My son is currently 15 months old and already has traveled to a few cool places, such, as, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina by plane. His first flight was when he was 6 months old to DR… yes an international flight and boy was it a lot. I’m a full blown planner; therefore, it is really important for me to take weeks before the trip to get my life together. I’m also one of those people that would rather overpack than underpack so bear with me while I take you through my process.
There is a slight difference to how I pack depending if it is international or not, here we go:
I’ll be using a 7 day example in checklist form:
- 2 – 3 outfits for baby per day
- Onesies – about 10 (some count as a full outfit because they are the shorts kind) – even some long sleeve ones
- Tops – 5
- bottoms – 7
- Shoes – 2 flip flops/ sandals and 2 pairs of little shoes or sneakers
- Bibs – about 10
- 2- 3 swim outfits
- 2 hats for the sun
Note: I lay my baby on the bed and put the outfits together on top of him to make sure they go and that he has enough variety. lol
- Other important items
- 5 diapers per day
- 2 – 3 packs of wipes (with the heat I found myself using more wipes than usual
- Medication (Tylenol, Benadryl, baby Vapor Rub, Saline nasal spray) – you just never know
- Baby soap
- Baby lotion
- Eczema Therapy lotion if needed
- Boogie sucker cleaner thingy
- Nail clippers
- Conditioner/ curl cream (my son has super curly hair that needs to be moisturized daily
- Wet Ones
- Changing Pad
- 2-3 Bottles
- Bottle Brush
- Mini Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap
- 2-3 Bobos (our super Dominican word for pacifier)
- Pacifier wipes (safe for baby when pacifier drops and you don’t have access to water and soap)
- A week’s supply of formula (I was not able to breastfeed so this was a must, but if you breastfeed make sure to pack storage baggies)
- If baby is over 1 – when my son went to Barbados, he was on whole milk and we put 3 bottles worth in a Hydro Flask with 2 – 3 ice cubes for the trip.
- When we landed we went straight to a supermarket to find whole milk
- Snacks – my son loves Gerber puffs and Happy baby Organics fruit pouches
- Baby safe suntan lotion
- Mosquito repellant
- First Aid Kit
- Ziplock bags or those good smelling diaper bags for the dirty diapers and dirty clothes
- Favorite toys and books
- Travel playpen/ playard
- More important items and International travel reminders
- Lightweight stroller
- Car Seat
- Fully packed Diaper bag
- Car Seat and Stroller travel bags
Note: The car seat and stroller can be checked in free of charge. The diaper bag is the baby’s personal item. Keep in mind that babies are considered lap infants before the age of 2 and do not need to purchase a ticket; therefore, they cannot have a checked bag. Your packing game needs to be strong to make sure you can fit your things and baby’s things in one piece of luggage. I wouldn’t really recommend to have a checked bag, carry on and personal item when traveling through the airport because it is super overwhelming! Keep it simple and keep the necessary items close by!
- Baby’s passport
- If traveling with only 1 parent, get a signed, notarized letter from the other parent stating they are aware and okay with the travel (sometimes the airline asks for it)
- JetBlue lets you add the infant when purchasing your ticket, but Delta does not, you have to call them after you purchase your ticket to add the infant (this was pretty annoying)
- If possible, try to get TSA Precheck – this has helped a ton
- Be prepared to get the diaper bag checked when you go through security (EVERYTIME)
The Actual Travel Part
It’s not easy! I repeat, it’s NOT easy! Picture this… you have your baby in a stroller, with the diaper bag hanging, with your backpack on your bag, with a large checked bag and the carseat in a long line. It’s no fun! Give yourself time, ask for help if needed and keep your eye on the prize. I’ve traveled with my boyfriend, parents, brothers, and cousins, and even with all these people, it’s still super stressful.
Some of my Amazon faves from the packing list above:
- Car Seat Gate Check Bag – Click here.
- Hydro Flask – Click here.
- First Aid Kit – Click here.
- Stroller Gate Check Bag – Click here.
- 3D Lite Stroller – Click here.
- Travel Playpen – Click here.
The major difference when traveling domestically is that I don’t go so hard on packing items that I can find in the U.S. For example, I’ll pack lighter on diapers, wipes, snacks, and formulas. Don’t get me wrong, these things were in Dominican Republic and Barbados, but very different than what I am used to using.
Also, no need to pack a passport, a birth certificate will suffice.
Visit soon. I will be uploading what I pack for myself.