Traveling with your baby used to be a whole lot more difficult than it is today. In times past, there were only household sized versions of products like high chairs and things, because not many people were doing much traveling with their infants back then. Road trips were something that didn't really become a big thing until after the 1950's and even then, it was something you did if you were well off financially and had the means to do so.
Today, we have travel baby everything. Everything from high chairs to portable cribs and sleepers. If you're going to be traveling with your baby, whether it's abroad or domestically, here are 5 things you need to bring with you. You can find more things like this on House Mama.
The first thing to pack is something for them to sleep in, particularly if they're still under 3 months old. If you're staying in hotel rooms, sometimes they will provide you with a crib if you ask for one. But, it's much more convenient to use a portable co-sleeper or folding bassinet. This isn't much of a consideration with toddlers, because they can sleep in a regular bed with you. For small babies, though, it's a safety concern, because a tumble off a bed can really hurt them and you don't want that to happen when you're away from your baby's doctor.
A way to feed them safely is another thing you should consider. For babies that can sit up on their own, portable high chairs that fold up and fit in a diaper bag are new on the market. They're made of fabric and can fit over a standard sized dining chair so you can harness your baby to it while you feed them and while you eat. Small babies can't get out of it at all and bigger babies will have a hard time with it.
A baby bath tub is a great thing to take along, whether you're going to a relative's house or if you're just going to be in hotel rooms a lot. give babies baths while traveling is easiest when you have an inflatable baby bath tub packed in your luggage. Other types made for travel are collapsible, but inflatable is best as long as you pack it carefully and avoid poking a hole in it.
The following isn't a travel-specific item, but you need it nonetheless: a baby medicine bag and/or first aid kit. You should keep a baby medicine kit in your diaper bag, anyway; it should be full of things like Tylenol, ibuprofen, band-aids, anti-diarrheal, gas drops, soap, hand sanitizer, tweezers, etc. You don't want to get caught driving somewhere and not have any fever reducer for your baby when they start running a temperature, because baby fevers can get bad fast.
The last thing to be sure and bring is extra formula. Always, always, always have at least 3 days worth of formula with you for your baby at a minimum. You never know when you'll get stranded somewhere and be unable to buy more, whether it's due to it just not being accessible or you don't have the money to do it because your wallet was stolen. The “why” doesn't matter; always carry extra baby formula and food.