How to Pack Your Baby for a Trip
12 Jul 2022
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Travelling in an extended version of your family, with your baby is both exciting and challenging at the same time. It’s good to know that you can make packing less tedious with a clear packing checklist. A checklist helps even in packing for adults – so, imagine how helpful it is with a baby that needs so many things. A packing list for your baby will differ when you’re travelling by car or plane. Travelling by plane is a bit more limiting and you need to follow certain packing rules. However, travelling by car gives you a bit more freedom in packing. Nothing is strictly regulated there, so you can do however you please.
Nevertheless, there are still things you should pack and not overlook. A forgotten baby essential can lead to a disastrous holiday. Being a parent can be stressful, and packing overwhelming. These tips are here to make it less stressful and overwhelming.
We will do our best to cover everything you need in your carry-on diaper bag if you’re travelling by plane. When it comes to travelling by car, you need the same things, just not as precisely packed. Then, we’ll cover what you need in the baby luggage. And lastly, we’ll also mention other essential baby equipment.
1. Carry-on diaper bag – for planes
Flying with a baby requires you to take plenty of baby items and many of them will need to go through screening. That means it will take more time to pass it than when you’re travelling alone. To make the process a bit faster, keep liquids in permitted amounts in plastic bags at the top of your carry-on diaper bag. Other things you need are baby food, baby clothes, a diaper changing pad, diapers, wipes, toys and other things.
For baby food, you should pack formula or breastmilk, juice or solid food, depending on what your baby eats. An important thing to note is that you should pack enough servings your baby needs for the trip as well as 3 or 4 more in case of delayed flights. When it comes to solid food, pack shelf-stable food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated as well as utensils such as spoons. Moreover, don’t forget to pack at least two bibs. And bottles.
Moreover, you should also pack some clothes, two or three blankets and comfort items for your baby. Diapers, wipes and a diaper changing pad are also essentials you should pack. Also, pack a few pacifiers and your baby’s favourite toys.
2. Baby luggage
The next thing on our baby packing checklist is baby luggage. Look at your baby’s luggage as an extended version of the carry-on. You’ll pack the same things that you did in the carry-on bag, but more of everything. You can pack more diverse clothing items to cover all the weather changes and spill accidents. Remember to pack other accessories such as hats, socks, sandals, shoes and other things. When it comes to single-use items, you don’t have to pack them for the whole trip. Instead, pack for just the first 24 to 48 hours of arrival. After that, you can go shopping for these items.
3. Other essential baby equipment
This is not all. There is also other essential baby equipment you need on the go. If you’re travelling by car, you definitely need a car seat. And if you’re planning on renting a car, you’ll also need it. You can rent it as well, but if your airline allows, bring your own as you’re already familiar with it. Depending on your destination, you might need a stroller. There are some places that allow you to rent one. These are often kid-intended family resorts. Before booking accommodation, you should check whether you can get a crib for your baby as that would mean a lot to you. If you’re staying with friends or family, check if you can borrow theirs.
Other essentials you might need are a baby carrier, a baby monitor and a breast pump. Basically, whatever your baby is used to on a daily basis, you should either bring it on your trip or have the ability to rent or buy it at your destination. Even little things can be crucial for a baby’s peace.
Follow this checklist and personalize it to fit your baby’s needs for a relaxing holiday.