• SDee

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.

  • Wipes

  • Plastic bags- for soiled clothes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • 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

  • Burp cloth

  • 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

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