- Pack some snacks in small Ziplock bags to avoid unhealthy food at rest stops.
- Pack light, easily accessible snacks for others, in case you have a light sleeper in the back.
- Plan extra time for rest stops.
- Outdoor blanket to stretch out at rest stops
- A new toy for every hour on the road, including some that attach to the car seat
- Car mirror for rear-facing babies and toddlers
- Car seat sun cover
- Adhesive window shades for the back seat and rear windows
- DVD player and/or sing-along CD's
- Snacks for kids and parents
- Plan for delays; choose a baby-friendly hotel in any of your stop-over cities.
- Pay extra for itineraries with as few stops as possible.
- Pack extra outfits in labeled Ziplock bags.
- If possible, ship as many items (like diapers and wipes) as possible to your destination. Most hotels will accept same-day packages if asked beforehand.
- Essentials for Carry-On Baggage
- Several extra changes of clothing for baby
- At least one change of clothes for parents
- Labeled Ziplock bags with items for messes, feeding and diaper changes
- At least one diaper for every hour in transit, plus a few extras
- Something for baby to suck on during takeoff and landing
- Checked Baggage
- Car seat and stroller travel bags (even if gate is checking)
- Baby carrier
- Applicable rules printed re: car seats, nursing in public and TSA liquids policy
Beach or Pool Destination:
- Go to a beach or pool where umbrellas and chairs can be rented for the day.
- Plan to be inside, perhaps at a nearby restaurant, during the worst of the midday sun.
- Sun tent
- Swim diapers
- UV protective sun suit with sleeves and arms
- Pediatrician approved sunscreen (ask if your baby is under six months). Some suggestions: California Baby, Badger
- Sunhat (bonus if it comes with a neck flap)
- Sunglasses (like Babiators)
- Stroller fan
- Baby float
- Sippy cups if your child is on solid foods
- Outdoor blanket
- Beach toys
- An inflatable baby floatation device
- Stay close to home for the first trip, and stay near a town.
- Bring a playpen for sleeping, downtime and playtime.
- Bring extra blankets.
- Bug spray (California Baby and Badger come recommended)
- Citronella candles
- Simba mosquito stickers and/or bracelets
- Bottled water
- Baby carrier for hikes
- Loose, cotton clothes that are breathable and long sleeves and pants
- Snacks outside of mealtimes for children on solid foods
- First aid kit
- Outdoor blanket(s)
- Pack & Play or portable crib
- Book a hotel and arrive near your port of departure a day early.
- Choose a cruise line that offers baby amenities so you don't have to lug everything onboard.
- Check if your cruise line offers a program for infants and if it allows non-potty trained babies into the pool.
- An inflatable bathtub
- The smallest stroller you have, and only if necessary
- A baby carrier
- Any medication you may need
- Other medical needs like thermometers, snot suckers, suppositories
- A sound machine for naps in case the room is noisy
- Baby food and snacks. The ship's options may be limited, not as advertised or very expensive
- Swim diapers if your baby is allowed in the pools
- Disposable bottle liners so you are only washing parts of the bottles daily
- If your child is on formula, bring the powdered kind and buy bottled water on board
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