Essentials I pack in my diaper bag for travel

Essentials I pack in my diaper bag for travel

When you prep a diaper bag for a travel day, it can feel overwhelming trying to figure out everything you’ll need, what to pack extra from your normal days out with baby, where to put everything, etc.

The easiest thing to do is make a checklist for your travel day and use that as a refernce point every time you go on a trip. I just have a note saved on my phone and refer back to that and adjust it as needed depending on what that specific trip needs.


Here’s a simple checklist of what I bring in my diaper bag on trips to get you started:

  • Diapers
  • Diaper cream
  • Changing pad
  • Wipes
  • Travel size hand sanitizer
  • Ziploc bags and pouch (for soiled clothes)
  • Baby blanket
  • Bib or burp cloth
  • One extra pair of clothes for both baby and mom (when spit up or blow outs happen it’s really nice to be able to change)
  • Baby bottle
  • Formula (if needed)
  • Ceres chiller to keep breastmilk cold (if needed)
  • Pump (if needed)
  • Portable bottle warmer (if needed)
  • Portable sound machine for naps
  • Pacifier
  • Books and toys to keep your baby entertained
  • Travel Kit (have all of our tried-and-true favorite toys to keep your baby entertained)
  • First aid kit
  • Baby snacks 
  • Copy of baby’s birth certificate

What to look for when choosing a diaper bag for travel

As far as choosing what diaper bag to use when you travel, I prefer the one from TernX. It keeps things organized and has more pockets than other bags. It makes it a lot easier to find things when you’re in a cramped space.

The diaper backpack from TernX comes with an everyday clutch, big enough to hold wipes, a couple of diapers, a changing mat, your phone, and keys. The clutch conveniently fits in the front pocket. I love using this for a quick grab and go diaper change (like on an airplane or at a park) without having to bring the whole diaper bag. It’s also great to use as a day bag for a short outing.

There are two access points to the main compartment of TernX’s awesome diaper bag which I really like. It has a clamshell opening which is great because you can open it fully to see everything at a glance. You can also access the backpack from the top.

It also has individual mesh pocketsfor things like diapers, diaper cream, medicine, a bottle warmer, etc.

It has two expandable side pockets for water bottles or snacks.

One thing that I think is so useful in a travel diaper bag is a waterproof compartment for emergencies. I’ve used it to store dirty clothes after a baby’s blowout, or to store wet bathing suits after a day out at the pool or splash pad. I love that it keeps things separate from other belongings.

It’s also super easy to carry through the airport with it’s luggage pass through strap. And bonus: it has a secret zipper compartment for possports and valuables.

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