Packing Travel Tips

I've had a lot of requests about what to pack for bringing your kids home. Here's what we packed for the kids - along with some adjustments and lessons learned. This list was in light of bringing home a 2 1/2 year old and 11 month old. Hope it helps!! :)


Travel First Aid Kit

Pedialyte – 3-4/day, individually packed

Medicine – Neosporin, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Triaminic

Diaper bag – diapers, wipes, changing pad, Tide-To-Go, Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, baby Tylenol, mommy Tylenol, floss, teething gel, butt paste, bibs, formula, change of clothes and socks

Burt’s Bees Shampoo + Conditioner and Shea Butter Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Diapers + Wipes: Addise: 8-10/day; Judah: 5/day = 75 Diapers

Clothes – 1 outfit/day + 2 extras

4 pairs of PJs

1 pair Shoes

4 Bibs

2 Blankets



5-6 Toys – stackable, stuffed animal, nothing that rolls

3-4 Books

Blank paper – Washable markers and Stickers

Communication Photo Album

Portable DVD player + 1-2 Baby Einstein DVDs


o Cheerios

o Crackers

o Snack foods

o 4-6 jars of baby food – fruit & veggies [Addise didn’t eat any of it!]

o 2 plastic bowls & spoons

o 4 bottles

o Formula: 32 oz/day

Pack for Airplane

We ended up bringing on the plane the diaper bag, roller suitcase with changes of clothes, and 2 backpacks

Diaper Bag stuff [see above]

o 8-10 diapers/kid

o Snacks – cheerios, crackers

o Pedialyte

o 2-3 Toys

Ergo and Stroller

2-3 changes of clothes for parents and kids [in case of diaper blowouts, vomit, or whatever!]

Final Travel Tip: If you fly Ethiopian airlines, your first flight will be 17 1/2 hours! We learned the VERY hard way that it's a L-O-N-G flight for little ones who've never flown before [much less for adults!!]. We ended up postponing our 2nd flight to LA and spending the night in DC to give everyone a breather, rest, and get out of airplanes with recycled oxygen. It was one of the best parenting decisions we've made to date. I'd HIGHLY recommend taking an extra day to fly to your final destination, especially if it still entails several hours of flight time.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.