It’s amazing how much stuff a little baby needs when they are away from their home. Use our handy checklist below to ensure you have everything you need when you go away with your little one.
One for each hour you’ll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays
|Pad to put under your baby during nappy changes|
You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones at baby stores.
Bring a few — you’ll use them to lay your baby on, cover your baby, cover yourself if you’re nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more
Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled nappies, clothes, and blankets.
|Bum rash cream|
|Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion|
|Extra dummies (if your baby uses one)|
|A few of your baby’s favourite toys|
|Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes|
One to two outfits per day is a good guideline.
|Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, and baby food|
If your baby’s eating solid foods
|Formula, water, and juice if appropriate|
|Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate|
|Energy-boosting snacks for you to munch on|
|Breast pump (if you use one)|
So you can keep the room lighting soothingly low during middle-of-the-night diaper changes
Baby pain reliever and supplies for treating minor injuries
|Sling or front carrier|
Lightweight, hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports
|Portable cot or play yard|
A safe place for your baby to sleep or play
|Inflatable baby bathtub|
Can make bath time easier at your destination.
|Car seat for safer travel by car or plane|
Can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.
- Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
- Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
- Be prepared for leaky nappies and baby spit-up on the airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.
- Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
- Pack each of your baby’s outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don’t have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.
- Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
- Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
- Take the phone number for your baby’s healthcare provider in case you have questions while you’re on the road.
- Use BABYLITE who can provide a lot of the items on this list so you don’t have to carry them around yourself.