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


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. Here are the items we took to make for a smooth trip:

In the carry-on bag:

  • A wallet with cash, cards, ID and lip balm
  • A printed boarding pass in case your flight app of choice isn't working
  • Baby’s birth certificate
  • Your baby carrier of choice 
  • Five to seven pampers
  • Two bottles with caps
  • Three unopened containers of ready-made formula with the labels mostly peeled off for security
  • Travel-sized Vaseline, which I use on baby's bottom at every changing 
  • 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 baby and a versatile one for you (I also use mine as a neck pillow.) 
  • A pacifier attached to you and a spare in the bag
  • At least one hat for warmth (be sure the baby can fit it.)
  • One extra onesie
  • Two extra bibs
  • Travel-sized coconut oil and bath soap
  • Traveling changing mat if your diaper bag doesn’t have one built in 
  • Travel-sized Lysol 
  • Cell phone and charger

  • A book and small toy

In the rollaway bag for baby:

  • Cozy socks for the plane
  • Two small bath cloths for baby and a larger towel if you don’t trust the towels where you’re going
  • Your breastfeeding needs
  • 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 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 if you're going swimming.)