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What to Pack in Your Baby Travel Kit for Carry-On

by Shelly Rivoli

what to pack in a baby travel kit for airplane

Sure you can bring more than 3.4 ounces of formula, expressed breast milk, baby food, and medicines for your infant or toddler in your carry-on bag (see specifics here). But I recommend keeping a ready-to-go cabin-friendly baby travel kit in your diaper bag. It helps streamline your travels every time you leave the house together–especially when you’re airport bound and have enough other things to remember.

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Remember, the 3-1-1 allowance is per passenger, so you can keep your own air travel kit in its own zip-top bag as well, or combine for simplicity if it all fits in one.

Here is a sample modified “travel kit” for your diaper bag, with some items you may like to have on board, especially for longer flights. (Thanks for supporting this site with your click-throughs to Amazon!)

baby travel kit for airplane carryon

A cabin-friendly baby travel kit is helpful at home and abroad.

Be sure to present your quart size clear zip-top bags at security, placing them in clear view in your bins. You’ll also need to present any bottles or additional liquids for your child (I recommend keeping them in a gallon size zip-top bag for easy presentation and to contain any leaks).

For any questions about the TSA guidelines and the latest on what you’re allowed to pack in carry-on bags, see the “What can I bring?” section at TSA.gov.

Travels with Baby guidebooks by Shelly RivoliFor more tips on preparing for you flight with baby, including Carry-on Considerations, Checking Baby Gear, Installing Car Seats on Airplanes, Lap Child Safety, and more, see Part 5 of Travels with Baby.

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks

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This post first appeared November 16, 2007 as the “Travels with Baby Tip #12”! It’s since been updated.

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Anonymous October 30, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Thanks, Shelly! I've been getting such inconsistent info on a range of baby things — from airline to airline and customer rep to customer rep. It's quite frustrating. Your travel tips are great. Really appreciate it.

Shelly Rivoli September 27, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Wow! That's interesting to hear – I just spoke with United and verified you were given incorrect info, so I hope this comment finds you! (Unticketed passengers are generally not given a baggage allowance, other than a diaper bag, so perhaps that was the source of confusion?) In my experience I have MANY times presented my ziploc right along side of my childs at the TSA screening. However, in more recent trips I have tried to simplify by combining my few goodies (travel-size toothpaste, eye drops) in the same bag with my lap child's carry-on travel kit. What may be more useful for you, however, is to pack one 3-1-1 zip loc with small items (similar to the above) and a second LARGE zip top bag to present in which you put all those additional, larger liquids you might need just for your child, including any milk boxes or prepared / breastmilk bottles, baby foods, or juice / milk boxes. These are also permitted for any baby or toddler, whether flying in a paid seat or on a lap. Please see the guide books for more details and tips.

Anonymous September 27, 2011 - 3:36 pm

This is a great tip, but should be noted that an additional 3-1-1 is not permitted for a lap infant — or at least that's what United tells me. According to them, a 3-1-1 is only permitted for passengers occupying a seat.

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