The Ultimate Family Packing List for Traveling with a Newborn Baby or Infant – Everything You Will Possibly Need!

We are just fresh off our first international trip with my infant daughter who is 8 months old. We had the trip of a lifetime but it’s absolutely mind-blowing how much stuff she required. Crazy, crazy, crazy. We compiled everything that we needed to bring and then I went back over the list and added things that we forgot or things that we thought may be useful in the future. This packing list is everything that your entire family will need. I checked friends lists as well as every list I could get my hands on online and here is what I came up with. Also, a little bit of background,  I am a total type-A person that is super organized. I err on the side of “better to have it and not need it.” So feel free to use this list as a guide and skip over certain items. I wanted an all-encompassing list that we could skip over certain things if we wanted. Please, please leave items I may have forgotten in the comments to help other parents (including me) out. Bon voyage and happy travels! Without further ado, here is the Ultimate Packing List for Traveling with a Baby

Packing List for Babies and Infants

Packing List for Baby

Baby Clothing Packing List

Clothes – shirts, pants, dresses

Socks

Jackets

Pajamas

Shoes

Undershirts

Bathing suits

Jackets/vests

Hair Accessories (bows,headbands)

Baseball hat, sun hats, swim hats

Sunglasses

Blankets

Baby Miscellaneous Packing List

Baby monitor

2 Lovies

Crib Cover for sleep

Car seat blackout shade

Sound machines (portable and plugin)

Toys

Books

Baby Floatation for Pool

Teething things


Baby Toiletries Packing List

Diapers

Swim diapers

Wipes

Diaper cream

Comb

Probiotics

Baby Benadryl, Tylenol & Motrin

Thermometer

Nail scissors

Moisturizer

Soap/Shampoo for bath

Portable bath

Neosporin

Bandaids

Suntan Lotion

Bug spray

Disposable diaper changing pad sheets

Baby Feeding Packing List

Bottle soap

Bottle brush

Dr brown bottle brush (tiny one)

Dr browns bottle topper not cap

Pouches

Other Food

Teething Biscuits and O’s

Spoons

Bowls

Burp cloths

Bibs – for milk & food

Sterilizer Steam bags

Table disposable covers for eating

Plane Packing List

Bottles/Formula (need to get water after security. Bring on plane, our last plane actually ran out of bottled water)

Meals for baby

Snacks for baby

*Extra clothes for everyone (baby and adult)

Sweatshirts

Diapers –We were told one for every hour you will be traveling (and then bring extra)

Copies of Prescriptions

Medicine (baby and adult)

TSA Precheck/Global Entry cards

Charged Battery packs for plane & Cords for Phones/Sound Machine

Travel sound machine

Lovie

Blackout cover for car seat

Books

Teethers

Toys

Baby carrier

Disposable diaper changing pad sheets (trust me, airports can have some nasty places to change)

Blanket

Anti-bacterial stuff for plane and wipes

Plastic bags for misc. trash

Tissues

Pacifier wipes

Pacifier (if your baby takes one, ours doesn’t)

Sip cup

Snacks for mom and dad

Sleep masks/ear plugs (one parent can use at a time)

Sleep medicine

Adult Packing List Clothing

Socks

Shoes: walking, beach sandals, night

Pants

Dresses/skirts

Underwear/Boxers

Bathings suits

Shirts

Workout clothes

Belts

Jewelry

Purses

Hats- sun and baseball

Sunglasses

Bug-repellent clothing

Adult – Toiletries Packing List

Medicine

Suntan lotion

Makeup

Razor

Brushes

Toothpaste

Toothbrushes

Floss

Probiotics

Moisturizer

Hair Products (Gel, Rogaine, whatever you need)

Deodorant

Bug spray

Condoms (unless you want to travel with another kid)

Technology Packing List

Adapters

Camera, memory cards,

Computer/Charger

Small flashlight

Adapters

Extension cord

Extra batteries

Smoke detector? (Kind of crazy but saw on one list and depends where you’re going)

Odds & Ends Packing List

Passports (and copies)

Global entry cards

First Class Lounge Entry card

Boarding passes (download apps for mobile)

Wallet

Keys

Cell phone/charger

Headphones (charge noise-cancelling)

Sports equipment (games, tennis shoes, rackets?)

Business cards

FAA Car Seat Guidelines printed

Trip Itinerary

Pen

Neck Pillows

Glasses

Winter Hat/Gloves/Scarf

Other Considerations:

  • What stroller are you going to take? Large or Umbrella?
  • What storage bag? If bringing a large stroller the airline will make you check it. Some may still make you check the umbrella stroller. You need to bring a storage bag, airlines make you sign something saying they aren’t responsible for lost or damaged items when you give them the stroller. And strollers are expensive, man. Most strollers make their own bags to match.
  • Car Seat & Adapter if necessary for stroller

Make sure that the car seat states that it is FAA Approved. It should say it on the seat itself. You will need to show this to the flight attendants. Be prepared to also have an argument or two about whether your car seat can be rear-facing if you are not on an American airline. Only American airlines require that you are allowed to have your baby’s car seat in a seat if you purchase it. Most other airlines have varying policies. That said, I strongly believe that every baby should be in a car seat even though the airlines will let you travel with your baby on your lap until they are one year-old. The Car Seat Lady explains this way better and more intelligently than I do so be sure to check it out.

 

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