15 Tips for Traveling with a Baby

After soon six months of traveling around the world with our daughter, we have learned a few tricks how to keep her happy, calm and safe. Throughout this trip a lot of people have told us that they would never dare to bring their babies with them on holiday. It is true that traveling with a baby is more challenging than it was pre-baby. But if you give them lots of love, and remember to put your baby’s needs first, you will end up having an amazing trip.

When we started our journey Elsa was seven months old. She was both nursing and had started eating small portions of processed food. During the trip she stopped nursing and now she eats almost the same as us (minus the chili). We started with 2,5 months in U.S. and then went to China, Vietnam and Thailand. Our focus in this guide is on traveling in Asia, since that is more of a challenge.


1. Can it fit in a tuc tuc?
If you plan to stay in more than one place during your trip, you will do yourself a big favor by not bringing all the baby equipment and toys from home. Keep in mind that you should be able to fit all your luggage in a taxi, boat or sometimes even a tuc tuc.

2. The bare necessities
Except from baby clothes, pacifiers, bottles and other obvious stuff, here are a couple of things that we have found useful on our trip:
• A Baby Carrier – we love our Ergo.
• An Umbrella Stroller – make sure it can recline completely, we use Chicco Liteway.
• A Portable Baby Chair – a great invention that you can mount to any chair.
• A Baby Watcher – so you can relax at the beach while your baby is napping.
Mosquito Net – some places already have mosquito nets, but if they don’t you’ll be happy that you brought your own. We had one big net that we put over our bed, and a small net that we put over Elsa’s stroller.
Instant porridge – you can find it in all supermarkets in Asia, but it’s hard to find the unsweetened kind that we use.

3. Just in case
Make sure that you know where to call if your baby get sick. If it’s not an emergency, a good trick is to bring your baby’s pediatrician’s number or email. It feels easier asking questions and not having to worry about language misunderstandings. We created a small natural travel pharmacy that helped us many times through our trip.

Viburcol – oral solution from Heel (Flu, Colds, Fevers, Minor Infections, Colic)
Ferrum phosphoricum pearls (Flu, infections)
Probiotic drops from Biogaia (boost digestive and immune systems)
Traumeel cream from Heel (pain relief and skin problems, bites, rash etc.)
Resque cream from Bach flower remedies (skin problems, wounds, bites, rash etc.)
Herbal spray from Spenglersan (pain relief, immune boosting)
Citronella oil spray (non-toxic mosqiuto remedie from Asia). We spray Elsa’s clothes in the evening before she wears it, if there are many mosquito.
• Mini first aid kit
• Relief of fever suspension drops
• Oral rehydration salts


4. Have  a bottle ready
If you don’t nurse, always have a bottle with formula (or whatever they drink) ready already when entering the plane. They should drink during take-offs and landings to help prevent ear pain.

5. New toys on the plane
You know how it always takes at least 30 minutes of waiting in the plane before take-off. These minutes can be quite challenging for parents, since babies normally don’t like to sit still with the seat belt on. We always bring tiny new toys, that we don’t show her until we are on the plane. They usually keep her occupied and sitting still during that time.

6. Don’t run out of snacks
Bring lots of snacks (fruit, hard boiled eggs, instant porridge, fruit smoothies (these from Alex & Phil are nice) or similar, rice crackers, avocado, carrots, sprouts etc.). Giving them a snack is always a good trick to prevent that they suddenly start screaming of hunger. We learned this after sitting in a traffic jam with a hungry Elsa. Nowadays we never leave home without snacks in our bag.


7. Be picky about your place
When you have a baby you will spend a lot of extra time in your hotel room, house or bungalow. Make sure that you choose a place where you will feel comfortable. If you are on a beach vacation it might be worth finding a beach front location. That way you can have a swim and relax in the sun, while the baby is sleeping.

8. Keep them close
If you move around a lot your baby might feel a little unsafe. Always show them around when you arrive to a new place. And, if they have trouble sleeping, let them sleep in your bed. That way they will always feel safe, no matter where in the world you are.


9. Skip the menu
Even in the most remote places in Asia we found children’s menus in the restaurants, but since we don’t give Elsa any sugar, meat, pasta or white bread, we never found anything decent on them. Our best advice is to talk to the waiter or the chef (if they speak english) and explain what your baby likes. They can almost always fix something yummy, even if it is not on the menu.

10. Eat early … or late
Bringing a baby to a restaurant doesn’t have to mean trouble. Just do it on their terms. Even though it might feel a little awkward having dinner around 5-6 pm, in an half empty restaurant, that is usually your best chance of having a no cry dinner. You don’t have to wait for the food, plus there are lots of space to play on.
If you do however prefer to eat late. Give your baby something to eat at home, then put her in the stroller with a bottle and hopefully she’ll sleep while you can enjoy a quiet and romantic dinner.

11. Try the local luxuries
If your baby eats solid food, let her try fresh coconut, dragon fruit, pomelo, lychee, both as fruit and as juices. That stuff is so much better than baby crackers, bottled juices and bread.


12. Take turns
Vacation is about relaxation, and since small babies need a lot of attention, it’s not always easy to find the time to read a book or just slumber away. We took turns on taking care of Elsa so that the other one could have an hour of total relaxation.

13. Leave your rules at home
Things are different when you travel, you run into new challenges that you haven’t faced before. Best way to handle it is trying to be open and adjustive to whatever happens. That way you can save a lot arguing and worrying. Normally we try to keep Elsa from putting stuff in her mouth, but after her first day at the beach we realized that it was impossible to stop her from “eating” the sand. And after about a week of sand eating, she finally realized that it didn’t taste very good.

14. The sweetest babysitters in the world
We almost forgot to mention the thing that is most striking when you travel in Asia. They love kids! They seriously LOVE kids! Specially in Thailand. We have never experienced anything like it before. An old man stopped his car in the middle of the road just to run out, pinch Elsa’s cheek and take a photo of her. At restaurants you often find at least five waiters volunteering to take your baby on a long tour in the kitchen, while you can enjoy your food peacefully.

15. Just do it!
Don’t be afraid of what kind of problems you could run in to. Traveling is an amazing experience, and you never end up regretting it. So what are you waiting for, start saving up, and book that trip.

If you have any more questions about traveling with a baby, feel free to ask them in a comment. We will try to answer them as soon as we can.
Safe travels!


  • Mårten Thorslund
    Travel is a perfect way to see the world! And when travelling by air it's also simultaneously a way to further destabilize, disrupt and destroy the living conditions for the planet and people. Ìn this way it makes a perfect climate storm. Air air travel actually consitute the largest chunk of the increased Swedish emissions of greenhouse gases, that we dump into the atmosphere since 1990*. As it does most of the richest countries in the world. I can tell itthat your (gks) target group are some of the most wealthy and healthy oriented people in the world. From a global context you set the bar for what the rest of the world aspir to be(come). And as it's said "with grate strength come great responsibility". I think you personally David and Louise aswell as your visistors should take a look around in the climate crisis we're all a part of, and re-visit this blog post with the eyes of the people of the world. Maybe the maid in a hotel in Hoh Chi Min City (in your image above) who'se life will sieze to exist as she knows it, by climate change, now that floods, food shortages and sea level rise hit her country and big parts of southeast Asia. I think you'd be better of and more credible if this blog post and others would at least once or twice mentioned the fossil/carbon footprint compared between travelling by air, compared ferr, road (bus, fossil-fueled car, EV etc.) etc. As content creators and site-owner you have the power to influence the wowrld to the better or worse. As of now you use it in my view unresponsibly. I suggest you recommend carbon footprint calculators, there are many, I recommend ClimateHero.me . Please consider link to https://flightfree.org/, https://flightfree.co.uk/ etc. The comment section also reflect your readers responsibility. You have people who there, without hesitation confess to be having travelled by air 6 times in one month. People doing so are the 0,1 % of global citizens who 1) can afford such lifestyle 2) emit more than the 50 % rest of the world and 3) seemingly are unaware of thier moral obligation to their children, other people (just transition to a fossilfree world) and to coming generations, hence need to wake up to visit those ideas. Thanks for the oportunity to comment with this somewhat critisism, I hope you will allow it and don't sensor it. I'm happy to share additional thoughts if you'd like me to.
  • Bring new toy and don't show until time. Best tip forever. Thank you so much. You so kind. Your kid so lucky
  • Probiotic drops it's a good thing for travelling . Your bare necessities section of packing & accomodation Section is so helpful. Now I can prepare myself to Travel with my family . I have infants fun & care website. Now I am able to know a lot thing about Infants care & fun by you
  • Thank you – always love your tips. We’re from Australia, and having a short but hopefully full trip in November for 3 weeks to London, onto Europe then Iceland & can’t wait, as a taste before we do a 2 month to in 2020. I’ve read lots of your tips & find them practical & useful. Keep them coming!
  • ;)
    Thank you so much for this post. I greatly appreciate it! This will help me so much when I travel!
  • Sonia
    THe whole post about "travelling with a baby" is a pile of ads, basically writen to shill for different companies.
    • Hi Sonia, that's not true at all. We haven't been payed a single dime for that post. We have simply tried to answer questions that we have received and share some of our favorite tips and gear that we have found useful during our trips. We wrote this post many years ago, back when sponsored posts wasn't even a thing. Best, David & Luise /David
  • peter depp
    Practical comments ! I am thankful for the information , Does someone know if I might be able to grab a template Single Parent Travel Instructions Parental/Guardian Approval example to complete ?
  • Great post!!!!!!I've been flying internationally and domestically with my children since they were 2 months (now 8&5). At least three trips a year are the children and I traveling internationally (14+ hours each way) alone. In addition to that, we do another 8-10 international and domestic flights a year as a family.Thanks:)
  • Thanks for the great tips
  • Angeline
    Hello Dear Green Kitchen! Thank you for your wonderful blog and delicious recipes! I would like to know which brand its your suitcase... looks very nice! Thanks,
  • Loes
    Hi Luise and David, Thanks for this great post! In three weeks, we're heading to Thailand with our 8 month old daughter Pia. We're staying there for a month. We still have to decide where to go. Looking for a not too touristy island, and would like to stay in a bungalow right at the beach. Have you got advice on what's a good island perhaps, or tips for accommodation you liked? Thanks! Loes
  • You know how children only play with new toys for a while before moving on? Well the same thing applies to all the “special” toys they want to put in their backpacks. DO give them the choice, give them some control Let them pick a few special toys that they can’t travel without, but maybe limit it to a small bag each. Edit as much as you can.
  • pushpa
    Hi I need a suggestion that i want to travel with a baby of 5 months to france.what are the precautions i have to take.how can i protect my baby with cold weather
  • Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading? I'm trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • Julia
    Hi! Not sure if you read comments on older posts. I am a new mom with a four month old baby boy so I am re-reading your blog, paying more attention to the posts about Elsa than I did a few years ago! Many great ideas here for feeding my baby when he stops nursing. Any ideas on how to get babies sleeping so well as Elsa when abroad? Currently my baby wakes up at least three to four times during the night. We are traveling in a month and I dread the sleep depravation... Best regards Julia
  • Hey! I know this is kinda off topic however I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My site addresses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!
  • Sushmita
    Hi.... It's great what you've written n extremely helpful as we also plan on taking a trip internationally with our 7month old daughter....jus wanted to know if they allow water in the feeding bottle to make the formula for babies in the plane....thanks
    • Hi Sushimita, yes they do allow baby food and feeding bottles (both full and empty) on the plane. You can of course also bring an empty bottle on board and ask the flight attendants for hot water before take-off. Good luck with your trip! /David
  • This is a great list! Please add it to the linky tool to keep more Moms informed. http://charlie-the-cavalier.blogspot.com/2013/01/50-thing-you-should-know-before-having.html
  • de
    This post and the comments were very enjoyable. Except of course there is at least one judgmental person on every blog who feels qualified to pass sentence on others' choices. If you didn't feel comfortable nursing in unfamiliar cultures for any reason, that is your business. Formula never killed a baby that I know of.

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