Traveling with Baby Checklist

Your Diaper Bag

Diapers Stock your bag with plenty of diapers, even if you don’t think you’ll need them all. You never know when a flight might be delayed.

Wipes Versatile wipes not only clean baby bottoms but are great for cleaning hands, faces, and even blotting stains and spills. Travel packs come in streamlined dispensers that tuck nicely into bags.

Plastic Bags Sealable bags are handy for disposing of dirty diapers or storing wet/soiled clothing.

Hand Sanitizer A travel-sized bottle of this no-water-required cleanser is welcome after diaper changes.

Changing Pad Don’t get caught without a clean place to change your baby’s diaper—especially if you’re on the road with no changing table available.

Rash Cream Don’t let a diaper rash spoil your trip. Carry a small tube of cream or ointment to ease baby’s discomfort.

Food/Drinks Bring baby food, breast milk, formula, water, and/or juice in a small, easily accessible cooler bag. Be sure you bring enough to last through unexpected travel delays. Additionally, bring a snack and a bottle of water for you, which is especially important if you’re breastfeeding.

Bibs During your travels you may want to carry disposable bibs rather than tote dirty bibs around.

Burp Cloths Cloths or a few cloth diapers are great for cleaning spit up and other spills.

Bottles and/or Sippy Cups Three bottles and/or sippy cups (one for juice or water, one for milk or formula, and an extra) are necessities.

Camera Don’t forget to capture moments of your little one on his or her trip!

Car Seat Pillow You want your baby’s head to be well-supported on the trip.

Entertainment Soft books, toys, baby’s favorite blanket or lovey, and music are must-haves for keeping a little one happy and calm.

Extra Clothing Accidents happen! If your baby has a blow-out diaper right after the plane takes off, you’ll be grateful to have a clean outfit for him and a fresh shirt for yourself! You’ll also want to have a sweater or jacket that offers warmth in air conditioning or a cooler climate.

Your Baby’s Suitcase

Sunscreen Don’t be caught in the sun without protection for your baby’s sensitive skin. A hat with a wide brim can keep your little one cooler on warm, sunny days, too.
Outerwear You’ll need a coat, snowsuit, or rain coat; hat, cap, mittens, and booties for seasonal travel. Bring a lightweight sweater too even in the summer, for cooler evenings.

Blankets Blankets are great at night for sleeping, provide a soft, clean surface to put under your baby, and even be used as a shield draped over the baby’s carrier to keep the sun or wind off your little one.

Day Clothes Don’t underestimate how many clothes to bring for your baby. You’ll want one to two outfits per day (plus one or two extras).

Pajamas Pack one set of pajamas per day (plus two or three extras).

Bibs You’ll have a few of these in your diaper bag but can pack additional bibs in your child’s luggage.

Baby’s Toiletries Your little one will be looking beautiful on her trip if she has her own toiletries. Pack her shampoo, soap, brush, comb, nail clippers, and toothbrush (or gauze if she doesn’t have any teeth!).

Dish Soap A small, leak-proof container of dish soap is handy for washing out cups and bottles if you’re staying in a hotel.

Safety Items Don’t let an accident spoil your trip. Bring extra outlet plugs and doorknob covers if your baby is mobile.

Crib Sheet Even if you’re using a hotel crib, you’ll feel better having a fresh sheet from home.

Monitor Perfect for those trips to Grandma’s, a monitor gives you peace of mind when Baby’s sleeping.

Bath Toys Rubber Ducky is a fun bath time companion for older babies and can help occupy your little one while you wash him.

Swim Diapers These are essential if you’ll visit the beach or a pool.

Extra Diapers and Wipes Pack plenty of these, because you may be away from home, but there’s no vacation from diaper changes!

Nightlight This can be nice in dark hotel rooms, especially for middle-of-the-night feedings.

Travel First Aid Kit

Medications If you’re traveling by plane, medicines such as those for fevers, cold, teething, and any prescription medications should be in your carry-on/diaper bag in case your luggage is lost. Be sure you carry the proper dispenser (spoon or dropper) for each medicine.
Emergency Info Carry your pediatrician’s phone number and your baby’s immunization card with you.

Thermometer In case your baby gets sick, you’ll need to know his temperature.

Tweezers A good pair of tweezers has easy-to-grip handles and can be used for splinter removal and other first aid procedures.

Bandages Keep assorted sizes of these with your kit; you never know how big or small a scrape may be.

Calamine Lotion Tote this (or other ointment) for bug bites and/or rashes.

Benadryl It’s important to have this in case your little one has an allergic reaction.

Nasal Aspirator A bulb aspirator can make breathing easier for Baby.

Other Essentials

Collapsible Stroller While you’ll need transport for your little one, try and take a stroller that’s lightweight and easy to fold.
Portable Playpen/Crib Some hotels have cribs available, but you (and Baby) may feel more comfortable having him sleep in a familiar, personal space.

Baby Carrier or Sling If you’ll be doing a lot of walking and sightseeing during your trip, these carriers are wonderful for keeping Baby close to you while allowing you to keep your hands free.

Booster Seat If you’re eating out a lot, a hook-on seat or booster seat can be a nice item to have with you.

Article Posted 6 years Ago

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