Travel Tips & Tricks

November 6, 2023

Packing Guide for Baby’s First Adventure

Getting ready for your baby’s first trip is super exciting. It’s the start of so many fun discoveries and experiences to come. But, it’s true that traveling with a little is a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. No worries, though! A bit of planning and a clever baby packing list can make the whole process much smoother.

Before we dive into the baby packing list, let’s talk about the essentials first. Before you get into the details of what to pack, keep this in mind: making sure your baby is comfortable is the most important thing. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading to a lively city or a peaceful beach, what your baby needs comes first.

Baby Packing List

The Diaper Bag: Your Command Center

Think of your diaper bag as your go-to resource. It should have diapers (one for each hour of travel, plus extras), wipes, a changing pad, and a couple of change of clothes because, well, accidents happen. Don’t forget a plastic bag or two for soiled garments.

Feeding Fundamentals

When breastfeeding on the go, a nursing cover, absorbent pads, and a hand pump can offer privacy and convenience. If you’re bottle-feeding, pack enough formula and bottles to last through travel days and the first couple of days at your destination, so you’re not immediately searching for supplies or a place to clean bottles. A travel bottle warmer can be a lifesaver if your little one is particular about temperature. Don’t forget bibs and burp cloths to handle any messes during feeds. Check out our baby packing list below for our tips on how to pack your diaper bag while traveling!

Layer, Layer, Layer

Layering is your best strategy for dressing your baby, whether you’re in transit or settled at your destination. It allows for quick adaptation to changing temperatures. Include a variety of onesies, sleepers, and a couple of extra warm outfits in your baby’s luggage. A UPV-protecting swimsuit and hat for sun protection or a hooded jacket, along with socks to keep your little one’s head and toes cozy in cooler environments

Sleep Time

A travel crib can be a game-changer, providing a safe and familiar spot for naps and nighttime. A favorite blanket or stuffed animal from home can also help soothe your baby in unfamiliar environments. For those who need complete darkness, a pop-up sleep tent can be invaluable for creating a dark, quiet space in bright or noisy hotels.

Health and Hygiene

A well-stocked baby first aid kit is crucial, containing items like a thermometer, nail clippers, and hypoallergenic lotion or cream. Pack any regular medications your baby takes, along with standard medications used for sickness like tylenol, just in case.


Select toys that will captivate your baby both during the journey and once you’ve arrived. Rattles, soft books, and teething toys are lightweight, easy to pack, and can provide comfort and distraction for your baby in various settings. Check out or baby packing list below and what you should carry-on versus what you should check.

Tips for a Smooth Journey

  • Make a List and Check it Twice: This isn’t just for Santa, your baby packing list could make the difference between a smooth journey and a nightmare. Make your list well in-advance, and add to it as you think of new things.
  • Practice Runs: Before the big day, do a trial run. A short trip can help you gauge what works and what doesn’t with your packing list.
  • Document Check: Ensure your baby’s documents are in order if you’re traveling internationally. Yes, even newborns need a passport!
  • Baby Gear: Lightweight, collapsible strollers and baby carriers are your best friends. They make moving around less of a workout and more of a breeze.
  • Snack Time: If your baby’s started on solids, pack snacks that are easy to handle and not too messy.
  • Plan for the Plane: If flying, feed your baby during takeoff and landing to help with ear pressure.

Remember, the goal is to create a home away from home for your baby. Familiarity breeds contentment, and a content baby makes for a far more pleasant adventure for everyone involved. Your baby packing list may look a little different than ours, so remember to take your baby’s unique needs and preferences into account!

So, take a deep breath, pack with love and care, and embark on Baby’s First Adventure with confidence. The world is vast and beautiful, and there’s no time like the present to start exploring it through your baby’s awestruck eyes. If you need help planning, shoot us an email by visiting our contact page!

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