After two years of Covid-related disruption, travel is now fully back on the cards this summer. So, whether you’re heading on a UK road trip, flying with a baby or heading to the beach with your little one, these are the top travel essentials you need when travelling with your baby this summer.
Travelling With a Baby: What Should You Pack?
Splash About Swim Nappy, £17
The Happy Nappy DUO is two nappies in one, taking the stress out of baby swimming by being completely effective against unwelcome leaks of solids and scientifically proven to destroy any faecal bacteria before it enters pool water. No bulky disposables to pack, it’s more economic and you’re doing your bit for the environment, reducing the number of disposables that end up in landfill.
The Happy Nappy DUO is available in five gorgeous prints, offers UPF50+ sun protection and is suitable from birth to years. It’s also very easy to care for – just rinse, roll in a towel and reuse!
Snoozeshade, from £19.99
SnoozeShade is the original breathable, blackout sun and sleep solution for prams, buggies, car seats and travel cots – a simpler, easier, lightweight and secure alternative to a draped coat or blankets. Designed for use from birth, their sleep and sunshade blocks 99% of UV rays, whilst keeping little ones undisturbed on any family outing, whether in the car, on a walk or in an exotic location.
Cheeky Chompers MultiMuslin, from £22.99
Struggle to pack light? The MultiMuslin by Cheeky Chompers cleverly brings together six baby essentials in one.
Incorporating a nursing cover, burp cloth, attachable shade for pushchairs, blanket, swaddle, and two soft silicon teething rings attached, this is the perfect addition to a travel packing list with your little one.
Boden Printed Sun-safe Surf Suit, from £29
Taking baby on their first trip to the beach? This comfortable, playful surf suit provides sun protection, is made from recycled materials and features a zip down the front which makes nappy changes easy on the beach.
We love the three print options: jungle, under the sea and red-and-white striped print, starting from three months.
Infantino Jumbo Sensory Discovery Mat, £40
Offering a large space for curious minds and little hands, the Jumbo Sensory Discovery Mat from Infantino is the perfect space for play, and the foldable design makes it easy to take on the go, and is the perfect distraction at the park or beach.
It encourages exploration with textured shapes, crinkly fabrics, colourful ribbons and a giant selfie mirror to keep little ones will be mesmerised for hours, with engaging interactive activities with fun characters to stimulate the senses.
Latched Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra, £40
The range includes their iconic Pre & Postnatal Shorts and Leggings, as well as Nursing Hoodies and Vests, which are all made from a soft and stretchy fabric that will expand for the biggest of bumps, and support way beyond.
Ultrasun Very High SPF 50+ Kids Lotion, £24
Suncream is an obvious essential on holiday with your baby, and keeping them out of the sun is crucial. Keep little ones as safe as possible the sun with Ultrasun Very High SPF 50+ Kids Lotion, a high protection sunscreen that defends skin against damaging UVA and UVB rays.
The lightweight and non-sticky sunblock melts quickly into skin, using GSP-T for infrared protection. The waterproof and antioxidant-rich sun lotion is kind to sensitive skin, leaving your little ones safe, healthy and happy. It’s also suitable for pregnant mums.
Doona Infant Car Seat, from £329
The Doona Car Seat is the world’s first complete and fully integrated travel system, allowing you to move from car seat to stroller in seconds. Having been TUV and FAA aircraft approved for travel, it is an essential for jet-setting parents to nip through the airport.
It’s the only car seat to have been tested and certified as an Infant Car Seat, a stroller and an infant carrier providing overarching safety for your child.
Juno Jack’s The Florence Dress, £39.99
An essentials for breastfeeding mums to pack in their holiday suitcase, Juno Jack’s has provided the perfect ‘throw on’ dress for easy feeds on the go. Simply un-zip and you’re all set!
Comes in gorgeous white, black, khaki, blue or navy – with the option to add an adorable matching dress or headband for bubba.
Medela Solo Single Electric Breast Pump, £159.99
Ideal for breastfeeding mums on the go, Medela‘s compact and super-efficient single electric breast pump, the Solo. Light is compact and quieter than the previous generation making it perfect for travel.
With a rechargeable built-in battery it’s intuitive and hassle-free, containing only a few parts, making it easy to clean and assemble. The battery charges faster compared to a USB port and lasts for up to six pumping sessions when fully charged. The two-Phase Expression technology also mimics a baby’s natural sucking rhythms – faster to stimulate milk flow, then slower to provide optimal milk flow.
Cheeky Rascals Izmi Essential Wrap, £34.99
Providing soft, flexible and natural support, this baby wrap provides natural closeness, keeping little ones near for kisses and cuddles, whilst mum will have hands free to explore on holiday or on a flight.
The fully supportive, super soft bamboo wrap distributes your baby’s weight evenly to reduce pressure on your back, perfect for breastfeeding, walking through the airport and more.
Recognised by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, the hip healthy design keeps babies in the best possible position, with an adjustable seat to provide the best support from birth.
iCandy Lime, from £755
Fusing functionality with style, the iCandy Lime pushchair is the perfect choice for parents dashing on their travels this summer. The multi-functional, lightweight, compact fold stroller has the added benefit of an integrated ride-on board and a large basket for shopping or changing essentials.
Offering a seamless solution for a growing family, the TotalFold system enables the Lime to fold quickly and easily with the seat unit and bumper bar still attached.
Sudocrem’s Antiseptic Healing Cream, from £2.55
There’s a reason Sudocrem’s Antiseptic Healing Cream has been parents’ simple but effective ally for 90 years. It’s great for soothing and treating nappy rash symptoms and is clinically proven to soothe, heal and protect, and is a no-brainer for your travel packing list.
It contains a mild local anaesthetic to help ease pain and irritation; the water-repellent base forms a protective barrier, helping to protect against any irritants from coming into contact with the skin. It’s available in five different sizes including a convenient 60g tub which is perfect for travelling, while My Little Sudocrem is a versatile skin care cream that helps to soothe dry patches and calm redness whilst keeping the skin supple in a portable 22g pot to take it with you anywhere, with a gentle formulation to use it has often as you need. A perfect all-rounder to pop in the suitcase!
More things to remember when travelling with a baby
- Bag – opt for a large tote bag, use freezer bags to keep everything separated, dry and easy to access
- Travel changing mat
- Hand sanitiser gel
- Overnight nappies – these will last longer than the standard variety
- Travel-size nappy cream
- Calpol sachets
- Dummy and dummy clip
- Bottle for milk during take-off and landing – If using formula, take pre-mixes rather than powders. If breastfeeding, feed during take-off and landing to help little ears equalise
- Couple of silent toys
Top tips for flying with baby
- Remember baby food, milk and sterilised water is exempt from the 100ml rule
- Be sure to book the bassinet if on a longer flight
- In many destinations, specifically cities, or depending on the hotel, you can rent or borrow baby gear – everything from buggies to travel cots and high chairs
- Check if your car seat is suitable for flying – it will have an FAA-approved sticker. This means the car seat can be used on aeroplanes as well as in cars, because it has passed the inversion test
Travelling while pregnant: what should you pack?
Yes, travelling with a baby is a recipe for a long packing list, but if you’re pregnant, remember the below, too.
- Heartburn tablets or sachets
- Healthy snacks
- Compression socks and leggings
- Flat shoes
- Lip balm
- Lavender oil – rub this on the sides of your temples and wrists to relax and soothe tension (suitable only for the second and third trimester)
- Comfortable leggings
- Shawl or blanket
Top tips for travelling while pregnant
- Don’t forget to take your maternity or hospital notes
- Check your travel insurance is still valid in pregnancy
- If you’re over 28 weeks, you’ll need a letter from your doctor
- Check in as much as possible (rather than carrying it with you in the flight cabin), travel with a light four-wheeled case and be sure to ask for help if you need it
Travelling with a toddler: what should you pack?
- Bag – go hands-free and choose a backpack
- Antibacterial wipes
- Snacks (for both of you)
- Water bottle with a really good seal
- Favourite cuddly toy
- Travel buggy
- Sticker book
- Toddler headphones
- Set of pyjamas – accidents of all sorts can happen!
- iPad – load it with new cartoons and games
Top tips for travelling with a toddler
- It’s worth trying to book flights that will fit into napping or sleep schedules
- Remember, even if your flying partner is not playing ball, the flight will eventually end and it is very unlikely that you’ll ever see any of your fellow passengers ever again. Good luck!