If you're like most parents of young children, the thought of traveling with baby can be a bit (a lot) overwhelming.

Is it possible? What should I take? Will my baby be able to handle the trip?

Before we go any further, take a deep breath. Now, breathe out. And finally, say to yourself, "I can do this." 

Not only can you do this, you will do it successfully with our tips and essentials for traveling with baby.

How to Travel With Baby 

Traveling with your baby isn't as hard as you might think. It's all about preparation. If you know what to bring, your trip can be smooth sailing (or flying or driving).

One of the best things to do as you are preparing for your trip, whether you're going on vacation or simply taking a trip to grandma's house, is to make a baby travel checklist. Having a checklist will help make sure you don't forget anything, which is easy to do when you're trying to pack for yourself and your family.

What Should I Bring?

While every child and parent is different and has different needs, each baby is going to need a few basic essentials and baby travel gear for your trip. You'll need diapers, wipes, shampoo, baby toothbrush, diaper rash cream, clothes, onesies, a baby travel crib, and a diaper bag for mom. Some other travel gear that might come in handy but isn't necessarily essential is a portable high chair, a baby travel system, a baby travel swing (where is your baby going to hang out when you're talking to grandma?), snuggle toys, a nightlight, sound machine, car seat toys, and a car seat cover (it gets really dirty under a plane!).

Baby Travel Gear

 Are you struggling to find some of the essentials (or useful) items for your trip? Fear not! Below, I've compiled a list of some great options that may work for you and your baby:

Travel Crib

Go Guardian Sleep N Play by Fisher Price by Hauck is a great option for a travel crib. It's compact and is perfect for any trip. The crib fits children up to 33 pounds and comes with a travel bag for easy transport. 

Diaper Bag

A great diaper bag is essential to everyday life as well as traveling. The Vegan Leather Wherever Weekender by Ju-Ju-Be is not only a functional diaper bag; it's also a beautiful and stylish diaper bag. If you're looking to splurge to make your next trip memorable, this bag is for you. 

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Portable High Chair

A portable high chair is a valuable piece of baby gear to carry with you. The 360 Hook On Chair by Chicco gives you peace of mind when you are traveling. No longer will you have to worry about having your baby sit on your lap at the dinner table at your in-laws' house or be forced to rely on a restaurant high chairs because this easy-to-use high chair can follow you wherever you go. 

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Car Seat and Stroller Toys

Sitting in a car seat or stroller can be boring for your baby, so it's important to bring along toys to keep your little munchkin happy and occupied. The Bandana Buddies Activity Toy by Skip Hop is a perfect option for any baby. The multi-use toy attaches to your cart seat or stroller and provides lots of ways to distract your child during the long hours of travel.

Sound Machine and Night Light

While a sound machine or night light might not be the first thing you think of when packing for your baby, it's a great option to bring along on your next trip. When you're away from home, having the soothing lullabies and lights can help calm your baby down at bedtime. The Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother is a fantastic option that offers both soothing lights and sounds in the same machine.

Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother

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Car Seat Travel Bag 

A car seat travel bag is another piece of travel gear that might not pop into your mind automatically when you're planning your next trip, but if you're planning to fly and check your car seat, it's a lifesaver. The Car Seat Travel Bag by Britax will keep your car seat clean and protected while it gets tossed around by airline employees.

Travel Booster Seat

If you're traveling with an older child, the Bubble Bum travel booster seat will be your new best friend. Not only is it easily inflatable once you arrive at your destination, the slim profile allows you to fit more family in the back seat.

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Baby Travel Essentials

Once you have all the essentials and baby gear for your next trip, you will find that traveling with your baby isn't as hard as you once imagined. Traveling with your children can be a fun and exciting adventure not only for your child but for you as well. Don't let fear of the unknown hold you back. Your next adventure awaits!

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Elizabeth Vale

Elizabeth Vale is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has been featured at The Palm Beach Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rare, AOL and The Redbud Post. Although she is a proud native Texan, Elizabeth now lives in South Florida with her husband and four children. If she isn’t writing, you can find her drinking an endless glass of iced coffee, reading a book or taking a road trip with her whole family in tow.

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