Are you traveling with your baby for the first time this summer? That’s great! Whether you're taking a short road trip or embarking on an international adventure, a little bit of preparation can make the journey much more manageable and enjoyable for everyone involved. Since we have some experience on the matter at mamalila, here are some valuable tips for traveling with a baby and a baby essentials packing list for your next vacation.
Start by creating a checklist of everything you'll need during the trip, including diapers, formula or breast milk, baby clothes, and any special comfort items your little one may require, for example soother or blankie. We have a packing list ready for you at the end of this article. Booking accommodations and transportation in advance can help you secure baby-friendly options and avoid unnecessary stress during the journey.
Go with the flow
As parents, we often have a well-structured itinerary in mind, but it's crucial to remain open to changes. Be willing to adjust your plans as needed. If your baby needs more rest or is particularly fussy, don't hesitate to take breaks or modify your schedule accordingly. You will all be more relaxed if your baby is happy.
Our little tip: try to schedule driving time during your baby’s nap time.
Don't rush sightseeing
While it's natural to want to explore and experience everything a destination has to offer, remember that your baby's pace may be slower than yours. Instead of rushing from one landmark to another, take your time to savor the moments and enjoy the journey together. Sometimes, the most memorable experiences happen when you least expect them.
Pack strategically and avoid overpacking to prevent unnecessary bulk and hassle. Opt for lightweight, versatile baby gear, and if there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget, it’s your baby carrier!
Essential Packing Checklist for Parents
Changing Supplies and special clothes
- diaper rash cream
- baby wipes
- closeable, waterproof bags for soiled diapers
- sun hat with a wide brim
- sunglasses (if your baby will wear them)
- UV-protective clothing, especially if your baby is more mobile & can no longer lie quietly in the shade or you want to go splashing in the sea or pool
Our tip: Use a backpack as a diaper bag to pack your baby’s essentials. This way you can be completely hands free!
- bottles and formula if needed
- for older babies and toddlers (depending on whether there is porridge or BLW): Bibs, thermal containers & spoons or snacks.
These items are of course not applicable if your baby is fully breastfed.
Comfort and Sleep
- soothers if your baby needs one
- baby blanket or swaddle
- comfort toy or lovey
- travel crib or portable bassinet (check first if your accommodation offers one)
- sleepsack or wearable blanket
- baby carrier or sling
- travel high chair or portable booster seat (if your accommodation doesn’t offer one)
- baby carrier rain cover or babywearing insert for your mamalila jacket
- sun protection for the beach, e.g. a beach tent or a compact parasol
Our tip: You can use the rain cover as a changing pad, warm blanket, picnic blanket, seat protector etc.
Toiletries and Health
- baby shampoo and body wash
- baby thermometer & first aid kit (consult your local pharmacy for advice). In our experience, the most important things when travelling are for: stomach ache, fever, nausea, ear ache
- your baby’s favorite toys and books
- small, portable toys for on-the-go entertainment
While young parents usually pack everything perfectly for their baby, they very often forget about their own needs! Don’t forget to pack enough drinks and snacks as well as sunscreen, hats and sunglasses before going on a trip. On your next trip, leave everything behind that you didn’t need on your first trip. If you didn’t use it, it’s probably because you didn’t need it! Hopefully these tips will make your travel experience with your baby smooth and highly enjoyable.
Have a great trip & lots of fun on your first little adventure!