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8 Hour Flight With One Year Old – What To Pack In Carry-On Diaper Bag

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We live on the other side of the country from our families and recently we made the 8 hour journey (two flights with one layover) to go visit them. My son has flown a lot since he was born but it had been about 4 months since his last flight and I was a little nervous about how he would handle it, especially since he is so much more mobile now.

I’m a big planner and started putting together his diaper bag for the flight several days before we left. Personally, I can pack everything I need for a two week vacation in a carry-on bag but with my little man, I can barely get what we need for the flight in a carry-on, let alone anything needed for the actual trip. Below is everything I brought on the plane that helped us have a successful flight with our one year old.

8 Hour Flight With One Year Old – What To Pack In Carry-On Diaper Bag

  • Diaper Bag

I use the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared. It is HUGE and let’s you pack anything you could need for your child. This bag has many cool featured but one of my favorites is the insulated bottle holders.

  • Changing Pad

Nobody wants to put their baby directly on the changing tables in public bathrooms so having your own changing pad is a must. I use the changing pad that came with the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared bag.

  • 10 Diapers

Diapers are vital so I am never afraid that I am packing too many.

  • Travel Wipes

I love wipes. They seriously have so many uses besides diaper clean ups. Unfortunately, our regular hard baby wipe case takes up too much room in the diaper bag so these soft, plastic containers are a must when traveling.

  • Diaper Cream

For my diaper bag, I use a 3 oz Burt’s Bee Diaper Rash Ointment that I got from the Burt’s Bees Baby Sweet Memories Keepsake Photo Box.

  • Burp Rag

My son is past spitting up but I still carry a burp rag just in case of any other messes that need to be cleaned up while on the go.

  • Wet Bag

I cannot stress enough the importance and value I have gotten from my wet bag. It is seriously a diaper bag must-have,especially when you traveling. Blowout diaper? Throw the dirty clothes in the wet bag, zip it up and you can’t smell the mess and it isn’t getting everything else in your diaper bag gross.

  • Change of Clothes

From blowout diapers to vomit, a change of clothes (or two!) is never a bad idea.

  • Jacket

My son runs hot so this was mainly for when we arrived at our destination but you never know what the temperature will be like on a plane so it is good to have a jacket just in case.

  • 4 Books

My son LOVES books and reading to him is the fasted way to get him to calm down. The books we brought for this trip were First 100 Words, Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and Open The Barn Door. These board books are great because they are small and don’t take up too much room in the diaper bag.

  • 2 Toys

For toys, we brought the giraffe and tiger from his jungle wildlife set. I like these because they are plastic and easy to wipe down if they get dirty on the trip.

  • IPad

We don’t usually let our little man play with the IPad but we know he has an interest in electronics because he is always trying to steal our phones. If the books and toys failed, the IPad was used as a last resort. His favorite game to to play is Smart Baby Shapes.

  • Snack Pouches & Banana

I LOVE pouches! They make feeding on the go simple and easy so we brought a whole gallon sized bag full of them. Just make sure to take out the food and any milk for your child when going through security and let the TSA officers know it is coming through. These items are permitted but require additional screening.

I would love to tell you exactly what that screening process is like but, it has been different each time we have flown. This time, for example, the TSA officer made my husband go through a pat down and went through his backpack. The officer said he had to do this because he couldn’t see what was in the pouches. Definitely slows things down and we even had Pre-Check! I don’t think the additional screening my husband got for the pouches is the norm, however. Every other time we have gone through security with pouches, they have either told us they were fine because they were seal or tested the outside of them with the tool that they will sometimes test your hands with. For more information, check out Traveling with Children on the TSA website.

  • 20oz of Milk

My son takes three 10oz sippy cups of whole milk per day so I packed enough milk for two full sippy cups for the trip to be on the safe side. I keep the milk in the cooler that came with my Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump. The small cooler holds four 5oz bottles and a contoured ice pack. Note that, if you take an ice pack through security, it has to be completely frozen. Via the TSA website “If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.”

  • 2 Sippy Cups

We only used one sippy cup during the flight but it is definitely a good idea to bring a back up. Nobody wants a one year old learning how to drink out of cup on a plane as it goes through turbulence.

  • Blanket

If your child has a special blanket or toy that they use to go to sleep, try to make room for it in your carry-on. A flight this long will definitely overlap a nap time (or bedtime if you fly a red eye) and taking every step you can to make your child feel comfortable will help increase the chance of them sleeping on the plane.

What do you bring in your carry-on when travelling with your kids? Let me know in the comments.

2 thoughts on “8 Hour Flight With One Year Old – What To Pack In Carry-On Diaper Bag

  1. This is a really interesting post. I’ve not flown with my daughter yet and it’s been four years. We kept thinking we would do it but never got around to it and always found other ways to travel. But I really want to take her overseas. Some of this stuff isn’t relevant to her, as she’s getting older, but we’re just about to welcome another baby and I plan on taking him/her with us on a flight in the first year. Thanks for the tips!


  2. Glad you like the post! Good luck on your future flight. Our son’s first flight was when was 2 months old from Hawaii (we are a military family and were stationed there) to Indiana for a funeral. It wasn’t bad at all. I think under 6 months may be the easiest at least in the 0-2 year old range. He just ate and slept the whole time. When they get mobile is when it gets tougher. I don’t have experience with a 4 year old but I’m sure there are some great resources on Pinterest!

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