Packing for your little ones can really be a worry especially if you’re the type of person that packs a lot of things but still forgets something. Take it from me when I say that packing for your baby can be hectic sometimes. But nevertheless, there is always a way around everything, including this packing dilemma.
Now most moms would just think of the basic necessities when it comes to packing for your newborn. That’s correct don’t get me wrong, but remember that your little ones have more needs that we adults do. Here is a little checklist I made to help you pack all the things you need before your travel with your little travel buddy.
There are two possible types of shirts that you have to bring every time you travel. You can never predict the weather and having two options of clothing to choose from is the best way to go.
For warmer climate, a baby t-shirt is a good choice to pick
- Long sleeved shirts
For a colder climate, you can choose to use the long sleeved shirt to give warmth to your baby.
If you are going somewhere cold, then best to bring a sweater along with you. But you can still use the sweater even if you are going somewhere hot. Where you say? While traveling of course, you’ll never know when the transportation you are riding would have a freezing air conditioning unit in it.
- Jeans, Pants or Leggings
I like to dress up my little ones with pants, leggings or jeans. There are two main reasons for it too. One is that it protects them from scratches when they roam around and second is that it protects them from mosquito bites and sun damage.
For a warmer climate, you can choose to pick a set of shorts for your little ones. Just make sure too put sunscreen and bug repellant on their legs if you do.
Bring a lot of underwear just in case you little ones would have an “accident” during your trip.
Don’t forget to bring a set or two of their favorite pajamas. Make sure that it is also comfortable and itch free in order to give them a good night’s rest.
Protect your little ones from the sun with the use of hats. It will also serve as a cool fashion accessory,
- For Eating
- Bottle and sterilizers
Bring enough bottles to get your through the trip if you don’t want to bring a sterilizer. But it will be bulky. So choose your preference depending on your travel and the allotted weight the plane of boat will give you.
To soothe your fussy little ones, a pacifier is your best buddy. Bring a couple of extras just in case it gets soiled.
- Breastmilk or Formula Milk
Bring more than enough of these items. Especially when your baby is used to breastmilk.
Keep spills away from you kids and keep their outfits clean using bibs. It can either be washable or made of cloth, you be the judge of that.
- Boppy Pillow
A very useful pillow for moms especially when you are breastfeeding or when your baby is on their “tummy-time.”
Bring small, finger food for your big kids so that they can snack during the trip to avoid tantrums due to hunger.
- Sippy Cups
Sippy cups are used for kids that are learning how to drink from a glass. Bring their favorite drink as well.
- For Changing
Bring tons of these things. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
If you are out of reach from a sink to ash your baby’s bum, wipes is the next best thing to use.
- Nappy Rash Cream
I always bring a rash cream during our trips. You can never know when your baby will start having rashes so better do an early prevention to be safe.
- Changing Mat
A changing mat never leaves my baby bag. This is to protect your little ones from dirty surfaces as you change their diaper.
- Soap and shampoo
Better yet, find an all-in-one, top-to-toe baby wash.
Best used for places with cold climate. This is applied to avoid your baby’s skin from drying up.
- Baby Comb
Remove your baby’s hair tangles using a comb especially made for babies’ thin and fragile hair.
To dry up your little ones after a bath.
To prevent excess sweating and make them smell good throughout the trip.
- First Aid
- Insect Repellant
A must have anywhere you travel. To keep you baby safe from mosquito bites.
Another must have. Protect you baby’s skin from the blazing sun with sunblock made for kids.
- Paracetamol for Babies
There are instances that kids get a fever because they are worn out. So best give them a dose of paracetamol to help them feel better.
To check your kid’s temperature.
- Band Aid
For those wounds and “boo-boos”.
- Povidone Iodine
To disinfect your kid’s wounds.
Best first aid for sterilizing hands, scratches and the likes.
- Antibacterial Ointment
This can come in handy if your kid has a wound or a scratch that needs more that disinfection.
- Travel Gears
For long walks type of travel choose a stroller as your companion.
If you prefer to carry your baby use a carrier.
- Car Seat
Best gear that can be used for all type of transportation vehicle.
Bring their favorite toys to keep them busy.
- Favorite “security item”
Bring their “security” blanket, toy, basically the thing that keeps them relaxed and feeling safe.
- Night Lamp
A must especially when you are breastfeeding your baby at night.
Bring a blanket just in case of cold nights.
Use their favorite lullabies to quickly send them to dream land.
These are the basics of what you need to pack every time you travel with your little ones. Of course it can differ depending on your preference and travel itinerary. Just make sure to pack everything you need and don’t skip anything just for the sake of packing light.