I was so excited, I thought I’d flip. We were gonna travel as a family, for the first time. At the same time it felt like I’d never been more forgetful. I had nightmares about missing out on something so crucial. It had to be the perfect trip since it was also papa and mama bear’s first relaxing vacay since the birth of baby bear.
I immediately went on the baby center website and thanks to it i got the most elaborate checklist for my perfect holiday.
Here is the checklist I followed, after omission of few things that i thought were unnecessarily on the list. One has to pack sensibly and cannot take the entire house along just to be overly precautionary also in most places we would plan to travel with a baby, we would easily find the necessities just in case.
8 in the diaper bag and 1 sealed bag of pampers 80 pieces (easiest to carry that way)
• Pad to put under your baby during diaper changes
You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones.
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
• Plastic bags
Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets.
•Diaper rash cream
Carry 2 packets they come in super handy in wiping off spit-ups, sticky hands, makeup, stains etc apart from the baby bums
• Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion
• Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one)
• A few of your baby’s favorite toys
Keep multiple small ones instead of 1-2 big ones. Babies tend to get bored quickly.
• Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes
Two outfits per day + one night suit is a good guideline
• Washable bibs
• Sun hat
• Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, and baby food
If your baby’s eating solids
• 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)
• First-aid kit
Baby pain reliever, teether, nasal drops, and supplies for treating minor injuries
• Baby carrier
Lightweight, hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports.
• Car seat for safer travel by car or plane
• Collapsible stroller
• Can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.
5 survival tips for road trips with your babies.
• 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 diapers 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 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.
This list worked great for me but you can always add or remove items according to your baby’s needs.
Have a fun trip.