Travelling cross country with an almost 9 month old, help! — The Bump
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Travelling cross country with an almost 9 month old, help!

Ok, so to preface I am terrified of flying and have only been on one trip via plane in my life (I was flown to a conference for work).  So I dont have a ton of experience flying to begin with.  

Me, my SO and our LO will be flying from the East coast to the West coast at the end of July.  I'm hoping for an idiots guide on what to do.  We will be flying out from Philadelphia (which is several hours away).  We will be leaving after work, parking our car, taking the shuttle to the hotel room the night before we leave.  Our plane leaves at 6 in the morning.  Once we arrive to our destination we will be getting a rental car (so will need our carseat and possible base).  I'll need ideas on what to pack, how to airport/airplane, how to help transition a 9 month old to a 3 hour time change and any other tidbits of information that might be useful (like how not to have a panic attack on the plane  )

Oh, also my little dude is breastfed so we wont be bringing or using bottles, and that we will be gone for 2 weeks.  He will be riding in our lap.  We have several carriers (an Ergo and a Beco) and will probably be bringing the Beco. We were told not to bring a stroller as the people we will be staying with have one we can use.  Most of the time we will be staying with family though we will probably have the occasional overnight trip while there.  

Any help is greatly appreciated
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