Motherhood, TRAVEL

Baby Travel Essentials

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It used to give me so much anxiety to travel with Chloe. There are so many elements that are beyond your control that it can get very overwhelming very quickly. But after traveling with Chloe a number of times both domestically and internationally, I think I’ve got a system down that is manageable and doable for any parents traveling with their baby! Today I wanted to share with you a few traveling tips and essential items I bring with me when traveling with Chloe. There is no such thing as traveling light with a baby but I hope that this comprehensive list can make things a bit easier for you when packing for you and your little one.

1. Stroller- Babyzen Yoyo

My everyday stroller is either the Nuna or the Stokke but since Chloe is a bit older I’ve been using a smaller and more compact traveling stroller. It folds up in one click which makes things super easy when traveling. It’s super lightweight and you can quickly and easily pack it and go. There are a number of traveling strollers out there but the one I use is the Babyzen Yoyo. It’s a life changer when traveling with a baby!

2. Diaper Bag – The Honest Company Backpack 

For the obvious reasons, a diaper bag is a must to store all your goods in, but it’s important to find one that is lightweight and easy to travel with. You guys know how I feel about traditional diaper bags, so I found a unisex one that both me and Allen share. It’s this super cool and hip Honest backpack that we carry around everywhere when traveling. First and foremost it’s healthier to have the weight evenly distributed on your shoulders than on just one. (This is especially important for me because I have shoulder problems.) It has a pocket and a pouch literally for everything. (Even a section for you to store your own personal goods such as your wallet and keys … I mean what’s not to love?) Although it looks small and compact it has a lot more room than most diaper bags. The best part? It has an insulated pocket where you can store the milk so it will stay cool for hours! This is a life saver when traveling because you are able to stay out and not worry about where you can store your milk. Game changer! And oh, Allen also appreciates the fact that he doesn’t have to lug around a flowery feminine purse (although I do get a good laugh from it!)

3. First Aid Kit – Oh Joy

As I mentioned in this post HERE carrying around a first aid kit is very important while traveling. You never know what can happen on a trip and want to be prepared for the worst case scenario. I bought this cute one from Target and stuffed it with band aids, Neosporin, baby Tylenol, thermometer and other necessities.

4. Bottles- Pura Insulated Bottles 

I usually always use insulated bottles when traveling since there is less access to a fridge when flying and when you’re out and about sight seeing. Using an insulated bottle keeps your baby’s milk nice and cool and more fresh in the long run. This does not mean you can keep old milk in the bottle forever, but the insulated bottles will keep it cooler for a bit longer than what it normally would. I also highly suggest Pura because you can change the nipple out as your baby grows (nipple to a sippy cup to a straw,) So your baby can use it from when he/she is an infant all the way to being a kid.

5. Milk-
If you are currently breastfeeding you do not have to worry about this, but if your baby has transitioned into whole milk already you might need to consider this. Everyone will have a different opinion about this one but this was my personal experience. When I traveled to Paris for the first time with Chloe I had stopped breastfeeding by then and was slowly transitioning her from formula to whole milk. I decided to bring a decent supply of extra formula with me because I wasn’t sure of how she would react to another country’s milk and/or formula. Even though I brought a good amount of milk, I still ran out on the last few days and ended up having to feed her the French formula brand. I was worried that she wouldn’t react well to it but to my surprise, she took it in as her regular milk. She didn’t even flinch or notice it was a different brand. But I understand that every baby is different and they all have different needs. So make sure to look into milk before traveling (especially when going to foreign countries.) Now that Chloe is almost 2 it’s much easier to travel with her since she can pretty much eat whatever we eat.

6. Rubber Plate- Ezpz The Happy Mat

I actually discovered this plate when I had a play date with one of my other mommy friends. It’s literally the best invention ever and if you follow me on snapchat you know I bring this plate around everywhere with me. It suctions to the table so you don’t have to worry about him/her throwing it around during mealtime. It’s also important to have one of these when traveling because you don’t know how dirty or sanitized a high chair can be. And since it’s made it of silicone, you can simply wash it in one wipe and fold it up so it doesn’t take that much space.

7. Traveling High Chair -Baby’s Journey Babysitter

I discovered this from Lauren from my team. She has a baby that is close in age with Chloe and she recently traveled to California from NYC and brought this detachable high chair with her. This portable pad attaches to any seat converting any chair into a high chair. It acts as a safety belt that keeps the babies in place when there is no high chair
available. You’ll be surprised by the amount of places that I’ve traveled to that didn’t have high chairs available. This was a life saver for me when I traveled.

8. Hand Sanitizer Spray- Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray 
The worst thing that can happen when traveling is for your baby to get sick. So it’s super important to make sure you sanitize her hands as much as possible. I’m definitely not a germaphobe but when traveling I’m a lot more cautious. Chloe is at a stage where she will put anything and everything in her mouth so whenever I can I wipe her hands with a wipey and/or with the natural Honest hand sanitizing spray.

9. Sound Machine Doll-  Sleep Sheep

Sound machines are amazing in general but especially when traveling. Not only does it eliminate the outside noise but it can also be very comforting for the baby as it is bringing a piece of home with her. I use this one and she loves the ocean sound. She’s an Aquarius so as most of you know (if you follow me on snapchat) she LOVES the water. The sound of water soothes and calms her down.

10. Blankie or Pillow- Stitch Pillow Pet 

Speaking of bringing a piece of home with you when traveling with a baby, a blankie or pillow that your baby is super attached with is great to bring. During the winter, Chloe had a very thick blanket that she was obsessed with. I literally hauled that thing wherever I went because it would immediately put her to sleep no matter where we are. Lately, she been obsessed with this Stitch doll that I bought for her at Disneyland. It’s a fairly large sized doll but it converts into a pillow which is great because she immediately finds comfort in it and can also sleep anywhere when Stitch is around. She has the biggest smile when she sees him, it’s the cutest thing!!

11. Snacks & Munchkin Bowls– 

I talked about this in my baby beach essentials post, but I always bring her favorite snacks for her. I always stuff those yogurt chips in these munchkin snack bowls that keep her busy for hours! The way the bowl is designed makes it more difficult for her to get these snacks out of the bowl so it takes an immense amount of concentration. Which means a quiet baby for maybe an hour or 2! It’s a great activity and a great way to keep them busy, on the plane especially!

12. Toys-

I actually stopped bringing a lot of toys for Chloe because I found that she loses interest in her toys quite quickly and is more interested in my own things such as makeup, clothes, books, etc. But when traveling overseas, I will usually go to the store and buy 2 new toys for her that I will present during the flight (the key is not to show them before or else they will lose interest by the time they get on the plane.) Last time I bought her these kid version of adult things- a toy iPhone and a toy pair of keys. This toy iPhone literally kept her busy for an hour and still to this day is one of her favorites.

13. Diaper Changing Mat- Oh Joy

You will be surprised by the amount of places that don’t have a baby changing station in bathrooms. I literally had to change Chloe’s diapers on the floors of bathrooms in so many different places because of this reason. That is why it’s SO important to carry around a diaper changing mat so you can change your baby safely anywhere and everywhere without having to worry about if there is a changing station or not. I personally love this one by Oh Joy because of the compartments to carry your diapers and wipes in + the cute design is a cherry on top!

14. Roll Up Bib – OXO

For the obvious reasons … It gets really messy during mealtime and this OXO roll up bib is my absolute favorite one to use at home and also to travel with. The food-safe pocket is so large that it can virtually catch anything that falls out of baby’s noun or hands. Also, It can be rolled up after you are done using it which is great for storage.

15. Traveling brush & Dry Rack- OXO

It’s always the smallest things that I tend to forget at home and this is one of them. This is such a necessity though because when traveling I’m rarely able to find the proper brush to wash Chloe’s bottles. This compact cleaning kit is small enough to easily fit into diaper bags or purses while on the road. It also opens up into a drying rack which is amazing. I used to travel with a ridiculous amount of plastic bags for wet bottles but since this one has ventilation holes it provides aeration for quick drying. This is a must!

16. Pack Mate– 

Last but not least I never thought I would need to use one of these but ever since traveling with Chloe I found the need to. There is no such thing as traveling light with a baby, but these plastic pack mates are a life saver because they allow me to pack a lot more than what I normally would. They allow you to roll out the air when packing which creates a lot of extra space and room in your suitcase. Not only is it great for traveling with babies but with traveling in general. It’s perfect for clothing, towels and toiletries and for getting more into your luggage.

There are obviously other things that I did not include in this list but for the most part, these are the essentials and the things I never travel without. It’s always a bit overwhelming when planning for a trip with a baby, but trust me, in the end, it will all be worth it! We are in this together so please leave any traveling tips or product recommendations that you never travel without!

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1. Traveling brush & Dry Rack- OXO

2. Bottles- Pura Insulated Bottles 

3. Stroller- Babyzen Yoyo

4. First Aid Kit – Oh Joy

5. Blankie or Pillow- Stitch Pillow Pet 

6. Munchkin Bowls

7. Diaper Changing Mat- Oh Joy

8. Sound Machine Doll-  Sleep Sheep

9. Rubber Plate- Ezpz The Happy Mat

10. Hand Sanitizer Spray- Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray 

11. Pack Mate

12. Traveling High Chair -Baby’s Journey Babysitter

13. Roll Up Bib – OXO

sigxo_chriselle

37 Comments
  • Ev says:

    As always great post dear!

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  • Amy says:

    Great tips for traveling with baby! We adopted infant twin girls and traveling was quite a challenge with all their gear. We tried one trip when they were 9 months old and found it too difficult to enjoy. I imagine with one baby, one parent holds/carries/looks after baby while the other handles the luggage. With twins, each parent needs to hold a baby and luggage. We enjoyed local travel and staying at home for the first few years after that. Now that they’re 5 we are beginning to travel more and having a blast! I love your blog and your photos are beautiful. Your baby is so precious- enjoy every moment because time really flies with them.

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    • Chriselle says:

      Amy, congratulations on the twins! I can imagine the stress of traveling with more than one baby. I hope these tips can help you and your family:) Thank you for the kind words as well! xo

  • Vivian says:

    Adorable mother daughter pair!!!

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  • La Caleya says:

    love it! definitively this list is perfect for mummies!!

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  • sanssouci says:

    Love your matching dresses! The image of the two of you is simply perfect!
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  • DNAMAG says:

    I just want to push my hands thru the screen and pinch those cheeks of hers!! 🙂

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  • Alice says:

    I can barely take care of myself on a trip let alone another tiny human! This is an amazing list, definitely sharing this with my mommy friends!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  • Ashley says:

    So helpful!! Great post.

    XOXO, Ashley
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  • Melissa says:

    I am really just obsessed with any post having to do with Chloe, she is just too cute for words! I think this is a great and informative post on packing for a baby or small child. I personally don’t have any kids yet, but I will definitely be sharing this post with my sisters seeing that she will need it being a first-time mother very soon. Anyway you two always look so great and her outfits are so cute I just can’t get enough of her. Great post as always I love how you are always so helpful with your tips on a variety of life situations!
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  • Anais says:

    Jeeeeez ! Those pictures are stunning ! I’m loving the vintage look of the washed-out yet quite saturated colors. Beautiful !!!

    Lots of love, Anais
    xxx

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  • Thuy says:

    My favourite is the diaper bag. As a woman, I wouldn’t want a super girly bag either. I like the versatility of the black too. It doesn’t even look like a diaper bag too! And I love how you think about practical things like that bottle that changes from nipple to sippy etc.

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  • DEMELER says:

    The absolute cutest baby I have ever seen! Great tips
    xx
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  • OMG I can’t stand it… Chloe in her sandals!! So freaking adorable! x

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  • Simi says:

    Cute photos, Chloe is super stylish! I published a similar post on my blog here http://www.whiitelist.com/2016/03/travelling-with-bebe-london-mother.html
    about a London mother and travelling! x

  • stephanie says:

    Ahh it’s been a long time I didn’t visit your blog and yes I miss Chloe so much! Is she already can walk? Wow! Very fast! Hope you have a great day 😉

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  • Jeannie says:

    It could almost be believed that travelling with children would be fuss-free!

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  • sasa says:

    Chloe bear is so cute, haha:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • manuela says:

    Hi Chriselle Amazing photos and thank you for your advices!
    xoxo M.

  • Natali says:

    Way too adorable photos and such a great and informative post for new moms that are planning a family trip soon. 🙂

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