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Baby Air Travel Essentials: The Ultimate Packing List

Baby Air Travel Essentials:

The Ultimate Packing List

Mother with baby planning must-bring items for their flight
Flying with a baby is like a guessing game -- you never know when they’re going to poop, puke, or whine like there’s no tomorrow. But you’re a super mom and you know that you can win this game. However, like any other superhero, you need to have a plan of attack -- and the plan is to pack!

Below are some power tips that can surely save you on your trip. Keep reading until the end for a simple checklist of baby air travel essentials. We know, we know, not all superheros wear capes. 


Packing tips when flying with a baby

Mom using grey EzPacking cubes to prepare baby air travel essentials
  • Start preparing to pack a few days before travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them during the week.

  • Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.

  • Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane: pack an extra outfit or two for your baby (and an extra shirt for you) into your carry-on bag.

  • Use clear packing cubes to prevent leaks from medicines and toiletries. 

  • Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own extra small packing cube so you don't have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.

  • Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.

  • Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.

  • Take the phone number for your baby's healthcare provider in case you have questions while you're on the road.

Three surprising essentials when flying with an infant

Bribe bag with goodies and note for fellow airplane passengers
    • A baby passport or birth certificate - important when having to prove your baby is under 2 years old.

    • An airplane bassinet / travel cot for long flights - important to call the airline ahead (maybe multiple times) to ensure you are the one receiving the cot. There are usually only 2-3 available on board, so act quickly!

    • A bribe bag for your fellow passengers- optional, but a cute idea to make yourself (and the poor people trying to sleep) a little happier.  

The wonders of packing cubes

Mom using large packing cubes for organizing baby's suitcase

If it’s your first time using packing cubes, you may wonder why these bags are such a hit! Firstly, they provide an easy organizing system you don’t need to think twice about. Secondly, they are clear! You can see what's inside and know exactly which cube you are reaching for. 

- Use an extra small cube to keep baby travel essentials like pacifier, bibs, or mittens.

- Use a small cube to carry flight essentials including your passport, plane tickets, or valid IDs. Also a perfect size for the baby's essentials (clothes, shoes, toys, etc).

- Use a medium cube to keep your outfits for the trip. 

- Use a large cube for towels / sweaters / bulkier items. 

You’ll never know how amazing these cubes are until you use them, especially when you’re carrying one suitcase for two people. Use different colored cubes to sort items for each person and voila! Works like magic.


Carry-on packing checklist when flying with baby

Mom creating checklist of carry-on items for air travel with a baby
    1. Plane tickets

    2. Passports & other IDs

    3. Consent form (if both parents are not traveling)

    4. Hotel vouchers / reservation correspondence

    5. Credit cards / cash

    6. Diapers (1 per every hour of your journey)

    7. Diaper cream

    8. Changing pad

    9. Baby wipes

    10. Plastic bags (for wet or dirty clothes and diapers)

    11. Small clear packing cubes (for baby's clothes, shoes, toys, etc.)

    12. Burp cloths

    13. Nursing cover

    14. Sling or front carrier

    15. Blankets: 1 small one for wrapping baby & 1 big one to place on the airport floor so baby can play

    16. Baby’s ‘woobie’ or special blanket or toy (guard this with your life!)

    17. Baby’s changes of clothes (x2)

    18. Change of clothes for yourself

    19. Pacifiers

    20. Snacks

    21. Breast milk or formula: Both of these are exempt from the TSA’s 3-ounce limit. Just be prepared for some additional TSA screening. 

    22. Canned or jarred baby food: These items may be subject to additional TSA screening.

    23. Small cooler with ice packs

    24. Bottles

    25. Passport (if traveling overseas)

    26. Travel insurance documents: Remember that the classic plan from Allianz Global Assistance covers children aged 17 and under for free when they're traveling with a parent or grandparent.

    27. Consent letter. From the other parent if you're traveling solo with a child (very important! this has happened to me)

    28. First-aid kit (use an Extra Small Cube and make a DIY version, like this one here. 

    29. Infant medications. Including antihistamine and acetaminophen, plus any prescriptions. Don't give your baby Benadryl or another antihistamine unless your pediatrician recommends it.

    30. Oral rehydration unfrozen freeze pops

    31. Nasal aspirator and saline solution

    32. Toys and books

    33. Dvd player or tablet with headphones

    34. Toiletries for you & hubby: All travel sized, and able to fit into 2 extra small cubes (TSA approved)

  1. -Toothbrush/toothpaste

  2. -Mouthwash

  3. -Hand sanitizer

  4. -Moisturizer

  5. -Liquid soap / Bar of soap

  6. -Deodorant

  7. -Shampoo / Conditioner

  8. -Disinfecting liquid (like alcohol or peroxide)

  9. -Small tube antibiotic ointment

  10. -A few cotton swabs

  11. What to pack in your checked luggage when traveling with baby

    1. Car seat: Most airlines will let you gate-check this for free. You can also arrange to rent one at your destination. if you've bought a seat for your baby, carry the car seat on board.

    2. Collapsible stroller: can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.

    3. Backpack carrier

    4. Baby monitor and batteries

    5. Diapers: calculate how many your baby uses per day, then pack a few extra.

    6. Wipes

    7. Rain and cold-weather gear (if applicable)

    8. At least two outfits per day with socks, packed in individual packing cubes

    9. Shoes/booties

    10. Pajamas 

    11. Swimsuit

    12. Water shoes

    13. Swim diapers

    14. Baby laundry detergent

    15. Formula

    16. Baby food

    17. Baby fork, spoon, and dishes

    18. Spill-proof snack cups

    19. Bottles or sippy cups

    20. Breast pump, if you use one

    21. Bibs

    22. Bish soap and brush

    23. Inflatable baby bathtub, if you're flying with an infant so young he/she needs one. Otherwise, use the hotel sink.

    24. Baby shampoo/wash

    25. Baby toothbrush and toothpaste

    26. Baby comb, brush and hair ties

    27. Baby nail clippers

    28. Baby thermometer

    29. Sunscreen and sunhat

    30. Baby sunglasses

    31. Outlet plugs, door knob covers, toilet locks and other safety devices for crawling babies or young toddlers

    32. Nightlight

      Want to print or download this Baby Air Travel Essentials Checklist? Click here!

      Although these tips will surely save you time and sanity, it’s always best to add your own personality to the packing list. Find an organizing system that works best for you and use it whenever you travel. Pretty soon, traveling with the little ones will be a piece of cake! Okay, maybe not that easy. But you still got this!

      Read more of the rules you need to know when traveling with a baby here

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