Holiday Essentials For A New Family

Holidays were out the window last year, and people are hoping to get some sun in 2021. With numerous lockdown babies being born, new families will be eager to have a little holiday away. A trip away with your little one will be a great way to relax and bond as a family. The hard part though is of course the packing, things just got much harder and your one suitcase has now turned into three. It’s actually quite amazing how many things must be thought of before booking the holiday. From the time of the flight, what the best time of year is best for the holiday, what destination you want to go and the hard part of deciding what you need to pack for your holiday. In this article, we will go through some of the key essentials you will need on your first family holiday away.


Baby Holiday Checklist


Travelling is stressful at the best of times, throw in a newborn baby and it gets 10 times harder and heavier, with the number of new things you need to take. You will want to make sure that you have everything to hand in this list.


  • Travel Documents
  • Car Seat (If your driving)
  • Window Shades
  • A Lightweight Pram
  • Travel Potty
  • Changing Bag With Essentials in (Dummies, Nappies, Wipes Nappy Bags & Nappy Rash Cream)
  • Change Of Clothes For Travel
  • Sweets To Stop Ear Popping On Plane
  • Baby Carrier
  • Blankets
  • Favourite Toy
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medication



Holiday Toiletries Checklist


Your toiletry bag will have doubled in size with your child so it’s best to be prepared. If you are going a short distance or time, you can transfer bigger containers into smaller ones so you save room.


  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Sponge, Shampoo & Body Wash
  • Baby Moisturiser
  • Nappies, Cream & Bags (Lots)
  • Swim Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Baby Washcloth
  • Hairbrush
  • Bobble & Clips if you have a girl
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Talcum Powder


Sun Protection Checklist


If you are lucky enough to be going somewhere hot this year, then it is mandatory to get your protection in place for your baby and yourself. Nobody wants to be getting heatstroke or sunburn as this can ruin a holiday. It’s best to get everything before you go as it may be difficult to get things in the other destination.


  • Parasol For Pram
  • UVA Protection Tent
  • Harness
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Cream
  • After Sun
  • Insect Repellent / After Bite
  • Floats & Arm Bands
  • Swimsuit
  • Baggy Cool Clothing


Sleep On Holiday Checklist


It is a wise decision to make sure that you have all the relevant things at the accommodation. If not, you will need to bring the rest with you. This will save a lot of space and save you traipsing around with everything.


  • Travel Cot
  • Nightwear
  • Night Light
  • Book
  • Monitor
  • Night Nappies
  • Dummies
  • Cot Bedding


Food & Drink Checklist


If you have a bunch of fussy eaters, then you will have to pack fr them also, but as a main, babies require special equipment for sterilising their bottle. These pieces of equipment will save you the hassle, time and mess.


  • Food Pouches
  • Milk Supplies
  • Bottles and Sippy Cups
  • Coverall Bib
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Sterilising Equipment
  • Breast Pump
  • Hand-held Blender
  • Bibs
  • Kids Cutlery


At an initial look at the list, it can be daunting. You are right, this is a lot of things to take so it’s best to get some extra luggage space. Obviously, not all of this needs to be brought as it is down to personal preference but these are all the pieces of equipment that should be brought as it can be very hard to find when in another country.