I’ve officially taken two trips and six planes with my little Roman. I now feel confident enough to share what I packed in my diaper bag for the flights and what what I could do without for next time!
Roman and I have now been on two trips. Combine those trips and Roman has traveled on six airplanes! Because of that I feel confident enough to share with you what I pack in my diaper bag for flights. At the end of this post, I’ve also shared items that were HIGHLY recommended to pack with you by other bloggers, but I felt were really unnecessary.
Items I must have in my Travel Diaper Bag
Totesavvy Mini – This little bag insert is what OCD dreams are made of! With three large and two small pockets + a changing pad, the ToteSavvy insert is a must.
Changing Pad – The ToteSavvy comes with a large changing pad which I love. Some moms don’t like to lay them directly on the changing table and instead gravitate towards disposables. So far I haven’t felt that was necessary nor did I want multiples in my diaper bag. Just wipe both sides with a baby wipe when you’re done and roll it back up.
Diapers – This is a no brainier! I probably always packed more than I needed for a two hour flight but you never know if you’ll get delayed or your luggage will get lost. I tried to always pack six in my diaper bag.
Wipes – Also a no brainer, I always had a full travel pack of wipes that will easily fit in my ToteSavvy. Be aware that TSA will stop your bag to check your baby wipes.
Pacifiers – I may have over packed but I always had 3 of these Avent Paci’s with me. One clipped on Roman’s carrier, and two backups.
Paci Clip – Just to ease your mind that your baby’s beloved Paci won’t touch the ground.
Pacifier Wipes – At first I thought these were silly and one could just use baby wipes. Until I read the difference…. and my husband scolded me! Only pacifier wipes are designed specifically for wiping your babe’s paci with FDA food-grade ingredients. Baby wipes have chemicals that you wouldn’t want anywhere near your little babe’s mouth. They were great for cleaning Roman’s pacifiers, bottle nipples, or the surface of the plane’s tray table.
Extra Footie Pajamas – Blowouts and spit ups are bound to happen. So I always brought an extra footie with us. I preferred bringing button footies with instead of zipper ones. Having button footies on Roman made it so much easier to quickly change diapers in the airport without having to unzip the entire outfit.
Bibs – Roman always wears bibs because well, they’re his fashion accessories 😉 but I always brought two to help with spit ups. The Copper Pearl ones are my favorite because they’re so big, soft, and cute! I also love these Aden and Anais Burpy Bibs. It doubles as a burp rag and a bib.
Gallon Ziploc Bags – I always have one for soiled clothes or bibs.
Pre-Mixed Formula – Roman is typically bottle fed with breast milk but traveling alone I didn’t want to mess getting it through security and making it stay cold. -Which ended up being good because we were delayed 5 hours- The 2oz bottles of ready to eat formula was so easy to pack and travel with. You don’t have to worry about filling your bottle with water and adding the powder, just shake and pour. Some babies DO NOT adapt well to the pre-mix formula so try a few at home before you travel! Plus, these little bottles are expensive. I typically kept 6 in my diaper bag (which was probably overboard). Added bonus: TSA doesn’t bother to test these because they’re under the ounce restrictions.
Bottle(s) – The pre-mixed formula comes with a nipple but I liked using our own bottles. I love my Como Tomo bottles but they’re not the smallest bottles out there, so I only packed one in my diaper bag. Just make sure you wash the bottle out in the restroom in between feedings.
My Wallet – I stopped carrying my clutch and now throw in my card wallet. It’s thin and easily fits in the side pocket of my diaper bag for easy access.
Items I feel are unnecessary
Muslin Swaddle Blanket – If you’re solely nursing I could see how you would want a muslin blanket to help cover you without getting too hot. But otherwise, I don’t think they’re necessary. I brought one on one of my trips and it just ended up being in the way. It took up a lot of space in my diaper bag and I was constantly worried about it getting dirty by touching things.
Ice Packs – Breastfeeding Mommas, yes. Moms willing to supplement or who have their babes on formula, you don’t need them!
Stroller – I definitely think that if you are wanting to take your stroller to your destination, check it (unless your husband is with you-more hands, more ease)! If you can handle just using a baby carrier throughout the airport, do it! Your life will be 10 times easier. Getting through security with the stroller is a nightmare, just one extra thing they have to check!
Carseat for the Airplane – I know, I know, it’s much safer to have your baby strapped into a seat than being on your lap. But the truth is, if the plane’s going down, we’re all in trouble! I found it so much easier to just hold Roman than get a “plane approved” carseat. He slept in my arms on almost every single flight!
We have another trip with Roman at the end of this month which will require 4 airplanes! Originally when we flew in April he was 2 months, but now he is 4 months and a little bit more active. Any suggestions on things to pack that I haven’t listed?