Traveling with a baby can seem daunting. Will the baby cry on the redeye? What about getting sick in a foreign country? While some things are not fully in your control, you can at least be prepared by packing the right gear.

And, as it turns out, you don’t need half the stuff you think you do. Packing up and moving along every few days is way easier with less stuff. 


We took our 3 week old baby from Oregon to New England, where we traveled around for a while.  When he turned 9 weeks old, we left for Europe and traveled for a month.  If we can do 8 countries, 86 restaurants, 5 flights, and over 35 different beds in just 2.5 months, so can you!  This list is not mean to be exhaustive or final, just a guide.  In the end, you know your baby best.  

For our full packing list scroll to the bottom of this article.

A car seat bag is an awkward piece of luggage that is no fun to carry anywhere.  It is meant to take your carseat and base and airlines will check it for free.  Turns out, they’ll also let you fill it with “baby gear” – anything and everything related to the baby.  So, pretty much just fill it with as much as you think you can get away with.