- Baby bassinet. Baby bassinets that your baby can sleep in are available to book on many flights. Fantastic on long-haul flights in particular. Remember, these have to be booked in advance.
- Window seat. Book a window seat when you fly or travel by train. That way, you can use the wall for support while your baby is asleep or when you’re breastfeeding. And hopefully create a quiet oasis for yourself.
- Baby carrier. A baby carrier makes life a lot easier when you travel with a baby. It allows you to keep both hands free and your baby constantly maintains physical contact with you.
- Pacifier holder. Having to bend down and look for your baby’s pacifier (or blankie) every five minutes is no picnic, especially if space is at a premium. A pacifier holder makes the perfect solution.
- Travel stroller. It’s handy to have a lightweight travel stroller with you for walks and late visits to restaurants.
- Travel crib. Your own travel crib can make bedtime much easier, since it’s a familiar and comfy place for your little one to sleep. Take your baby’s used bedding with you so it smells like home.
- A few medical supplies. There are lots of things you can buy while you’re away from home, but you might find it handy to bring a rehydration solution, something to reduce fever and a thermometer with you.
- Bag of essential baby gear. A bag containing a change of clothing, diapers, something to eat and drink, wet wipes and a toy or two can make all the difference when you travel with a baby.
8 must-haves when you travel with a baby
All done! You’ve crossed off everything you need to do to prepare for your trip! So all you have to do now is pack. But how did your list of what to pack when you travel with a baby get so long? Use our short list instead, with practical tips and only essential baby gear.