Packing for a vacation with baby

A checklist of essentials to get you ready for a family vacation.


Now that you’re mentally set for a happy first family holiday with your bambino, here’s what you need to pack into your luggage - besides the mandatory cute outfits for your little one, of course.

A first-aid kit

Take sachets of infant paracetamol, teething gel, plasters, antiseptic cream, mosquito repellent and antihistamine cream.

Baby food 

Flight restrictions don’t apply to baby food and drink, so pack some in your hand luggage.


Use a liquid sterilising solution (try Milton), or buy bottles that can be sterilised in the microwave on their own (try Mam Anti-Colic bottles).

Spoons, bowls and bibs 

Wipe-down rubber bibs don’t need laundering and can be used multiple times (try Baby Bjorn).

Night light 

For night-time feeds.

White noise 

Great for muffling out unfamiliar noises. The White Noise By TM app (US$1.99/$2.45 on iTunes) comes highly recommended by Dr Oz, Oprah Winfrey’s go-to medical expert.

Baby sling 

Much easier than lugging a stroller on the plane, or when you sightsee.

Car seat 

Or look into hiring it at your destination.

Travel-sized detergent 

Instead of taking several outfits, hand wash as you go. Or send it to your hotel laundry.


A must for all sunny destinations.


If your cutie is under 6 months, keep her out of the sun and slather plenty of SPF30 on her.

Bubba's beloved blankie 

Babies sleep better with familiar bedding.

Universal sink plug 

Turns a sink into an instant baby bath. 

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