Ever since you added the newest member to your clan, you and your partner’s annual bae-cation is now a baby-cation. The memories will be all the more special, but it adds a new twist to the travel prep. Long gone are the days of throwing things into your luggage at the last minute and hoping for the best.
“It’s no secret babies need a lot of stuff, all the time. There are many small things to remember, and packing and keeping track of these items can be an experience in itself,” says CharlRe Slaughter-Atiemo, MD, a pediatrician and founder of Cayter 2 You Baby, a one-stop online shopping center that allows parents to pre-order baby supplies and send them to their vacation destination. “It’s good to be as prepared as possible for the unexpected—it’ll help alleviate stress and ensure your infant has everything they need to stay as comfortable as possible.” So what exactly should you be packing? Read on.
Rule No. 1: There is no such thing as ‘packing light.’ Slaughter-Atiemo says a well-stocked travel bag should at the very least include:
- Diapers: “A good rule of thumb is to pack at least two days worth of diapers for possible delays (and blowouts!).”
- Baby wipes: Toss in at least one pack of 50+ wipes
- Diaper cream
- Changing pad
- Bags: Disposable diaper bags, plastic bags for trash and a bunch of Ziploc bags for good measure
- Formula or stored breast milk: You certainly don’t want baby going hungry. If you’re breastfeeding, having some stored breast milk on hand can be helpful if nursing on the spot proves to be a challenge. Check TSA’s guidelines on traveling with breast milk and formula if you’re planning on flying
- Bottles and sippy cups: “Bring at least one bottle or sippy cup for every four hours of travel in case you’re unable to rinse and reuse a bottle or cup,” Slaughter-Atiemo says.
- Baby food: “Disposable baby food pouches are convenient because you can squirt them directly in…