Traveling with Baby: The Ultimate Weekend Packing Checklist

Ready to pack that bag? Whether you’re traveling with a newborn, toddler or a car filled with children and when we can travel more on planes, you’ll want to ensure that from plane ride to destination and back is as smooth as possible.  

Traveling with babies or children can be easy with a little planning ahead of time (we promise)! 

With this ultimate packing list, planning a weekend getaway with your little ones will be quick and easy, whether you’re traveling by car, plane, train or boat!  

From nappy bag to suitcase, we have you covered so you can start your getaway!   

In the nappy Bag or hand luggage:  

When you’re traveling, you need to be prepared for many little surprises.  

Scared to use the bathroom on the plane–surprise 

Starving toddlers plus ZERO in-flight food…surprise!   

Below is a checklist of those go-to nappy bag (or hand luggage) essentials that need to be easily accessible–whether you’re traveling by car or by plane:  

  • Wipes, wipes and more wipes. Having reliable, non-toxic wet wipes within reach will be a lifesaver whether you’re in the car on a plane or traveling.  
  • Your baby’s  favorite snacks! One of the best ways to ensure a happy trip is to have snacks or baby food your little ones love. 
  • Breastfeeding cover: if you’re breastfeeding and prefer a bit of privacy having a little cover will make you more comfortable in tight travel situations.  
  • Eco-Friendly nappys: We recommend 6 or more depending on travel time. 
  • Activity books or toys: Bring some favorites and a couple of surprise ones too. If you’re like us, you probably love educational toys and activities that involve less screen time. Make your trip fun by grabbing a few surprise activity books or your baby’s favorite toys to engage with during travel. It will help to pass the time on the way there and on the trip back home. 
  • Changing mat or cover-disposable so you don’t have to worry about washing on-the-go. 
  • Two bibs  
  • Hand-sanitizer  
  • Three baby blankets to use for burping or to cover yourself while breastfeeding 
  • Two bottles (if you use them)  
  • Change of clothes for your baby or toddler 
  • Change of clothes for you (in case your baby spits up — or worse)  
  • Long sleeves for both of you 
  • Large ziplock bags to store soiled clothes in  
  • Several dummy’s (if your baby uses one) 
  • Food:  
  • two small jars of baby food per meal, plus snacks if your baby is eating solids.  
  • Plus easy-to-eat options for you like granola and cereal bars 
  • Formula if you’re not breastfeeding  
  • Infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen, depending on baby’s age  
  • Mobile phone and mobile phone charger  

In the Suitcase:  

Even if it’s just a weekend getaway, you’ll want to spend your time enjoying your holiday rather than scrambling to find a store that carries wipes, nappy’s or that specific snack your baby craves when upset.  

Here’s your go-to list of what to pack in your suitcase: 

  • 1- 2 Packages of Eco-Friendly nappy’s: depending on your baby’s age, you’ll want to ensure you’re covered with your favorite nappy’s. 

Travel Tip: Check your nappy and wipes subscription delivery ahead of time and plan to have it arrive before your trip. That way you’ll have plenty of nappy’s and wipes in stock to take while you’re away! You can now delay your next delivery for when you’re back off holiday. 

  • Plastic Free Wet Wipes: 4 packages (or more depending on length of stay)  
  • Hypoallergenic baby wash and shampoo  
  • Plasters  
  • A first-aid kit: Pack any medications your baby might need, bandages, antibiotic ointment, your doctor’s number, and outlet covers for baby proofing.  
  • All natural sun tan lotion for baby (factor 50) 
  • Breast pump, plus storage for milk or formula  
  • Baby food: a few jars 
  • Portable cooler and ice packs for breastmilk storage, drinks for you and more 
  • A bottle brush  
  • Infant utensils  such as eco-friendly soft feeding spoons or forks  
  • Reusable eco-friendly snack storage containers or Ziplock baggies to store snacks  
  • Clothes, socks or shoes: Pack two outfits for each day you’ll be away, plus two extra ones.   
  • Monitor (if your baby will be sleeping in another room)  
  • Playmat  
  • Weather-specific clothing items  

Other Essentials:  

Eating Out and About:  

Planning on eating out? Make mealtime at restaurants easier by remembering to pack these essential items:  

  • Portable feeding seat (if your baby is sitting up and eating solids) 
  • Highchair covers & placemats. Both are easy to pack and clean while on the go plus they’ll give you that additional peace of mind when it comes to protecting your little one from germs.  
  • Biodegradable Wet Wipes   

You can also skip the covers by bringing a portable highchair if you have the room!  

Car Seats: 

Even if you’re not traveling by car, you’ll want to have your car seat on hand in case you decide to do some exploring 

Pram, buggy or Sling:  

Depending on where you’re traveling, you might want to consider whether a pram, buggy or a sling makes the most sense.! Both might be necessary but to alleviate overpacking consider the following: :  

  • Lightweight buggy: If you’re traveling through an airport, anticipate waiting in long lines, or are planning a trip to a city, a buggy is always convenient for longer time periods.  
  • Slings: A sling is great if you have babies or smaller children and you’re out and about for a short period of time.  

Headphones for you or older kiddos  

Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, headphones are great for children who might love to listen to audio books or kids music.  

Napping children? Grab headphones for yourself too! You can take a few minutes to catch up on some reading or a movie without disturbing your littles 

Favorite blankets:  

There’s nothing more comforting than a soft, cozy blanket. Grab some blankets or one-piece snuggies that your baby is used to sleeping with at home to make the transition over the holiday easier.  

Ready, Get Set, Travel!  

This ultimate packing list for traveling with baby will make your trip comfortable and so much more enjoyable.  

By making small preparations ahead of time (think stockpiling on nappy’s and wipes through easy subscriptions) and using this packing checklist, you’ll guarantee that you don’t under or overpack and that your time away with family is spent relaxing.  

 

 

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