The thought of packing for an overseas holiday with kids can be exceptionally overwhelming. What if we forget something? What if the country we are going to doesn’t supply what we need? What if my baby doesn’t like the nappies/food/cream etc? Being organised is very important when packing for kids, and as we all know, they require A LOT of things. Below is a list of essentials we can’t live without when travelling with kids.

Packing for the Plane

Snacks, snacks and snacks!

Take snacks that are familiar to your child, as well as new and exciting snacks as a “treat”. Take food that will last longer, for example, sultanas, popcorn, nuts and seed trail mix, small cut up fruit, as opposed to a muesli bar that will last 5 seconds.

Anti Spill snack container.

These were great as it saves us from having to pick up food scraps throughout the flight.

Wipes Wipes Wipes!!!

These are essential, and every parent knows why!

Formula (if baby is on formula)

We portioned out the formula into a container which has pre measured compartments. We would add more than we needed just in case.

Pre made food for the plane

Pureed fruit/vegies, or Pre packaged pouches. We made our own food for our son for the plane ride and took it in a small Thermos to keep it fresh.

Pre boiled/sterilised water in bottles for the plane

You can take as much water as you need through customs and onto the plane if it is for the baby. We portioned the water into his bottles and put them into a large zip lock bag. This way it was easy for us to remove at customs and at check in.

Baby spoon & Sippy Cup

Have spoons and a sippy cup for water that the baby is familiar with rather than relying on utensils from the airline.


Dummy is great for take off and landing for baby to suck. We also had a the dummy to clothes attachment so the dummy would not fall onto the floor.\

Child friendly headphones

These were great if your child wants to watch the plane movies/Ipad. We bought these from Big W and they were great.

Stickers and sticker books

We love Priddy books. They have great sticker books for all ages and our son was entertained for ages.

New toys and books

Try and take new activities and books so they are engaged for longer on the plane.

Busy bags

There are some great ideas for busy bags on Pinterest for kids of all ages. These are great for keeping kids entertained. We had several differents small bags filled with activties to keep him engaged and entertained. This included stickers, threading beads onto shoelaces, coloured pegs and cut out coloured paper squares, magnet letters and a tin lid, coloured paddle pop sticks and coloured paper matching, lego, and flash cards. These are also great when you are traveling through countries and keeping your kids entertained on trains/buses/car trips, or simply in the hotel room when you are packing!


You can get small lego boxes which make a plane/car. These are great.

Watercolour pads

This was a great mess free activity we did with our son on our last trip. You fill the “pen” with water and they draw on the white paper. When the water hits the paper, an image appears. The best $3 we ever spent! Some examples on Amazon

Activity books

I’m a big fan of activity books, but trying to find the right one to keep your little one engaged for more than a minute can be challenging. These Priddy activity books were life saves for us on the plane. Priddy books have a HUGE selection of activity books for babies through to school aged kids. These two were our favourites. But here is a link for more options that may suit you and your children.

Spare clothes

Ensure you pack spare clothes for you and baby! Our baby was a vomiter. We needed a change of shirt for both of us plus him.

Fly babee

This is great to keep the light out when bub is asleep in the bulkhead bassinet. depending on the airline, the lights can be very bright and can illuminate the cabin, to avoid this, the Cozigo bassinet cover can block this light out while your baby is asleep. It can also be used as a cover for the pram when out and about. Keep in mind though, that each time the seatbelt sign is on, you must take your baby out of the bassinet. 


Always pack more than you think you need.

Chew necklace (for mum)

Our son was teething on two of our overseas trips. These necklaces were recommended to us by a friend, and they were a lifesaver on the flight. They have great ones on Etsy.

Baby ear muffs

We did not use the ear muffs but we have heard of other families who said they were great. Especially on the plane and at the airport, as they can be quite loud when your baby is trying to sleep.

Hand sanitiser and detold hand wipes.

Especially when your baby/toddler is crawling all over the airport and plane floor.

What to pack in your suitcase:


Check what nappies are available in your destination prior to leaving. There is plenty of information out there on Tripadvisor forums. You will be surprised as to how well foreign countries cater for babies. Most countries we have visited have nappies readily available and they seem to be very absorbent! We do have a tendency to bring nappies from home and use them at night, and rely on the their nappies for day use. It may be worthwhile before you go to check TripAdvisor forums to see  what others have suggested for your destination.


We like to travel with a compact umbrella stroller. One that reclines fully so baby can sleep when out and about and one that has an ample storage basket underneith. We use the Steelcraft Phoenix travel stroller. There are plenty of travel strollers out there. We have tried three different strollers, however found this one to be the most reliable.

Baby carrier

We have a Baby Bjorn Air Mesh One. We found this great as it is air mesh and breathable in the warmer climates. We have tried and tested 6 different carriers with our kids. This one is by far the best for us. However, you may have one better suited to you.

Bottles, sip cups, spoons, forks, anti spill snack container

We pack things that our children are familiar with and place them all into a larger plastic container for easy access in the suitcase.

Milton sterilising tablets

The Milton Steriliser comes in handy when travelling as they can sterilize bottles and dummies when you don’t have access to boiling water or a steriliser.

Mosquito net

Generally, most hotels/accommodation in Asia don’t have fly screens on their windows. We like to pack a travel mosquito cover. This can fit over a cot and can also be placed over the stroller. We have a Jolly Jumper brand one that folds up to the size of an iPhone (but thicker).

Travel cot with Wraps/sleeping pouch/cot sheet

You may not need this as your accommodation may provide you with a cot. However, we have found the best travel cot is the Phil and Teds travel cot. It is very light weight and compact, only weighs just over 2 kilos and comes with a carry bag.

Travel high chair

We found a product second hand called The Anywhere Chair. It is brilliant! It can be used for kids of all ages and it adjusts to any chair (as long as it has a back). It is made of fabric and clips around the chair back and underneath. Your child is strapped in like a harness. This came in handy so many times, as most places don’t have high chairs.

Zip lock bags/spare plastic bags

Medium and large, They come in handy!

What to pack in your First aid Kit

  • Band aids
  • Milton Sterilising tablets
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Bandages
  • Mosquito patches (for pram)
  • Mosquito bands for babies arm/leg
  • Tea tree oil/mosquito repellant – check with your pharmacist to see which is most appropriate for your child’s age.
  • Sudocrem/nappy cream
  • Detol
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Baby pandadol/Neurofen plus spare syringes.
  • Bonjela
  • Vicks
  • Nail clipers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Baby sunscreen – very limited in foreign countries!

Packing for an overseas holiday summary:

For the Plane:

  • Snacks
  • Anti spill snack container
  • Formula
  • Wipes
  • Pre made food/food pouches
  • Sterilized water
  • Bottles
  • Baby spoons
  • Sippy cup
  • Dummy
  • Baby Headphones
  • Stickers and sticker books
  • New toys
  • Books
  • Busy bags
  • Lego
  • Watercolour painting pads
  • Activity books
  • Busy Bags
  • Spare clothes
  • Nappies
  • Fly Babee bassinet cover
  • Muslin wrap/light blanket
  • Comforter
  • Chew toy
  • Hand sanitizer

Suitcase and extra baggage:

  • Bottles
  • sip cups
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • anti spill snack container
  • Spare Formula
  • Nappies
  • Baby carrier
  • Milton Sterilizing tablets
  • Mosquito cover
  • Stroller cover
  • Wraps
  • Sleeping wraps/pouches
  • Zip lock bags/Spare plastic bags
  • Travel Cot
  • Stroller
  • Travel High chair

First Aid Kit:

  • Band aids
  • Milton Sterilising tablets
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Bandages
  • Mosquito patches
  • Mosquito bands for babies arm/leg
  • Tea tree oil/mosquito repellant
  • Calamine Lotion or Sting goes
  • Sudocrem/nappy cream
  • Detol wipes
  • Antiseptic spray lotion
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Baby pandadol
  • Baby Neurofen
  • Spare syringes.
  • Bonjela (if teething)
  • Vicks
  • Nail clipers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Baby sunscreen

Note: This is not a paid sponsorship

None of the items listed in this article are paid sponsorships. All recommended items are suggested from our personal experience and have been used when we travel with kids.

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