Our Comprehensive Baby Travel Checklist for Unsure First-Time Parents Who Need Some Ideas
Hi fellow parents! Here's a baby travel checklist that we put together that is based on the items we brought on our daughter Maeleth Sarah Goh's (Mae) first overseas vacation to Sydney. She was 10 months old at the time.
At the time of writing this post, Mae is 16 months old.
Some items were added on in retrospect and some items are only for breastfeeding mums - Mae was breastfed for 2 months only and was purely formula-fed after that.
Under each item mentioned is a link to a specially chosen product in case you need to stock up on that particular item!
Our aim is to give you the convenience of being able to act on this knowledge immediately and be travel-ready ASAP!
Without further ado, here we go...!
1) Feeding bibs
Make feeding time less messy by wearing a bib on your little one.
Just by using a bib, you'll save so much time by avoiding unnecessary washing and cleaning of stained clothing!
An essential item for every baby travel checklist!
2) Milk Bottles
It is important to have enough milk bottles on standby in case you don't have a chance to properly wash your used milk bottles when traveling overseas.
We bring 5 milk bottles overseas and our preferred choice is the Dr Brown Anti-Colic and Natural Flow Milk Bottle!
Mae has never had any colic problems ever since she was born and she has been consistently using this brand of milk bottles!
The milk bottle is an essential item for every baby travel checklist!
Make sure you pack enough diapers! We pack at least 6 diapers for each day that we are overseas, and add 5 more extra on top of the total number.
If your little one has a sensitive nappy area, all the more you should be well-stocked on diapers because you can't be sure whether the diapers that are available for sale overseas suit his or her skin type.
Every baby travel checklist must have diapers on them!
4) A Thermos Flask for storing hot boiled water
If you have a formula-fed little one like us, then you'll know how important it is to have hot boiled water when you prepare the formula milk.
Having a thermos flask ensures that your hot boiled water stays hot for a long time, so that you can go out for many hours and still have hot water available to prepare your little one's milk on-demand.
To us, having a thermos flask is an essential item for every baby travel checklist for babies below 1 years old.
Recently when Mae was 15 months old, we started to give her fresh milk from the carton instead of formula milk.
This is a more affordable option and Mae prefers the taste of fresh milk.
We just need to heat the milk up before each feed. She drinks 250 ml of it per feed!
5) A Water Bottle for storing room temperature boiled water
This water bottle is for storing room temperature boiled water for your little one to drink when he or she is thirsty.
Make sure that it is leak-proof and that you fill it with enough water for your little one's intake of water.
This is an essential item for every baby travel checklist to ensure that your little one is well-hydrated!
You could replace this item with a baby sippy cup if your little one is still learning how to drink using a straw.
6) Baby Wet Wipes
This is an important item for wiping your little one's hands and mouth before and after food.
It is also important for cleaning your little one's nappy area during baby diaper change.
We love LEC's baby wet wipes because it is the only brand of wipes that doesn't give Mae rashes on her sensitive nappy area.
It consists 99.9% water so there's hardly any potentially-harmful chemicals that would aggravate her sensitive skin!
This is definitely an essential item for every baby travel checklist!
7) Dry Tissues
This item is useful for both your little one and for yourself. Basically for cleaning anything, you need to have this item available for sure.
An essential item for every baby travel checklist!
8) Hand Sanitizer
What happens when there's nowhere to wash your hands properly when you're overseas, especially in places with low sanitary standards?
Having a bottle of hand sanitizer available prevents your little one from having harmful bacteria and viruses transferred from your hands to his or her hands.
Use this before feeding your little one, preparing formula milk, after handling something dirty, etc.
An optional but very useful item for every baby travel checklist!
9) Baby Moisturizer
Babies have very delicate skin that needs to be protected.
Having a bottle of baby moisturizer will help to keep their skin healthy, protected and smelling good.
We especially love the scent of Cetaphil's "Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion".
Baby moisturizer is a must-have item for every baby travel checklist!
10) Diaper Change Mat
Many countries don't have family rooms to do baby diaper change in, and even if they have them, there is no guarantee that the diaper changing table is clean.
Having your own diaper change mat helps to ensure that the surface your little one lies on for baby diaper change is clean.
We feel that this is an essential item for every baby travel checklist!
11) Baby Blanket
Sometimes it can get unexpectedly cold overseas. Having a baby blanket will help to keep your little one warm when needed.
This is a good item to have on a baby travel checklist, but not a must-have.
12) Baby Clothes
It's important to make sure that you bring more than enough clothes for your little one.
Perhaps 2 outfits for each day and a few outfits for sleeping at night.
In case he or she pukes, poos or pees suddenly (maybe on you sometimes... urgh!), you want to have a spare piece of clothing on standby.
A true necessity for a baby travel checklist!
13) Baby Jacket
In case it gets chilly, make sure to throw on a baby jacket on your little one. Feel free to wrap item number 11 over that too.
This item is needed in every baby travel checklist!
14) Disposable Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are good to have at all times in your bag. It's a good idea to have a few plastic bags just in case.
This is a must-have for every baby travel checklist!
15) Baby Bath Towel
It's always safer to bring your own bath towels. Sometimes the hotel's towels aren't washed and cleaned properly.
You definitely don't want to take the risk of your little one catching any infectious sickness or disease from a contaminated towel.
Your own baby bath towel is good to include in a baby travel checklist!
16) Swaddle Blankets
If you have a very young baby, chances are that he or she may still need to be swaddled for comfort and a sense of security.
Bring a few swaddle blankets for this purpose and they can double up as baby blankets too.
If you are traveling with a newborn, add this to the baby travel checklist!
17) Baby Carrier
This is a very useful item to have and will save you a lot of muscle aches and cramps in your arms.
By baby-wearing your little one, you take the weight off your arms and are free to use your hands for other tasks.
It is also a good way to let your little one take an afternoon nap, or even a way to comfort him or her to sleep at night.
For us, this is a must-have for the baby travel checklist!
18) A Top-to-Toe Baby Body Wash
This two-in-one body wash frees up some baggage space for you. It is also convenient to only use one product during baby bath time.
We prefer Cetaphil's "Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo" for this very purpose. It also smells really good.
Best to have it in the baby travel checklist!
19) Lucas Pawpaw Ointment (mainly for diaper change)
There was a period of time when we were using other brands of diaper creams on her and she developed a nasty and red diaper rash.
Out of so many diaper creams, we specifically named this one because it is the only diaper cream that works on Mae's sensitive nappy area.
It can also be applied on cuts, abrasions, insect bites, etc. Very useful product!
We believe that this is a must-have in the baby travel checklist.
20) Baby Teeth and Gum Wipes
It is so important to keep your little one's teeth clean so that there is no tooth decay.
These tooth and gum wipes are so convenient, you can easily pull one out and wipe your little one's teeth after a milk or solid feed.
We clean Mae's teeth twice a day. We don't want to compromise her dental health, and hopefully it teaches her the need to brush her teeth twice daily too!
Alternatively, you can also use cotton pads dipped in distilled water instead of tooth and gum wipes.
This item is useful to have on the baby travel checklist!
21) Vacuum Storage bags to store baby's clothing
This will really help you save lots of baggage space! My wife and I used to travel a lot (we went on around 70 vacations together in 5 years) and ever since Mae came along, we were shocked by how much more we had to pack in our luggages.
Literally one whole luggage is just Mae's items!
We have always been using vacuum storage bags when it was just the two of us travelling. Now more than ever, we NEED to use them.
This is a highly recommended item to have on the baby travel checklist!
22) Baby Accessories Cleaner Fluid and Milk Bottle Brush
These items will help to ensure that your baby milk bottles, pacifiers, cutlery, dishes, toys, etc are squeaky clean.
Just washing with water isn't enough to remove the accumulated grime that is built up.
After soaking your milk bottles and baby accessories with the cleaner fluid and water, use a milk bottle brush to clean off all the grime in the milk bottles.
To sterilize the milk bottles and baby accessories, you can put them in a handwashing basin, boil hot water with the hotel's kettle (if they have one), and pour the hot water over the milk bottles and baby accessories.
The baby accessories cleaner fluid and milk bottle brush are great items to include in the baby travel checklist.
23) Baby Surgical Face Masks
What happens when you and your little one are trapped in a space with sick people coughing repeatedly with lots of phlegm in their throat? Nobody wants to be stuck in a situation like that, but sometimes things like that do happen.
If you have a baby surgical face mask in your bag, you can help to protect your little one from inhaling those airborne viruses and germs.
This is a very useful item to have on a baby travel checklist!
24) Baby Nail File
Keep your little one's nails smooth and blunt with a baby nail file so that they don't accidentally scratch and injure himself or herself.
Prevent unnecessary pain and heartaches with this item.
This is useful to have in the baby travel checklist.
25) Baby Nail Clipper
This item complements the previous item. Use a baby nail clipper that is safe to use for your little one so that you don't accidentally injure him or her.
Keep your little one's nails short and blunt!
This is a must-have item in a baby travel checklist.
26) Baby Mosquito Repellent Patch
Especially in tropical countries like Singapore (right smack on the Equator), there are lots of mosquitoes buzzing around looking for people to bite.
Keep a mosquito repellent patch on your little one at all times to repel those pests!
Mae has never gotten a mosquito bite ever since she was born!
Every time we go out, we make sure that she has a mosquito repellent patch on her clothes.
This is an important and I think often overlooked item to have on the baby travel checklist.
27) Baby Sunscreen
This item is so so important! Like I previously mentioned above, babies have really delicate skin and are easily-prone to sunburn.
Make sure that your little one has baby sunscreen generously applied on all exposed parts of his or her body.
Protect your little one's skin and please don't forget this important item!!
This is definitely a necessary item to have on every baby travel checklist.
28) Baby Chest Rub in case of blocked nose
When Mae gets sick, one problem that always occurs is blocked nose.
We help her to breathe and sleep better when that happens by applying baby chest rub on her chest, back, and neck. Do not apply this on your little one's nostrils!
This item is extremely useful to have on any baby travel checklist.
29) Formula Milk Powder
If your little one drinks formula milk, you should bring along his or her preferred brand of formula milk along, just in case they don't sell it in the country you're travelling to.
You can separate the formula into individual feeds in formula milk powder sachets so that you don't have to bring the whole formula milk tin.
This also makes preparing your little one's formula milk easier - just pour one sachet of formula milk powder into the milk bottle filled with the right amount of water and you're good to go!
Formula milk powder is an essential item to have in a baby travel checklist for a formula-fed baby.
30) Formula Milk Powder Dispenser
If you have separated your formula milk powder into individual sachets, then you don't need this item.
However if you decide to bring along the whole formula milk powder tin, you can use a formula powder dispenser to prepare a few milk feeds worth of formula milk powder, and bring that out with you during the day.
This is a highly recommended item to have on the baby travel checklist for formula-fed little ones.
Does your little one need the comfort of sucking on a pacifier? Be sure to have some cleaned and ready for use in your diaper bag then.
This item is useful when the plane is taking off and also during landing - when your little one sucks a pacifier, it helps to prevent pressure from building up in his or her ears.
Feel free to pop a pacifier into his or her mouth just before take off and just before landing to spare your little one from unnecessary pain.
Having a pacifier is also useful if your little one is teething. It helps to ease the discomfort of teething problems. (Click here to read my other blog post about how to help your little one solve his or her teething problems)
Mae loves to suck on a pacifier to sooth herself to sleep, and especially when she is teething!
For Mae and little ones who need a pacifier for comfort, this is an essential item to have on the baby travel checklist.
32) Comfort Teether Toys
This item can be used to keep your little one entertained during flights, vehicle rides, diaper change time, etc.
It also doubles up as a teether to soothe a teething little one's itchy gums.
This is a very useful item to have on the baby travel checklist!
33) Baby Ear Thermometer
Sometimes, unfortunately, little ones can get sick when overseas.
A baby ear thermometer can help to provide an accurate reading of your little one's body temperature if he or she (touch wood) falls ill and develops a fever.
It is important to know your little one's body temperature when he or she is having a fever so that you know how serious the condition is, and whether overseas medical treatment is needed.
It is helpful to add this item to a baby travel checklist.
34) Baby Saline Nose Spray to dislodge trapped mucus
Sometimes Mae develops really sticky mucus in her nostrils, or has a runny nose when she is catches a flu,
We use a baby saline nose spray to dislodge the trapped mucus.
After spraying into each nostril, we wait for up to a minute before the trapped mucus flows out on its own or we use a baby nose tip to dig the mucus out.
You can also consider using a baby nose applicator to suck out the mucus if your little one is having a runny nose and his or her nose is very congested.
The baby saline nose spray is a useful item to have on a baby travel checklist.
35) Lavender Essential Oil and Diffuser
We diffuse essential oils to encourage Mae to sleep better and through the night when we're at home.
When traveling, you can bring a travel-sized diffuser along like us if you have lugggage space to spare.
Another option is to just dab a drop of lavender essential oil on your clothing and let your little one smell it as you rock him or her to sleep.
Of course you only need to do this if your little one can't sleep well.
Apparently lavender essential oil promotes better sleep so we like to use it for Mae.
This is a useful item to have on the baby travel checklist. For us, it is essential (pun intended)!
36) Baby Snacks
Bring your little one's favorite snacks along on your trip!
Whenever Mae cries, the one thing that never fails to calm her down is popping a piece of her favorite snack into her mouth - that girl is such a foodie!
Baby snacks can also help to temporarily pacify your hungry little one while you're still on the way to a more convenient location to prepare and give him or her a full feed.
It is very useful to include baby snacks on the baby travel checklist.
37) Baby Travel Cot
This is definitely not a must-have item on the baby travel checklist. In fact it's very optional because it is heavy and inconvenient to transport around.
However, we can't be sure about the safety and cleanliness of the cots provided by hotels.
The best way to ensure that is to bring your own baby travel cot. I emphasize again that this is optional!
38) Breastfeeding Milk Pump
Do you or your spouse breastfeed your little one? Then you probably need to bring this item along.
Pumping the breastmilk out when your little one isn't latching will prevent painful engorgement doesn't it?
In some cases, little ones like our cousin's son, don't want to latch, so our cousin has to pump the breastmilk out and feed him with a milk bottle.
On the other hand, some mummies still have lots of breastmilk to spare even after their little ones have latched and drank their fill, so the excess breastmilk has to be pumped out.
This is is an essential item to have on the baby travel checklist if your little one is breastfed.
39) Breastmilk Storage Bags
Don't want to waste the extra breastmilk that you or your spouse has pumped out?
Then store the breastmilk in breastmilk storage bags.
Hopefully you have somewhere like a proper refrigerator/freezer to store the breastmilk so that it can be used later on.
This is especially useful when you'll be overseas for a long period of time!
These breastmilk storage bags are useful to have in the baby travel checklist.
40) Nipple Cream
Protect and soothe your or your spouse's sore, injured and/or cracked nipples with a good nipple cream.
My wife used Medela's "Medela Purelan 100" when she was breastfeeding Mae for 2 months.
Better to include this in the baby travel checklist if your little one is breastfed, just in case.
41) Breastfeeding Nursing Cover
Need to breastfeed your little one on the go but don't want to expose yourself to curious, pervy, and/or roving eyes around you?
Then you need this item to get the privacy that you and your little one deserve.
Do include this on the baby travel checklist if you are breastfeeding your little one!
42) Foldable Baby Stroller
We only know of one brand of baby stroller that is so portable and is foldable: The "Pockit Stroller".
We are currently using this stroller everywhere we bring Mae, whether it be in Singapore where we live or when we bring Mae overseas. It is just so portable and travel-friendly!
It is so light and can be folded to such a small size that it can be brought up the plane with you and stowed in the overhead cabin above your seat.
Eating out at a crowded restaurant that doesn't allow baby strollers inside? No worries, you can just fold the Pockit Stroller up and put it under your little one's baby chair!
Walking through narrow passageways or in between parked cars in a carpark? No fear, the Pockit Stroller is probably thin enough to fit between them!
The Pockit Stroller is our preferred choice and is HIGHLY recommended to have on the baby travel checklist.
43) Electric Lunchbox to cook solid food for your little one
This item can be used to easily cook solid food for your little one.
My wife cooked porridge for Mae using our electric lunchbox.
She used empty disposable baby food jars to store the rice, and the vegetables can be bought at your travel destination's supermarket, or even taken from the hotel's buffet breakfast line if the hotel is okay with you doing that.
Ikan Bilis Powder can be used as a tasty and nutritious flavoring to be added to porridge, rice, noodles, etc.
Many mummies have given good reviews about Lilo's Homemade Premium Ikan Bilis Powder in Singapore!
Even little ones who were previously difficult to feed, started to finish all their solid food after adding Lilo's Ikan Bilis Powder to it.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post on "Our Comprehensive Baby Travel Checklist for Unsure First-Time Parents Who Need Some Ideas".
What baby items would you add to this list or remove from this baby travel checklist? Share your answers with me by leaving a comment below.
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