Diaper Bag Packing List


Little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff! Here's a checklist of items that make traveling much easier, plus tips for efficient packing.

Packing Checklist

One for each hour you'll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays
Change pad- all Baby Sherpa backpacks include a change pad.
Bring a few — you'll use them to lay your baby on, cover your baby, cover yourself if you're nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more.  The bungee X works great for carrying blankets.  Also the changing pad pocket will hold a receiving blanket.
Plastic bags
Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets.
Diaper rash cream
Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion
Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one)
A few of your baby's favorite toys. The toy loops work great for carrying these!
Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes
One to two outfits per day is a good guideline.
Washable bibs-we love Bumkins bibs for traveling!
Sun hat
Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, and baby food
If your baby's eating solid foods.
Formula, water, and juice if appropriate.  check to ensure airline regulations.
Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate
Energy-boosting snacks for you to munch on
iPad-the inner padded pocket is perfect to protect and store
Nightlight or Flashlight
So you can keep the room lighting soothingly low during middle-of-the-night diaper changes
First-aid kit
Baby pain reliever and supplies for treating minor injuries
Sling or front carrier
Lightweight, hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports.  Child safety harness if you have a toddler who is walking.
Portable crib or play yard
A safe place for your baby to sleep or play
Camera and extra batteries and memory cards
DVD player and dvds
Car seat for safer travel by car or plane
Collapsible stroller
Can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.


  • Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them. I make a packing list on my computer and highlight itmes as they are packed.
  • Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder straps.  Backpacks are preferable when traveling.
  • Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.
  • Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
  • Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don't have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.
  • Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
  • Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
  • Take the phone number for your baby's healthcare provider in case you have questions while you're on the road.

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