I’m by no means proclaiming to be an expert in travelling with a baby, with Rio being just 8 months old – but in his short life so far, we’ve already been on three holidays abroad (one long-haul), as well as numerous of travels within the UK (and preparing for Ibiza in just a few days) – so there’s been a fair share of packing, organising and planning! And following quite a lot of requests from you guys, I thought I would share my go-to packing list for travelling with a baby during the summer with all my must-haves… 

Since becoming a family and having flown with a baby, I can now understand why I always see other families with SO much luggage! There’s just so much stuff a little person needs. I’m hoping it will get easier as they get older, with less to pack, but I doubt it (at least for the foreseeable future). Even though I hate packing for myself, I am extremely organised when I first get going (along with my husband, who is even more organised than I am when it comes to packing). So there was no surprise that a master packing list was created and meticulously planned ahead of our first long-haul flight to Dubai a few months back… After researching, talking to friends and family, we thought of just about everything for the little man. Some of it might not be relevant for you, depending on your destination and type of holiday, but nevertheless, I hope you find it useful!


– Babygrows/sleepsuits (when it’s hot, I only pack 1 per day) 
– Short sleeve vests (I usually pack 2 per day) 
– Long sleeve vests (1 per day, great for cooler nights) 
– T-shirts 
– Hoodies & jumpers
– Shorts
– Socks
– Trousers/thin joggers
– Sun hats
– Shoes/sandals
– Swim shorts 

– Rash vest/suit (great to prevent sunburn) 



– Sun creams (spray and cream version – I love La Roche-Posay)
– Body & face moisturiser
– Bath bubbles (I love Good Bubble)
– Body & hair wash
Coconut oil (great to help soothe red skin and dry patches) 
– Sudocream (or any barrier cream of your choice) 
– Baby wipes (lots and lots)
– Sponges/flannels
– Cotton pads
– Q-tips
– Teething gels/granules (if baby is teething)
– Calpol & Nurofen (I pack a couple of bottles of each, just in case)
– Vitamins

– Digital thermometer
– Nail clipper

– Nappies (I pack a load, but always get more when I’m at the holiday destination) 
– Swim nappies (I reckon on 3-4 nappies per day)



– Steriliser & sterilising tablets (I have the Tommee Tippee Single Bottle Steriliser & use Milton Sterilising Tablets
– Breast pump (I have the Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump)
Milk bottles (I use Phillips Avent and Tommee Tippee)
– Anti-bacterial Wipes (I use Milton’s)
– Vanish bar

– Tub of non-bio washing powder (just in case) 
– Favourite toys and books
– Bath toys 

– Teethers
– Baby Swim Seat (I have this one from Bestway)
Pushchair & pushchair suitcase/cover (I have the Bugaboo Chameleon with this Sun Canopy with the Bugaboo Transport Bag), or a carry-on-board stroller (I have the Babyzen Yoyo+)
Snoozeshade or a pram parasol
– Clip-on-fan for the pram/stroller
– White noise sound machine (I have the Marpac Hush for Baby)
– Car seat (if you’re hiring a car)
Sleepyhead (if you don’t have the space, just roll up some towels for the sides) 
– Sleeping bags (I have these ones from Aden+Anais
– Portable playmat (I have this one from Avery Row)
– Cot sheets
(I always bring our own ones) 

– Muslins (8-10, mixture of small and large)
– Bibs (cotton and feeding bibs)
– Hooded swim towel
– Water bottles (2-3 in total) 
– Bowls & spoons (I love this Bamboo Bamboo feeding set) 
– Handheld mixer or small blender
– Dry food such as baby pasta (just in emergency) 

– Baby monitor & camera



– A double set of babygrows & vests (you just never know!) 
– Muslins (2-3, big and small) 
– Bibs 
– Calpol & Nurofen
– Nappies (bring more than you think!)
– Sudocream/barrier cream
– Teething gels/granules (if teething at the time) 
– Baby wipes
– Anti-bacterial Wipes (I use Milton’s)
– Teether toys/ring
– Favourite toys
– Cellular blanket (airplanes get chilly!)
– Snacks (rice cakes, vegetable and fruit sticks, bread)
– Water bottle
– Baby carrier (if not travelling with a push chair – I love Ergobaby) or a portable pushchair (I love the Babyzen Yoyo+ as you can fold down to fit in the overhead cabin compartment).


Please leave me a comment below if there are any other must-haves I might have forgotten!





  1. June 11, 2018 / 19:35

    Love your style! The blue-white printed dress looks gorgeous! The off shoulder dress with a brimmed hat is the best for the summer season.
    Hugs and Kisses,

    • Anneli Bush
      July 5, 2018 / 14:15

      Thanks! :)

  2. Hannah
    June 11, 2018 / 23:20

    Great list, thanks for sharing! X

    • Anneli Bush
      July 5, 2018 / 14:14

      Pleasure, hope you found it useful! Ax

  3. Juliet
    June 15, 2018 / 22:28

    Love this post Anneli! Thank you for sharing :)

    • Anneli Bush
      July 5, 2018 / 14:14

      Glad you enjoyed it! x

  4. Bianca
    July 31, 2018 / 09:29

    Thank you for sharing this list, it’s so useful, will use it before my trip to Uruguay in December.

    • Anneli Bush
      August 1, 2018 / 22:07

      Pleasure, hope it helps! X

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