Are you planning a trip with your kids and wondering what to pack in your diaper bag?
Traveling with babies is no small task, especially when air travel is involved.
A well stocked diaper bag is essential when traveling by air.
It’s essential to have a good diaper bag packing list so that you don’t forget valuable belongings that would be needed en route.
Packing the diaper bag is all about anticipating needs and being prepared for every situation.
We’ve taken our sons on many long haul flights, and taken our diaper bag along each time.
In this post, I’ll share the essentials to pack in a diaper bag for air travel to ensure a stress-free experience for both you and your little one. From diapers to snacks and toys, keep reading to find our what to bring along.
Essential Items for Diaper Bag Packing
Diapers are an absolute necessity when it comes to traveling with a baby.
It’s advisable to pack more diapers than you think you might need, just to be on the safe side.
Consider the duration of your flight and any potential layovers when determining the appropriate number of diapers to bring.
Remember to account for delays or unexpected circumstances that may prolong your journey.
2. Changing Pad
A portable changing pad is great to have in your diaper bag.
It provides a hygienic surface for changing your baby’s diaper, ensuring their comfort and safety.
These pads are designed to be easy to clean and compact to fit seamlessly into your bag.
When you have a portable changing pad, you can confidently handle diaper changes wherever you are, without worrying about finding a suitable surface.
Wipes are a superhero in the diaper bag world.
They come to the rescue for all sorts of messes, from dirty diapers to sticky hands and faces. Opt for travel-sized packs or consider investing in a reusable wipes container that can be refilled as needed. Having wipes readily available ensures that you can maintain cleanliness and freshness throughout your journey.
4. Diaper Rash Cream
Diaper rash can make your little one uncomfortable and agitated, especially during long flights. Packing a tube of diaper rash cream is a wise move, as it helps soothe and protect their delicate skin. Look for a cream that is travel-sized and easy to apply. Applying a thin layer of cream during diaper changes can help prevent irritation and keep your baby happy and content.
5. Disposable Bags for Diaper Disposal
Proper disposal of dirty diapers is important not only for the sake of your fellow passengers but also for maintaining a clean and hygienic environment.
Disposable bags specially designed for diaper disposal are compact and odour-controlling, making them a must-have item in your diaper bag.
These bags seal in the odour and mess, ensuring you can easily dispose of dirty diapers without causing any discomfort to yourself or others.
Clothing and Accessories
When it comes to traveling with a baby, you need to make sure to pack the right clothing and accessories.
Not only do you need to ensure your little one is dressed comfortably for the journey, you also need to be prepared for any unexpected messes or weather changes.
6. Extra Outfits for Baby
With babies, you can almost guarantee that they’ll make a mess especially at the most inconvenient time. Whether it’s spilled milk or a blow out, you need to have extra sets of clothes in case of these events.
When packing for air travel, it’s best to include at least 2 extra outfits. You probably need to pack even for your little one depending on how long your journey is. You also need to plan ahead for delays and in case your luggage doesn’t arrive at your destination.
When your packing extra clothes, just make sure that you’re choosing items that are comfortable and easy to slip on and off.
7. Burp Cloths
Babies tend to spit up, especially after feeding. That’s why you need to pack burp cloths in your diaper bag.
Look for soft and easy-to-wash materials that can be reused throughout your journey.
Mealtime can be messy, especially when you’re on the go. Make sure to pack a few bibs to keep your baby’s clothes clean during mealtimes.
When packing, I usually opt for bibs with adjustable closures and waterproof backing to catch any spills or drools.
Remember to pack enough bibs to last throughout your trip, including the flight and any layovers.
9. Portable Sound Machine
A portable sound machine will allow you to play white noise or other soothing sounds to your baby while your on the move.
It can also be great for drowning out the noise of your busy surroundings while your baby sleeps.
When it comes to traveling with a baby, one of the most important aspects to consider is their feeding needs. The feeding essentials will vary depending on your babys age and how you feed them (ie breastmilk, formula or solids).
It’s important to have enough food to last the entire journey..
10. Bottles and Formula/Breast Milk
You’ll need to pack an adequate supply of bottles and formula or breast milk for your journey.
Also make sure to pack an appropriate number of bottles, considering the duration of the flight and potential delays.
It’s always a good idea to have a few extra bottles in case of unexpected delays or spills.
If you’re using formula, pre-measure it into separate containers or use ready-to-feed formula for convenience. For breastfeeding moms, storing breast milk in bottles or bags will ensure you have a readily available supply when needed.
11. Snacks for Baby
Once your baby starts on solid foods, you can pack a variety of their favourite snacks. This is a great way to keep them happy and entertained throughout the flight.
Opt for snacks that are individually wrapped or stored in resealable containers to minimize mess and ensure freshness.
12. Baby Spoons and Bowls
If your little one is already eating solids, don’t forget to pack at least one set of baby spoons and bowls in the diaper bag. This allows you to access it easily when you need them,
13. Nursing Cover (for breastfeeding moms)
For breastfeeding moms, a nursing cover is a great addition to your diaper bag.
It provides privacy and comfort when nursing your baby at the airport or even on the plane. Choose a lightweight and breathable nursing cover that can be easily packed and used whenever needed.
Entertainment and Comfort Items
When traveling with a baby, it’s important to make sure they are comfortable and entertained throughout the journey. Here are some things to consider packing in your diaper bag for your little one’s comfort.
14. Toys and Teethers
Toys and teethers are a great way to keep your little one occupied during the flight. P
ack a variety of toys that are easy to handle and don’t make too much noise.
Consider toys that have different textures or make crinkling sounds to engage their senses.
Teethers are perfect for soothing their gums during takeoff and landing when the change in air pressure can cause discomfort.
15. Pacifiers and Pacifier Clips
Pacifiers are a lifesaver when it comes to soothing a fussy baby during air travel.
The sucking motion can help relieve ear pressure and keep them calm during take off and landing.
Make sure to pack a few extra pacifiers in case one gets lost or dirty. Consider using pacifier clips to prevent them from falling onto the airplane floor.
16. Blanket or Swaddle
Airplanes can sometimes get chilly, so it’s a good idea to pack a blanket or swaddle for your baby. This will not only keep them warm but also provide a sense of comfort and familiarity.
Pack a lightweight and compact blanket that can easily fit into your diaper bag. Additionally, a swaddle can help your baby feel secure and cozy, promoting better sleep during the flight.
17. Comfort Item (such as a stuffed animal)
If your baby has a favourite stuffed animal or lovey, you can also bring that along provided it’s small enough to fit in the diaper bag. Otherwise, you can keep it in another carryon luggage so that you can still access it when you need it.
First Aid and Medications
When traveling with a little one, it’s essential to be prepared for any situation that may arise, especially when it comes to their health.
I always recommend packing these health related essentials in your carry on luggage as they may not always fit nicely in the diaper bag with all the things listed above already inside.
By having these items on hand, you can rest assured that you’ll be well equipped to take care of your child if they get hurt or start to feel unwell.
18. Infant Pain Reliever
One of the most important items to include in your first aid kit is an infant pain reliever.
Whether it’s teething discomfort or for a fever, you’ll want to have this on hand so that you can start treatment right away.
Remember to check with your paediatrician for the appropriate dosage and follow the instructions carefully.
A reliable thermometer is another important item to pack when traveling with your baby. Monitoring your baby’s temperature is essential, especially if they start feeling unwell during the flight. A digital thermometer is convenient, quick, and easy to use. It will allow you to keep track of your baby’s temperature accurately and provide valuable information to healthcare professionals if necessary.
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and having a supply of band-aids in your diaper bag can be a lifesaver.
Whether it’s a small cut or a scrape, having band-aids at hand will help protect your baby’s delicate skin and provide comfort. Opt for band-aids specifically designed for babies, which are gentle and hypoallergenic.
21. Saline Drops (for nasal congestion)
Air travel can sometimes cause nasal congestion in babies due to changes in cabin pressure.
Having saline drops nearby can help alleviate this discomfort. Saline drops can be used to moisturize and clear your baby’s nasal passages, making breathing easier.
They are safe and gentle, providing quick relief from nasal congestion.
22. Prescription Medications (if necessary)
If your baby requires prescription medications, it is crucial to pack them securely in your diaper bag.
Ensure that you have enough medication for the duration of your trip and consider packing a little extra, just in case of any unforeseen changes to your travel plans.
Keep medications in their original packaging, and if necessary, carry a doctor’s note or prescription to avoid any issues at security checkpoints.
Miscellaneous Items To Pack In The Diaper Bag
When it comes to packing your diaper bag for air travel, it’s important not to overlook the miscellaneous items that can make a big difference during your journey. These little essentials can help keep you and your little one comfortable and prepared throughout the trip.
23. Hand Sanitizer
Traveling can expose you and your baby to germs and bacteria. From the airport to the plane to the hotels, theres plenty of opportunity to pick up germs.
It’s always a good idea to have hand sanitizer available for those moments when soap and water are not accessible.
Hand sanitizer kills most common germs and can help prevent the spread of illnesses. Make sure to choose a travel-sized bottle that fits easily into your diaper bag. Before and after changing your baby’s diaper or handling any food, sanitize your hands thoroughly.
24. Extra Plastic Bags
When traveling with a baby, messes are bound to happen.
Whether it’s a blowout diaper or soiled clothing, having extra plastic bags on hand can be a lifesaver. These bags can be used to seal away dirty clothes and separate them from clean clothes. They can also be used to contain any trash that accumulates along the way.
Opt for small, sealable bags that are easy to pack and dispose of. Not only will they help keep your diaper bag organized, but they will also prevent any unwanted odours from permeating your belongings. You’ll be grateful for these convenient bags when faced with unexpected messes.
Items For The Parents
When we’re super focused packing for our kids, it’s easy to overlook packing for yourself.
Make sure to remember stocking your bag with items that you’ll need too. Your wallet, phone and keys can all be packed in the diaper bag as well.
Check out this post for a complete packing list for the entire family.
When it comes to air travel with your little ones, a well-prepared diaper bag is an absolute must-have.
By following this comprehensive packing list, you can make sure that you’re ready for any situation that may arise during your journey.
So, go ahead and start planning your next adventure with confidence, knowing that you have everything you need in your diaper bag for a successful and enjoyable trip!