24 May 2024

What to Bring When Going on Vacation with Your Child

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Vacation is approaching and the anticipation can begin! Whether you are staying a week in your own country or exploring an exotic destination, preparing for a vacation with a little one requires good organization. What should you pack to ensure your vacation runs smoothly and enjoyably? In this blog, we share a practical list of essentials for your suitcase.

Diapers and Wipes

Start by packing enough diapers and wipes. It can be difficult to find your usual brand at your vacation spot, so it's better to bring too many than too few. Don't forget a changing mat and diaper bags for dirty diapers.


Make sure to pack enough baby clothes suited to the climate of your destination. Think of bodysuits, pants, t-shirts, sweaters, and sleeping bags. For a tropical destination, light clothing and hats are important, while in a cooler climate, you need to bring warm clothing. Don't forget to pack extra outfits for unexpected accidents.

Care Products

A well-stocked toiletry bag is essential. Bring baby shampoo, soap, lotion, high SPF sunscreen (at least SPF 30), nail scissors, and a brush or comb. For emergencies, it's also handy to have a thermometer, children's paracetamol, and band-aids.

Food and Bottles

Depending on your child's age, food and bottles are an important part of your luggage. For bottle feeding: bring enough formula powder, bottles, nipples, and a bottle warmer. For solid food: make sure you have enough jars or pouches of baby food, a spoon, and a bib. A practical tip is to bring a thermos with hot water and a sterilizer.

Toys and Entertainment

Travel can be long, and it's nice for your child to be occupied. Bring some favorite toys, stuffed animals, books, and a tablet or phone with movies or apps for children. Also, don't forget a baby carrier or stroller so your child can comfortably join you on outings.

Sleep Comfort

A familiar sleeping environment is important for a good night's sleep. Therefore, bring a travel crib, a sleeping bag, and possibly a favorite stuffed animal or blanket. A portable baby monitor can also be handy, allowing you to relax in the evening while your child sleeps.

Other Tips

In addition to the essentials mentioned above, there are a few other items that can make life on vacation easier: 

  • Swimming Gear: Swim diapers, swimsuits, a life jacket, and an umbrella for shade. 
  • First Aid Kit: Basic first aid items, insect repellent, and a thermometer. 
  • Travel Documents: Make sure you have passports, insurance papers, and possibly a medical certificate. 

With this comprehensive checklist, you are well-prepared for your vacation with your little one. Don't forget to also enjoy the journey and the time spent together. Good preparation allows you to enjoy a well-deserved, worry-free stay! Do you have any other tips or essentials for vacationing with a baby? Share them in the comments!

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