The Mother of All Packing Lists!

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This baby packing list is based on a destination where you wouldn’t have access to many of the things we deem to be necessities. For example, when we went to Cuba, there really wasn’t much you could buy, and what you could buy was very expensive. Of course, you won’t need everything on this list, and do cross reference with the Carry On Packing List as there are repeat items.


  • Cash /credit cards/debit/ATM cards (make sure these work where you’re visiting)
  • Passports
  • Drivers’ license
  • Consent letter from non-traveling parent if traveling solo
  • Photocopies of passport & drivers’ licence – packed separately, in case ID is lost or stolen
  • Calling card & number for out-of-country calls
  • Health & travel insurance documents
  • Vaccination documents if needed
  • Address/phone book
  • Trip itinerary
  • Airplane tickets, or confirmation number for e-ticket
  • Hotel and/or car reservation numbers


  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hair products
  • Brush & comb
  • Shaving gear
  • Contact lens paraphernalia
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Skin cream, makeup
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Lip balm
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Afterbite, for insect bites
  • Sun block


  • Band-aids
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • Disinfecting liquid like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Pain relief tablets
  • Children’s pain/fever reliever
  • Oral rehydration liquid or sachets
  • Allergy medicine
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Prescription medicines
  • Vitamins


  • Smartphone & charger
  • Camera and batteries & charger
  • Camcorder or digital recorder & charger
  • Tablet/Laptop and/or DVD player and DVDs and/or portable game device
  • Pen & paper
  • Assorted plastic bags
  • Assorted plastic containers
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Needle and thread
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Small amount of dish and/or laundry soap
  • Waterproof sheet
  • Beach toys
  • Water wings
  • Snorkel & fins
  • Water goggles
  • Water Shoes
  • Underwater camera


Hopefully you can bring enough that you don’t have to do laundry!!

  • Two swimsuits
  • Lots of t-shirts or other tops
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Sweater or jacket
  • A couple of nice outfits if you are expected to ‘dress’ for dinner
  • Rain gear
  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Several sunhats – they always get lost
  • Sandals
  • Good walking shoes
  • Accessories
  • Sarongs – can be used as swimsuit cover-up and baby carrier


  • Formula or powdered milk
  • Baby food/Baby Cereal
  • Eating utensils
  • Bottles & Nipples
  • Sippy Cups
  • Extra Pacifiers
  • ‘Special’ items like blanket, toys, etc.
  • Crib bedding
  • Changing Pad
  • Diapers (how many depends on type accessible at your destination)
  • Swim Diapers
  • Wipes (lots)
  • Diaper Cream
  • Baby Toiletries
  • Bath Toys
  • Bibs
  • Swimsuits
  • More sunhats
  • Approx 2 outfits per day if not planning on doing laundry
  • Sweater
  • Socks
  • Shoes/Sandals
  • Travel crib/cot
  • Stroller
  • Carrier
  • Car Seat


43 Responses to The Mother of All Packing Lists!

  1. Theodora at 23:14 #

    Wow! I have never taken anything like that amount even when travelling with a 5-month-old baby.

  2. Sarah at 19:48 #

    Sounds like what we ended up taking to Jamaica with our 4yo and 4mo girls. Nail clippers are something I always forget and wish I hadn’t!

    • Corinne at 21:54 #

      Thanks, Sarah! Would love to hear more about your trip!

  3. angella at 02:33 #

    are you allowed to take prepare bottles of feed for baby , i am thinking no liquids on the plane. ?????

    • Corinne at 07:16 #

      Angella, you’re allowed to bring liquids over the allowable limits if you are traveling with a child under the age of two.

  4. ANDREA at 21:39 #

    Hi there, we are planning on going to Dominican Republic, Punta Cana, maybe Bahia Principe Punta Cana resort.
    Does anyone know if I can purchase diapers, wipes, and perhaps formula there and how much more expensive is it? My baby will be 7 months old.

    Does anyone know how are the sleeping cots for babies? Should I bring a pack & play instead?

    Thank you, Andrea.

    • Rachel at 17:42 #

      I’m not sure when you wrote this but I would not count on it. We stayed at the Grand Palladium and the selection at the store was limited. They did not recommend leaving the resort alone.

    • Kathy at 16:45 #

      Hey Andrea,
      I stayed at Bahia Principe 2 years ago and a small pack of 22 Pampers Splashers was $25 if I recall correctly, don’t know how much they would be now. I suggest you take your own diapers because not only are they expensive but also the selection is limited. On another note I do not recall seeing baby formula at the gift shop or pharmacy. In between I don’t know anything about the sleeping cots for babies make sure you contact the resort. I also want to give you a heads up Bahia Prinicipe has about 4 hotels on the same property. They range from 2 to 5 stars depending on the one you’ll be at things might just be or more complicated or simply more convenient. Hope you enjoy your trip don’t forget bug repellant, sun screen, children’s Med and what not ;)

    • Carla at 12:47 #

      Hi just wondering when this was posted, I am heading there in one week and would love to know the situation for sleeping for children I was planning on bringing my pack and play but would love to leave it at home if theirs are good quality

      • Corinne at 22:25 #

        Hi Carla!

        My recommendation would be to check with the hotel directly. Have a great trip!

  5. Lisa Canning at 10:55 #

    Lists are so great! Thanks for compiling this comprehensive list.

  6. Indian Road Trip at 02:43 #

    Great packing list. Very admirable. As I have been on a month long solo road trip, I can understand the importance of a comprehensive packing list. I highly recommend your article.

    • Sydney Hotels at 14:31 #

      Great list! I’m a lousy packer, this list I going to be my travel buddy from now on. I am definitely saving it. Thanks! 

  7. kristal at 20:03 #

    do the children meds need to be sealed (new) or can I take my already opened?

    • Corinne at 07:56 #

      I’ve taken products that weren’t sealed, it was never an issue.

  8. bv at 13:27 #


  9. Marena at 20:16 #

    Thank you for your packing list. There were things on the list that I didn’t think of but needed like pedialite (and needed). Our trip went badly with a sick baby and home sick 2 year old but having everything I needed really helped.

    • Corinne at 07:21 #

      So sorry to hear your baby was sick, but I’m so glad to be of service!

  10. Deeanne at 01:23 #

    Here’s a few I consider essentials that I didn’t see :

    Baby birth certificate (required for lap infants)
    Baby toys
    Bedtime book

    • Danielle at 22:41 #

      Sun Block is under Toiletries and Toys are under Special Items in Specifically For Baby!!! Book would fall under that category

  11. BWlf at 16:17 #

    Baby Monitor!!

  12. Sandra at 11:20 #

    Wow! Amazing thank you so much. This is really comprehensive list for travelling.

  13. Julie at 16:25 #

    I also take baby’s red book (health record book) in case I need details of the immunisations or any other details…

  14. Ellie at 23:58 #

    Wow what an extensive list! I can’t say I travel with that much stuff with babies, but this is a great starting point. I find it can be useful to try to find items that can double up – like a mattress in a travel crib can work as a changing pad, and to take toys that can also be used in the bath.

  15. Francesca at 17:06 #

    This is an awesome website with tons of great info!! Thanks for all your help.

  16. ktevBrown at 20:51 #

    Whoa. We travel to see their Daddy(My husband) who is in the Army and a few states away once a month for about 4days each. And Wow. This is an insane amount of stuff! Lol our car is so small it wouldn’t even fit all of these things! We have a 17months old& a 6month old, and we take about 1/2 – 3/4th of this stuff and they do wonderfully! But wonderful list! :D Thanks!

    • Corinne at 13:49 #

      Definitely a everything-and-the-kitchen-sink list, just so all bases are covered :)

  17. Diane at 11:01 #

    How many regular diapers and swim diapers should I take for 1 week in Mexico?

    • Corinne at 15:54 #

      I think I budgeted 2 swim diapers and 5 regular diapers per day. Added that to the travel day diaper budget of 1 per hour of journey – just to be safe! It’s a lot but they don’t weigh much and you don’t have them for the trip home!

  18. Jodi S at 20:32 #

    This is the third trip I am taking with my twins and the third time I’m printing off both the carry-on and packing lists. I don’t take everything on the lists, but they are an invaluable guide to make sure nothing important to us is forgotten. Thank you so much!!

    • Corinne at 22:22 #

      Thank you, Jodi–that is great to hear!

  19. Jaime at 16:21 #

    Hi! First time mom and first time traveling with a baby alone. I have flown with my sister who was 6.
    But this list will really help me. I was very nervous about a week before I found this list..about forgetting anything, and how to keep her entertained and all the worries moms have that go along with flying with my baby alone.

    My daughter is eleven months old and very active. She’s also teething and getting a molar.
    I am flying to Florida to see my mom and fam. Its got to planes and a 30 min layover. I have a very heavy car seat as well. Any suggestions? I’m so worried I won’t make my flights, and lugging a bunch of stuff is hard for me with fibromyalgia, and how do I go to the bathroom on the plane with her,where do I change her on the plane? has anyone dealt with poopy diapers on a plane? I am just so worried…and stressed out. I no longer have finger nails! lol -Sincerely Worried Mommy

    • Corinne at 22:09 #

      Hang in there, Jaime! You could try a cart or wheeled car seat travel bag like this to lug your heavy seat around, or invest in an inexpensive and lightweight seat just for travel–the Cosco Scenera is a good one.

      At least one of the airplane washrooms should have a change table. Wear her in a lightweight carrier for your bathroom trips–they aren’t comfy or relaxing but they can be done! Make sure to have a stash of plastic bags on hand to handle yucky diapers and any other assorted messes you are bound to encounter. Try not to stress out! Give yourself lots of time and take lots of deep breaths. You can do this!

  20. Courtney at 22:35 #

    Im surprised a thermometer isnt on this list. i never, ever travel without one.

  21. Hanna at 18:50 #

    I’m going to Indiana after Christmas this year with my then 7 month old…i know it’s going to be very cold this year, is there something special i should bring for him?

    • Corinne at 22:44 #

      Hi Hanna!

      Make sure he has a snowsuit, or a bundler for your stroller. Have fun!

  22. It looks like it’s a lot to carry but I think that pretty much completes your daily travel needs.

    Thanks for sharing those nice lists!


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