Must Haves for Vacationing with Baby

Does “vacationing” with your baby bring to mind the need to load up a dump truck full of stuff just so you can have the necessities. As someone who has ventured on road trips, beach getaways, cruises and more, I know that vacations with baby is not as easy as it was when it was just the two of you. And while there are tons of tips on how to get there, there’s not much advice for how to manage once you arrive.  So If you’re going to be hitting the road with baby anytime soon, be sure to check out these baby travel necessities that will help make vacationing with baby a cinch!


The Chicco Pcket Relax Bouncer  is an ultra-compact portable rocker. You can set it up anywhere. Setup takes only a few seconds, and the rocker folds down into an ultra-compact shape that easily slips into a carry bag that comes with the bouncer. This rocker is very light and fits in your suitcase. This rocker is lifesaver. No more dragging your $1,000 stroller through the  sand at the beach just so that baby has somewhere to sit.


Portable all in one diaper changing pad  is a lot smaller than a diaper bag yet carries all the essentials.  Fits easily in your purse or backpack so you don’t need the extra weight of a diaper bag. The zip off clutch has 3 mesh pockets to hold the basics such as diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, creams, baby bottles, etc. The attached cushioned changing mat includes an outside zipper pocket and may also be used separately. The padding in this mat keeps baby from laying on hard surfaces. This is especially helpful when traveling to foreign countries that have small restrooms without changing stations. Change baby easy anywhere, at the beach, campsite, road stop etc..

For formula fed babies, you can pick up Similac pre-measured pouches. Each single-serve portion is enough for a 4 oz. bottle and there are 12 individual packets per box. They are a lot more convenient than a big bulky formula container. If this is not a brand that baby likes, think about using 4oz plastic disposable portion cups and pack as many portions you will need.


Of course you will be need a bottle washing station set up in your hotel room. The OXO Tot-on-the-Go dying rack comes with it’s own bottle brush. Simple and compact to do the job. Bring along a basic bottle washing liquid. You can try Dapple Baby Bottle and Dish Liquid, Lavender, Travel Size, 3 Fluid Ounce, 2 Pack. This is a pretty basic dish liquid but at 3 oz. you can easily pack it in your carry-on bag for plane trips. I keep the dish soap with my travel toiletries, so I know I’ll never be without it!


As an extra precaution when you’re on the road, you might want to invest in disposable sterilizer bags. Each bag can actually be used 20 times, and all you need is a bag, your bottle and parts, and a microwave. These bags disinfect 99.9% of common bacteria and germs.


Packing cubes are an essential. Cubes will help keep all of baby’s clothes, bibs, socks, and all the little baby items organized. Once you arrive at your destination, simply take the cubes out of the suitcase, place them in the hotel dresser and baby’s things will stay clean and organized within the cube, never coming into contact with the hotel drawer.


The Cetaphil Mommy and Me travel kit contains diaper cream, daily lotion, baby wash and shampoo, baby moisturizing oil, moisturizing lotion, soft washcloth and reusable travel bag. Very convenient sizes for your carry-on bag.


The Samsonite Tote-a-Ton is that perfect bag for oversized items. Durable yet lightweight this duffel holds as much as a trunk with over 6,000 cubic inches of space, it works great for the transport of any awkward baby items you can think of. Ever wondered about how to get a Fisher Price Rock and Play from point A to point B, well here’s your answer. Stick it in the Tote-a-Ton and check in at the gate.


This Munchkin duck tub has a textured bottom so baby won’t slip while bathing in those huge hotel tubs. This item is a especially great for a beach getaway. It doubles as floaty boat for beach or pool swim time fun. Deflates and folds easily into your beach bag.

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  • Star harford
    September 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I really like the travel changing station, it looks very practical especially with all the storage, what a great idea! The portable dryer is good too, would also be great for camping!

  • Andrea
    September 22, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Love all the items you have shared in your post.
    I always though of myself as one of those people that when they have kids, they will carry their house around with them. you show it is possible to do otherwise! Thank you

  • Chelsea Elizabeth
    September 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Never mind the children, where can I find an adult inflatable duck tub?! Lol. Seriously, great tips for people who are traveling with children, I can’t imagine it being easy

  • bestiesnotepad
    September 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    This is so useful and informative post. Being a mom of 1 year old, these points will surely come handy on our upcoming vacation.

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women
    September 23, 2017 at 3:23 am

    What a great list you have developed here! Really practical for so many applications – travel, camping and any number of activities that families get involved in.

  • Bhumi
    September 23, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Great post! This will be helpful to my aunt. I’ll show this to her for sure! I think he cutest essential is inflatable duck tub!😆

  • London Mumma
    September 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    We are off in a few weeks, and a must is for my daughter to have her own case. Currently loving Trunkini’s collections.

  • Eloise
    September 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    You got it all down to a T when it comes to traveling with a little one! I think it’s awesome that they have pouch formula now-a-days. With all of the products the baby industry has it’s got to make parenting a little more easier! great products!

  • David Elliott
    September 24, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    The duck here is just so cool. I can see why the baby there is so very happy. And I can see why it would be of use at a hotel.

  • L dove
    September 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Yes to all of these! A big bag was the main one for me, you’re going to need it for all the baby paraphernalia!

  • Ellie
    September 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Wowza you’ve got everything down to an art there! I don’t have kids but I know friends who do and they’re always so stressed when travelling with their little ones. I’ll have to send this link to my mama to be friends!

  • Rhiannon-Skye Boden
    September 25, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Some of this is so true! Me and my boyfriend are going to Paris this Christmas and that’s stressful enough to pack for!

  • Elizabeth O
    September 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Those essentials looks so interesting and helpful for a mother to be and soon to be a parents. I will definitely share this article to one of my friend. These will be a big help for her.

  • Sarah
    September 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I can’t imagine packing for a baby, packing for my boyfriend and I for a week is busy enough! Great tips, I am sure they will be helpful for those who do have children!

  • Cassandra
    September 27, 2017 at 4:58 am

    That duck is so cute!! I want to buy it for my next vacation. Packing for myself is already a task so I can’t imagine packing for a baby >_<