How to Pack for a Baby

I traveled for the first time with my 3-month-old son for Thanksgiving (see my tips for EASY baby travel here!) And honestly the most daunting part of preparation was packing clothes! I’ve only been through one season with him, HOT (welcome to Texas parenting…) So I wasn’t sure how to prepare for all scenarios! I think I figured it out and I want to share the formula with you!

I knew I would be able to do laundry but I packed as though I wouldn’t, just to make sure I had extra clothes if needed because Archer is the most inconvenient pooper.

For context, my Archer is 12 weeks old and typically changes clothes 2 times a day not including changing into pajamas at night. We were traveling to St. Louis where it was significantly colder and dry.

Here’s what I packed for each day:

  • Short sleeved Bodysuit
  • Long Sleeved Bodysuit
  • Pants
  • Onepiece with pants (not footed)
  • Pajamas
  • Extras: Hat, Socks, Vests, Jackets, Sweaters, Special Outfits

Here’s how it all came together:

  • Lay it out by day
  • Pack in gallon Ziploc bags 1 of 2 ways:
  • 1. Pack by day: Write the day and the weather forecast on the outside (I did this the first time and it was a little difficult to find things)
  • 2. Pack by clothing type (this is what I’ll do next time): Onesies, Jackets, etc.
  • Bring a bag for dirty clothes to keep them seperate so the little pieces don’t get lost

I packed Archer’s clothes in my bag, I should have split it up with my husbands bag so I had more room so that’s what we’ll do next time.


  • Put it all in one bag and keep it in your carry on if you can.
  • Baby toiletries are basically first aid needs: bring baby Tylenol just in case, any vitamins your baby takes (we have vitamin D drops and probiotic drops as well as some essential oils), nail clippers, and some sort of aspirator (I just use the bulb aspirator the hospital gives you) and I always bring this fancy booger picker, ha!

Tips for Everything Else:

  • Pack plenty of burp rags (I use these as burp rags, they’re really cheap so I don’t mind losing them or tossing them)
  • Don’t forget swaddle blankets! I packed 1 to lay out for him when he played on the ground, 1 for the diaper bag and 1 to actually swaddle him if need be (we use this swaddle wearable blanket more often)
  • It’s mentioned it in my baby travel post but I don’t pack diapers except what’s needed to get there, I buy them when we get there.
  • I breastfeed so I didn’t have to pack formula but honestly that would probably be something I would buy there also
  • That being said, I don’t really pump so I just brought a manual pump instead of my electric one, just in case. This one is my favorite.
  • Don’t worry, whatever you forget, you can buy there!

Have I forgotten anything?

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