With the holidays upon us, traveling is inevitable. And traveling with a baby, especially flying, is tricky. But traveling light with a baby, hahaha, it doesn’t exist. There are extra car seats, strollers, luggage, possibly a pack and play.
However you can still maintain some sense of packing light when it comes to your carry on. Gone are the days when you could go for a two-week trip in Europe with only your backpack,. Just embrace the fact that if you can get all essential baby items in a backpack you are golden. This does take a little planning, a little practice, and some trial and error.
WHAT DO I PACK IN THIS SUPER IMPORTANT BAG?
Lucky or unlucky, I have flown a lot with kids during these last 12 years. I find a backpack to be the most practical bag to use, and I have actually had the same REI bag since 2006! It is our designated travel type diaper bag, as it leaves our hands free and fits nicely under the seat in the airplane. Th.ere are lots of pockets and has worked well even when carrying my baby in the ErgoBaby.
ITEMS FOR COMFORT:
- Swaddle blanket- These are perfect for keeping baby warm, wiping spit up, as a scarf for mom, and as a cover for nursing. They are super lightweight so is definitely a space saver.
- Small toys- Toy keys, a music toy like the baby Einstein music box, Sophie the Giraffe, some stuffed animals, or any other special lovey. It is a good idea to have some variety to keep your baby well entertained for the flight.
- Pacifier and clip- Go ahead and bring several pacifiers, even if your baby is not the biggest fan. It is a good idea to have the pacifier attached to a clip so that it won’t fly out of their mouth and fall onto the dirty airplane floor. They easily could roll under a seat to never be seen again!
- Dropper Stopper- This is a smart idea I wish i had years ago with my first two children. attach it to any toy your baby is playing with, and then strap it to your wrist so that you are not bending down every 5 seconds to pick the toy up off the floor.
- Extra clothes- Do not attempt to fly without some extra clothing in your bag. One piece jammies are a great option because they take up less room, keep their feet warm, are easy to change a diaper in that teeny tiny airplane bathroom. It may even be worth it to stash two pairs in there. You will be amazed at the messes that can occur when traveling.
- Diapers Pack alot of diapers, more than you think you will need. A good rule to follow is about 1/2 times as many as you think. It is always better to have more than you need.
- Travel wipes case– I like the one from Huggies, but there are several on the market. It is easy to refill, is small and thin, and has a great strap that can attach anywhere.
- Diaper rash cream– We ran into a big problem years ago after a long flight to Alaska, and my baby had the worst rash. We had to run around through the airport trying to find diaper rash cream before almost missing our next flight. Find a travel size and toss that in your bag.
- Diaper wet bag– These are great to put a dirty diaper in, wet or soiled clothes, and can also be used for wet bathing suits once you get to your destination. I like the type with two sections, as it can easily be brought with you to change a diaper with a clean and dirty section in the bag.
- Bib– I personally like the silicone bibs that can easily be wiped and cleaned up. Just make sure your baby does not have an allergy towards it, as my youngest child did for several months. This one bib will last you the entire trip since there is no need to throw it in the washing machine.
- Spoon with travel case– A spoon with a case is great when you can’t get to a sink to wash it during the flight. Honestly a plastic baggie would work just as well, but this is a cute option.
- Bottle- If you are formula feeding, go ahead and prefill with the amount of water you will need. TSA will just need you to take the bottle out and run an extra test on it. You can also ask the flight attendant for a small bottle of water as soon as you board, so that it is ready when you need it later on.
- Formula dispenser – This is extremely useful when trying to make a bottle mid flight.
- Squeeze pouch baby food- these are the ultimate in convenience and don’t know how I lived without them while my first two were little. They make eating on a plane so much easier, just make sure it doesnt’ explode when you open it.
- Puffs- The entire container may take up too much room, so go ahead a fill a smaller container with the puffs.
- Wet Ones- The antibacterial wipes are good for cleaning the tray table, seats, arm rests, and anything else. The sensitive skin ones are good for items like toys that will end up in your baby’s mouth.
- Infant Tylenol- You just never know when fever is going to strike. Keep it in a baggie so that it can be removed while going through security.
- Earbuds- You may get lucky and your baby falls asleep for a while. Go ahead and try to watch some of that movie, listen to music, or even an audio book.
- Phone- This seems like a given nowadays, but make sure you have some books and magazines downloaded on there as well.
- Wallet- Another essential, make sure you have it tucked somewhere you can easily reach.
- Shout wipes– There is no doubt that babies are messy, and these little wipes are great for getting out stains.
- Baby birth certificate copy- It is not a bad idea to keep a copy of the birth certificate in your bag in case the airline requests to see one in regards to the age of a lap baby.
- Extra t-shirt- If you have extra room toss a shirt in your bag. Babies get sick, throw up happens, and it’s usually on mom.
Happy Travels this holiday season. What do you travel with? Have I forgotten any essential items?