When it comes to packing for a child it can feel overwhelming because they require so much stuff! From what was supposed to be my 3 night trip to NYC (it turned into 5 nights, 6 days) I learned that you can never pack for a baby and prepare for the unexpected.  Luckily, I packed enough stuff so that I wasn’t left in a bind, scouring the streets of New York City, looking for things that fit Zelda’s day to day needs.

Baby clothes are small and easy to store in your suitcase, and trust me, over packing for your little one is only going to save you time and money in the long run. I have a few stress saving tips that will make packing and flying with your little babe a little easier.

The Suitcase: A successful baggage check-in is all about having the right suitcase. Enter the Burton Wheelie Sub Travel Bag. This life saving suitcase is like a walk-in closet on wheels – it has an awesome design that splits into two pieces so you can always avoid overweight baggage fees. It’s always cheaper to pay for two bags than to go overweight. Plus, the amazing design makes it easy to wheel through the airport with both pieces of luggage.

Your Wheels: Nothing is more painful than watching someone struggle with their stroller at the airport. My Orbit Stroller has been a real life saver! You can open and close it with one hand, which makes it worth its hefty price tag when you have a baby in one arm. This is one piece you definitely want to invest in. I also make sure Zelda is super warm by snuggling up in her 7AM Enfant Polar Igloo!


Sleeping: You can never have enough blankets! If your baby sleeps with one blanket, pack 5 blankets. The same thing goes with PJs, you can never have too many! You never know if your baby is going to spit up their PJs or leak through them while they are sleeping. In most scenarios, you don’t have access to a washer and dryer when you’re traveling. Who wants to pay to send laundry out at a hotel? No one.

Diaper Duty: Diapers compress easily inside of your baggage and they don’t take up a ton of space. I always bring a full pack of diapers and a full pack of wipes, because you never know what might happen. It’s not like you’re not going to use them. I also never forget Zelda’s Munchkin goPad Diaper Changer, it makes changing her a breeze and it’s super light weight.

Love Their Skin: My go-to bathing product for Zelda when traveling is The Honest Company 2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Wash. It’s easy to put Zelda in the sink and use this to create a fun bubble bath, and keep her fresh and clean.  When she’s done bathing I lather her up in her Wash with Water body lotion, this keeps her skin from getting chapped. If you’re in a bind, it’s safe for parents to use both of these products too!

Fast Food: The Nuk Mash Up is awesome for food on the go! This great gadget is made for mashing up food, and makes it super easy to prep each meal. Zelda can eat right out of the bowl and it calls for minimum clean up! At home I use the Magic Bullet, but who wants to travel with large kitchen appliances?

Play Time: Do NOT forget the toys! Be sure to bring a variety, but don’t give them all to your little one at once. You want to keep a few surprises in the bag, that way if your baby gets stir crazy you can give them something they haven’t played with yet.

Essentials: I love Zelda’s monogrammed Graphic Image pouch because it easily holds all of her essentials. It’s the perfect size to hold her nail clippers, small toiletries, and bracelets. Plus, it’s easy to throw inside the diaper bag

Shop Zelda’s Travel Essentials: Monica + Andy Blanket / Janie & Jack Coat / Hanna Anderson PJs / Mini Model Gallery Hat / Graphic Image Pouch / Freshly Picked Moccasins / Ralph Lauren Top & Skirt Set / The Honest Company 2 in 1 / Cashmere Sweater / Trumpette Socks / Wash With Water Moisturizer / Comb / Mash-Ups / Nuk Mash-Up Bowl / Jellycat Hippo / Jellycat Bunny / Baby Einstein Activity Mat / The Honest Company Diapers / Wand / The Hungry Caterpillar / Stacking Cups / 7AM Enfant Polar Igloo / Munchkin goPad Diaper Changer