Travelling With Baby For The First Time? This is The List You Need

Don't be overwhelmed by the length of this list - we've included even the most basic things that are so easy to forget!

For the Hand Luggage:

  • The bottle feeds you will need for the flight - keep them in a separate zip lock bag easily accessible and clearly labelled with a corresponding milk dispenser, clearly labelled
  • An extra bottle feed in case required for take off or landing (I usually prepare a 3oz bottle)
  • Any solid feeds you need for the flight, also keep in a container, inside a zip lock bag (things tend to get pretty messy on flights)
  • Separate zip lock bag with cutlery, plate and preferably a disposable bib
  • Easily accessible wipes (you'll need a LOT)
  • Extra socks (babies seem to really move around a lot on flights and you'll be shocked when you see their dirty socks at the end of it)
  • Extra change of clothes to change into before landing if necessary or if any spills occur
  • Hat and/or scarf if necessary for landing
  • Cardigan and/or jacket for landing - airports can be pretty breezy
  • Baby bottle with water
  • Baby blanket and muslin to cover any carry cot or seat
  • Bibs
  • Pacifier 
  • Extra nappies and nappy sacks (I recommend taking 3 more nappies than you think you'll need)
  • Portable changer (complete with a pack of wipes, mini soap and nappies - this is KEY for changing on a flight, without lugging a huge baby bag into a tiny space - changing a baby on a plane is not the easiest!)
  • Miracle swaddle
  • Baby toys
  • International adapter and phone charger
  • Red Book / Vaccine record book
  • Medicine pouch

Having travelled with both my babies as early as 4/5 weeks old, I've realised that the trick to a successful flight (I say successful in the lightest sense) is to be supremely organised. With limited space to manoeuvre and with a baby in your arms the whole time, you will need to have your go-to's accessible and easily recognisable. Zip lock bags and labels will really prove wonders.

For the Main Suitcase:

  • Grooming Kit (complete with hair comb and nail clippers - baby's nails grow at the speed of light)
  • Bath toys, body wash, shampoo and inflatable bath (if baby is too big to use a tub - I found inflatable baths so amazing to travel with given they come with a pump and take minimal time to blow up and minimal space in a suitcase)
  • Moisturiser and any body cream
  • Travel cot and cot covers  (if you're planning on using a hotel cot and want to be extra safe, I recommend taking your own swaddle to cover the hotel sheets and sanitising the cot)
  • Dettol wipes and Baby wipes
  • Medicine Kit - complete with thermometer, plasters and your go-to medicines for fevers, coughs and colds
  • Nappies and nappy bags (we also use to travel with kitchen roll, always so much better for cleaning up any unwanted bathroom explosions)
  • Sippy cup, baby spoon (depending on the age of your baby, you may prefer a soft silicone spoon versus a metal spoon for feeding), plate for food (for airport travel, it's always nice to use your own cutlery for baby, don't forget zip locks to pack anything and an extra for anything dirty)
  • Formula powder (enough for at least a week more than you need just to be on the safe side), formula dispenser for the journey, extra bottles, flask with hot sterile water to make up the bottle
  • Bottle steriliser, bottle brushes and soap to clean your bottles
  • Sun cream, Evian water spray to keep baby cool
  • Beach toys and beach floats if required, as well as slip on fabric beach/swim shoes, swim suit
  • Daily clothes, muslins, babygrows and vests
  • Everyday toys and books
  • Teething toys, toothbrush, baby toothpaste
  • All the things required for hand luggage for the journey back home

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