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.
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.
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
Make sure you also have a read of our previous travel posts:
- Travel with kids – your all-access pass to making it stress-free
- Tips when flying long-haul
- Medications to avoid when travelling overseas
- BIG NEWS! Virgin Australia lifts plane ban on kids’ sleeping aids