We’ve done a couple of vacations with Baby E and each time I’ve Googled ‘Packing List for Baby.’ Although they’ve certainly been helpful, there’s a few things I’d add after our most recent trip.
Let’s start with the obvious:
- Lots of regular and swim diapers (you can bring them home if you don’t use them, so may as well bring more than you think you’ll need!) *hint: always keep an extra swim diaper in you diaper bag, you never know when you might find some water your babe wants to splash in and you don’t want to disappoint if you’ve got a water baby like I do!
- Wipes (same as above – these come in handy for so much more than wiping little bums!)
- Baby clothes For one week without laundry:
- 8 outfits (tops, bottoms, socks/shoes)
- 2 swim suits (as one will likely always be wet!)
- 3 bucket hats (these have a funny way of disappearing…)
- A nice ‘going out’ outfit
- A sweater
- Sunglasses (the kind with an elastic strap around the head!)
- Baby Meds: Tylenol, Benadryl and Vitamin D Drops
- Baby shampoo/soap and lotion
- Stroller (if possible, the lighter the better – you’ll open and fold this baby a bunch, especially on your travel days!) **CHECK THIS AT THE GATE!** I cannot tell you how much smoother things went when we did this after learning the hard way after our first flight with baby!
- Blanket (good for the plane as it can be cool, also good to lay on the hotel floor for your babe to play on)
- Baby sunscreen (you’ll be using a lot of this, so definitely way your priorities re: price, organic, etc.)
My additions to the list…
- Water bottle/snack container for baby (I got a mini Minnie *see what I did there* water bottle that had a small container attached to to bottom of it for snacks. This was key on the plane ride and throughout the duration of our trip. Just one bottle for two purposes – it was perfect! Also – didn’t realize the liquid rule is much more lenient if you have a LO under 2 so we were able to bring her full bottle through which was nice.
- Loads of puffs!!! (Or other snack food) We traveled with Baby E when she was 8 months so while I’m not a huge puff-pusher, puffs were the best: clean, dissolvable and easy to keep her distracted during long waits, etc.
- Baby Monitor
- Car mirror for back seat – this was my most missed item from home. So key if you plan on driving anywhere, and it’s small enough that it’s easy to pack. Will definitely remember to bring this next time so I can sit in the front seat with my hubby again! 😉
- Sound Machine (if I’d only remembered to bring our Sleep Sheep, my phone wouldn’t have been consistently dead!)
- Nursing/Carseat cover (Even if you’re not nursing, bring one of these – super handy for anything from covering the dirty handles of a shopping cart or highchair, to shading babe from the sun in the carseat or stroller!
- Fan – handheld and battery operated. (I still remind my husband how he laughed at me when I first came home with one of these. Worst $15 I’d spent he said. Boy did he eat those words this summer! Hang it from the stroller during walks, bring it to the beach or fight over it during 36C weather when you’re sitting outside for an outdoor wedding ceremony….true story.)
- Water toys (something cheap and inflatable like a ball or water wings – we found Baby E kept looking at other kids’ toys and would have enjoyed the pool even more (if that’s possible?!) if she had something she could play with too. And it also might have saved Daddy’s sunglasses from reaching the bottom of the poll a half a dozen times!
- DON’T pack toys (If your LO has a stuffy that is dearly loved, then by all means bring it along. Otherwise, don’t forget how wildly entertaining empty plastic cups, napkins, plane magazines and cookie wrappers can be! 😉
- Footed pajamas for the flight there AND back (Unless I’m sick, I feel uncomfortable if I’ve been in pajamas all day long, so ever since Baby E was born, I’ve made a point of dressing her in clothes every day. Flight day, however, is an exception. I can’t tell you how much more uncomfortable a plane bathroom can actually be when you have to change a baby (and if he/she has a blowout…let’s not even go there.) For that reason, I threw my no pajama rule out the window and we were both happier for it.)
A few final words of advice:
I’ve never been one to pack light. I don’t see the point. I’d rather have to choose between clothes than feel frustrated that I’ve worn the same thing three days in a row. While my list certainly includes a lot of ‘wants’ as opposed to ‘needs’ I found all of these items incredibly helpful – and when you’re traveling with a baby, let’s be honest, you’d like all the help you can get!
Happy travels!! xo