We recently caught up with Ebby Rane fan and Quartermaster owner Lindsay B., an Executive Coach, HR Manager, traveler and – most recently – new mother. Although pregnancy is an exciting time, it can also include moments of anxiety and discomfort – especially around flying. Lindsay shared with us some of her own packing tricks and how she was able to travel comfortably right up to the end of her pregnancy. Whether you’re expecting or just always on the lookout for tips to make traveling easier, we’re thrilled to share some of her tips below.
You traveled well into the end of your pregnancy before welcoming your daughter. Were there any special precautions you took before traveling abroad during this time?
Not particularly. I made sure to have all the necessary items on hand including vitamins and doctor-prescribed remedies. I did make sure to wear loose fitting clothing. Although countless sites recommend wearing compression socks while traveling, I was advised not to as they could be potentially harmful. The easiest way to alleviate swelling and promote blood flow is to stretch every hour on your flight.
In comparison to traveling for business, did your packing routine greatly differ while traveling pregnant?
Yes, it’s much harder to layer and change outfits when incorporating maternity clothing into your wardrobe. I found that the best way to use the least amount of space was to pack interchangeable dresses and blazers. Doing so allowed me to reuse pieces and have different outfits for each stop of my trip.
While traveling, what are some strategies you have explored to stay comfortable?
I tailored maternity dress pants and expanded the pouch of the stomach. This made sitting on a plane more comfortable and provided the feeling of wearing sweatpants. I had several of our senior leaders pick me up in various cities, and it would look unprofessional to walk off the plane in yoga pants. This tip made it appear as though I was traveling in business attire while feeling comfortable.
What packing blunders were you guilty of and how have you overcome them?
In the past, I always overpacked options. I’m sure a lot of people struggle with this, especially on vacation. You want options. Pieces are purchased specifically for vacation without wearing them in everyday life. I find the likelihood of actually wearing new options while you’re away is unlikely. When getting ready to explore and experience a new surrounding, you gravitate towards comfortable and familiar pieces. I overcame overpacking with a lot of practice. I try on all my outfits in advance, take pictures of them, and write down which outfits to wear for a particular day. I have it fully planned. I don’t allow myself to pack any more than what I need since I’ve already planned out what I’ll wear.
Throughout your travels, what lessons have you learned that would be of benefit to expecting moms?
Although it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude due to pregnancy-related discomforts, never underestimate kindness. When you’re nice to airline staff, you receive kindness in return. Whether it’s an upgrade, a preferred seat or an extra bottle of water. It pays to be patient, wait your turn, and be kind. Traveling with a good attitude can help smooth over the various frustrating hiccups that may arise in your travel plans.
What necessary items can you not travel without?
I have a specially-made travel folio that contains a birth certificate pocket, and travel letter for my infant in case we travel without my husband. The wallet ensures that all of our documents are stored together. I can’t go anywhere without my electronics; my phone and either tablet or laptop depending on the purpose of my trip. Lastly, a hair tool whether it be a straightener or curling iron.
What has your experience been like using the Quartermaster?
When I first received the Quartermaster I was surprised at the available space for accessories. I find the Carryalls are very helpful when remembering things I need to pack. Packing can be very stressful when planning outfits, accessories, and toiletries that you depend on. When I go through the packing system, and the Carryall is full, I know that I have everything that I need. My favorite feature is the 1887 Clutch. Not only can it be used for evenings out, but also while traveling. It can hold all the little essentials that tend to get misplaced in your luggage while the designated pocket makes for easy accessibility.