My family and I travel a lot. On any given week, you’d find us shuttling between Quezon City, Paranaque and Makati. And once a month, we spend time in Tarlac or we cool off in Tagaytay. A week after Jellybean’s birthday, she had her first plane experience when we went to Singapore. At an early age, we learned the art of traveling with a baby.
As such, we’d like to share our list of must-haves for being mobile with a baby:
- A pack of disposable diapers
- 1 set emergency cloth diapers (even if you’re not using cloth diapers, it’s good to have one handy in case you run out of the disposable kind)
- Changing pad
- Plastic bags or wet bag for carrying soiled diapers while in transit
- 3 sleepsuits
- 3 comfortable baby shirts for the house
- 3 sets of clothes for going out
- Headwear — it is important for any age to protect the baby from the sun
- Baby socks and shoes
- Mittens and booties — if your baby is under 3 months
- Bibs and burp cloths
- Baby wipes
- A 750ml Bottle of distilled water — if you’re re riding a plane check for restrictions
- Formula — if you’re not breastfeeding
- Juice — if your baby likes drinking this
- At least 4 pre-sterilized baby bottles if on formula, feeding utensils if already eating
- Baby food — if your baby is six months and above
- Snacks — if your baby is six months and above
- Cotton and tissue
- Favorite toy or book
- Baby blanket
- Stroller, carrier or sling — if you need to go out on sightseeing trips
- Toiletry bag with her essentials ( ie baby powder, baby soap, toothgel, nail cutter, baby lotion, petroleum jelly or diaper rash cream)
- Anti-mosquito patches or wipes
- Baby toothbrush or toothwipes
- Emergency medicine — paracetamol for fever, acieta de mansanilla for colic, saline solution for sniffles, after-bite soothing gel
- Hand santizer or anti-bacterial handwash
- Bottle or utensil wash
- Baby book — in case of emergencies, it’s good to have this handy for your baby’s medical history
- Nursing items — a pump if you use one and breastfeeding cover
- Camera for capturing your baby’s precious moments
If you’re going out of the country, don’t forget your baby’s travel documents (her passport and birth certificate as proof of parenthood). For destination trips where you plan to go swimming, don’t forget the baby sunscreen and swim diapers.
Packing clothes and diapers depends on the number of days you’ll be out on the trip.
The most important thing to remember when packing for a trip is to know your baby’s needs in and out. Envision her usual day in your mind and go through the steps so you don’t forget items that are essential for her. For instance, you may want to bring a pacifier if he/she uses one or her favorite portable nightlight if she needs it to sleep. While these are non-essentials, they can make the change of environment easier for your child to bear.
Enjoy your trip!