The Ultimate Carry On List for Infants
Updated: Sep 21, 2018
The packing list becomes an additional sub-list on my to do list usually the week before we go anywhere. Over the years I have perfected my pack to such a science that I typically just pack the day before or day of a trip.
Then our daughter arrived.
Not only is packing another person stressful but packing a baby who at any moment can spit up or blow out multiple outfits in a few short hours while 36,000 feet in the air is even more stressful.
Luckily baby clothes are small and don’t take up much room in a suit case. However flying on an airplane for many hours brings a whole different host of challenges. I scoured the internet and after many flights have come up with the ultimate plane survival list.
Diaper Bag Packing List
Diapers - Bring at least 1 diaper per hour of travel and a few extra for unanticipated delays. It is always better to have more than less
A back up disposable mat - You know those disposable blue puppy pads? Bring at least 1-2. Those changing tables in airplane bathrooms are not the most hygienic and if your normal changing pad gets peed on…you’re out of luck.
Plastic bags- for soiled clothes
Pacifiers (if your baby takes them) - These are important for when you take off and land- you want baby to suck so their ears will equalize (breast feeding/bottle feeding will also work)
Snacks, such as cereal, puffs, crackers, fruit - for older baby consider wrapping snack in foil/plastic as an activity for baby to unwrap
Breast milk or formula **Both of these are exempt from the TSA’s 3-ounce limit** •
Bottles or sippy cup
Blanket - If you have a layover consider bringing 2 blankets so baby can play on the floor on one and the other baby can be wrapped in
A few of baby’s favorite toys - Buy one of those toy leashes- to prevent having to pick up the toy often
Any prescription medication **Also exempt from TDA’s 3-ounce limit**
At least 1 change of clothes for you
Changes of clothes for baby pending how long your flight is - I recommend dividing the length of your flight in 1/2 and bringing that many outfits for longer flights ie: 6 hour flight= 3 outfits’
We use zip up onesies when we travel for a few reasons. 1 – they have footies so they keep baby warm 2- it’s much easier to change her in an airplane bathroom and 3- its less clothes to bring vs. pants and a shirt
Nursing cover (Optional)
Portable sound machine - Even though the airplane is one big sound machine, this may be helpful in the airport.
Identification for baby and consent if both parents are not traveling
Any travel insurance documentation
1 Ziplock bag with: travel-sized baby wash, liquid baby antihistamine, travel-sized diaper cream, liquid baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Mom stuff - wallet, makeup, comb, headphones etc