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  • Aug 28 2014

    Pack For Travel Checklist – Baby & Family


    This is the “Mother of All Baby Travel Packing Checklists”!

    As I returned to the ‘work-force’ when our baby turned 8 months old AND my job requires much travel, this baby packing list is key.  Probably more on here than you will actually need, however better to have more on your list to cross off, rather than forget important items and find yourself at your destination accommodation wishing you’d brought that [fill-in-the-blank]!

    This coming November we are off to Indonesia where I will work possibly straight through to February and therefore access to many of the things we categorize as  necessities may not be available.

    So, posting this with best wishes to you, parents…in your travels whether near or far!  May it all go smoothly, and do remember to take it all in and snap a few pics while you’re in a new locale.

    Ahh yes, and patience, surrender and a smile may go way further than your destination!

    P.S.: Many destinations now have baby services or baby rentals where you can pre-book baby equipment, toys, accessories and useful items so you don’t have to haul them with you on flights! Just brilliant!!!  Check it out via our friend Mr. Google.


    Get the PRINTABLE PDF CHECKLIST by clicking here!



    Take along a few key items baby is familiar with, like their blankie (of course!) and their favorite stuffed toy or a bath toy they love. There is nothing like familiarity and sense of routine to a baby/toddler, however remember not to weigh yourself down with all the toys in the toy-box!

    p.s. I was going to add

    • Baby backpack or carrying bag (backpacks are great as you are hands-free and not lop-sided)
    • Formula
    • Baby food/Baby Cereal (or buy at destination)
    • Eating utensils (to avoid ‘disposable’ items, rinse in bathroom and bring a kitchen towel cut in strips, to wrap cutlery for washing/re-use later)
    • Bottles & Nipples
    • Sippy Cups
    • Teething Crackers / ‘Baby-friendly’ Snacks
    • Baby Toothbrush and Toothpaste
    • Shampoo, body wash, powder, butt cream (baby toiletries)
    • Grooming kit (with baby nail clippers and hairbrush)
    • Blankies (bring a few: to lay baby on, cover baby, cover self, protect clothes from messy burps, shade baby, and more)
    • Pacifier (if baby using one)
    • Toys and best stuffed animals
    • Diapers (1 for each 3 hrs in transit, plus extras in case of delays
    • Swim Diapers
    • Pad to put under baby during diaper changes
    • Wipes
    • Diaper Cream
    • Inflatable baby bathtub
    • Bath Toys
    • Bibs
    • Drool cloth(s)
    • Swimsuits
    • Sun hats
    • 1-2 outfits per day (if not planning on doing laundry)
    • Sweater(s)
    • Socks
    • Shoes/Sandals
    • Travel crib/cot/play yard
    • Crib bedding
    • Collapsible Stroller
    • Car Seat w base
    • Front Carrier or Sling
    • Plastic bags or a Diaper Bag Dispenser with Bags
    • Hand wipes/small bottle of disinfecting hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion
    • Tissues
    • Energy-boosting snacks for mom/dad to munch on
    • Nightlight
    • Simple first-aid kit
    • Baby pain reliever and supplies for treating minor injuries or teething (pack in plastic sealable bag to prevent leaks)
    • Electric plug covers
    • Baby (video) monitor
    • Babyfood maker, if necessary (Beaba)
    • Camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card
    • Phone number of baby’s healthcare provider in case you have questions while on the road
    • Bubbles blower!
    • Flash Cards or Other Compact / Educational Activity


    • Cash /credit cards/debit/ATM cards
    • Passports
    • Drivers’ license
    • Consent letter from non-traveling parent if traveling solo
    • Photocopies of passport & drivers’ licence – packed separately, in case ID is lost or stolen
    • Get a travel plan for cell phone?
    • Health & travel insurance documents
    • Vaccination documents if needed
    • Trip itinerary /Airplane tickets, or confirmation number for e-ticket
    • Hotel and/or car reservation numbers
    • Bank account numbers or cheques and security device (for one of my bank accounts, can only make transfers using a security device! good thing I remembered to pack it!)


    • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
    • Shampoo, conditioner, hair products
    • Brush & comb
    • Shaving gear
    • Glasses and/or Contact lens accessories
    • Sunglasses
    • Skin cream, makeup
    • Nail clippers
    • Tweezers
    • Ear plugs
    • Insect repellent
    • Afterbite, for insect bites
    • Sun block 2


    • Band-aids
    • Topical antibiotic ointment
    • Disinfecting liquid like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol
    • Cotton swabs
    • Pain relief tablets
    • Baby pain/fever reliever
    • Oral rehydration liquid or sachets
    • Allergy medicine
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Prescription medicines
    • Mommy/Daddy Vitamins or Supplements


    • Earplugs for everyone around you on the flight! (they come with a smile 🙂 )
    • Smartphone & charger
    • Camera and batteries and/or charger
    • Tablet/Laptop/headphones
    • Pen & Paper
    • Assorted plastic bags
    • Assorted plastic containers
    • Mini Flashlight & batteries
    • Needle and thread
    • Travel alarm clock
    • Small amount of dish and/or laundry soap
    • Waterproof sheet
    • Beach toys
    • Water wings
    • Water goggles
    • Dish soap, dish sponge and dishwashing gloves (you’d be amazed how much washing of baby food and drink items you could wash/rinse when on the go!)
    • Underwater camera


    • Two swimsuits
    • Lots of t-shirts or other tops
    • Long sleeved shirts
    • Shorts
    • Pants
    • Sweater or jacket
    • Few dressy outfits
    • Rain gear
    • Sleepwear
    • Underwear
    • Socks
    • Hat(s)
    • Sandals
    • Good walking shoes
    • Accessories
    • Sarongs

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