When traveling with your little one, there will be unexpected events that will need you to be armed with some essential baby products. This will make traveling much easier and less fussy. So what are these must-haves when traveling with a baby?
1. Diapers and diaper pads
Diapers are a must have baby accessory. You should pack at least one for every hour during your travel. Ensure that you have extras as well for use when transitioning. For long travels, you will need disposable diapers over cloth diapers.
This is because disposable diapers will save you a lot of time. Using cloth diapers means you will have to cart soiled diapers as you travel. Do not forget the changing station pad so that you can place it under your baby as you change the diapers.
2. Baby food formula and water
This is another essential baby accessory you must have with you when traveling with your baby. Children get hungry very fast, and you will need what will keep them filled up as you travel. You can use reusable baby food pouches to store the formula and feed your baby as well.
Just ensure that you have enough pouches to last you baby the entire journey. The recipe will also matter a lot; use your baby’s best recipe to make the formula. This will eliminate any worry of your baby refusing to use the formula.
3. Clothes, shoes and socks
At some point of your travel, your baby will need to change. It is important to carry different outfits. They should at least serve for each day you will be away from home or before you reach your destination. If you access a laundry washer at your destination, then it will be good to carry just enough for your baby. If you won’t, you will have plenty to pack.
Don’t forget the toys. Toys are essential for play as you travel. They also offer companionship. Nothing will hurt much when your baby realizes you have forgotten her favorite toy. Toys also foster emotional development. Which means your baby will be happy as you travel.
5. Breast milk bottles and pumps
If you use breast pumps, you will need to have them with you as you travel. At some point as your travel, your baby might not be willing to be breastfed. You will have to express the milk for later use. That is why you will need a breast milk pump and milk bottles.
When traveling by air, you might need to check on the traveling guidelines regarding traveling with breast milk pumps. In this scenario also you might need some freezing ice to keep the milk fresh.
Baby blankets are important to keep on your travel list. You will need them when covering your baby as you breastfeed, lay your baby or shade your baby as she sleeps. The best thing with baby blankest is that they are breathable and light in weight, so you won’t really need to worry about any discomfort.
7. Wipers and tissues
You will need wipers to wipe away any mess your baby will have done. Drools and spit-ups are common hashes that children bring about as you travel and you will need some wipers or tissues to clean the mess up. Wipes are also important in a situation where you are forced to hand feed your baby.
8. Disinfectants, lotions and baby wash
When traveling, your baby will be greatly exposed to germs. You will need some disinfecting hand gel for sterilizing your baby’s hands before she eats anything. This is also important if it happens that you have visited public restrooms. Adding a small disinfectant bottle on your checklist will help a lot. Lotions and baby wash are also crucial for use after bathing your baby.
9. Portable play yard, car seat and strollers
If you have an infant, a play yard will be of a higher-priority. A play yard will be good for your baby to sleep and play in. If you are planning to travel by a plane, you might need to double check on the traveling policies to confirm if they are gate-checked or not. If by car or bus, a play yard might be appropriate.
A car seat is also essential for traveling by a plane or a car. This will apply if you are also traveling with a toddler or an infant. If your baby is not going to sit on your lap, then a car seat will be important for a snug travel. A stroller might also be essential for use when you reach your destination.
10. First aid kit
Travelling involves sitting down for a long time. For children who are traveling for the first time, nausea and headaches might be experienced. That is why you will need a first aid kit. Fill up your first aid kit with painkillers, and any other supply that will be essential for treating minor injuries.
There you have it on some of the essential stuff that you must have when travelling with a baby. Do not take them for granted as their importance will be evidenced when your baby needs to use them when traveling. Ensure you have more necessary baby products when traveling just in case a need arises.
Mary Ross is a mom of four. She loves using her energy to help other people improve their lives. She started The Impressive Kids to help first-time moms and dads overcome the challenges of being new parents. She’s a foodie, and always finds time to cook for her family.