Deciding what to take travelling with a baby can be a bit of a mind field. At home you can easily be reliant on hundreds of baby products, that when travelling with a baby you struggle to keep things to the basics. It’s important to prioritise what you carry so these are my top tips on what you’ll need when away from home.
What to take travelling with a baby
If you don’t have access to a washing machine while your away, you’ll need enough clothes to last the duration of your trip. If away for over a week it might be worth bringing a small hand clothes wash liquid to avoid taking too many spares.
Bed and bedding
Unless your accommodation already has a place for the baby to safely sleep, you’ll need a travel cot. These can be bought easily through Amazon such as this one from Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot (affiliate link).
We have always rented places with travel cots for hire. This saves precious packing space. If renting a travel cot it’s still a good idea to take your own bedding. We use a travel cot mattress which is easy and light to carry and provides extra comfort. This is covered by a top sheet, then whatever bedding they’re used to from Gro bag to blanket. Amazon sell plenty of options for travel cots including this one from Super Soft Luxury Quilted Mattress (affiliate link).
Depending on what stage they’re at on the feeding journey you’ll need some equipment with you. Bottles, bibs, baby bowl and spoon are the sort of thing you’ll need.
If using formula you’ll need to plan exactly how much they’ll get through when away as you may not be able to buy your preferred brand.
Buggy and car seat
Whilst your child is very young you will want to take a buggy and car seat with you when travelling. Unless your able to rent when you arrive.
It’s worth checking the legal rules for car seats as there will be different rulings.
If your travel involves flying you might want to purchase a cheaper stroller for your trip. Airports treat buggies like suitcases so are prone to damage when they are shoved in the hold!
Nappies are heavy but it might be necessary to take enough for your whole trip. Do some research and check where you can buy some when away.
If your away in the U.K. you won’t need to worry so much about carrying too many nappies as they can be bought almost everywhere (unless you only use specific brands).
It may be worth carrying a few favourite toys and books on your break. Small toys to keep your baby occupied whilst travelling and a much-loved book to read each night at bed time.
Planning ahead is key when away with little ones. Think about how long you’ll be away and what you’ll have access to. Try and not over pack though as you may find you’ll have to pay excess baggage for just carrying a few extra packs of nappies!
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