Infant Road Trip Packing List and Tips

Road trips with a baby definitely require more planning and patience than your pre-mom days, but they are possible! This checklist will help you remember all the things your infant needs to survive the open road and their vacation.


Feeding:

  • Bottles

  • Probiotics

  • Vitamin D Drops

  • Gas Drops

  • Formula

  • Microwaveable Sanitizing Bags

  • Bibs

  • Burp Cloths

  • Nursing Pillow

  • Nursing Bras/Pads

  • Nipple Care (cream, shields, etc.)

  • Baby Dish Soap

  • Bottle Brush or Sponge

  • Bottle Warmer

  • Bottle Drying Rack

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Pumping:

  • Electric Pump

  • Manual Pump

  • Spare Pump Parts

  • Milk Storage Bags

  • Cooler

  • Ice Packs

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Diaper Changes:

  • Baby Wipes

  • Diapers

  • Changing Pad

  • Diaper Rash Cream & Applicator

  • Small tie-able bags for dirty diapers (e.g. doggie poo bags)

  • Diaper Bag

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Health:

  • Baby Thermometer

  • Snot Sucker

  • Pain Reliever (depending on age)

  • Allergy Medicine (depending on age)

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Bathtime:

  • Towels

  • Wash Cloths

  • Baby Body Soap

  • Tub Thermometer

  • Nail Clippers

  • Hair Brush

  • Lotion

  • Bath Elbow and Knee Pad

  • Bathtub

  • Bath Rinser

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Clothes:

  • Swaddles

  • Day Clothes

  • PJs

  • Socks

  • Shoes

  • Hat

  • Swimsuit

  • Swim Diaper

  • Jacket

  • Baby Laundry Detergent

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Gear:

  • Car Seat

  • Stroller

  • White Noise Machine

  • Baby Wearing Sling

  • Baby Monitor

  • Pack N Play

  • Bassinet

  • Blanket(s)

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Road Trip Tips:

  • The keys to a successful road trip with an infant are keeping expectations low and remaining flexible.

  • The days of driving “straight through” are likely over, so it’s best to set small goals, and celebrate these victories. For example, set a goal to try driving for two hours before pulling over again. Maybe it will turn out to be an hour and a half, maybe it’ll be three hours. Either way, it’s okay!

  • Keep extra pacifiers in easy to reach places like the middle console or sunglasses holder. The pacifiers with small stuffed animals attached are much easier to find in a panic as well.

  • Fill up any and all drink holders in the backseat with extra wipes and diapers so that there are always some accessible without having to hunt for them.

  • Keep a paper towel or toilet paper roll handy, along with some small wash cloths to clean up inevitable messes.

  • If you can’t throw a diaper away right away, tie it up into a doggie poo bag to contain the smell.

  • Add sun shades to the back windows.

  • Add a mirror to the headrest.

  • Use a variety methods to distract baby when fussy:

  • Crinkle books

  • Toys

  • Portable White Noise Machine

  • Shows on your phone/tablet (e.g. Kipper, Cocomelon, Sesame Street)

  • Take turns sitting in the back seat with your baby.

  • For multi-day road trips, try getting baby into a routine:

  • Feed and change diaper (while pulled over)

  • Buckle into the carseat

  • Entertain with toys/books/music

  • Nap (hopefully)

  • Entertain again

  • Pull over and take a break for another feed, diaper change, and to get some fresh air.

  • If baby is hysterical, do not take them out of the car seat while driving. Pull over and take a break. But, if a break hasn’t helped:

  • Check that the car seat angle and straps are adjusted correctly. Refer to your car seat manufacturer for proper installation and use information.

  • Check if baby is too hot (sweaty neck) or too cold (cold hands or feet). If so, try adjusting the temperature in the car.

  • Try changing baby’s outfit. Some clothing items have scratchy decals or tags that may be bothering them.

  • Consider stopping for the day or at least for a few hours.

Disclosure:

  • Always consult with your doctor before taking any medication or giving any medication to your baby.