You might have heard various nightmares from the parents about traveling with their toddlers. Whether you are traveling for the first time with your first baby or traveling for the third time with your third baby, the troubles will be the same if you are not well prepared in advance.
Because traveling with toddlers can be quite challenging as you need to be sure; have you packed everything according to your kid’s requirements? As long as traveling with a toddler is concerned, this article has come to your rescue. Here, you will get all the tricks and tips to make your traveling with a baby more pleasant and easygoing.
Trust me, holidays or traveling with babies can also be great fun. Yes, getting out into a wide and new open space along with your kids. Watching magnificent landscapes, inhaling fresh air, and most importantly, a pleasant break from the monotonous life is likely to be therapy for parents as well as babies. However, even the most prepared parents might have to face hassles when traveling with kids. Therefore, we have figure our ultimate packing list and laid it out for you below in the article.
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Baby Travel Packing List: Items to Pack for the Baby’s First Trip
Never compromise on a baby carrier as it allows you to wander hands-free through crowds, upstairs, and on and off public transportation is such an important part of touring with a baby. Hence, it is without question the most important baby travel essential.
It is a kind of necessity in everyone’s ‘traveling with baby packing list’ as it has multiple uses. We recommend a lightweight and easy-to-carry stroller or stroller wagon for your hassle-free journey.
Baby Travel Car Seat
Whether it is a flight or a road trip, a baby seat is a must for your baby. The plane seats might not be convenient for your little one. Hence, it is wise to carry an infant car seat for a flight. We recommend avoiding heavy car seats.
Birth Certificate or Passport
Did you know that certain airlines ask you to show your lap baby’s birth certificate?
To be secure, We recommend you carry a copy at all times.
Also, if you’re traveling internationally, make sure you have your baby’s passport!
Health and Safety
Don’t forget to prepare a first-aid kit with the medicines that might be needed to handle minor medical issues when traveling with your infant. It is quite advisable to take prescribed medications, even though your child needs them only on occasion.
Fill your child’s health information with an emergency sheet or save it on your mobile. The most important thing is to add the list of your child’s allergies and the medications he needs. Always keep your child’s healthcare provider’s number on your cell phone, especially when you are traveling. Then, in case you need any emergency help, you may get it in one place.
NO matter how older your kid is. A thermometer is highly recommended. Then, if a kid falls ill in the middle of the journey, you can have quick words with the doctors about his temperature to take the right action.
Always include it in your baby travel packing list. Choose the mosquito repellent that has no stink, no chemicals.
Obviously, this one is for Mom. However, we thought it worth mentioning.
Babies can have instant weather effects. Hence, it is vital to be well prepared for every weather challenge that comes with your trip.
Suppose you are away from home in the hot summer. We request you to bring a hat to shade your baby from the direct sun heat.
If you are going to spend time outdoors – sunscreen lotion is a must. We recommend choosing UVB or UVA protection that has SPF-15. If the baby is younger than five months, apply a very little amount of cream on the back of his hand and face. For older babies, use it whenever the skin is exposed. If the sunscreen is spray-based, then do not use it directly on the baby’s face. Instead, spray some on your hands and rub gently on the baby.
Baby Body lotion
Baby lotion is a must to keep your baby’s tender skin soft.
Clothes for every weather
Pack clothes as per weather’s requirements. If it’s a hot summer, take lightweight and 100% pure cotton material clothes for your baby’s comforts. For winter, the bottom needs to be cozy with a bodysuit and leggings. For the top, put on another layer of shirt and pants. To keep hands and feet warm, finish up with warm booties, mittens, hats, or jackets. Always keep a pair of extra clothes handy, as you never know when you will need them.
Feeding and Nursing
With a baby, things change rapidly, and you may require any of the following, depending on their age and feeding habits
We recommend always traveling with two baby bottles for your baby rather than a full-sized bottle, maybe even a portable bottle warmer would be a good idea, if you got room for it. Moreover, if you are breastfeeding, pack an additional water bottle or thermos to stay hydrated. Finally, remember to fill an empty bottle at a water fountain or buy something to drink once you get through security if you’re flying.
Bottlebrush is equally important to bottle as you will need it every time you have used the bottle. Hence, keep it along with your baby bottle.
Parents mainly forget to bring dish soap! There’s no need to bring your own if you’re staying at an Airbnb (unless you’re picky about what you use). However, if you’re staying in a hotel, you need to have it on a family travel trip.
If you’re traveling, there’s a strong chance you won’t have much privacy for nursing, and at the absolute least, a cover-up can help young ones fall asleep in crowded areas as well. Hence, if the baby is on breast milk, a breastfeeding cover is a must.
It might be a hassle to carry around for sure, but in case you are going to need it.
Bring only as much baby food as you’ll need for the trip if your kid has begun consuming solids. Because, once you are at your destination, you may always buy more. (Exception: If you’re traveling overseas or to a location where you might have trouble finding what you need, packing a complete supply of food may be less of a hassle.)
Once the baby starts eating solids, keeping a bib becomes essential as it covers most of her clothes. Choose to bring one with a plastic or waterproof covering (so it might be easy to clear), and it can also be folded or coiled for convenient packing.
It’s highly advisable to bring powder formulas with you, rather than depending on food stockpiles if your baby is on a formula-fed diet. Because you can quickly brew them and feed your baby before the next journey, don’t forget to bring a formula dispenser as well. You may always ask for hot water on a plane.
At the airport and on the plane, fill Ziploc bags with ice packs to keep food and milk chilled.
If you’ve ever rummaged through a piece of luggage looking for a single clean baby glove or sweater while your entire family is waiting for you downstairs, at that time, you’ll understand why packing cubes are essential! T-shirts and shorts go in one cube, long-sleeved sweaters and slacks go in another, and accessories go in still another. It is quite useful to us in keeping things organized!
Baby Travel Gear for Sleeping
We can’t promise that your baby will sleep while you’re traveling. However, we understand the concerns and challenges that come along with baby sleep and traveling. Therefore, we want you to include these things in your baby traveling list to ensure your baby sleeps comfortably.
While many hotels and Airbnbs provide pack n’ plays, however, having your own portable crib is the ideal way to provide your child with a comfortable sleeping environment. If you intend to travel a lot during your trip, it’ll be one less thing to worry about. Don’t forget to pack an extra sheet with your crib.
Watching your baby comfortably sleeping is a sign of relief. Hence, always have a set of easy-to-wear, breathable nightwear on hand to ensure your baby’s warm and comfortable sleep.
We recommend taking your baby’s favorite blanket and additional blankets as well. Even if it’s a hassle to travel with, it’s great for wrapping up a baby on a cold plane or using it as a source of comfort when you’re far away from home. Of course, swaddle blankets are equally important for a baby’s sound sleep.
Parents know from personal experience that lullabies and calm rhythms can help newborns fall asleep fast. Hence, download goodnight stories and your kid’s night rhymes to give them sound sleep.
White Noise Machine
It’s highly recommended, as you never know how you will deal with lots of noise from traffic, airplanes, and crowds.
You might be dozing through your travel, but your baby will quickly become bored! A kid needs to be entertained all the time. Here, we have shortlisted some items that will help keep your kid engaged throughout your journey.
Babies are in a relationship with their favorite soft toy or rattle. So it’s pretty good to carry them to keep them calm and engaged.
Your kid may not always be starving, but a pacifier may help keep things under control.
If your child is under chewing and teething phase, have a teething ring available to help him resist the urge to bite everything he gets.
Carry a lovely illustrated book with you so the baby may peek at something enjoyable and engaging throughout the trip.
Download your baby’s favorite rhyme as well as videos to keep them engaged whenever they get bored. We recommend getting baby earphones as well, so others don’t have to worry while they are enjoying themselves.
Traveling with a baby and without diapers sounds impossible, right! Hence, we know you will never forget it. However, here, we recommend having these things along with your diaper bag.
Take more than enough diapers but do not overload your luggage with diapers as they will be easily available. For traveling, disposable diapers are more convenient. You can count like a diaper for every hour if the baby is one or two months younger. Kids who are older than three months usually need one diaper every two hours.
You will need a large packet of diaper wipes. We recommend antibacterial wipes. Moreover, it is wise to carry pocket wipes as well.
Diaper Rash Cream
There are 99% chances of getting diaper rashes for your baby because of the long interval between diaper changes. Hence, a diaper rash cream is essential to make sure your baby is hale and hearty every time.
Bring a variety of plastic bags to keep dirty clothes and soiled diapers.
When throwing things out or feeding a baby, old newspapers could come to your rescue. Hence, keep them handy.
Baby shampoo, soap, powder, cream lotion, etc. 2 to 3 towels
For a new place, an inflatable tub is quite advisable as it is very helpful in bathing.
You can carry a swimsuit and enjoy a good time together in the pool if your little one is of the right age for it.
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You are not needed to remove your baby from their soft carrier when passing through a security gate in an American airline. The TSA will let you pass through the metal detector, but you might be asked for extra screening even if there is no alarm.
Try to choose a hotel in a central location and be sure about emergency services. Check if there are any indoor and outdoor activities for kids or a playground nearby. Ensure to be close to public transportation.
3 to 9 months older babies are best to travel with. However, there are some big challenges for the new parents who are still busy figuring out how to be parents.
All airlines are created differently when it comes to traveling with kids. So we have to look at some airlines that stand out as convenient when traveling with a baby or toddler. United Airlines, Etihad, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Air Canada, Lufthansa, KLM, British Airways, Asiana, etc.
Experienced traveling families have discovered that the most difficult time traveling with a child begins at nine months when they become active and squirmy. Until they reach the age of reason, they start negotiating, cartooning, and snacking at the age of 18 months.
The flight is a noisy environment. Which easily can pain baby’s tender ears. Offer your baby a bottle or pacifier, or breast to suck on during take-off and landing to equalize the pressure in your baby’s ear.
Baby strollers, prams, safety seats, or buggies are not counted as a part of the standard baggage by major airlines. Hence, it can be easily checked for free.
We suggest you book a seat at the back of the flight, as it’s usually closer to the bathroom and there are chances for empty seats as well. On the other hand, sitting up front requires less schlepping in narrow aisles. Also, if you are breastfeeding, try to book a window seat as you will have a bit more privacy there.
You can probably pack more than 3.4 ounces of water and formula, mix formula powders along with your checked luggage and carry on. However, TSA requires you to separate these items from the rest of your gear for screening purposes if you are carrying it with you on the flight.
Traveling is a beautiful and new experience for the baby. Hence, we believe the baby should get to enjoy it. Therefore, we wish you to have an amazing family trip or family vacation to create lasting memories by keeping a few things in mind and maintaining hygiene and comfort at all times.