Essential Items to Pack for Your Baby’s Road Trip

What could add to this joy more than taking along your little one for their first grand adventure on the open road?

Going on a road trip can be an exciting experience where you have the flexibility and freedom to move at your own pace, taking in the sights and sounds of the moment and hopefully some spectacular scenery. What could add to this joy more than taking along your little one for their first grand adventure on the open road?

Wherever you plan to drive, it’s worth giving some thought to the items your baby will need along the way to ensure your trip is as enjoyable as possible. In this article, we have listed some essential baby equipment to pack for your travels.

Baby Carrier

The luxury of transporting your baby while being hands-free cannot be underestimated, whether it’s a pitstop to a restroom or diner, or parking up and exploring a national park en route. 

A baby carrier will keep your baby safely strapped to you at all times, allowing you to hand over your tickets, make a phone call or discreetly breastfeed, making the travel experience that much smoother. It also serves as a great backup for a day of more strenuous sightseeing where you may be hiking or have to traverse many steps or visit somewhere strollers are not permitted.


Another essential item to pack in your trunk, a stroller can offer you the convenience of pushing your child along over longer distances making your travels easier.

A stroller is especially handy in hot weather where it would not be advisable or comfortable to wear a baby carrier. Having sun and heat protection facilities on your stroller can be a great way to keep your baby cool such as a comfortable fan for babies which will help to keep your little one cool during the daytime.

As well as helping over long distances, a stroller can easily carry additional items such as diapers and lunchboxes. It is also less stressful on the body making it a  wise option if you are tired or suffer from back pain. 

Baby Car Seat

For any road trip with your baby, a car seat is a must. Knowing your child is safe and secure while they ride along next to you can be an enjoyable experience for both of you. A car seat will not only protect your baby but is also designed to provide a comfortable sleeping position for your child allowing them to drift off whenever they feel like it. 

Baby car seats come in varying styles and it’s advisable to buy one that is certified and tested, following the manufacturer’s guidance when installing it into your car or hiring an authorized baby seat professional to fit it for you.

Breast Pump

Traveling on vacation can disturb your usual baby-feeding routine making it difficult to breastfeed when you would like. A breast pump can help you to get around these nursing issues, making sure you always have enough breastmilk at hand for your baby while driving or out and about. This also means you do not have to breastfeed in public if you prefer not to.

With a car packed with these four items, you and your baby will be ready for your road trip.

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.