Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vacation Packing List for Baby

We're back from Goa! Good times were had by all travelers, and we have much to say about our experiences. It seems like every travel experience is a learning experience for all parties. So, expect some upcoming blogs as we have time. But first, an updated packing list for those of you who are interested.

The context: we took a four-day trip with a three hour plane ride with twin 16-month-old kids. I think that this list could probably make it for a week-long trip, or a multiple-week trip if you have access to laundry facilities. Our hotel where we stayed had cribs for the kids, so we didn't need to take our pack and play. The green items are things that we took and used. Orange ones are things we took and didn't use. Red ones are things we've taken on previous trips and decided, for one reason or another, to leave home.

We've kept a packing list since the boys were born on google drive. It is a shared document between us, so that both of us can update the list when we're at home or work (and we think of something we might forget, etc.). I highly recommend keeping your list on google drive so that you can access it wherever you are.

I know it seems like a TON of stuff, but we fit all of the boys things in one large suitcase and all of our things in one medium suitcase. So, in total, we had two suitcases, two diaper bags, two umbrella strollers, two dads and two boys (plus one grandma... but that's a different story for a different day!).

Clothes (total for both children)
  • 12 short sleeved
  • 6 long sleeved
  • 4 pants
  • 12 shorts
  • 4 swim suits/shirts
  • 8 pajamas
  • 2 sun hats

  • Towels(used the hotels)
  • Wash cloths (used the hotels)
  • Lotion (in a big ziplock bag)
  • Bath mat

  • Small toiletry bag
    • Baby Shampoo
    • Baby Soap/Body Wash
    • Baby Bug Repellant (mosquitos weren't bad this time!)
    • Anti-Mosquito wipes
    • Thermometer
    • Dirty diaper bags
    • Baby powder
    • Pepto pills
    • Diaper rash cream
    • Neosporin
  • Small toiletry bag
    • Baby sunblock
    • Adult Sunblock
    • Bug Spray

  • Toys for bath
  • Toys for beach (including flotation devices for swimming)
  • Toys for indoors
  • 2 stuffed animals
  • White noise machine (sleep dog)

  • 2 Gumdrop blankets (light linen)
  • 2 Fleece blankets

Travel Stuff
  • Baby bjorn (probably won't take it next time as our kids are getting too big)
  • Beach tent (we didn’t use this on our last trip, so we left it behind this trip and didn't miss it)
  • Sarongs (used as light beach towels)
  • Umbrella strollers
  • Monitor
  • Umbrella

Eating Paraphernalia
  • Bottles and accessories
  • Burp cloths
  • Sippy cups
  • Spoons
  • Bowls and plates
  • Oatmeal
  • Cheerios
  • Granola bars
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Goldfish
  • Larabars (new to us, via suggestion from my sister: LOVED them!)

  • Size 3
  • Dirty diaper bags
  • Extra Wipes
  • Swim diapers

Diaper Bag (we ALWAYS travel with two diaper bags on flights, as we have been split up into different sections of the plane multiple times! With the exception of medicine, everything on this list can be found in both of our diaper bags.)
  • Two Large Bottles with accessories (on long trips where I will have to clean bottles enroute, I take a ziplock bag with a small amount of dish soap and a bottle brush: otherwise, this goes in checked luggage)
  • Burp cloth (not for burping anymore, but good for wiping up messes)
  • Wipes
  • Pacifier wipes (no longer using pacifier, but good for wiping faces)
  • Changing pad
  • Dirty diaper bags
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Dirty clothes bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Granola bars
  • Food
    • Cherios
    • Granola Bar
    • Baby food
  • Spoons
  • Thermos for milk
  • Thermos for hot water for heating bottle
  • Toys
  • Medicine
    • Orajel
    • Fever reducer
    • Sweet oil (for ears)
    • Rubbing alcohol (for cleaning dirty surfaces - not sure this is legal to carry on a plane, but it's the best for sanitizing, and so far no one has searched through all the vials in my bag)
    • Gas drops
    • Oral syringe
    • Benedryl allergy syrup
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Nail clippers
    • Band aids
  • Nylon strap (for all of those places where the high chairs don't have straps... maybe this isn't necessary in the US or Europe, but in Asia it's a must!)
  • Change of clothes (baby/adult)
  • Light blanket (we didn't bring any pillows for the kids for the plane, but I may try to find a small pillow that fits into a carryon for our next flight).

Books (we left both of these home this time and survived, but if you're going somewhere new, I'd definitely take both!)
  • Baby 411
  • Lonely Planet

Peace and Happy Holi to you!


  1. Oh, boy! You are carrying a lot with you! :O But I really like the idea of having a pack list on Google Drive so that you both can easily and fast pack your stuff. Genius!

  2. That packing list is why I really want to head to the east coast to visit family, but I keep making them fly to me. :-D

  3. Hygiene is really important. Not taking care of this aspect can put you into a lot of trouble. Just a little extra care may lead to good health else your visit to the skin specialist or some may never end.

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