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Baby Clothes to Pack For the Plane When You Travel with a Baby

At 35,000 Feet, There are Some Things Your Baby Just Shouldn't Be Without


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If you travel with a baby over the holiday's, or any other time of year, you might be wondering what to pack when it comes to baby clothes. Depending on how long you'll be gone, and whether you're traveling by airplane or car, it's going to vary. Here's what you need to know about packing baby clothes for travel with your baby, before you hit the road.

Traveling by plane is one of the most common ways to travel with a baby simply because of the time factor. Many parents prefer to travel this way when their babies are young, in hopes that the reduced travel time will mean a happier baby. However, recent changes in airline policies have forced many people to second guess what they're packing, and what they're checking, for bags. More frequently, you see people traveling with just a carry on, preferring to ship their bags ahead if they're vacationing for an extended period.

So, as a parent traveling with a small baby, what do you absolutely need in that carry on bag? More than you might think. Remember, you're not just dealing with the plane ride itself, you also need to consider layover's and possible flight delays. So, when traveling by plane, you should have:

  • 3 bodysuits or snapsuits. It seems like a lot, but they go fast. Consider one leaky diaper and one spit-up episode - you're down two already. As a layering piece, these are very important.

  • 3 pairs of socks. Babies aren't good about keeping things on their feet, and if they drop a sock in the airport while you're strolling between terminals, you probably won't find it again.

  • 1 pair of slip-on shoes. Robeez, Bobux, take your pick. Any slip-on shoe that will stay put does the trick.

  • 1 pair slip-on pants and 1 long sleeve shirt. If your baby gets too warm, you can take off their shirt and let them sit in a short-sleeve onesie; if they're too cold, toss on the long sleeve shirt. Slip on pants make changes quick and easy.

  • 1 pair bamboo pajamas. If you're going to be on a significantly long flight, or you have an unexpected layover, these pajamas can be a saving grace. Thermal regulating and soft as silk, they're comfortable and soothing. You may even choose to have the baby wear these for the ride instead of their regularly planned outfit.

While this list may seem extensive, it's better to err on the side of caution than to be at 35,000 feet and without the necessary clothing.

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