Traveling Without Baby and Pumping
Product List - here are some products that made traveling easier for me
Pack-It - these bags are unique in that you can put them directly in the freezer and after 12 hours the gel inside freezes to keep everything cool. Pretty sure it lasts 12 hours. Some people who fly recommend getting the tote size to transport your milk home
**NOTE - I brought this through security and will say the airport security person was a bit confused as you can't see the gel pack and informed me that "in the future" the gel needs to be COMPLETELY frozen to travel. If you don't want to risk it, you can also just buy a regular cooler and ice packs like this. I also liked these
** REMEMBER - ICE PACKS MUST BE FROZEN TO GET THROUGH TSA, NOT LIQUID FORM
Planet Wise Wet Dry Bags - Instead of Zip Lock bags I bought a few of these and can throw the wet pump parts in there without them getting gross until I get to the room. The downfall is that once I use this I don't reuse this. It might not be the best option for you, but when I can I try not to just burn through a million ziplock bags. These are machine washable so really more ideal for home use, but not bad for travel.
Ziplock Bags - still bring these!
On The Go Cleaning Supplies:
Babyganics Travel Size Bottle Wash - you can really choose any brand you like
Boon Travel Drying Rack - this is nice because it folds up
Medela Quick Cleaning Wipes - these are a good solution when you dont have access to a sink and water - i.e. in a mamava pod
Medela Microwave Steam Bags - in a bind in the hotel, conference center, or wherever you can do a quick sterilization
Chucks or Puppy Wee Wee pads - i brought a ton of these and would lay them down on a surface for two reasons:
1) When i had to pump in a place like a family bathroom on the changing table (yes this happened)
2) When I was cleaning my parts in to hotel room and needed a surface for things to dry on
Surface Wipes - Any brand you like
Pumping on the Plane
Hands Free Pump - I used my willow pump on the plane since I was still pumping every 3 hours for Quinn. In MY personal experience, I get more milk out using my regular pump than a hands free one, but everyone is different. I put ON the willow in the airplane bathroom (a great place to have those wee wee pads). Then went back to my seat, pumped, and actually removed it in my seat relatively discreetly.
**People love the baby buddah with Freemie cups, this may be a good options.
In my opinion there is no pump that is NOT noticeable. MAYBE the Freemies but i've never tried them. In any case you MAY feel more comfortable wearing a nursing poncho or a Milk Snob cover.