baby backpack. I’ve already mentioned that when Jack was little, we were attached through the Baby Bjorn much of the day. This also made travel much easier. Hands free to get the laptops out of their cases and through security; to put the luggage up in the overhead bins, and to read while he slept. Once he outgrew the Baby Bjorn, we moved on to the next best thing—the baby backpack. It amazes me how many families we see at the airport struggling to push around strollers, gate checking them, waiting for them after arrival. The baby backpack is awesome. You can zoom right through security. Grab a bite or a coffee, board the plane and get your luggage stowed, all while Jack just rides along up high, checking everyone out. And, then, the backpack folds up nicely and stows right in the overhead with your luggage. I love the backpack so much, that I often use it instead of a stroller at home or when away. Jack loves it too.
|Mr. Barfo (Patent Pending)|