What to Pack When Traveling with Baby

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Traveling with kids can be stressful, but it doesn't need to be. The key to a stress-free journey with kids is to ensure that you have everything your baby will need to ensure a happy and safe trip. If you're wondering what to store in your baby's bag to ensure you and your comfort on the duration of your travels, here's a complete guide on the things you need to pack when traveling with a baby.

What to Pack in a Carry-on Bag

  • Infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen, depending on the baby's age
  • Two baby bottles (if you use them)
  • Food: two small jars of baby food per meal, plus snacks if your baby already eats solid foods; easy-to-eat granola and cereal bars for you; formula if you're not breastfeeding
  • Lots of baby and antibacterial wipes
  • Change of clothes for you (in case your baby spits up -- or worse) and your baby
  • A couple of favorite toys and books plus a few brand-new ones
  • Large ziplock bags to store soiled clothes in
  • Two days and nights’ worth of diapers and additional in case if you're stuck en route.
  • Several pacifiers (if your baby uses one)
  • Three baby blankets to use as a burp or to cover yourself with while breastfeeding
  • A changing pad
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Two bibs

What to Pack on Your Baby's Suitcase

  • Portable feeding seat (if your baby is sitting up and eating solids)
  • Infant utensils
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash
  • Portable cooler and ice packs
  • A bottle brush
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Baby food: a few jars
  • Clothes, socks, bottles, or shoes: two outfits each day while you are away and two extra ones.
  • A first-aid kit: Pack any medications your baby might need, bandages, an antibiotic ointment, your pediatrician's number, and outlet covers for baby proofing.
  • Breast pump, plus storage for milk; or formula
  • Ziplock bags to store snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Lightweight stroller or baby carrier
  • Playmat
  • Body lotion
  • Car seat (Even if you're not traveling by car!)
  • Monitor (if your baby will be sleeping in another room)


  • Nail clippers
  • Shaving gear
  • Glasses and/or Contact lens paraphernalia
  • Tweezers
  • Earplugs
  • Hair product (shampoo and conditioner)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Skin cream, makeup

Documents and Money

  • Calling card & number for out-of-country calls
  • Drivers’ license
  • Credit cards, cash, debit cards (make sure these work where you’re visiting)
  • Address/phone book
  • Vaccination documents, if needed
  • Photocopies of passport & drivers’ license, packed separately, in case ID is lost or stolen
  • Passports
  • Trip itinerary & print outs of e-tickets or reservation confirmations
  • Health & travel insurance documents

This baby packing list has everything and anything you might need on your travels. You can make a checklist out of these and cross out what you don't need to bring. You'll also discover that you'll need fewer items as your baby grows older.