20 Must-Have Items for Traveling with a Baby

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Traveling with a baby is a lot easier than most people believe. 

Babies are the perfect travel companion. They fly for free (except taxes for international flights), drink milk, don’t complain, and sleep most of the day. You couldn’t ask for a better travel buddy.

There is only one drawback with traveling with a baby, their travel gear. 

Packing all the right travel essentials for your baby can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be.

  • We are here to answer your question. 
  • What do you need to travel with an infant? 
  • Do you need a travel crib? 
  • Is a diaper bag considered a carry-on? 
  • What should I pack in my diaper bag?

We have been traveling with our baby since he was 8-weeks old. After almost two years, we have put together the must-have items when traveling with a baby.


Travel System

Graco Modes Element Travel System

Lightweight Convertible Car Seat

Car Seat Travel Bag with Wheels

Car Seat Travel Bag

Car Seat Travel Bag with Wheels

Ergobaby Carrier

Ergobaby Carrier

There is always a great debate in Facebook groups of strollers vs. baby carrier. There is no doubt a baby carrier is one of our must-haves when traveling with a baby. Babies are light and easy to carry. Baby carriers are less of a hassle than a stroller and allow you a lot of flexibility.  While in Beijing, I wore our baby for upwards of 6 hours at a time with no problem. The key to traveling with a baby carrier is having a comfortable fit for you. I recommend purchasing different brands to try for a few days.

We purchased the Baby Steps Ergonomic Baby Carrier for less than $50 and loved it. This baby carrier offered versatility to wear your baby front, back, and even on your side; without putting unnecessary stress on your body. Although it isn’t as compact as other baby carriers, we recommend this brand if you are looking for a comfortable and affordable option.

Travel Diaper Bag

baby must have HaloVa travel Diaper Bag


Joovy Gloo Infant Travel Bed

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Since we started traveling with our baby we have learned cosleeping is not for us. He would sleep through the night in his crib, but after returning from a trip he would cry until we let him sleep with us. We finally realized we were causing his sleep regression and decided to buy an infant travel bed. We purchased the Kidco Peapod Infant Travel Bed, and now it is his fulltime bed. He sleeps in his travel tent through the night with no problem.

Related Post: Best Travel Beds for Babies

Baby Swaddle

Baby sleep swaddle

Portable White Noise Machine

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Baby Medicine Bag

Teething Toy

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Wet/Dry Bag

baby wet/dry bag

Pacifier Holder (extra)

baby Pacifier Holder


baby sunglasses

Sun Hat

baby sunhat

Extra Clothes


Bellababy Travel Breast Pump

travel breast pump

Related Post: Best Portable Breast Pump for Travel

Dr. Brown’s Pacifier and Bottle Wipes

bottle and wipe cleaner

Nursing Cover

nursing cover

Travel Bottle Warmer

nursing cover

Reusable Pouches

baby feeding reusable pouches

Munchkin Pouch Spoons

Munchkin Click Lock Food Pouch Spoon


Painter’s Tape

painters tape

Rubber Bands

rubber bands

3 thoughts on “20 Must-Have Items for Traveling with a Baby”

  1. That was something I finally learned after 4 kids, you don’t need the whole nursery when you leave for a short outing! A small diaper bag is just fine. I always take the bottle, extra set of clothes, diaper, wipes, a toy, a snack (cause I have a baby who is also eating solids in addition to drinking bottles) a zipper bag for soiled clothes, and a blanket for cuddles. Easy peasy! Much easier on my back! Haha. #client

    1. I agree. Some things are must-haves, but a few of these things are optional. I like to include different options because all babies are different.

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