Packing List When Traveling With A Baby

Any family vacation requires a lot of packing, but adding a baby to the mix becomes even more difficult. There’s a lot to remember between bottles, clothes, toys, and accessories—so many! And you can end up with a vacation disaster if you forget anything on your baby’s packing list.

Take a deep breath and relax before you become anxious about forgetting something essential for the beach, hotel, or flight. All the necessary items for traveling with a baby and packing tips are listed below. 

Packing Tips

baby travel packing list

It is a challenging task to travel with a baby. Naturally, you must have a baby packing list, but it’s also critical to understand the most effective strategies. Here are five essential tips for traveling with your baby.

  1.  Be prepared

When you travel with a baby, it’s okay to pack a bit more than usual. Even though you should aim for moderation, you might need to bring big items like strollers and car seats. Despite the effort of carrying these things, the idea is to focus on reaching your destination without spending your vacation doing chores or running errands.

  1. Consider delivery or shipping as an option.

Shipping your luggage is an option to consider strongly. Sure, you might bring a bag of diapers, but depending on where you’re going, you can also arrange for a delivery of supplies to arrive at your vacation home or hotel at the same time as you do. Sh ship your items ahead to ensure you have what you need without bringing it.

  1. Make use of compression bags.

Are you packing extra diapers for the trip? Do you not want to leave your cherished blanket or cozy sleeping bag at home? Vacuum compression bags are the most effective approach to increasing packing density for those large items.

  1. Get ready beforehand

Those baby items are all so tiny, aren’t they? However, when combined, they may occupy a larger area than anticipated. Before you pack against time, quickly test your plan so you can make any necessary changes and have more time to think creatively through problems. But first, create a list for packing. This method will save you some money and sanity.

  1. Bring it if it improves your chances of having a successful trip.

Adopting this strategy might be particularly challenging if you’re used to traveling light. Still, there are situations when it makes sense to bring additional items to enable you and your family to unwind and have a better experience. 

Consider bringing the playmat, the baby monitor, or an extra pair of pajamas in case of leaks in the middle of the night. It’s worth it if you’ll have an additional 10 minutes of free time, and your baby will be happier.

Baby packing list

baby travel packing list

Diaper bag essential

You’ll go far with a well-stocked diaper pack. You’re prepared for anything when you have the essentials for a diaper bag wherever you go. Visit the attractions, go for a drive, or hit the beach. Ensure you’ve crossed off these essentials for a diaper bag while packing for a baby. 

  • Diaper Bag
  •  Diapers
  • Changing Pad
  •  Wipes
  • Diaper Cream
  • Wet Bag
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Jacket/Warm Layer
  • Sun Hat/Warm Hat
  • Pacifier or Teething Toy
  • Small Cooler Bag
  • Plastic Bags 
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Overnight Bag Essential

  • Clothing (2-4 outfits per day)
  • Jeckel/Warm Layers
  •  Pajamas
  • Sleep Sack or Swaddle
  • Sock
  • Shoes or Booties
  • Bathing Suit
  • Swim Diaper
  • Gentle Baby Cleanser
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer
  • Medicines
  • Lotion/Moisturizer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Laundry Line/Clothespins
  • Laundry Bag

Food essentials

Babies and very early toddlers need to bring their food when on vacation, unlike somewhat older kids who can eat something similar to what tweens, teens, and adults eat. These are typical baby feeding supplies to bring on vacation. Modify your personal baby travel checklist depending on the baby’s age and whether you use formula, breast milk, or a combination.

  • Bibs
  • Burp Cloths
  • Bottles
  • Formula
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Bottle Sanitizer
  • Bottle Brush
  • Baby Food
  • Baby Dishes/Utensils
  • Breast Pump and Parts
  • Storage Bottles/Breast Milk Storage Bags

Gear & toy essentials

The items you will need to bring will decrease as kids get older. For the time being, having the tools and supplies needed to keep your baby comfortable improves the likelihood that you will be content and satisfied.

  • Baby Carrier/Sling: This is a must; a baby carrier is a practical means of airport transportation. While I understand that not every child enjoys using a carrier, having a carrier and stroller on hand is crucial when you travel with a baby. You never know when you’ll find yourself in an area with many steps or uneven sidewalks, so having a backup plan that allows you to move freely is a good idea. 
  • Travel Stroller: While others choose to travel simply with a baby carrier, it is better to bring a stroller for your baby. It generally saves your back and simplifies napping and traveling through airports! While some places are less stroller-friendly than others, having a stroller with you is helpful. 
  • Car Seat
  • Play Mat/Pillow
  • Toys
  • Travel Crib/Crib Sheets
  • Foldable Highchair/Baby Seat
  • White Noise Machine
  • Baby Monitor/Tablet

Health Essentials

Although it is hoped that you will only require these items when traveling, having them on hand is necessary. It’s best to be prepared when it comes to health.

  • Travel Wipes Case 
  • Dirty Diaper Baggies 
  • First Aid Kit: keep a simple kit that includes only the basics, like travel-size diaper rash cream, infant pain reliever, a few bandages, a small thermometer, nail clipper, etc
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Sunscreen
  • Calpol and Neurofen
  • Teething gel
  • Plasters
  • Cooling gel sachets
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Nail clippers or scissors
  • Vitamins
  • Thermometer


If well-planned, taking a trip with a baby may be manageable. However, if you prepare ahead of time and bring everything you’ll need, it can be an incredibly memorable trip. Have a good holiday. Happy packing!

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