Essential Travel and Diaper Bag Packing Checklist

Essential Travel and Diaper Bag Packing Checklist

Packing your suitcase, carry-on, or baby diaper bag is an art. When you leave the house for one hour or seven days, you want to avoid bringing everything but the kitchen sink while still being prepared for those what ifs (spit up isn’t a myth!). So, what do you pack? Not to worry. We’ve done the streamlining for you by creating two essential checklists to help simplify shopping, inspire gift giving, and get you organized and out the door on time.


Diaper Bag Essentials Checklist

Packing Checklists

Diapers: Bring one for each hour you’ll be out (just in case!).

Wipes: Transfer some of your regular stash into a reusable travel case.

Diaper Rash Cream Also available in a touch-free spray to make diaper changes a breeze

Soothing Bottom Wash: In-flight blowout? This easy-to-use spray cleans your babe’s bum right up.

Hand Sanitizer: This needs no explanation when you have little kids! It kills 99.9% of germs when there’s no soap and water around.

Hand Sanitizing Wipes: Wipes off dirt and sticky messes while killing 99.9% of germs.

Sunscreen: Protect your child in the sun when on the go.

Bottle(s) of breast milk or formula.

Water & Snacks: Pack age-appropriate food and don’t forget about yourself!

Burp Cloths When the messiest part of eating happens after the meal, these 100% organic cotton cloths give you a headstart on cleanup.

Blanket This 100% cotton essential keeps tired kiddos comfy while travelling, and becomes anything you need it to be: a play mat, nursing cover, shade, or impromptu changing pad (if you’re bag doesn’t come with one).

Biodegradable bags: You can purchase these from the pet section to save money and they’re perfect for diaper disposal or storing soiled clothes.

☐ Change of Baby Clothes: A must-have for the inevitable spill, spit-up, or accident.

Emergency Info: Slip an index card in your bag listing your child’s health care providers and any known allergies.

First Aid Kit


Sling or Wrap: Easily fold up and tuck this fabric carrier into your bag for those moments where you need to be hands free or the stroller can’t fit.

Toy/Teether/Pacifier: Depending on the age of your child, tuck in a non-toxic teething toy or a small board book.

Download a printable version of the diaper bag checklist.


Travel Essentials Checklist

Packing Checklists

☐  Cotton Face Masks: Soft + adjustable, these masks keep you + your kiddos covered while out and about and in the airplane.

☐  Hand Sanitizer: Airplanes are some of the germiest places. Keep your hands protected with this plant-based spray that kills 99.9% of germs!

☐  Sanitizing Alcohol Wipes: Kills 99.9% of germs! Great for wiping down airplane tray tables, seats, and public bathrooms. Also, be sure to pack those travel size toiletries.

☐  Face + Body LotionKeep calm and carry-on. This travel-friendly lotion hydrates head-to-toe to keep the whole fam happy in the dry airplane air.

☐  Shampoo & Body Wash: Save space with a multipurpose cleanser that works for the whole family (just fill up a TSA-approved travel bottle).

☐ Healing Balm: Traveling tends to dehydrate skin, so this will soothe and moisturize (plus, it’s multipurpose and cuts down on what you need to pack).

☐  Tinted Lip Balm: Moisturize your lips and add a pop of color at the same time.

☐  CCC Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30: Rain or shine, your skin still needs SPF protection. Plus, it packs your entire skincare routine in one easy product you can keep in your carry-on.

☐  Elevated Hydration Mist: Quench dry, thirsty skin while up in airplane with two types of hyaluronic acid.

☐  Natural Immunity Boosters: Keep colds at bay by remembering your family’s preferred immunity remedy – we hear zinc and vitamin C are must-haves and pre-packed powders are also easy to use.

☐  Water & Snacks: Pack age-appropriate food and don’t forget about the parents!

☐  Electronic Chargers: Keep spares in your luggage and never be without charge again.

☐  Emergency Info: Slip an index card in your bag listing your family’s health care providers and any known allergies.

☐  Travel First Aid Kit


☐  Earplugs, a Sleep Eye Mask, and Neck Pillow

☐  Entertainment: Reading materials, music, or tablet.

Download a printable version of the travel essentials checklist.


What must-haves would you add to these lists?

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