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15 Things to Pack When Traveling with a Baby!

By Nicole Hill Gerulat |

Obviously, we can go a little crazy in terms of what to pack, but here are 15 things I’ve used when traveling/flying with my baby:

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1. 2 Extra Pair of Clothes: Depending on how many blowouts your baby is capable of, pack more. I once took my baby off the plane in just a onesie because she went through two sets on the flight.
2. 1 Extra Pair of Socks: Feeties get cold on the plane and little babes are so good at kicking these off!
3. Formula or Breastmilk: If you nurse, pump a bottle or two beforehand for take off and landing since baby might be too distracted to nurse. If you have formula babes, have 1 bottle ready and another filled with water for later.
4. Anti-Bacterial Travel-Size Wipes: Everything in the airport is disgusting -especially those tray tables!
5. Travel Wipes: Pack as many as will fit!
6. Pacifier Wipes: At first, I thought this was silly, but with the amount of times the pacifier dropped, I’m happy I have them. (Or, you can always bring a pacifier clip and attach it to baby.)
7. Diapers: Bring double what you think.
8. Burp Cloth: I just use Gerber diapers for burp cloths.
9. Disposable Changing Pads: These are a lifesaver! I even cut one and put it inside the diaper stretching along my baby’s back for her timely 11am explosion that I knew would happen on the plane. So glad I did this. I pack 3 and use them to paper the airplane toilet seat cover so her body never touches all the gross germs. You can find them here.10. Onesies: As many outfits as you bring.
11. Pacifier Case: You can use a plastic bag, but I love the case that came with Tommee Tippee pacifiers (even though Evie now uses Nuk)
12. 4 Pacifiers: You can get away with fewer if using pacifier wipes or a pacifier clip.
13. Sophie The Giraffe: Or any other toy(s) your baby loves. My baby loves her Sophie. Oh! And don’t forget his/her favorite blankie!
14. Bottles: I usually use glass bottles, but opt for plastic when traveling for weight and safety.
15. Birth Certificate: Don’t forget this when flying! Most airlines will check for it.

All of this fits into my favorite, light-weight bag that I use for a diaper bag.

// Do you pack things not on this list?  Please leave a comment and let us know what works for you and your baby!

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Nicole Hill Gerulat was part of the Babble team as an editor and blogger on the Baby's First Year blog. She is a writer and professional photographer who showcases her work on her personal website, Nicole Hill Photography. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Glamour and Design Mom. Read bio and latest posts → Read Nicole's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “15 Things to Pack When Traveling with a Baby!

  1. Shannon says:

    okay, nicole…i sew the most amazing burp cloths you’ve ever used. i’ll get in touch with you and get you a bunch. i purchase terry cloth from the fabric store and sew onto the other side some extremely soft flannel. they absorb EVERYTHING and work so much better than cloth diapers (in my opinion :)

  2. Sarah says:

    If you have a child that will drink from a straw or cup, I put bendy straws in a travel toothbrush holder. Keeps them clean and from getting bent and I find there is less mess when using a bendy straw.

  3. Rina says:

    This was a great article, informative and some useful links :) Thanks!

    Just wanted to say – I’ve flown with my baby dozens of times – she’d been in 9 countries by her first birthday – and no airline ever asked for her birth certificate. I wouldn’t want such an important document around in all the hassle of travel anyway. You sure it’s recommended?

    Oh, and how are pacifier wipes different from baby wipes?

  4. nicolechill says:

    Hi Rina!

    I’ve been stopped twice for a birth certificate so you might want to bring a photocopy with you!

    Pacifier wipes are safer for baby made with FDA food-grade ingredients.

    Thanks for your comments!


  5. carrie says:

    We here at Prince Lionheart have a pacifier rinser that is perfect for traveling. We also make a travel wipes warmer that is perfect for car rides and having warm wipes for your destination. Plugs right into your car!

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