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What to Pack in your Hand Luggage when Travelling with a Baby

February 12, 2016

What to Pack in your Hand Luggage when Travelling with a Baby

Hand luggage gets out of control when you're travelling with a little one in tow, those little people need a lot of stuff!! To help make sure your hand luggage isn't so huge you wont be able to carry it, or even worse, find out your'e missing something you need, we've put together a handy list of everything you need when you go travelling with your baby. Bon voyage!

Passport for you and for baby
Wrap or blanket
Baby Carrier
Change of clothes for baby (at least one change but two or three for longer trips)
Credit cards, foreign currency, NZ currency
Sunglasses
Baby bottle
Bibs
Washcloths
Nappies and wipes (one nappy for every two hours of your trip)
Lipbalm, lipstick, hand cream, BB Cream, Moisturiser, Mascara
Dummy
Clean top for you
Change mat
Purse
Snacks or baby food if
Earplugs (just in case you get the opportunity to sleep!)
Small piece of Blu-Tac
Pen

Toy
Teether
More toys (try a mix of new and familiar toys)
Wet bag
Books

A few tips

Babies, (well all people really) like a mix of familiarity and novelty, so we find that it's good to take a mixture of favourite toys and books, and one or two new toys, books and activities. It's also a good idea to take books that you can read in more than one way, for example, a book about animals that you can also use to sing 'Old MacDonald had a Farm', or The Noisy Book, a book with pictures of lots of different objects that you can tell different stories about, or read in a different order.

A friend of ours recently had a horrific long-haul with a baby, the poor baby started vomiting mid way through the flight, and managed to soil all of his clothes. The baby had to disembark the flight wearing just a nappy and a blanket as there were no clean clothes left! After hearing this story we always pack more clothes and nappies than we think we'll need.

Cabin lighting can really disrupt your baby's routine, one of our customers recommended a pro tip, take a little ball of blu-tac to attach a muslin to the wall above your baby's bassinet- for instant lights out.

Good luck, enjoy your flight and please do let us know if you have any more tips to share!