When you’re away from home you’ll want to rely on the effortless experts that make it easy to settle into a new space with minimal disruption to routine or style. Here’s our baby travel checklist to take you places with ease.
How to travel with a baby?
Travelling with a baby might feel intimidating at first, but it’s totally do-able and even enjoyable. All it requires is some pre-planning (okay, quite a lot of it), and some patience. It’s different to travel pre-baby, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun or memorable. In fact, we totally encourage it! Our top tips to travel with a baby are:
- Keep them in a routine
- Maintain normal bed time
- Take as little stuff as possible
- Ideally wear your baby with a carrier instead of taking the stroller
- Go for dinner early
- Pack light and do laundry at your destination
- Rent an apartment instead of a hotel room if you can
Our baby travel checklist:
Without further ado, here’s our 8 must-haves if we go travelling with our bubs in-tow. No fluff (honestly, we do swear by a white noise machine), just the essentials to take you from A to B comfortably.
1. Travel Baby Carrier
Unless you’re jetting off to a resort where your only plans involve pool time between cocktails, our #1 essential is a baby carrier. If you’re going to be spending time out and about outside your hotel room, the easiest way to move comfortably with bub is investing in a baby carrier. Try Baby Bjorn’s baby carrier One Air as it will last the distance from newborns up until three years of age. Just strap them in and away you go!
2. Baby Travel Stroller
If you can’t get behind the idea of a baby carrier, or you want the option to push them in a stroller too, then you’re absolutely going to need a baby travel stroller. You want something compact, lightweight and sturdy, that will work whether you’re flying or driving to your destination. We can never go past Babyzen’s YoYo Stroller as it’s ideal for travel. It’s light and compact so it’ll fit into your car boot or as overhead luggage with a breeze and is also super comfy for your little one.
3. Blackout Blinds
Key to travelling with a baby is keeping them in their daily routines as much as possible. And some babies just need a dark space to sleep well. Make sleep easy no matter where you are with some blackout blinds. No light will help to prevent early waking or late settling and everyone ready for travel.
4. Baby Bjorn Travel Cot
If your accommodation doesn’t include a baby cot or you’d simply just prefer to use your own cot from home, then a portable travel cot is a must. We love the Baby Bjorn travel cot as it’s really lightweight and easy to set-up in just one move. It folds up into a compact case that can easily be stored in your suitcase or the boot of your car if driving. Suitable for newborns up until the age of three, you’ll get good use out of this beauty!
5. White noise machine
We weren’t joking when we mentioned packing your white noise machine before! Babies are creatures of habit, so if you’re using a white noise machine to get them to sleep at home, then you need to travel with it too (trust us!). Yogasleep’s portable noise machine is best to get if you’re travelling as it is rechargeable and can be used no matter where you are (in the car, on the plane, in the pram). Keep their bedtime routine consistent and bring on the zzz’s.
6. Baby travel bag
It sort of goes without saying that you’re going to need a bag to pack all their things in. If it’s just a weekender or a short trip, you can even get away with using your nappy bag as their travel bag. Our picks for a short trip would be the Aluxo Active X backpack (it’s also unisex so win if dad is coming!), or the Vestirsi Simone Bag to fit all their bits and bobs.
View our best baby nappy bags from the memo.
7. Baby travel changing mat
Also known as a nappy clutch or a nappy wallet, they’re an absolute essential for whenever you’re out of the house really. As we’re sure you know, a dirty nappy can strike anywhere, anytime. They’re small and compact so they’ll fit in your baby travel bag easily and provide a clean, safe space for nappy changes wherever you are.
8. Travel baby bath
If you’re going on a road trip, don’t leave home without a travel baby bath for your little one. It might seem like overkill at first, but you’ll thank yourself when you arrive at your accommodation and bath time calls. We vote for Shnuggle’s baby bath as the best one to take on a trip thanks to its portable nature.
And as a last bonus tip, be sure to pack your own bedding to bring the comforting smell of home with you to the new location!
Did you know lists are totally our thing? That’s right, we make downloadable, printable lists for you to check off each item as you go and help make this whole having a baby thing that little bit easier. Click here to download our travel list now. You can also discover our full travel collection here.