How to pack when you have a baby

I always thought I was a fairly organised person but becoming a mum has transformed me into a master of the fine arts of list making, packing and scheduling! Jealous much?

Boring new abilities aside, being organised makes life ten times easier when you are juggling a baby, especially when it comes to travel.

One of the best things I did was download the Microsoft OneNote app to my phone and create some checklists of things when need to pack. You can tick off each item as you go and they get hidden so your list gets smaller and smaller. When you need to use the list in the future you just click to uncheck all the boxes and the list is ready to work through. It is also super easy to add or remove items as your needs change.

I have a list for my son, a combined list for my husband and I, and one for our car if we are driving. We haven’t flown anywhere yet with Aidan but that would obviously change packing a bit. Hopefully though these are a useful guide for your own lists.

My son:

  • Pram
  • Baby carrier
  • Portacot
  • Cot covers and mattress protector
  • Sleeping bags
  • Portable sound machine
  • Comforter
  • Baby monitor and display screen
  • Nappies
  • Diaper bags
  • My nappy bag
  • Wipes
  • Moisturiser
  • Baby wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby oil
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Nail clippers
  • Towel
  • Wash cloths
  • Medicine bag and any required medicine or painkillers
  • Play mat
  • Toys and books
  • Baby food and snacks
  • Food containers and spoons
  • Drink bottle
  • Water bottle with cooled boiled water
  • Breast pump and bottles if expressing
  • Bottles and formula if using formula
  • Small bottle steriliser
  • Singlets
  • Onesies
  • Tops
  • Pants and shorts
  • Wondersuits
  • Jumpers
  • Jackets
  • Socks
  • Beanies and hats
  • Shoes
  • Bibs

The parents:

  • Phones and chargers
  • iPad and charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Medication
  • Underwear
  • Singlets
  • Socks
  • Pants
  • Tops
  • Jumpers
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Jackets
  • Activewear
  • PJs
  • Shoes
  • Skincare
  • Makeup
  • Hair brush
  • Hair products
  • Hair straightener
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Deodorant
  • Jewellery


  • Water bottles
  • Tissues
  • Snacks
  • Magazine or books
  • Plastic bag for rubbish
  • Phone charger
  • Toys
  • Comforter
  • Music
  • Change mat and nappies
  • Wipes

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