And welcome to Mal’s form over function guide to dressing for travel with an infant.
Please join me as a pinpoint areas where practicality is generally recommended for this journey, and also places where we sort of chuckle in the face of common sense.
So, a few weeks ago my baby boy Reef (2 months old at the time) and I took our first trip together to the mainland. Well actually our first trip together.. anywhere. Living on an island in the pacific really limits us in the trip department…
And since it was Reef’s first time on an airplane (actually it was more like his 30th time on an airplane, but it was his first trip “on the outside”) I thought it warranted a special outfit (ok let’s face it, when it comes to Reef anything from Easter to the 6th Tuesday of his life warrants a special outfit, but this one really was a big deal!)
So for this fantastic occasion I decided to be incredibly practical regarding a few things for the trip and here they are:
- The Baby Carrier: I had to suck it up and get rid of the one that was gifted to me for *FREE* and go and purchase a new one because while the gifted one was wonderful and got the job done when he was a bit smaller… my child (fruit of my 6’6″ husband’s loins, who is measuring the size of a 4 month old at the ripe old age of 2 months) is a little bit too big and it made my back feel like it was on fire. SO I purchased a new one that I am IN LOVE WITH… (The one we purchased was the Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier, Light Grey but more on that at another time..)
- The Diaper Bag: Now I LOVE my diaper bag –
Dakine Hideaway Cooler Tote, Kona, 25 L
My girlfriend/wifey/female love of my life bought me my diaper bag on one lovely sunny afternoon spent up on the north shore. It is large, it has a cooler section inside it, it has an adorable print and PER MY REQUEST has almost no pockets… which is exactly how I like it for my day to day rummaging around for what I need by feel. It is not only my style but my preference. However, when traveling, alone, for the first time with an infant… alone… this is probably not the best plan of action. SO I got a backpack, like a tactical/sport/hiking/rescue mission backpack with 87 pockets, waterproof lining, straps and clips and hooks and doodads and basically everything I need to be so beyond efficiently organized that I was beginning to question who I am…
Granite Gear Jackfish Backpack by Granite Gear
- The Suitcases: There were two. Just two. And inside the just two, there was a myriad of items from a portable basinet to my electric breast pump and everything in between. This for me is one heck of a feat considering I usually have approximately two suitcases and a carry on suitcase.. for myself only. Please hold while I actually physically pat myself on the back.
- The Seat Selection: Now I am a window girl through and through. With the exception of being a particularly round 6 months pregnant woman, I generally like to slap my pillow against the window curl up my legs and sleep, soundly (drunkly) for the duration of my travels. Not this time… it was aisle seats for us. I was under no illusions that this was going to be the type of trip where we do not get up. I knew we would be up and down no less than 37 times on this flight and I wanted to be able to do so with the most ease possible and the least amount of likelihood that the person next to me would shank me with their spork by the end of the trip.
This brings us back to our traveling attire. Now. It. Was. Not. Practical.
In fact it is what I like to refer to as completely form over function (which is one of the main aspects of life that my husband and I can’t seem to come to terms on… in case you couldn’t guess.. he is function, function, function and I am form, because… well, pretty!)
And here it is!
OUR TRAVELING ATTIRE!
Now it was definitely a little matchy, matchy… because it is ADORABLE. (Please God don’t let him grow up to hate me for this!)
Let’s start with my outfit.
1. The Hat!
Its impracticality lies in the fact that once I was to get on the plane and sit down, it would most likely intrude on the very finite amount of space the person next to me had to themselves, once I was to take it off the problem of where to put it would arise, and as I was leaving the plane there was always a very real chance that I would forget it. Then of course there was the small fact that there is no weather to speak of that I would need to shield myself from on an airplane… but I LOVE this hat.. and in my defense, wearing it freed up space in the only TWO (don’t forget) suitcases that I brought.
2. The Shades!
Glassy Sunhaters Morrison – Black/Gold
Their impracticality lies in the fact that again… not really too much sunshine to block my eyes from on the inside of an airplane… when I put them down would I remember to pick them back up again… and if I were to stow them in my rucksack of a diaper bag, would they get crushed? BUT in my defense… I LOVE THESE SUNGLASSES and I would have rather had them with me than in a checked bag.
3. The Leather Jacket/Button Up Shirt Duo!
Its impracticality lies in the fact that we were traveling from a tropical climate and I would would certainly be sweating bullets by the time we got into our seats… not to mention I would also have a child strapped to my body which just might have upped my temperature a bit… BUT in my defense Connecticut whether is so god awfully unpredictable that I really did need a jacket and again wearing if freed up space in the… you guessed it ONLY TWO SUITCASES!!
4. The Jewelry!
What can I say… babies and jewelry just don’t mix….but PRETTY!
5. The Heels!
Nope… Just nope… not smart…
6. Lastly the black stretch pants and arrow tank… actually those were ok, and pretty darn cute in my opinion… (both thrift store finds BTW xo)
(The black tank top underneath the arrow tank is a nursing tank top- only the greatest thing ever for a breast feeding mom!!)
And now let’s move onto the little man’s outfit:
1. The Onesie and the Hat!
Actually, there was nothing impractical about them, they were perfect.
2. The Pants!
Yup, nothing impractical about them, they were perfect.
3. The Shades!
I mean really! There was nothing impractical about them, they were perfect.
4. The Bib!
There is absolutely no way that there was anything impractical about it, it was perfect.
5. The Shoes!
Oh my god the cute!! There was SO nothing impractical about them, they were perfect.
OK SERIOUSLY LOOK AT HIM, HE IS PERFECT!! 🙂 As I know all of your babies are!!
Well that’s our “guide” on how to dress impractically for a 10 hour flight with an infant… all in all we survived, and if you happen to take heed of our advice.. we hope you do too 😉
MAL & REEF