Travel list for babies and children
What you need to take with you when travelling with your baby or child can vary depending on factors such as where you are travelling, the length of your stay, the age of the child and the type of activities you will be doing.
If you are travelling for more than a day with your baby or toddler, it is recommended that you carry all their belongings in a pram. This includes nappies, wipes, clothing for different weather conditions, snacks and water bottles.
For babies over six months, they must have their own seat on the plane, which is usually required on planes with more than one row of seats.
A list of what not to forget when travelling includes things like dummies, toys that make noise (not electronics), medication for infants and children.
Here is a list of items you may want to bring with you when you travel. This list is not exhaustive and it is up to you to add other items according to your personal needs. A suitcase should weigh about 15 kg, make sure it does not exceed the weight limit of the luggage at the airport.
Before going on holiday with a baby or child
- Check the expiry date of the passport
- Vaccinations : Polio, Malaria, Typhoid, Typhus...
- Check the vaccinations to be done according to the country
Documents to have on holiday with a baby or child
- Passport, visas, identity card
- Tickets (aircraft(train, boat, bus...) return journey
- Copies of all official documents (passport, licence, flight ticket)
- Vaccination booklet according to destination
What to wear on holiday with a baby or child
- 2 bodysuits per day
- Shorts, trousers
- Hats, caps, bonnets
- Jumper (to keep for the plane)
- Waistcoat, pancho, jacket
- Sleeping bag
The essentials for feeding a baby or child on holiday
There are a few things parents should keep in mind when making their suitcases for a trip with their children. The key is not to pack too many clothes. Parents should dress their children in layers and pack less clothing than they think they will need, as children will grow up quickly and it can be difficult to predict how much they will wear for a day.
The other essential element is food. Parents should pack snacks, but more importantly, they should pack a cooler full of food that will stay cold for about 24 hours. It is best to have lots of different types of food so that if your child doesn't like something one day, he or she can eat something else the next.
- Bibs 100% plastic or silicone
- Short flank steak between meals
- Bottle brush
- Spoon and fork
- Milk powder
- Compartment box for milk doses
- Feeding bottles (provide 2 just in case)
- Baby bottle warmer
- Small bottle/water bottle with straw for travel
- Sterilisation tablets
- Meal kit with plate, bowl and bamboo tumbler
- Flask water
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The essentials for the hygiene of a baby or child on holiday
There are many things to consider when deciding what to pack for a holiday with a baby or child. The most crucial is the child's hygiene and the next is to ensure that the child can enjoy his or her stay in a high hygiene environment.
Some countries, such as Italy, the France and China, have very strict rules about what is allowed in hotels and restaurants. It is therefore important to know before you leave to theforeign with your toddler. This will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises or misunderstandings.
- Toothpaste (in bunker)
- Shower product (in the hold)
- Bath thermometer
- Saline solution (in the hold)
- Antiseptic cream (in the hold)
- Other medications (e.g. homeopathy for toothache)
- Moisturising cream (in the hold)
- Pain relieving suppositories
- Glycerin Suppositories
- Diaper cream or cotton buds
- Nappies (5-6 per day)
- Waterproof nappies for the pool / sea
- Garbage bags (for dirty nappies)
- Potty or toilet seat
- Misting device for hot days
- Towel toiletries
- Total screen 50
- Special baby/children's cotton buds
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Things to remember too!
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- The comforter(s) and a duplicate if possible
- Socket covers
- Chew toys / games
- Plush toy
- Baby monitor
- 2 teats
- 2 teat clips
- Baby bottle warmer
- Swimming costume
- Baby buoy
- Mosquito net
- Front or back carrier
- Play mats
- Changing mat
- Breast pump if used
- Inflatable bathtub if required
- Changing bag
- Her/his favourite little history book(s)