Traveling with an Infant – Packing TIPS

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  1. This seriously gave me major flashback to the time when I went on a 15-hour trip from San Francisco to Manila with my five-month-old daughter. I wish I had stumbled upon this before that trip – it would have saved me a lot of trouble (and sanity!)

  2. Gem says:

    That was a nice read!

    I don’t have any kids but that was quite informative. I will make sure to share this!

    Often, I would hear people how hard is it to travel with an infant. I am sure some of your tips would help make their journeys a bit easy.

    Cool to know there are swim diapers? How different are they from regular diapers?

    Thanks for the tips! Happy travels 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Swim diapers are the greatest invention! Sometimes babies feel warm water and then need to go potty! Swim diapers have little flaps that ‘contain’ 😉 AND how they only soak up what they need to and not half the pool too is a mystery to me, but most pools require them. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Katie says:

    Great article! I am not a mother, but love your shout out at the end “Teach your children to be global citizens and maneuver the world! Kudos to you for starting the travel early!”. It is important that we teach children young what it means to be a global citizen.

  4. gtcookbook says:

    Props to you for not giving up on traveling despite having kids! I feel like even traveling solo I’m too much to handle on my own. Don’t have any of my own, but will pass on the tips to my new-mum friends 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thanks for sharing! Each stage of life and traveling has its own wonderful and difficult portions…parents can never be too prepared!

  5. I don’t have small children but a lot of my friends do. Great Tips.

  6. Great tips! I’m a few years away from worrying about this for now, but this looks like an awesome guide. I’ll definitely bookmark it for the future!

  7. Jenn Coleman says:

    I have never had children and have never had to travel with an infant, but all of your tips look really spot-on. I really love the beginning of your last paragraph about traveling with your kids early and teaching them to be Global Citizens.

  8. What an awesome comprehensive guide for all different situations and weather!!

  9. Katharina says:

    Wow. We don’t have kids yet but are planning to travel with ours in the future. To be honest I never thought if how much stuff you need to take. That’s a whole large suitcase on the side lol. Two outfits per day?!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      YEP – at least the outfits are small, though, right? Once they are old enough to carry their own small suitcase and don’t need so many outfits in one day…you feel like you have so much extra room!! LOL!

  10. Wangui says:

    Awesome article….I am a first time mum to a 1 year old…. I can definately relate to this…Thankyou for the tips

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Welcome to the mom club! 🙂 You already know there is nothing harder and nothing more wonderful. 🙂 Glad you stopped by! Moms can never be too prepared.

  11. My friend just had a baby and i could not BELIEVE the amount of stuff one person needed. She’s tiny! How does she need all that stuff?!?! Will show her this article when she gets brave enough to take baby away for her first holiday!!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It was a shock to us, too! When you are preparing for baby to arrive and you see these HUGE diaper bags…and wonder…really? Though long before I had kids I saw a family with a small little girl who was just learning to toddle. She was so cute that I paused to watch her. The entire place was hot and dry but there was a small puddle of water…no larger than about 12″ wide. She made a bee line to it – the only water ANYWHERE around and before her mom could grab her she was soaked head to toe. In an instant she needed an entire new set of clothes. LOL! And that…is why moms need so much stuff for baby. LOL

  12. Neha Verma says:

    These are really useful tips and everyone should have this list noted down. I traveled a lot with my own infant past few years. And once we forgot her hot water thermos at home and we were so tense all the time about managing to prepare her meals…

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Oh, forgetting something is the worst!! Usually I’m so focused on getting all the details for the kids that if I forget something it is mine!! LOL! More than once I’ve had to shop for something for myself that I forgot. LOL!

  13. I have so many problems just packing for myself that I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to pack for a little one too!

    Great post 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Ok – it doesn’t always go smoothly. Once, when I was new to the packing for kids, too, game….I had all of their stuff perfectly organized and realized I had not packed ANY pants for myself. NONE. LOL! I wore the same pair of pants I arrived in for a few days till I could get another pair. LOL! That is just one example of why moms need to be extremely organized! LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Maria Jesus says:

    I’ve never thought about all these tips to consider when travelling with a kid – so useful! Thanks a lot! You got it all under control, well done!

  15. I laughed when I read that the smaller they are the more stuff they need – this is so true! I don’t have any kids but every time I see families traveling with babies or toddlers, I wonder how they do it! There’s so much to think about and so much stuff to bring – I admire anyone traveling with kids! I can see how clothes made with sunscreen material is so much more practical than sunscreen (which most kids hate)!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Oh, I’m pretty sure that when you become a mom you also become part sherpa!! Just yesterday we were flying back from NYC and we saw a mom boarding with her three children. They were probably in the neighborhood of 3-7 years old. Each child had an item they were clinging too and then the mom was almost completely covered with stuff!! As they were flying from NYC that also included everyone’s puffy coat. She had the biggest smile and I chuckled at her mountain of stuff strapped to her…she was a ROCKSTAR!!

  16. What a great list of packing tips for travelers with infants! I don’t have kids of my own but this seems like a useful list for later on. I’ve never heard of swim diapers until now!!

  17. TabassumTrails says:

    Travelling with kids always looks like a challenge to me. I wonder how people manage to look after a baby when I struggle to even look after myself. But I guess parenthood brings a lot of sensibilities and responsibilities with it. If someday I have kids I would love to take them with me everywhere I go, not because I don’t have an option to leave them home, but because I would want them to be my travel companion.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It is a new and fascinating adventure and you learn a lot really fast. It is so great to share your traveling ‘bug’ with them! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  18. When you are traveling with an infant, the experience comes with its own set of challenges and of course packing right is half the battle won. You have provided some really practical and useful tips in that direction. I am sure they will help a lot in smoothening the travel experience with an infant.

  19. Wow I’m forwarding this to my friends who want to travel with their babies but are too afraid to start packing! 🙂 I didn’t know there are swim diapers – brilliant idea! 🙂

  20. Wow! Thanks for the tips! I will forward this to my friends who wants to travel with their babies. For sure these tips will help them a lot to pack for their trips.

  21. Some parents get harrased while traveling far with their kids. Some doesn’t want to travel with their little babies. This blog is very useful for those parents. Just follow the tips they have included and your journey with babies will be fun.

  22. Anne says:

    Have definitely seen that when I travel with babies their packing list is way longer than mine! And as they get older, don’t forget that favorite stuffed animal or blanket!
    Love the iplay suit, we have their swimsuits and hats!

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