Travelling with a baby on a plane can be a daunting task. Most people can’t even prepare for their own flights, let alone preparing for your baby as well. I don’t even want to think what will happen on a plane if I forgot my baby’s diapers at home! Thousands of horror stories of incidents and accidents roams the internet which could have been avoided if the parents were just a little bit more prepared for their flight, as well as for their little ones. That’s a situation I never want to be in, thus I’ve come up with the Baby Travel Checklist-pdf.
In this post, we’re going explain some items on the checklist, as well as to show what items will be needed in a particular situation you may find yourself in. If you don’t want to read through this whole post, and you just want the list, you can download it below.
Feel free to chop and change this checklist as you see fit.
You can download it anytime, just make sure you’ve prepared and packed everything for your baby and yourself beforehand (at least a day in advance). There are a few must-have items for traveling with a baby, but every situation is different depending on your child’s needs and routines.
Please note that this is a Basic Infant Travel Checklist. Feel free to add items you think you would need to take with your on your flight. To figure out what other stuff is important, take at least an hour to walk around your home and make a list of items your baby needs when NOT traveling. Depending on the duration of your trip, make a decision on what your baby can’t do without and what is necessary to take along.
- Baby wipes
- Baby lotion
- Diaper Cream
- Nursing cover if applicable
- Extra Pacifiers
- Bottle and formula/breastmilk
- burb cloths
- food, water and /or juice
- Car Seat
- collapsable stroller
- Portable crib/travel cot
- Disposable or washable bibs
- Changing Mat
- Feeding spoons
- Extra Clothes – at least one or two outfits per day
- Resealable plastic bags
- Any medicines they need
- Travel insurance and the baby’s passport if applicable.
- Other items can be found on the Checklist PDF.
Make sure you are prepared when nature calls for your baby. Nobody wants to be caught off guard in a situation like this! Things can get messy if you’re not prepared for this one. Keep in mind, if you notice that your baby has an upset tummy prior to your flight, pack an extra few diapers to be safe.
Make sure you’ve packed enough diapers for the flight, til your end destination.You don’t have to carry a whole bag of diapers around with you, chances are, your destination’s convenient store will probably stock your brand of baby diapers. If your baby only uses a specific brand of diapers that not available everywhere, make sure you pack enough for the whole trip.
Wipes always come in handy when changing diapers, or just for cleaning up a mess.
Depending on the age of your baby, packing extra food or snacks comes in handy, especially if your baby eats on a routine. Airlines do not usually serve meals for small babies or infants. You can confirm this in advance at your airline’s customer care center, and prepare your baby’s meals accordingly.
Breastfeeding on a plane can be a bit uncomfortable, so make sure you pack your nursing cover for a bit more discretion. If you want a bit more privacy while breastfeeding your baby on the plane, you can always call your stewardess over and ask them to seat you in a private area on the plane while your breastfeeding.
Keep them busy
Sitting on an airplane with nothing to do can be extremely boring. If your lucky, your baby might sleep through the whole flight, but that’s almost never the case. Your baby will probably cry and scream for your attention, and its now up to you to calm your baby. Play with your baby, read to your baby, or give them toys to play with that can keep them occupied through your whole flight.
Throughout your whole trip, always make sure your baby’s safety comes first. When your driving in a taxi/ uber, check that the car seat is properly fastened as your baby is strapped in safely. When walking around at the airport, pull out that stroller and strap your baby in. It will definitely be more comfortable for you and your baby.
Please clean up after your baby
Everybody knows that it can get a bit messy when trying to feed your baby, change your baby, etc. Be sure to make use of those resealable plastic bags as they come really in handy while travelling.
Travelling insurance and your babies passport (if applicable)
Travelling abroad with an infant has its own challenges as other government bodies come into play here. The law in the USA states that each and every American citizen must have a valid password when travelling abroad. Are you travelling as a single parent? A consent letter from the other parent is needed as well. You can find out more information on travelling with a minor, or if you haven’t applied for your baby’s passport yet, at the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE — BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIR’S website.
Enjoy your trip with your little one
Any form of travel can be a stressful time for anyone if you’re not properly prepared for it. Plan out your whole trip as far as you can, and make sure to have as much fun with your little one as possible. See this as a time of bonding and adventure with your baby. Don’t forget to pack in a few games to play, as well as a storybook to read to your baby when you tuck him in after a long day of travelling.