Packing for traveling is crucial. If you forget an important item, you be scrambling to the nearest store in your destination, and if you pack too much, you will end up with heavy bags and pricey luggage fees. With heavy bags and full hands, how much more if you bring your baby with you? Parents do deserve five stars for flying with their baby. Packing for yourself is also a challenge in itself, and packing baby stuff? It may seem complicated. But worry not, we’re here to help you pack your baby stuff and give you some tips on how to secure your luggage for air travel.
What is a Baby Bag for Travel?
While you can use just any bag you have at home to use as a baby bag for travel, we’re sure you would want something that could carry out the task of carrying stuff and other essential items for your baby. Baby bags have specific features like extra changing pads or coolers to keep breast milk fresh when you’re on the go. Travel baby bags come with lots of compartments and pockets that you do not need to carry separate bags even for your personal stuff. Plus, they come in various looks and style, and some are even disguised as normal totes or backpacks with neutral or modern designs.
With a baby bag, you can pack everything your little one needs for your travels.
Travel Baby Bag Packing Tips
Packing your diaper bag needs to be strategic. You don’t just want to throw everything in there, because you’ll be kicking yourself later when you struggle to find something while juggling your wriggly baby. Organization is key especially when you need something fast, like a burp cloth when your baby spits up, or the pacifier that somehow migrated to the bottom of your diaper bag.
Here are some tips for packing and organizing your diaper bag so everything is easy to access and reach:
- Organize by category. Your diaper bag shouldn’t be like a black hole. Instead, keep things in the right spot, so that you know where to look to find them. If your diaper bag has pockets and compartments, decide what you will put where and always have these items in their regular spots. If the bag you’re using doesn’t have many compartments, use small bags, like clear re-sealable plastic bags, to pack different categories of items together. For example, pacifiers and bottle nipples in one bag, diaper changing items in another.
- Portion bottles. If you’re formula feeding with powdered formula, measure out the formula and water and store them separately for mixing when your baby is ready for a feed. If you’re giving breast milk from a bottle, keep bottles of the appropriate amounts in a cooler.
- Stop leaks. No matter how well you’ve packed your baby’s milk, the water bottle for yourself, or the baby sunscreen, leaks are bound to happen. No one wants to be digging around in a wet, icky bag. The best idea is to pack each of these potentially leaky items in a re-sealable plastic bag so that if a leak does happen, it’ll just go in the bag and not all over the contents of your diaper bag.
Traveling with tots can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle. The key to an easy-going vacation is to make sure you have everything baby may need. Wondering what to stash in your baby’s bag to ensure baby’s (and your) comfort? We hope that this article saved you the hassle of planning what to bring here’s a complete cheat sheet for easy family travel packing and how to secure your luggage for air travel.
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