Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Travel series Part III: What to pack in your carry on

Welcome to Mommyhood: Air travel tips
We're back for the third part in this air travel tips series! Today, I'm going to be sharing a checklist for what to pack in your carry on, including a free printable at the end! 

First off, let me say that I made this list with kids and families in mind, but based it on my own experiences traveling so it's pretty much the same as what I would bring pre-children. 

If you are going with toddlers and infants, I highly recommend a stroller, a diaper bag, and a baby carrier. It's nice to have somewhere to stash things (the stroller), and also an alternative way to transport the baby other than having your arms busy. 

If my husband and I are going together, then I take a diaper bag (for diapers and baby necessities), a purse (for documents, technology, and valuables), and a small suitcase for in the airplane where I put the remainder of our things. If I go without the hubby, then I still take a diaper bag, a purse, and then a small bag or backpack to put those extras. 

This may seem like a lot, but here's the thing - your suitcase can get lost, stolen, or delayed. I pack a carry on with that in mind. While I may love to travel light and only take my purse in the plane with me, I would much rather be prepared and not have to wear the same outfit for a week. Ya know? Plus, kids always come with a bunch of needs and stuff, so we need the extra luggage. So, what do we bring in our carry on luggage? 

Travel series part II: what to pack in your carry on luggage (with kids) by Welcome to Mommyhood

Carry on packing list


  • Passports
  • Boarding passes 
  • Travel itinerary
  • The address of where you are staying 
  • Print off your hotel (or wherever) reservations
  • If you are traveling to the US, print out the electronic confirmation that you paid for your visa

With kids

  • If you are traveling with children, a change of clothes for everyone is an absolute must! 
  • I will bring several outfits for my Toddler - I know he will make a mess of something
  • Bibs
  • Games, entertainment, books, electronics
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers 
  • Special blanket or lovie to help with sleep 
  • Any extra eating utensils/cups to assist meal times 
  • Bottles and formula (if necessary) 
  • Pacifier (if necessary) 
  • Optional: A little extra cash to buy alcoholic beverages for the people sitting next to you that your kids may kick 

Personal care

  • A small first aid kit (neosporin, bandages, headache/pain medicine, etc, anti allergy medicine, lip balm, hand lotion). Make sure to put the liquids in your clear, ziplock bag
  • Cough drops (it gets dry in the plane) 
  • Feminine hygiene products (even if it's not that time, they're good to have just in case) 
  • Any prescription medications and a note from your doctor. My grandpa got separated from his diabetes medicine one time even with a doctor's note. That was not cool and JFK got a lot of angry phone calls from me. 
  • Deodorant
  • Travel size toiletries 
  • Travel size hand sanitizer 
  • Essential hair care or make-up for touch ups that will keep you satisfied if your main luggage is lost
  • Hairbrush 
  • Hairbands 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste (travel size!)
  • Contact solution and contacts 
  • Glasses and glasses case
  • Okay, even if you aren't traveling with children, bring a change of clothes! If your suitcase gets lost, you want to make sure that you have at least 1 extra outfit! Been there, done that. 
  • Extra undergarments for your trip 
  • Socks if you are traveling in shoes that don't require them in case your feet get cold 
  • Flip flops in case your feet swell (and they probably will) 
  • A light sweater, scarf etc in case it gets chilly 
  • Wipes (face wipes, anti bacterial hand wipes/sanitizing wipes)

Everything and anything

  • Easy, convenient snacks
  • Electronics and their chargers!
  • Camera and camera case
  • Empty water bottle 
  • Tissues
  • Gum
  • Anything valuable that you want to take with you on your trip: wallet, jewelry, keys 
  • Optional: eye mask, ear plugs, neck pillow

You can download your free carry on packing list by clicking here: carry on packing checklist

A bit simple, but it saves us on ink without the graphics... 

Travel series part II: what to pack in your carry on luggage (with kids) by Welcome to Mommyhood

Be sure to visit the first post in this series here: 

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids 
20 healthy meals and snacks for (air) travel
25 ways to entertain your toddler during a flight

Also, you can read some road trip tips on my Road Trip Survival Guide

Today, I am linking up for List it Tuesday at Real Life at Home and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Thank you so much for stopping by!