We received this personalized Lands’ End zip top canvas tote bag as a baby gift and it has been the perfect carry-on for all of Buddy’s things. Here’s what we have on hand for him.
Toys and books. We keep a plethora of suction toys (our faves are these, this & this), rattles, teething toys (this one & this one) & a few Indestructibles books (this one, this one & this one) on hand to keep Buddy entertained & his hands busy. We also brought this giraffe grasping toy because it’s one of Buddy’s favorite toys.
Change of clothes. Initially I packed two footed onesies, but I threw a third one in his bag just in case. I pack footed onesies so I don’t have to deal with separates or socks, etc. We ended up not needing to change him on our last trip but I’d rater be safe than sorry, especially since Buddy’s#2s have been a little off since we introduced solids. I also keep an extra Ziplock baggie with them for soiled clothing.
Germ fighting wipes. Airports & airplanes are dirty- so I kept an arsenal of germ fighting tools on hand for various purposes, like these toy and table wipes, these face wipes, and a handful of these individually wrapped hand sanitizer wipes.
Hat and sunglasses. I like to keep these in my bag at all times to be prepared for any situation where Buddy might get more sun exposure than ideal. These are our favorite sunglasses & I’ve found space saving bucket hats to be the easiest to stash in a bag.
Diapering. I read somewhere to pack one diaper for every hour of travel, so that’s what we did (including time to and from the airport.) We also packed a larger pack of wipes than we usually have when out & about. We typically use this diaper rash ointment but I could only find the original in travel size.
Baby toiletries. I pack regular toiletries (sunscreen soap, lotion, bug spray) in our checked luggable but I like to have this stick of mineral sunscreen for babies as well as this fragrance-free face & lip balm for dry patches or to protect his little drool-saturated chin.
Burp cloths. We need these less now but we kept about 3 or 4 in Buddy’s tote last time. We use these burp cloths.
Feeding. Now that Buddy is eating solids I’ve packed a bib & travel utensils since I know he will need to eat at least one of his solid meals while we are traveling.
Stroller. Last time we traveled with our beloved Baby Jogger Citi Mini GT and we gate checked it in this bag. That was a LOT to handle so this time we bought a cheap little umbrella stroller and will be using that instead.
Portable high chair. This thing is pure gold. Even before Buddy started eating solids it was handy. When we ate at restaurants in the airport (or at our destination) it gave him a comfy place to sit and play while at our level. I do wish it was a tad more “portable” but it’s good enough.
Bag for car seat and stroller. While perusing Amazon reviews I learned the Southwest Airlines car seat bags were pretty decent and reasonably priced. We used it for one flight and it had shreds in it but better the bag than the car seat. This stroller bag however is outstanding an we even stashed the highchair and a few other items in with the stroller.
Breast milk storage. For our last trip we were leaving Buddy overnight with his grandparents, so I had to haul baggies of frozen breast milk. TSA told me that freezing it was the best way to travel with it. We also had a long travel day so it was the best way to keep it good. This Kiinde cooler bag was nice and small and very effective at keeping milk cold for a 12+hour trip.
Vest with pockets. I've been doing this for years when traveling but I find it even more necessary when traveling with a baby to wear a vest with pockets. It's hard to reach in and out of a bag while lugging around a bunch of things plus a baby. Being able to have my phone, lip balm and even wallet within reach is very helpful.
I reached out to a lot of mamas and got great advice, so don’t be afraid to do the same if you are nervous about traveling with a baby. I mean, I even text one of my friends asking, “do wipes count as a ‘liquid’?” and “So I can have two carry-on bags PLUS our car seat and stroller bag at the gate?” I hope these tips and suggestions are helpful, holler if you have any questions.