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Baby food on the go is a way of life for so many of us. We take baby food to daycare, play dates, sometimes even to work. But traveling with baby food on a plane is an entirely different animal. You need to be aware of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations, and plane trips sometimes take hours compared to the shorter jaunts of our daily lives.

You probably have lots of questions about how to travel with baby food, especially homemade baby food. This article will provide the answers you need and examine how PackIt freezable coolers are the perfect companion for your travels.

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Baby Food on the Go

How to Travel With Baby Food, per the TSA

Most people are familiar with the TSA's 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage — liquids must be in containers smaller than 3.4 ounces, all containers must fit in one quart-size zip baggy, and each person is allowed only one baggy.

If you're wondering how to travel with baby food on a plane, the TSA regulations are much less strict. Regarding breast milk, baby/toddler food and baby formula, TSA rules don't specify a maximum size limit. The TSA simply says that a parent can carry on a reasonable amount of formula, breast milk and baby/toddler food, including squeezable pouches. Liquid-filled teethers also fit in this category. You must separate your formula, breast milk and baby/toddler food from your carry-on at the scanning point and inform the TSA agent that you have the items. You don't have to be traveling with a child to be allowed to carry on formula, breast milk or baby/toddler food.

Although you can carry on larger amounts of baby food, it is still subject to scanning. Because of that, the TSA prefers breast milk and formula to be in translucent containers rather than bags. This allows the containers to pass through a Bottle Liquid Scanner. If you bring bags of formula or breast milk, you may be required to open them for the liquids to be screened by another means.

The TSA says its X-ray machines won't affect your breast milk, baby/toddler food or formula. But you can request that they not go through the X-ray machines, and TSA agents will handle them differently. Also, if you need special accommodations or have specific concerns, you can contact the TSA ahead of time.

Safely Traveling With Baby Food

It's one thing to understand TSA regulations about traveling with baby food. But knowing how to travel with homemade baby food safely is different. The love and effort you pour into your homemade purees or baby-friendly stews can quickly turn from nourishing to naughty if not appropriately handled. Sneaky bacteria love to party at the wrong temperatures, turning your carefully crafted meals into something that could upset your baby's tummy.

That's why keeping your homemade baby food at safe temperatures is crucial. Too warm, and you might invite unwelcome bacteria.

How to Travel with Baby Food

Traveling With Baby Food in PackIt Freezable Coolers

Imagine if you had a superhero at your disposal, ready to provide protection when you're traveling with baby food. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, guess what? It's not just a dream! PackIt freezable coolers let you keep your baby food, formula and breast milk in the Goldilocks temperature zone.

Designed specifically with your baby's nourishment in mind, these coolers are no ordinary bags. They're like a portable fridge, with the superpower of keeping your baby's food cool for hours. Say goodbye to the stress of finding refrigeration on the go!

How do they do it? PackIt coolers have a secret weapon — freezable gel built right into the walls. Just pop the bag in the freezer overnight, and voila! It's ready to chill your baby's food all day. With PackIt, there are no worries about leaky, messy freezer packs. A seamless blend of practicality and innovation, these coolers transform "tricky" into "breezy" when transporting homemade baby food.

The features don't stop there! PackIt freezable coolers are spacious so you can pack enough baby food, formula and breast milk. They're also easy to clean (because we know life with a baby can get a little messy) and durable and come in a range of adorable patterns and designs. Because let's face it, style points matter, even when you're traveling with baby food.

When transporting baby formula or breast milk, you can choose from our roomy baby bottle bags, double bottle bags and freezable breast milk and formula cooler. For baby/toddler food, we offer a fantastic lineup of freezable lunch bags and snack bags, so you have a place for everything. Plus, our customizable bento containers let you get the very most out of your PackIt cooler.

Tips on How to Travel With Baby Food

Deciding how to travel with baby food can be daunting. Let's face it, planning a trip with a baby can feel like planning a mission to Mars sometimes, right? And when you throw homemade baby food into the mix? Well, let's just say it's a whole other ball game. But don't worry! We've got some savvy tips and tricks up our sleeve to make the entire process a breeze.

  1. First up, meal planning. It's the secret weapon of many a wise parent. By knowing precisely what your little one will eat and when, you can ensure you've got all the nutritious meals you need and nothing you don't. Start by mapping out your trip days and meals, remembering to include a few snacks (because growing is hard work!). This will help you determine how much food you'll need to prep and pack.
  2. Now, let's talk about packing. The PackIt freezable cooler is your field, and you're the quarterback! Our leak-resistant bento boxes keep each meal separate and avoid any unwanted blending of flavors. Nobody wants pea puree mixed with applesauce, right? Then, arrange the containers in the cooler like you're playing Tetris, maximizing space and ensuring all the food stays chilled. Remember, the cooler the food stays, the longer it remains safe for your baby to consume.
  3. Finally, variety is the spice of life, even for tiny taste buds. Packing a range of foods not only caters to your baby's preferences but also helps ensure they get a balanced diet. Think different types of fruits, veggies, grains and protein sources. Trust us, your baby (and their palate) will thank you!

So, with some planning and savvy packing, your homemade baby food can be as on-the-go as you are. And remember, PackIt freezable coolers are always there to lend a helping hand (or handle!).

Traveling with Baby Food

Frequently Asked Questions About Baby Food on the Go

As the source of the best freezable coolers on the market, PackIt is well-positioned to answer your questions about baby food on the go. Read on to learn more, and be sure to visit our FAQ page for additional information.

Can I Take Baby Food on a Plane?

Can you fly with baby food? The answer is yes, you can take baby food on the plane. Just be prepared for the TSA to scan it as part of their standard procedures.

Can You Bring Baby Puree on a Plane?

You can bring baby puree on a plane. If you pack it in a pouch or baggy, be aware that TSA agents may ask you to open the container so they can scan the contents.

How Long Do PackIt Coolers Stay Cold?

Once they're frozen, PackIt coolers can keep their contents cool for hours, depending on external temperatures.

Trust Your Baby Food on the Go to PackIt

Now that you know the ins and outs of baby food on the go, you're ready for the next step. Take advantage of everything our freezable coolers offer, and you'll be traveling with baby food in style. Shop our extensive collection now.

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