Bring ALL the baby gear!

Now you can – and without worrying about an extra baggage fee – thanks to Virgin Australia.

Virgin Australia announced today that they will become the first Australian airline to give their littlest travellers a dedicated baggage allowance.

Infant Baggage Allowance – Two Bags PLUS Two Baby Items

Parents travelling with a child under 23 months can check in an additional bag up to 23 kilos free of charge, on top of two special infant items such as a pram, travel cot, car seat or baby capsule.

Parents travelling with an infant are also welcome to bring an additional 7 kilos of carry-on essential baby products.

Virgin Australia announced checked baggage for infants

General Manager of Ground Operations, Paul Woosnam said,

We know travelling with an infant can be incredibly stressful. We’re pleased to make that journey a little more effortless. We think parents will be pleased too, as they can now pack a little extra for themselves on their next trip.” 

Bring More, Whinge Less (Hopefully!)

The new change is a lifesaver for parents travelling with infants and toddlers. After all, babies need A LOT of stuff.

Trying to cram their baby carrier, sling, clothes, favourite toys, nappies, toiletries, medications (just in case bub sprouts a fever while away), cot sheets, bottles, breast pump, into your own suitcase is a Tetris-like challenge even for the most advanced packer.

baggage allowance for infants virgin australia

Having an additional carry-on for the little ones is great too! Giving your curious tot his own bag full of toys, treats, a tablet even, may just keep him entertained for a decent stint of the journey.

The change applies to all flights – domestic, international, short-haul and long-haul routes on Virgin Australia. So whether you’re heading to the Queensland coast for school holidays or Canada for a white Christmas, you can now enjoy a better packing experience!

And, fingers crossed, with all those extra goodies in their carry-on, they will actually behave on the flight!

Tips for Travelling With an Infant

If you are planning to travel with a baby here are a few tips to consider:

  • Call the airline to discuss seating options and request a bassinet as soon as possible.
  • Feed your infant on take-off to help with any pain from ear pressure.
  • Tag team with your partner, especially if you’re starting to get anxious or stressed. Travelling long-haul with an energetic tot is no easy feat!
  • Accept the lack of routine.
  • Wrap little treats and toys for your toddler to unwrap during the flight – things like crayons, stickers, mini puzzles. These are great to play with on the plane and are perfect for bribing kids to behave!
  • Consider purchasing a sleeping aid to help make the seat more comfortable for your child, if the airline allows it

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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