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Whether you’re planning a vacation with a newborn, baby, or toddler… or just taking a trip to visit family, there are several essential things to pack that you don’t want to forget!

I’m a type-A mom of three, and my motto is, “be prepared.” Haha. We’ve taken trips with our babies on a plane, in a car, to the beach, to Disney world, and all over the place.

So aside from the obvious diapers, portable bottle warmers, wipes, and clothes, what do you pack when traveling with a baby?

These are packing must-haves that are not-so-obvious that we always pack with us for a better night’s sleep AND to keep our family healthy while traveling.

They just make traveling with a baby easier all around!

Let’s dive right in!

If you’re in a hurry to pack, here’s a quick list of not-so-obvious things you’ll need when traveling with your baby:

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Traveling with Baby: Tips & Must-Have List

A sound machine

If you’re staying in a hotel with your baby, (or really any place that’s new!) there will unfamiliar noises that may startle and wake your baby.

Creaks in the floor or people slamming doors… traveling with baby can disrupt their sleep.

Packing a sound machine will help drown out the noise and help your baby sleep better while on vacation!

A baby-safe essential oil blend

I love to pack this roll-on sleep oil blend for my kiddos to help them sleep better while traveling.

It’s even paraben and phthalate-free and safe for babies older than six months! (Smells so good, too!)

It’s small and doesn’t take up much space in your suitcase.

Swaddle

If your baby sleeps well with a swaddle, don’t forget to pack it!

(Seriously, don’t forget. Our baby was addicted to hers and wouldn’t sleep at all without it!) 

Baby soap/shampoo

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten the baby shampoo. I love Dr. Bonner’s baby soap as a non-toxic option.

Pro tip: Target sells it in a travel size!

Baby toothbrush

Why is it so easy to forget your toothbrush when packing for a trip?!

Haha! Well, now that you have a baby, you gotta pack one for him, too!

I just love this brand, which is very soft for baby’s gums.

Gripe Water

All that bumpy traveling with baby can be hard on her tummy. We always pack this gripe water to take with us just in case of gas, colic, or tummy troubles.

Disposable changing mats

I’m a total germaphobe, so I always pack disposable changing mats to protect my baby from germy surfaces and keep them healthy.

I love these because they’re bigger (and cheaper!) than your typical baby changing pad.

Restaurant table covers

Speaking of disposable mats, I always pack a few of these disposable restaurant table covers for when we eat out.

(Have you ever used a Clorox wipe on a restaurant table? If so, you KNOW how nasty those tables are!)

These Sesame Street ones have bright colors and fun pictures to keep baby occupied.

High chair / shopping cart cover

I also be sure to pack a high chair/shopping cart cover to protect baby from germs if they’re old enough to sit up.

Baby towel and washcloth

We just returned from a short getaway where we stayed at a posh hotel.

And even though it was a super-nice place, the towels were SO scratchy.

Save your baby’s skin by packing his own ultra-soft towel and wash cloth.

(And confession: I told ya’ll I’m a germaphobe and the thought of rubbing a towel on my baby that has been used by 100’s of other people kinda freaks me out. Haha!)

If you’re planning to take baby to the beach or the pool, or if you’re going to be gone for longer than a couple of days, you probably want to pack more than one towel.

Baby carrier

Most babies LOVE to be carried. (And let’s face it. A wrap takes up so much less room than a stroller!)

Swim diapers

Speaking of the beach and pool, you’ll want to be sure to pack swim diapers if you’re headed there. (Why do I always forget these?!)

Baby safe sunscreen

Unfortunately, a lot of mainstream sunscreens are loaded with toxins and harmful chemicals that shouldn’t go anywhere near a baby. 🙁

I trust the Badger brand as a good non-toxic sunscreen option.

Hand soap

Have you ever noticed that hotels never provide hand soap for their guests? It blows my mind! They just give you those tiny little bars.

I dunno about you, but I’m not sure that washing your hands with bar soap gets them very clean. I mean, if you think about it, you’re putting your dirty hands on that bar of soap, and then later washing your hands again with the same germs lingering on the bar. (Am I over-thinking this? lol!)

But for real, since you’ll be changing diapers, I feel like it’s important to pack liquid soap.

We always pack hand soap when we travel to keep us healthy.

Collapsible dish pan

(Or, if you’re a pumping mom, you’ll also need to wash your breast pump parts!)

This dish pan is perfect for washing baby stuff, plus it’s collapsible so it won’t take up too much space in your luggage!

Bottle brush

And of course, you’ll also want to pack dish soap and a bottle brush to wash said bottles, sippy cups, pump parts, and pacifiers!

Bottle drying rack

At this point, I kinda feel like this post is similar to “If you give a mouse a cookie.”

If you have dish soap and a bottle brush, you’re going to need somewhere clean to dry your baby bottles. Sooo… you’ll also need to pack a bottle drying rack.

This is what we bring along. It doesn’t take up tooooo much space.

Zipper bags

You’ll find a million uses for these things when traveling with a baby.

I like to put my baby’s outfit, a diaper, and a pair of socks in a ziplock bag so that everything is ready to go and easily organized.

I also keep all of baby’s pacifiers in a baggie so they don’t get dirty or lost.

If you prefer a reusable zipper bag, these are super-cute.

Bonus item: Disinfectant wipes! Whenever we get to a hotel, I always wipe down the remote, light switches, and all major surfaces.

Alright, that’s it, friends!

With these must-have items for baby travel you’re all set to go on that Disneyworld trip you’ve been planning for ages, or maybe you’re taking your toddler to the beach.

Whatever it is, make the best of it and enjoy with your little bundle of joy!

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Traveling with Baby: 19 Must-Haves You Don't Want to Forget to Pack

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