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Traveling With Infants: Packing Tips and Lists

No two trips with a baby are the same—a trip taken with the same baby can be a very different experience at four months, eight months, and one year. No matter where and when you go, however, it’s best to keep the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” in mind. On your next trip with an infant, consider these packing tips and essentials:

Car Travel With Infants

Tips

  • Pack some snacks in small reusable zip bags to avoid unhealthy food at rest stops.
  • Pack light, easily accessible snacks for others, in case you have a light sleeper in the back.
  • Plan extra time for rest stops.

What to Pack 

Plane Travel With Infants

Tips

  • Plan for delays; choose a baby-friendly hotel in any of your stop-over cities.
  • Pay extra for itineraries with as few stops as possible.
  • Pack extra outfits in labeled Ziplock bags.
  • If possible, ship as many items (like diapers and wipes) as possible to your destination. Most hotels will accept same-day packages if asked beforehand.

What to Pack

  • Several extra changes of clothing for baby
  • At least one change of clothes for parents
  • Labeled Ziplock bags with items for messes, feeding and diaper changes
  • At least one diaper for every hour in transit, plus a few extras
  • Something for baby to suck on during takeoff and landing
  • Car seat and stroller travel bags (even if gate is checking)
  • Baby carrier
  • Applicable rules printed re: car seats, nursing in public and TSA liquids policy

Beach or Pool Destination With Infants

Tips

  • Go to a beach or pool where umbrellas and chairs can be rented for the day.
  • Plan to be inside, perhaps at a nearby restaurant, during the worst of the midday sun.

What to Pack

RV Camping With Infants

Tips

  • Stay close to home for the first trip, and stay near a town.
  • Bring a playpen for sleeping, downtime and playtime.
  • Bring extra blankets.

What to Pack

Cruising With Infants

Tips

  • Check the age limitations on your cruise ship. (Many don’t allow babies under six months of age.)
  • Book a hotel and arrive near your port of departure a day early.
  • Choose a cruise line that offers baby amenities so you don’t have to lug everything onboard.
  • Check if your cruise line offers a program for infants and if it allows non-potty trained babies into the pool.

What to Pack

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