Holiday Packing For Baby

The essentials you may have missed

The time has finally come for you to venture on your very first family holiday. Before parenthood, packing for your holiday would always require a bit of planning but add a baby into the mix, there’s now even more to think about.

While the build up to exploring another country with your baby is exciting, it can be a tricky task ensuring you have everything you may need.  To help things run smoothly, we've compiled a list of holiday baby essentials you may have missed …


Depending on the flight time, there will be a few different things you will need while travelling - here are a few essentials to consider:

  • Car seat (unless you're hiring at destination) 
  • Car window shade
  • Lightweight, portable pushchair
  • Pushchair shade
  • Travel cot (if required)
  • Baby Carrier (& you may be able to leave the buggy at home!)
  • Plus, change of clothes in hand luggage for you and baby


You’ll know just how many clothes baby gets through in a day so the more lightweight layers the better.  Items you may have missed:

  • Shawl or scarf
  • Non slip shoes
  • Cotton sun hat (for you both)
  • Plus a few warm layers as the weather can change at any time!


Aside from wash bag, beach bag and medicine pouch, here are two others that will be handy:

  • Cool bag / picnic bag
  • Airport Trunki - good for storing some clothes, travel pillow and if baby is old enough, handy for them to sit on during airport queues!


Pack your toiletries for you and baby as you normally would but here are three toiletries that will prove super handy that you may have forgotten about: 

  • Hand sanitiser
  • Talcum powder (great for getting sand off)
  • Sunscreen for babies sensitive skin
  • Plus universal travel bath plug (for turning basins into baby baths)


  • Ready-made formula
  • Formula powder/breast pump
  • Lots of snacks, and food pouches
  • Sterilising equipment
  • Lolly or sweet for plane take off / landing pressure (for toddlers)


  • Low noise toys such as play dough, crayons or small figures
  • Teether toys like the Jellystone Stacker or Colour Wheel
  • Tablet / phone for Baby TV


So you may now have everything you need for your holiday, but what about getting around with your baby? Baby wearing abroad is hugely popular amongst parents and might just be the final thing you need for your first family holiday - here are the benefits:

Getting through the airport with baby

Airports are busy and can be overwhelming for not just adults but for babies too. You will have lots to think about while you’re there and by carrying your baby, you’ll be hands free and your little one will be right in front of you.

Boarding a plane

Sometimes there can be queues, more waiting around and even delays (hopefully not) and with so much to carry, a sling would be very handy. Once you board your plane you can then make your way to your seat with your baby securely attached to you.

Special bonding time

Carrying your baby will be a great way to enhance that special quality family time while you’re on holiday. You will even be able to capture that perfect selfie to remember all those memories while wearing your baby!

Landing abroad

Your holiday doesn’t really start until you’re out of the airport at your destination. There is a lot to do at the airport still so being hands free will be a great bonus. Babies pick up on their surroundings so as it will all be new and unfamiliar, your little one will love being close to you, with your familiar touch and smell.

Your adventure starts now…

Whether you’re on a beach holiday with everything in close proximity, a city break, or somewhere out in the countryside, carrying your baby will give you the freedom, comfort and ease to do as much exploring, chilling, and anything in between as you want!


  • Armbands, toys for the pool, pool floats
  • Pop up tent if worried about too much sun
  • Nightlight for late night nappy changes or milk runs
  • Blackout blind for the room baby’s sleeping in
  • Muslin squares** 
  • Calpol sachets
  • Thermometer
  • Sting relief

(**) dampen a muslin and pop between you and baby when carrying to keep you both cool.  More tips on carrying in hot weather can be found on the Carrying Matters website here

Happy holidays!

With thanks to Amelia and Arlo