It鈥檚 over the river and through the woods time again! For many, the holidays are synonymous with hectic schedules and unfamiliar surroundings, and the stress and inconvenience of travel can be tough to deal with if you鈥檙e expecting. Whether you鈥檙e headed out for a long Thanksgiving weekend or a Christmas-through-New Year鈥檚 vacay,聽jet-setting while pregnant takes some careful planning聽鈥 including revisions to your good ol鈥 packing list. Check out these packing tips for聽mamas-to-be 鈥 and enjoy child-free travel while you still can ;)

1. Wheeled Luggage:聽That bulky, heavy carry-on may have worked in your pre-pregnancy days, but you don鈥檛聽want to strain your already overworked baby bod. Forget about the cute messenger-style bags, or anything else that you have to actually carry, for that matter.聽Choose a wheeled bag you can easily drag behind you. A sleek,聽four-wheeled suitcase like this one from Away聽(it also has built-in USB chargers) will help you travel light(er).

2. Comfy Shoes: Traipsing around the airport and running from terminal to terminal isn鈥檛 fun for anyone. Add on聽a pregnant belly and it makes the running (read: waddling) all the more awkward. Even though those adorable knee-high boots look fabulously festive, they probably aren鈥檛聽super comfortable. Opt for your go-to pair of sneakers聽 鈥 like the incredibly stylish wool Allbirds聽鈥 or if you absolutely, positively have to wear those stylishly uncomfortable shoes of yours, at least pack a聽foot-friendly pair in your carry-on.

3. Water Bottle:聽That dry, stale plane air will suck the moisture right out of you on a regular day, and now that you鈥檙e pregnant,聽staying hydrated is even harder. Keep yourself feeling fresh and maintain a dewy glow with plenty of H2O. No, a diet soda in the airline club or at a highway rest stop won鈥檛 work; instead, tote along a water bottle to refill. We鈥檙e partial to S鈥檞ell bottles, which are stainless steel, insulated, and come in a variety of fun colors.

4. Steady Stomach Snacks:聽Morning sickness and a turbulent flight or聽hours-long car ride do NOT mix.聽Keep that rocky stomach away with plenty of snacks to choose from. Plain crackers, pretzels, or other bland foods are better for your pregnant belly than greasy fast food 鈥 or whatever the airplane meal is.

5. Prenatal Vitamins: Vacation doesn鈥檛聽mean you can forget about everything you鈥檙e doing to support your pregnancy. Pack your prenatal vitamins in your purse or a carry-on bag (if you鈥檙e flying). In the event that your checked bag doesn鈥檛 make it to your destination at the same time that you do, having those prenatals with you will聽mitigate the stress you鈥檒l feel. Even聽if you聽don鈥檛 have a change of clothes, you will have those all-important vitamins.

6. The Right Medications:聽Traveling聽can be a headache, literally, and if you do get an ache or pain, you want to make sure you鈥檙e stocked with doctor-approved meds. This isn鈥檛 a time when you can just take whatever the airport store has in stock, so bringing your own is the way to go here.

7. Super Socks: Take your footwear packing seriously 鈥 choose the right socks that work for your travel needs. Keep your tootsies toasty during聽a cold-weather journey聽with warm socks, and be sure to pack a pair of compression stockings on a long flight.

8. Medical Info: Your insurance card, a birth plan (if you have one), and any specific doctor鈥檚 orders are essential travel items for a pregnant woman. Just in case聽things don鈥檛 go quite as planned, you need聽that info with you. There might not be time to have your doc email orders or get your BFF to text an abbreviated version of your birth plan if you go into labor or need some other type of medical attention.

9. Travel Pillow: Whether you need extra back support or a place to rest your head during a way-too-long layover, a travel pillow will come in handy. Try a Trtl pillow, which is easy to pack and carry, and helps hold your head up in an ergonomic position through long trips. A full-sized version might seem like a nice idea, but聽your seatmates would beg to differ.

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