Oh, vacations with kids. Let’s just say you haven’t really lived until you’ve experienced the joys of packing for a baby. (They need how many diapers??) As you work through your family vacation checklist, it can be easy to get caught up in packing way too much. Let’s be honest—babies do require a lot of stuff. But it’s best to travel as light as possible and pack only the true travel skincare essentials for toddlers and babies. Spend less time stress-packing and more time planning fun activities for your trip with our checklist of family must-haves for vacation.
Travel-Sized Baby Essentials
Even if you’re just traveling for a few days, you want to pack skincare and bath must-haves for baby so you don’t have to resort to the products supplied by hotels, which typically contain ingredients that can be harsh on a baby’s sensitive skin. Below are the top travel-sized items to bring on shorter trips, or when you’re traveling especially light.
Baby Shampoo + Wash – Our bestselling tear-free, supremely gentle wash is excellent for baby’s skin and comes in a fragrance-free option for the most sensitive skin. It comes in a handy travel size in case you’re not checking luggage.
Baby Lotion - Lightweight and available in Rose + Geranium, Vanilla + Ylang Ylang, or fragrance free, this easily portable 1 oz lotion hydrates baby’s skin and replenishes its natural moisture.
Baby Balm - Our full-size Baby Balm passes the TSA’s requirements for carry-ons—and with its mega-nourishing formula that calms and smooths dry patches, chapped little lips, and more, you’ll definitely want to keep it close. Need something even smaller? Our .5 oz size handily tucks into diaper bag side pockets.
Baby Oil - This silky, quick-absorbing moisturizer (available in a convenient 1 oz travel size) is rich with our proprietary squalane, a moisturizing superhero that baby’s skin was born to love. Use our Baby Oil for relaxing bedtime baby massages to help calm your kiddo in those unfamiliar hotel rooms.
Baby Travel Kit – Get TSA-friendly travel sizes of our top baby products, all in one kit: Fragrance-Free Baby Shampoo + Wash, Fragrance-Free Baby Lotion, Baby Balm, and Baby Oil. As a bonus, you get a travel bag for easy storage.
While it’s pretty much impossible to be a minimalist packer if you’re traveling with kids in diapers, you can make sure you bring only the best quality diapering essentials with you. And the silver lining: You won’t have 10,000 diapers taking up space in your luggage for the return trip.
Baby Wipes - No parent wants to be stuck on a trip without enough wipes, so stock up on ones that won’t irritate your little one. Our multipurpose, water-based wipes gently cleanse and moisturize baby’s delicate skin; we like to tuck a pack into every carry-on (because as all parents know, wipes have endless uses beyond just diapering).
Baby Cream to Powder – You don’t need baby powder to combat chafing. Our mess-free, talc-free baby powder alternative minimizes chafing while helping to nourish and moisturize skin.
Diaper Rash Cream - Our fragrance-free Diaper Rash Cream is petrolatum free, lanolin free, and extra-clean, making it a gentle and safe cream for soothing the most sensitive skin.
Portable Changing Pad – A portable changing pad is a non-negotiable when traveling—let’s just say that the changing stations in airports, planes, and rest stops are not always the cleanest. Our changing pad is easy to clean and ideal for quick diaper changes on the go.
Diapering Bundle – Why not get all the diapering essentials you need in one kit? That’s where this bundle comes in. With a 72-count of Baby Wipes, full-size Diaper Rash Cream, portable changing pad, and cloth tote bag, you have everything you need to make diaper changing on the road convenient.
Newborn Travel Essentials
Traveling with a newborn for the first time can be overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be. These newborn must-haves will set you up for success.
Cradle Cap Care Bundle – If your newborn has cradle cap, this one’s for you. Baby Oil moisturizes and softens flakes on baby’s dry scalp, and our tear-free, fragrance-free Baby Shampoo + Wash rinses it all away; your baby’s skin will be in heaven.
Baby Essentials Kit – In this convenient kit, you’ll get all the full-size baby care items you need for bathtime, diaper changes, bedtime baby massages, and more: Fragrance-Free Baby Shampoo + Wash, Baby Oil, Baby Lotion, Baby Balm, Baby Wipes, and a cotton washcloth.
Baby Bestsellers Bundle - Get our three bestselling baby products in one bundle: Baby Shampoo + Wash, Baby Lotion, and our multiuse Baby Balm.
Toddler Travel Essentials
As your kiddo gets bigger and more mobile, their skin and hair needs change. Don’t leave home without these toddler travel essentials.
Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 – As all dermatologists attest, it’s crucial for kids (and everyone else!) to wear SPF all year long—even in the winter, even on cloudy days. Keep your toddler’s skin protected on vacation with this easily blendable mineral, lightweight Pipette SPF 50 sunscreen. Bonus, Pipette sunscreen ingredients are noncomedogenic, moisturizing, and great for the entire family to use!
Balm Stick – If there’s an MVP of the toddler skincare routine, this portable balm stick might be it: The super-moisturizing, multipurpose formula is made with skin-calmers like bisabolol, and the easy-to-use, no-mess stick format means you can swipe it on quickly as your toddler zooms past. Added bonus: It’s pocket-sized, so it’s perfect for when you’re traveling light.
Eczema Lotion – If your little one has eczema, sensitive skin, or extra-dry skin, pack our fragrance-free, steroid-free Eczema Lotion. Formulated to gently soothe eczema flare-ups and relieve irritation, this lotion deeply moisturizes and nourishes skin.
Kids Daily Nourishing Conditioner – If your kid’s hair has grown out past the pixie stage, it’s time for conditioner. This gentle tear-free formula moisturizes from root to tip for soft, healthy-looking hair.
Now that you have a helpful family packing list of the essentials, there’s no excuse to overpack or spend more time packing than you need to. Shop Pipette for products that will help you create a safe, clean, and fun environment for your little one when traveling.