What to pack for holiday with baby
Use this list to make packing for your next holiday easy and quick. Add to it or cross things out to custom-make it for your baby, then start getting together everything a few days before your departure to beat the last-minute rush!



  • 3x sets of clothes per day (all layers including babygrows, long-sleeved vests and leggings)
  • 2x pyjamas per night
  • warm jacket
  • socks
  • beanie or hat


  • 3x sets of clothes per day (babygrows, long-sleeved vests, short-sleeved vests and leggings)
  • something warm for chilly nights
  • pyjamas
  • socks (and shoes for walking babies)
  • sun hat
  • swimming costume

Feeding time


  • breastfeeding shall/tops/blanket
  • breastpump & paraphernalia
  • bottles
  • teats
  • steriliser (find out whether there will be electricity/microwave)
  • dishwashing liquid
  • bottle brush
  • formula & scoop
  • cooler bag


  • plate / bowl
  • spoons
  • sippy cup
  • bib
  • wash cloth
  • small tupperware tubs
  • cereal
  • pureés
  • rice cakes
  • fruit
  • juice
  • yoghurt
  • pasta
  • groceries to make own, if needed


  • soothers / dummies (in container)
  • dummy chain or ribbon
  • teethers

For ails

  • gripe water
  • something for pain and fever (age appropriate)
  • nasal spray or drops
  • rescue remedy for journey
  • thermometre
  • first-aid kit
  • thrush ointment
  • teething powder or gel
  • antiseptic cream for bites, stings, rashes


  • camp cot & mattrass
  • sleeping bag
  • swaddle blankets
  • warm blankets
  • bedtime toy
  • baby's own pillow/wedge & pillowcase
  • mosquito net
  • baby monitor (plus matching plug/batteries)


  • wash cloth
  • towel
  • baby bath wash 
  • bath mat/seat
  • bath toys
  • cottonwool balls
  • baby lotion
  • hair brush
  • nail clipper/file

Nappy changes

  • 6-10 nappies a day
  • bum cream
  • nappy rash cream
  • bags for nasty nappies
  • cotton wool or wipes
  • changing mat
  • waterless hand sanitiser


  • car seat
  • travel system, pushchair or stroller
  • harnass, sling or baby carrier
  • window sun cover
  • birth certificate/passport
  • sun screen
  • hand wipes
  • tissues
  • extra shirt for mom
  • waterproof changing bag with comfortable strap and enough space for bottles, toys, blanket


  • keep aside some for journey
  • baby books
  • rattles
  • nesting cups
  • playmat
  • old blanket or sleeping bag for crawling on grass


  • green bar of sunlight soap
  • hand or auto washing powder (find out whether there's a machine)
  • cloth pegs (& line?)
  • safety plugs for wall sockets
  • beach umbrella
  • old rag to wipe up spills
  • camera plus batteries or charger

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