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How to pack for your first family holiday with a baby 

Holiday With A Baby

Going on holiday with a baby is exciting, but packing for your first family holiday is stressful. Thinking about everything you might need on holiday with your baby can make all the difference in having a stress-free trip. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about packing for your first family holiday with a baby, from planning essentials to safety gear and entertainment options.

Planning a family holiday

When planning your first family holiday, make a plan. Consider family-friendly destinations, types of accommodation that cater to the needs of parents with babies, and travelling time. Research local amenities or events, seasonal temperatures, and tour operators specialising in baby-friendly holidays.

Most families with young children consider:

  • A UK break at a self-catering rental or family holiday complex
  • A European package holiday with free children places
  • Camping or caravan holidays in the UK or Europe

How old should a baby be for the first holiday?

There is no set age for a baby’s first holiday. Most families book a holiday towards the end before the end of maternity leave, but it depends on the baby’s health, developmental stage, and how confident the parents are about being away from home. At around 6-12 months old a baby may be more adaptable to changes in routine and environment, and in a good routine. 

Packing checklist

Once you’ve booked your holiday, start making a list. Write down any useful item you think of. We've listed some ideas to add to your holiday checklist.

What should I pack for a holiday with a baby?

When packing clothing for your baby, consider the climate and activities at your destination. 

The number of outfits to pack for your baby depends on the length of your trip and whether your accommodation has laundry facilities. Usually, you might need at least one outfit per day, with a few extras for emergencies and an evening set of clothing. Pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different looks and can be layered for warmth or removed to keep your baby cool.

If you’re planning to holiday by the seaside or at accommodation with a swimming pool, don’t forget essential accessories like hats, sunglasses, and swimwear for outdoor adventures.

Feeding and weaning supplies:

Ensure you have all the feeding essentials your baby needs, including bottles, formula, breast pumps, and baby food. Consider how to store and transport breast milk or formula while travelling and keep feeding accessories like bibs and utensils in hand luggage. For babies who have moved onto solids, BabyMoov reusable food pouches help with weaning on the go.  

BabyMoov pouches

TIP! At airports, you can order baby formula or food to collect air-side, meaning you don’t need to check items in through security. 

Nappy changes whilst on holiday:

Nappies can vary in size and how they suit your baby by brand. They can also be expensive outside of the UK if travelling abroad. Stock up on nappies, wipes, and nappy rash cream for your trip. Plan for nappy changes on the go by packing easy-to-reach changing bags and changing mats. 

As a general rule of thumb, plan for at least 6-8 nappies per day, and then multiply that by the number of days you’ll be away. It’s always a good idea to pack a few extra nappies in case of emergencies, but also consider that a baby may need extras if visiting the beach or play areas.

TIP! If you have washing facilities available, consider a washable nappy rather than disposable choices.

Kit & Kin sustainable nappies are hypoallergenic, making them good for the planet and even the softest skin. 

Kit n Kin

Comforters and toys:

Taking a break from home can unsettle a young child, so pack home comforts to make their new environment as familiar as possible. Pack comfort items like dummies, favourite toys, blankets, and cuddly toys to soothe your baby during travel. For a stylish baby on the block, the Danish brand BIBS pacifiers offer the iconic round-coloured design made from natural materials and a premium finish. 

BIBS pacifiers

To keep them entertained, pack books, download music, bring interactive toys, and create a sleeping environment they are used to, such as portable cribs or bedding.

Safety essentials:

Always prioritise car seats, baby carriers, and baby-proofing supplies, particularly if you plan to hire a car. If travelling with an airline, families can pack a number of baby equipment items to check into hold. It varies by operator but usually includes a pushchair and car seat. 

TIP! If travelling by plane, check your car seat into the hold in a car seat bag. This protects the car seat but also allows you to add other bulky items, such as nappies, towels and toys, so that they don’t take up any of your luggage space.

Car seat abg


Packing for your first family holiday with a baby may seem overwhelming, but with careful planning and organisation, it can be a rewarding and memorable experience. Use our packing checklist and tips to ensure you have everything you need to keep your little one comfortable and happy during your trip.

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