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Vetted by BabyG Team on 23 Dec, 2021
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Baby travel checklist: Essential baby packing list for parents

It’s a delight to show your baby beautiful places, but travelling with kids can be exhausting. Little travellers need a lot of stuff with tons of safety considerations. If it’s your newborn’s first trip, remember to ask your paediatrician if it’s safe. 

Some smart packing will help you have a hassle-free journey with your baby. Here are some answers to FAQs for your next travel with an excellent baby travel checklist.

What should I pack while travelling with a breastfeeding baby?

Packing things for a breastfed baby is only slightly different from what is required for other children. If you are breastfeeding, you should pack a fabric carrier to hold the baby while breastfeeding during travel. If you are using a breast pump, remember to include an electric adapter and converter, with an alternative option available in your baby travel essentials checklist. Carry extra pump parts and a cleaning kit with dish soap, cleaning brush, storage bottles, and a cooler to safely store extra pumped milk and mesh bag to dry the pump parts. If your baby is less than six months of age, continue exclusive breastfeeding even during travel to keep your baby hydrated and nourished.

Wear clothes comfortable for nursing and carry nursing pads and drinking water for yourself. 

What should I pack as I go on holiday with my baby?

Packing essential items into your travel bag can make trips with your baby smoother and happier. Some items in your baby travel checklist will depend on the weather and the duration of your journey. You may pack the following while travelling with your baby aged between nine to 36 months:

  • Diapers, diaper rash ointment, baby wipes, and trash bags to put away soiled diapers 
  • Feeding supplies such as formula milk, nipples, bottles, and bibs, bottled water
  • Pacifiers. Nursing or sucking on a pacifier soothes ear pain during flight take-off and landing.
  • Extra set of clothes, including plastic pants.
  • Tissues. 
  • Any medications that your child needs on a regular basis, such as allergy medicines or inhalers.
  • First aid kit that contains an antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, band-aids, thermometer, anti-itch lotion, pain relievers like acetaminophen or paracetamol, oral rehydration solution (ORS) to prevent dehydration in case of diarrhoea, and any other over-the-counter medications that your paediatrician has advised.
  • Insect repellents, sunhat, and sunscreen.
  • Alcohol-based waterless hand rub (sanitiser). 
  • Plenty of toys and games, particularly those that require less space such as books, pencils, colouring books, and crayons. For younger babies, carry their favourite toy, rattles, or plastic rings.
  • Baby’s favourite snacks.
  • Potty seat.
  • Carry a small pram or baby carrier.

Here are a few additional supplies you can include in your baby travel packing list when travelling with toddlers and older kids:

  • A blanket for your child to stretch for a while on a road trip.
  • Plenty of bottled water and snacks. 
  • Hats.
  • Sun-protective clothing.
  • Chewing gum for older children to minimize ear discomfort during flight take-off or landing. Carry pain-relieving medicine if your doctor suggests taking it before ascent or descent.
  • Motion sickness may cause nausea, dizziness, and vomiting in children. Ask your doctor and pack medicines to prevent motion sickness during travel.
  • Headrest.
  • Swimming suit, life jackets, sunglasses, sunscreens. 
  • An insect-proof and waterproof groundsheet for your child to play outside. 

During air travel, ensure that every essential item is in your cabin baggage. Plan ahead for any journey, be it road, rail or flight, so that all you have left to do is relax and enjoy!

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