Infant Travel Survival Kit

By Kristen
Page Updated on November 24, 2007

Optional items are marked with an asterisk (*).

  • Infant diaper bag (Many items on this list will already be in your infant diaper bag. Just make sure you bring enough of your supplies to last the whole trip.)

Travel

  • Infant car seat
  • Seatbelt clip
  • Neck rest *
  • Window shade * (a blanket hung over a window works too)
  • Infant seat / Carrier * (strollers or infant car seats can double as infant seats / carriers)
  • Sling / Soft carrier / Backpack carrier *
  • Stroller

Feeding

  • Breast pump & storage bottles / bags *
  • Extra breast pads *
  • Bottles with nipples / cup
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Formula (a small amount is recommended as backup in case of an emergency for breastfed babies)
  • Baby food (if baby is eating solid food) *
  • Bib (if baby is eating solid food)
  • Food dish (if baby is eating solid food) *
  • Eating utensils (if baby is eating solid food) *
  • Spit-up towels (cloth diapers work best)

Sleep

  • Heavy blanket
  • Light blankets (at least 2)
  • Portable crib or travel bed designed for infants & sheets (unless you plan to co-sleep with your baby)

Clothing

  • Clothes (2 outfits per day)
  • Socks (1 pair per day)
  • Pajamas (1 for every 1-2 days)
  • Jacket / sweater
  • Hat (to keep sun off baby's head)
  • Hat (to keep baby's head warm)
  • Dye & perfume free laundry detergent

Healthcare / Grooming Items

  • Doctor's phone number
  • Medical insurance info.
  • Acetaminophen (Infant Tylenol)
  • Teething gel (Baby Orajel) if baby is teething
  • Antihistamine (Children's Benadryl)
  • Anti-gas drops (Mylicon)
  • Anti-itch lotion/cream
  • Special medications
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues *
  • Suction bulb
  • Lip balm *
  • Nail clippers *
  • Sanitizing lotion/gel (to clean hands)
  • Brush/comb

Bathing

  • Travel baby bathtub (inflatable)
  • Shampoo / soap
  • Lotion
  • Washcloths (3)
  • Towels (2)
  • Bath toy

Diapering Items

  • Disposable diapers
    • Tip: If traveling outside of the United States, know your baby's weight in kilograms.
    • Tip: Only bring entire packs of diapers if you are traveling by car. Otherwise, buy your packs of diapers when you get to your destination
  • Cloth diapers with covers * (not recommended for travel)
  • Diaper pins *
  • Diaper wipes
  • Large plastic resealable bags (to hold dirty diapers and soiled clothes)
  • Changing cushion/pad * (a couple of cloth diapers or receiving blanket will work as well)
  • Diaper rash ointment with zinc oxide

Safety

  • Play yard (necessary when staying at homes / hotels that aren't childproof and can also double as a travel bed)
  • Safety gates * (bring if staying at a family member or friend's home)
  • Nightlight
  • Monitor *

Comfort Items

  • Pacifiers (at least 2) *
  • Security blanket (Try to bring a substitute blanket if your child only has one security blanket that can't be easily replaced.)

Entertainment Items (Don't bring favorite toys, books, etc. unless they can easily be replaced without upsetting your child.)

  • Book *
  • Toy
  • Teething toy * (necessary if baby is teething)
  • CD's of music for baby (can also be used to drown out noises when trying to put baby to sleep)