Everything I packed for baby's first 4-night trip

Credit: Stil Classics / Unsplash

Credit: Stil Classics / Unsplash

By Lauren Floyd, Honeycomb Moms

Short of one prolonged exhaustion-induced crying spell in the rental car, my then 4-month-old son’s first trip with his father had few hiccups. They flew from Atlanta to Orlando, got a rental car to drive to Winter Haven and spent four nights in Florida. But I did the packing for the baby, and I included more than a few extras to make for a smooth trip.

In the diaper bag:

  • Baby’s birth certificate
  • The baby carrier of choice 
  • Five to seven pampers
  • Two bottles with caps
  • Breast milk and freezer packs or three unopened containers of ready-made formula with the labels mostly peeled off for security (I did the latter.)
  • Travel-sized Vaseline, which my husband and I use on baby's bottom at every changing 
  • A small pack of baby wipes (without those plastic cases to carry the wipes in. They quickly dry out.)
  • Spit-up cloths
  • Travel-sized hand sanitizer
  • One plush blanket and another lighter one
  • A hooded jacket for the baby 
  • A pacifier to clip on and a spare
  • At least one hat that actually fits
  • One extra onesie
  • Two extra bibs
  • Travel-sized coconut oil and bath soap
  • Traveling changing mat 
  • Travel-sized Lysol 
  • A book and small toy

  • Don't forget your needed travel items too including your ID, wallet, cell phone, charger, jacket and a printed boarding pass because technology has a way of not working when you need it.

In the small rollaway bag for baby:

  • Cozy socks 
  • Two small bath cloths for baby 
  • Spit-up clothes and bibs
  • Two bottles and the bottle cleaning brush
  • One extra blanket 
  • Pre-planned outfits, socks and shoes (The pre-planned part is essential for me to avoid over-packing.)
  • One extra pair of pants
  • Extra jacket, socks and onesies
  • Extra pampers, baby wipes and formula 
  • You may want to add a swim pamper and breastfeeding needs.