When traveling with a newborn or toddler, it is important to be ready for anything. Pack your diaper bag so you have all the essentials covered. Include toys, first aid supplies, and pacifiers. Bring feeding items, like formula, milk, and snacks. Don’t forget changing items, such as diapers, diaper cream, and extra clothes. Throw all of this in your diaper bag and head to your gate!

EditIncluding the Necessities

  1. Pack a few of your child’s favorite toys. Bring age-appropriate items like chew toys, cars, doll, or stuffed animal. Try not to bring things with many pieces, so there's less to keep track of. [1]
  2. Pack a first aid kit so you are prepared for any injury. Make sure your kit includes bandages, gauze, antibacterial ointment, cotton swabs, tissues, alcohol wipes, thermometer, and hand sanitizer.[2]
  3. Remember to bring medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. If your infant takes medication, make sure you bring any prescriptions. Also include over-the-counter drugs like fever reducers, pain relievers, teething relief, and gas relief. Pack all of this with your first aid kit. [3]
  4. Throw in a blanket to keep warm on the plane. Planes can get drafty, and you want to make sure you have something to keep you and your baby warm. Bring your child’s favorite for extra comfort.

    • Blankets are also helpful to for wiping up spills, if a towel is not handy. [4]

  5. Consider pacifiers to help your baby’s ears adjust to pressure changes. Pacifiers will give your baby something to suck or chew on, and this can help with any ear pressure that may occur as the plane takes off and descends. Store your pacifiers in a clean, resealable bag so they stay clean. [5]

    • If you don't use pacifiers, you can also nurse or provide a bottle during take-off and landing.

  6. Include a few plastic bags to use for soiled clothes or a garbage bag. You can use plastic bags to store various items, like dirty clothing or used diapers.[6]

EditPacking Feeding Items

  1. Pack snacks, formula, and baby food. If your child eats solid food, back snacks like granola bars, applesauce, crackers, or Cheerios. Pack milk, formula, or baby food--if this is what you feed your child.

    • Make sure general liquids are under 3.4 ounces so they pass security inspections. However, you should be able to bring greater, reasonable quantities of breast milk or formula through without issue. Just have them out of your bag, ready for inspection, and tell the screening agent what they're for. They may need to test the liquids, as a security measure.[7]
    • You can also buy milk, water, and juice after you get through security.[8]

  2. Consider a cover-up if you are still nursing. You may want to pack a cover so you have privacy while nursing. You can also use a blanket or towel, though bring your own.
  3. Bring a bib and burp cloth. A bib will help with messes while eating. Pack washable or plastic bibs when traveling. Bring at least one cloth to use for burping if your baby is still prone to spitting up. [9]
  4. Pack bottles and sippy cups, as well as plates/utensils, if needed. Since you probably won't be able to clean your bottles thoroughly during travel, you probably want to bring enough so that you can use each one just once. You can probably get by with fewer plates/utensils, if any.[10]

EditPacking Changing Supplies

  1. Pack 5 to 7 diapers per day of travel, on average. Consider how many your baby typically needs, and throw in some extras. Add two overnight diapers per night away. You can also save space by buying diapers when you arrive at your destination. Either way, make sure you have plenty of diapers stocked for when your little one has got to go. [11]
  2. Include a changing mat or extra towel to change on. You can purchase disposable changing mats for traveling, or you can get a reusable changing pad. Or, bring an extra cloth or towel to substitute in place of a mat.[12]
  3. Pack diaper cream. Depending on your travel arrangements, you may not get to change your baby’s diaper quite as frequently as you would at home, so have some diaper cream to help with any irritation. You can get small, travel sized bottles.[13]
  4. Bring wipes in a resealable pack. You can also store your wipes in a sandwich bag. This will keep them moist while traveling.[14]Advertisement

  5. Remember to bring an extra set of clothes for you and your baby. When traveling, you never know when you will need another shirt or when you will spill something on your pants. You can even pack two sets to be on the safe side. Be prepared with extra shirts, pants, and socks.

    • Also throw in a hat in case the plane is cold.[15]

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