Carry On Packing List For Traveling With Baby

Trust me, you want to have these things handy!

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To many, this carry on packing list may seem excessive. But if you’re flying with a baby or toddler, you know that needing something and not having access to it would be outrageously frustrating! If you split the contents between the usually allotted 3 bags of carry-on luggage by most airlines for 2 adults and a lap baby, you should be able to avoid bringing along a mule to carry everything!

  • Plane Tickets
  • Passports & Other ID
  • Consent Form if both parents are not traveling
  • Hotel Vouchers/Reservation Correspondence
  • Credit Cards/Money
  • Travel Insurance Information
  • Smartphone & Charger
  • Tablet or Laptop & Charger and/or DVD Player (if baby is old enough) & DVDs, headphones
  • Camera & Charger
  • Prescription Medications
  • Pen
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Baby’s ‘Woobie’ or special blanket or toy (guard this with your life!)
  • 1 Diaper per every hour of your journey
  • Wipes, wipes & more wipes
  • 2 changes of clothes for baby
  • At least 1 change of clothes for you
  • Plastic bags to hold aforementioned possible laundry
  • Snacks
  • Food for baby – at least two more meals than you think you’ll need
  • Formula or milk for baby – at least 2 more feeds than you think you’ll need
  • Clean Bottles or Sippy Cups
  • Breast Pump & Accessories (if you’re pumping)
  • Extra Pacifiers (if baby takes them)
  • 2 One-litre zippered plastic bags for you and adult travel partner containing:
    • travel-sized toothpaste
    • travel-sized mouthwash
    • travel-sized hand sanitizer
    • travel-sized moisturizer
    • travel-sized liquid soap or small bar of soap
    • travel-sized deodorant
    • travel-sized shampoo
    • travel-sized conditioner
    • travel-sized disinfecting liquid (like alcohol or peroxide)
    • small tube antibiotic ointment
    • toothbrushes
    • a few cotton swabs
  • 1 One-litre zippered plastic bag for baby containing:
    • liquid baby antihistamine
    • liquid baby acetaminophen
    • travel-sized baby wash
    • travel-sized baby shampoo
    • travel-sized baby moisturizer
    • travel-sized diaper cream
    • a few oral re-hydration unfrozen freeze pops

I know, I know, this list seems like a lot. But split amongst 2 ½ of you in easy-to-carry (or pull) carry-on baggage, it’s totally doable. We’ve taken over 25 trips with our kids and never once have I had to regret not bringing something when we were mid-flight or waiting during a delay (one was 4hrs, and I know that’s lucky).

Travel regulations limit the amount of liquid you can bring through security, but we’ve had no trouble with our kids’ milk, formula and food. It was in the original packaging and separate from the rest of our things. All the travel-sized toiletries and baby’s mini-pharmacy should fit in your one-litre zippered plastic bags – ours did.

Happy Travels!




34 Responses to Carry On Packing List For Traveling With Baby

  1. Stephanie at 06:22 #

    Yikes! That list is a little overwhelming but I can see where it’s all necessary. My husband and I have flown with the baby before, but in a few weeks I’ll be embarking on my first solo flight with the one-year-old. I have a question for parents who have flown alone with their little ones on a long flight — How do you go to the bathroom?

    • Corinne at 10:47 #

      Can your 1-yr-old stand? I’ve gone to the washroom with a baby who’s able to stand and just kind of hang on to them as you do what you gotta do. Everyone gets thoroughly washed hands afterwards! You could also try a front carrier – but take extra caution when it comes to your balance, as my 1-yr-olds were 25lbs+!

      Good luck!

    • Sasha at 19:32 #

      Will you have a stroller? Strap your little one in and use a handicap stall!

    • nikki at 15:21 #

      I’ve flown with my infant more times than I can count, and they were solo flights. Go to the restroom very carefully! lol. I flew solo with my 8 month old and had to pee. He couldnt stand and I had no one to hold him. I kind of held him in one hand, used the other to deal with business. Did I mention this happened during turbulence. It was a stressful couple of minutes hoping I wouldnt pee on myself or drop him but you have to do what you have to do! I wouldnt assume this, but on one flight the flight attendants carried him around, almost like showing him the plane. I’ve also had other mothers sitting next to me who have been through it before and they’ve offered to hold the baby so I could either fish something out of the diaper bag, etc etc.

      • Corinne at 16:23 #

        I’ve been there, Nikki! We moms certainly can do a lot when holding a baby :)

      • Pam at 08:53 #

        Thanks for posting this nikki! I will be flying with my 7-month old baby next month and was wondering how was I supposed to pee!! I guess, moms can do it all!
        How did you manage bringing your baby, luggage, carry-on, diaper bag and stroller??!! and how did you make your baby sleep? The airline won’t give me a bassinet and it is a 6-hour flight at night.

        • Erin at 22:09 #

          So I have traveled with my little one when he was 3 months, and then when he was 6 months and now that he he is one we are going again. I think the best advice to give is… be organized! Make sure you have a pocket for everything. Use the stroller as long as you can and pack it full of all the bags and extras to walk through the airport. When you are on the plane make sure you have the blanket or the must have for comfort (pacifier, toy). I used a carrier in the past but he will not have it now. He wants to be free. He did in the past sleep the whole time and the flight attendant gave me water when I asked for it right when I sat down. This is important if you need it for formula b/c it helps with their ears. For my little one I will have a cartoon or movie on the tablet. he is really into the videos. But ORGANIZATION is key. If you know where it is then you can get it faster and you feel like you have more control. Hope this helps.

  2. Kristine at 13:57 #

    I’d like to suggest two more things – saline solution and a nasal aspirator – especially on long flights. Oh, and another one – a hoodie or a sweater in case the plane gets too cold for the baby. We’re about to embark on a 24 hour trip here, so I’m thinking of all the things my baby may need! Thanks for this blog, btw. SO HELPFUL!!!

    • Corinne at 14:06 #

      Thank you, Kristine – those are great suggestions! I do actually suggest to dress babies in layers in … I wonder if I should cross-reference the post somehow?

      • Thaby at 21:30 #

        I also would suggest this little gadget called ear-ease.(or something similar). it’s wonderful for earache releif on flights (i’ve never had to use it yet, thank goodness, but i lent it to a very grateful mom with a screaming baby on a 9 hour flight once). And for the mother of all packing lists, I would suggest a travel sized portable nebulizer, sounds wierd but I dont go anywhere without it, and even take it as carry on. On a trip to miami (from brazil where we live) my daughter started weezing in the middle of the night and I used it immediately. When i took her to the pediatrician the next day we found out it was croup and if we hadnt done that we would have ended up in the ER. But even in nonextreme cases, it works great for regular cold congestion and allergy issues…
        Love your site, had never been on here before, glad I found you!

        • Corinne at 23:29 #

          Thanks, Thaby – those are great ideas!

          I wonder if I should create a separate list for those traveling with babies and children with health issues and/or allergies? I would never have thought of the nebulizer but my nephew has asthma and uses it quite often.

  3. Indian Road Trip at 03:18 #

    Very comprehensive and complete list for travel. If it’s a road trip, then instead of the plane tickets, add one extra pair of car keys to the list.

  4. Sachin at 21:37 #

    Question about the Consent Form if both parents are not traveling. Does it need to be notarized? Seems like an overkill unless someone had a bad experience regarding this. Appreciate the effort to put together this list! Thanks!

    • Corinne at 21:46 #

      Thanks, Sachin! I agree about the notarization seeming like overkill. Apparently in the US it’s a lot easier to get that done. I just travel with a neatly typed note that we both sign, and haven’t had any issues. If you’re going to do a lot of solo travel with your baby, you can get a general note notarized that’s valid for a year – might be worth it for lots of travel, especially to the US. Hope that helps!

  5. Kayla at 09:53 #

    Hellio I am travelling with our daughter who will be 3 at the time, I am wondering if I should get one carryone for the both of us to keep everyting together or should I get a separte carry on for her? Thanks for any advice.

    • Corinne at 23:07 #

      Hi Kayla! Your daughter is old enough now to pull her own bag that she packs herself (supervised by you, of course!) Just in case she tires of pulling it, though, make sure it has a shoulder strap so you can lug it if need be. Have a great trip!

  6. Satchel at 16:20 #

    Excellent list! It looks overwhelming at first but everything is on there for a reason. It’s easy to forget one (or more!) things when you have kids and are traveling a lot. I have bookmarked this list!

  7. Capital Resorts at 11:35 #

    This list has some important things one should remember to pack when flying with an infant!

  8. Tara at 13:04 #

    I’m planning a solo trip with my daughter who will be 18 months at that time. I’m concerned over this note from both parents that you’ve mentioned.
    My daughters father passed away a few months ago and she has his last name, not mine. Is this going to be a problem in my vacation planning?

  9. Sara at 11:13 #

    Hi! Loving this list, am planning a solo flight soon with 4.5yo & 20mo, 4.5 will have her own seat, 20mo will be in my knee.
    I’ll be bringing stroller with me and wondering would you suggest:
    2 cabin bags and fit in all our stuff for 5 days or
    1 checked bag & 1 cabin bag?
    I’m thinking I won’t manage a checked bag as I’ll have it, stroller & another child so not enough hands??
    But with 2 cabin bags my 4yo can wheel hers & I can put mine on my back while pushing the stroller?
    Also a question about a not from other parent, my partner doesn’t like the sun so is happy for me & the kids to go away for 5 days, do I need a consent letter? We’re not married but both kids have double barrelled surnames on their passports?
    Thank you!

    • Corinne at 11:18 #

      Hi Sarah!
      Bring a letter just to be on the safe side. I had my hand slapped once for not having one and only now just realized how lucky I am he let me through. I have traveled in a very similar situation with our kids at similar ages, and I did check a suitcase since travelling light is not in my genes. Luckily my stroller was easy enough to manage so I could push with one hand and pull the suitcase with the other. My daughter had just turned five and was pretty good about pulling her carry-on, although I did end up lugging that as well once the suitcase was checked 😉
      Good luck and have a great trip!

  10. Jacqueline at 05:00 #

    This is an awesome list! Reading it confirms that if your a mommy you can never be too prepared .. I have a question. We will be flying with our 8 month old and I know that my husband and I will need an id but will we need one for the baby?

    • Corinne at 22:36 #

      Hi Jacqueline! Depending on where you are going, you might need a passport for baby. Even if flying domestic, it’s a good idea to have their birth certificate handy. Have a great flight!

  11. Michele at 09:30 #

    I am a foster parent traveling for the first time with a 5 month old and a 4 yr old. I have my court papers showing I have custody but my husband will not be with me. Should I have a note from him just to be safe?

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