I used to joke that the pile of luggage we brought with us on our first trip with baby rivaled J.Lo’s – only ours wasn’t Louis Vuitton and we had to carry it ourselves. Can you imagine what her luggage cart(s) looks like now that she’s a mother of twins?!
Let’s face it, gone are the days of traveling light. I once traipsed through Europe with one bag strapped to my back, but now that same said bag would barely hold all the diapers. So, you need packing lists for travel with baby!
Yes, you can order baby supplies to be shipped to your hotel ahead of time, and that might be quite cost-effective now with the ridiculous airline baggage allotments (or lack thereof). Yes, depending on where you’re going you can always buy what you need once you get there (although rushing out to find a store is not the first thing I want to do when I’m traveling). My exhaustive, extensive packing lists are based on our trips to Cuba, where it can be difficult to find baby supplies, the selection is minimal, and what is there is quite expensive.
If you think I’m a bit of a nervous Nellie and that I’ve gone overboard, I’ll agree with you. But in my defence I’ll say that I’m loyal to certain brands and it would stress me out to try new foods and products with my baby when I’m away from home.
So please check out my Mother Of All Packing Lists – and of course you don’t have to pack EVERYTHING on it! It’s just a guideline so you don’t forget anything. I’m working on creating a special printable version and it will be hopefully up soon.
Also, you don’t want to be 30,000 feet up in the air and realize you absolutely need something! Definitely also check out my Carry-On Packing List. Not once in our umpteen flights have I had that sinking feeling that something I need is either under the plane or back at home.
Have I forgotten something essential – or essential to you? Drop me a line in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it.
I’ve flown a dozen or so times with my almost two year old- and other than when we went on a cruise, I’ve always managed with just a diaper bag and a carry-on suitcase. I always buy diapers and supplies wherever we go- but we have only traveled domestically with her, so I might change my tune if it was international. Babies don’t require much!
I’ll grant that I packed less when we were visiting family in Florida recently – but then I was frustrated because I couldn’t find the same (or comparable) brand of teething biscuits!
Thank you so much! You have really helped keep my neurosis in check:-).. I will be traveling to France with my 8 month old next week. Thanks again!
Delighted to hear it, Brandi – have a wonderful trip!