Tuesday, 13 September 2016

21 things to pack in baby’s hand luggage

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Flying with a baby, and looking to pack the essentials? Read my travel tips on the 21 things to pack in baby’s hand luggage/changing bag.

WHIITELIST was created for mothers who have babies, and will continue to travel. So far I have documented my Maldives babymoon, Istanbul trip, our trip to New York when Chance was 11 weeks old and countless others.
Aside from the fact that I myself have travelled extensively, my son has been to 8 cities in his 8 months, and it’s because of him I felt comfortable dishing out 21 great tips to flying with babies.

In this post, 21 things to pack in baby’s hand luggage, hopefully, it will help you to pack better. By better I mean avoid packing absolutely everything such as the washing machine, you know the washing machine you have, yes that amazing one your husband challenged you on for price because the hotel doesn’t have the best washing machine, with the best washing powder for your child. The list below should help you to pack everything you need for your baby within their hand luggage. By hand luggage, I mean changing bag but for the purposes of this post, let’s call it hand luggage.

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I mentioned in the recent post 21 great tips to flying with babies that the best type of hand luggage/changing bag for baby when travelling is a backpack. You want a bag that has the necessary compartments, not made of non-wipeable material and can be carried on your back leaving you hands-free.

“Babies are so lucky that they don't have to wait for the seatbelt sign to go on before they can visit the bathroom.”

  1. Outerwear
Chance is similar to me, warm everywhere apart from his extremities bar when he is quite cold. This can sometimes be the case when we are on a plane, or when we land at our destination in the early morning or evening, so packing a light jacket or sweater is a must.

  1. Nappies
Babies are so lucky that they don't have to wait for the seatbelt sign to go on before they can visit the bathroom. I usually pack a disposable nappy for every 2 hours that we will be travelling.

  1. Wipes
Wipes, wipes and more wipes! As I said in the post 21 great tips to flying with babies! We pack the Naty Eco Travel Wipes for Chance’s bottom, face, hands and everything bodily; whilst we rely heavily on the Antibacterial Multi-Surface wipes to wipe anything that Chance can come into contact with on the plane, in the lounge and everywhere else.

  1. Diaper ointment
You may still be reeling from the post 9 essential beauty products for your beauty routine where I discuss using Chance’s diaper ointment to rid me of under eye puffiness!! Here the diaper ointment is being used traditionally...to prevent nappy rash; it can also be used as sunscreen due to the zinc oxide, something else you would have learnt from the above post.

“Here the diaper ointment is being used traditionally...to prevent nappy rash”

  1. Waterproof bib
As long as it’s wipeable and protects clothes from food, it’s doing the job that's needed.

  1. Resealable plastic bags
The great thing about this is that you don’t even need to buy this in advance, you can bag a couple at the airport before you pass through security; not just to hold the 100ml liquids in your bag, but also to hold wet clothes, open foods and snacks.

  1. Sunscreen
Protecting your child’s skin is a must when travelling, irrespective of whether the sun is out, or it looks cloudy outside. I love the NAÏF SPF50 Protecting Sunscreen for both Chance and myself. Alternatively, you could always use the diaper ointment as a last resort!

  1. Blanket
Planes can get cold, it’s the air conditioning, so having a thin blanket or muslin to hand is a must.

“I absolutely love disposable changing mats, as you can use then throw away…”

  1. Disposable changing mat
Changing bags come with changing mats, but the toilets of planes, toilets of airports and everywhere else aren’t exactly the cleanest of places. I absolutely love disposable changing mats, as you can use then throw away, and secondly they can double up as a bassinet liner.

  1. Baby travel mattress
Perfect for infants travelling in your lap, great for bassinets and to soften those awkward armrests. I have recommended the SkyBaby Travel Mattress in earlier posts, but you can also use a travel pillow to make it extra comfortable for your little one if you haven’t ordered one in advance.

  1. Books and toys
In the post 21 great tips to flying with babies, I mentioned packing Touch and Feel board books and toys that your child enjoys. Keeping your little one entertained is the main objective, especially if you want to breed good feelings about travelling short or long haul.

  1. Socks
I mentioned earlier that Chance and I suffer from cold extremities. It may be a bit much to wear gloves in the middle of Summer, but socks on feet are just fine and allows toes to wiggle and feet to move.

“It may be a bit much to wear gloves in the middle of Summer, but socks on feet are just fine”
  1. Socket covers
For some reason, I always forget adapters and everything else I need to keep my technology going. Somehow when anything is packed in Chance’s bag it is remembered. Socket covers are one, just because you are travelling doesn’t mean you can leave your childproofing at home.

  1. Baby food
If you are bottle feeding, it may be best to pre-order your baby’s food in advance, as detailed in the post 21 great tips for flying with babies; if you are breastfeeding ensure that you are wearing breastfeeding/nursing friendly outfits. My favourite is this dress from JoJo Maman Bébé.

  1. Non-messy Snacks that don’t need tableware
As Chance has gotten older, his eating habits aren’t as neat as those newborn days. I choose Ella’s Kitchen Smoothie Fruits, Yummy Yoghurts and vegetables especially the Parsnips Parsnips Parsnips for their convenience and the lack of utensils and tableware needed.

“If you are bottle feeding, it may be best to pre-order your baby’s food in advance”

  1. Muslin cloths
Muslins are an absolute saviour. Quite similar to wipes, they are perfect for easier and tidier feeding times can be used by mum to remove makeup similar to wipes and can also double up as blankets when needed.

  1. Children’s first aid kit and medicine
This is the first thing to add to a travelling changing bag which should include everything from a digital thermometer (the ones that go under the armpit), baby Nurofen, alcohol wipes for cleaning, Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing cream, bandages, gauze strips, oral syringe, nail clippers and file, decongestant, insect repellant and baby rehydration sachets.

  1. Spare clothes
Not just for baby, but also for you. I recommend 2 sleepsuits and bodysuits for baby and a spare top for yourself. Anything could happen and you want to be prepared for each eventuality.

  1. 100ml bottles and sippy cups
Linked to the above point 14, should you be formula feeding having a couple of bottles to hand, sippy cups and those spare bags mentioned above is useful. You can also buy those sterilising bags with the solution in it, to keep those bottles sterile once cleaned.

“I am not over zealous when it comes to keeping germs at bay. I only use 100 wipes and antibacterial wipes when travelling”

  1. Sanitiser
I am not over zealous when it comes to keeping germs at bay. I only use 100 wipes and antibacterial wipes when travelling, to ensure that once the majority of the 99.9% of germs that can be killed or removed, that whatever is left Chance can be exposed to, in order to build up his immunity! I only wonder if I have it backwards?!

  1. Travel size toiletries
For some reason, even though I rely quite heavily on wipes, I always find a use for travel size toiletries. Especially the mini washes that they come with. These always come in handy whether as hand wash, or accidents where only a wash and muslin will do.

Will you be taking as little items as possible in your baby’s cabin bag? What essentials will you pack?

Thank you for reading and please do follow me on Bloglovin’ to keep up with my experiences of travelling with a baby every Tuesday.

Thank you!

SAL xx

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2 comments

  1. Great article! I also just recently wrote an article about traveling with an infant! I agree that extra wipes are always vital! I like to always include a sunhat and a beanie in my bag incase it's really sunny or windy and chilly! Thanks for a great read!

    Brit

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    1. Hi Brit, thank you! I actually always carry a sunhat in the bag (completely forgot) as you're right it's perfect for changing weathers. Read the post 12 summer wardrobe essentials for baby here http://www.whiitelist.com/2016/08/12-summer-wardrobe-essentials-for-baby.html

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