What to pack for a vacation with baby

What to pack for a vacation with baby

We’re getting ready to go on a weekend road trip to NY to visit my sister! I thought it would be a fun idea to share with you how and what I pack for a vacation with baby. When we went on our first vacation as a family I was so overwhelmed because I kept thinking what if I forget something or where is she going to sleep and the milk storage situation. Now that we’ve been on a few trips together I think I got the hang of it and stopped over packing.

I am not a last minute packer. I like to pack in advance so I don’t forget anything. Now that I have another tiny human being that can’t pack for herself, I have to start planning even more ahead.

The first thing I do is make a checklist. By writing down what I need to pack, I am more likely to remember everything especially the small items I may forget otherwise. When Hoda was a bit younger she required a lot more things but now that she is 14 months old I don’t think she needs as many things. This list includes what I am using currently not newborn items. But if you’re looking for a packing list for a newborn, let me know ’cause I got you covered! (thats the OCD in me talking)

I thought it would be great if I had 2 separate lists going, one for a causal weekend getaway trip or road trip and one for a beach trip.


Vacation Packing List:

  • Clothes
    • sleep n play
    • bodysuits
    • other outfits
    • light jacket
  • Shoes
  • Sippy cup
  • Bottles
  • Snacks
  • Stroller
  • Baby carrier
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Safety kit
  • Diaper rash cream, lotion, shampoo etc.
  • Small toys
  • Pack n play crib
  • Blanket



Beach Trip Packing List:

  • Everything above
  • Compact cabana
  • Sunscreen/insect repellent
  • Swimways baby float
  • Swim diapers
  • Beach towels
  • Cooler-snacks and milk storage
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunhat
  • Sand toys



Traveling with baby can be a lot of fun and for me when I come prepared I stress less and am able to enjoy the trip.  I kept putting off our first family vacation because I thought Hoda was too young but now I know not to let the age of my baby stop me from going on vacations. I don’t remember what it was like vacationing without a baby lol!