Ultimate checklist for road trips with a baby.

Traveling can be stressful. Throw a baby in the mix and you might need a stiff drink. We took our 5 month old on a 6 hour road trip last year. The week before leaving, I made a list of everything he needed and throughout the week I added to it. My husband poked fun at me but my checklist made packing a breeze. I even had time to paint my toe nails!

As things were packed they were crossed off the list. I even remembered the last minute items like the bottle warmer I used right before we hit the road.

Avoid the tears and tantrums and print this list.


  • Diapers and swim diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper ointment
  • Plastic bags for soiled diapers and clothes
  • Diaper changing pad
  • Antibacterial hand gel or wipes


  • Bottles and nipples
  • Formula and water
  • Breast pump and storage bags
  • Nursing cover
  • Bottle cooler and ice packs
  • Pacifier and teething rings
  • Bottle warmer
  • Bottle brush and maybe a small container of dish soap
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • Snacks, baby food, and water or juice
  • Eating utensils and sippy cups
  • Portable high chair


  • Weather appropriate clothes, socks, shoes, and a jacket
  • Baby sunscreen, sun hats, and bathing suits
  • Puddle jumper or life jacket
  • Light weight blankets
  • Toys for the car and hotel. Don’t forget favorite toys or blankets
  • Download movies on mobile devices
  • Stroller or wagon
  • Bouncy seat
  • Books

Night time

  • Bath wash, baby lotion, and bathtub
  • Toothbrush and baby toothpaste
  • Temperature appropriate pajamas and sleep sacks
  • Pack n play and a few fitted sheets
  • Sound machine
  • Night light
  • Baby monitor

*Tip: Baby’s get slippery in the shower. Bathe them in the sink, lay a towel on the bathtub floor for traction if they can sit up, or set them in a small, plastic laundry basket in the bathtub. Inflatable bathtubs are also available.


  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Baby carrier

Published by sizemore18

One of the reasons I fell in love with my husband was his passion for traveling. As a stay at home mother and stepmother, I look forward to vacations just as much as the working man. Traveling can be exhausting so I've dedicated this blog to share my own experiences and make your next trip as relaxing as possible.

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