Ultimate packing list

By Nomad Mum

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We are traveling with our 10-months-old baby since the age of 7 weeks and this is our baby travel packing list. Currently, we are backpacking with baby through Asia-Pacific. This is all we have (not cheating!):

backpacking with baby packing list

Here you can see

1 XL North Face bag (130 liter /8000 in3  and 16 kg /35 lb  last weighted) ,

1 carry-on backpack by Dakine (30 liter / 1830 in3) and

1 baby car seat with retractable tires.

How we did fit everything in it? Our 3 rules:

  1. If you have to think whether you need something or not: leave it! You can get everything on the go in case you really need it.
  2. Try to take things with a multi-purpose (e.g. swimming shoes instead sneaker or swimming shorts instead jeans shorts) or made of very thin fabric.
  3. Whatever you take, you should use it at least once a week! It is so annoying packing, unpacking and carrying stuff you hardly ever use.

After 8 months of traveling, this is our ultimate packing list if you are traveling with a baby:

Choosing the main travel bag

First of all, the less bags you have, the better! Therefore, we decided to take a big bag with 8000 in3 / 130 liter, even though it’s not always fully used. Sometimes you have some extra diapers and other consumables you don’t want to throw away.
We chose the XL North Face bag because it’s water resistant, you can fully open it (almost like a trolly), you can carry or wear it like a backpack, it is quite light, foldable and very durable.


Choosing the carry-on backpack

We use the Dakine Apollo 30L Backpack as carry on and loved it so far for many many reasons!

At the (waterproof) front we put our phones and purse. At each side you have space for a 750ml water bottle – so one for the parents and one for the baby. On the top compartment we put our camera, so it can’t break in between the other stuff and it doesn’t get wet in case a baby bottle leaks. You can access the backpack from the top (as usual) AND from the side, which is great to get stuff from the bottom. There is also a compartment for laptops. Finally, you have lots of space inside for baby bottles, food, toys etc.

Baby’s stuff

First of all, here are some baby basics. We buy baby clothes as our baby grows and leave the old clothes.


6 short rompers
2 long rompers
1 hat
1 washable swim diaper

1 swim onesie with SPF 50 (ours is from Rip Curl)
1 sunscreen with SPF 50; try to buy one without Octorylene like this one:

1 baby mosquito repellent (we found one by Johnson’s baby in Thailand)
4 cheesecloths
2 tiny cheesecloth for washing
1 baby sleeping tent & soft pad

Not in the photo:

Our baby first-aid kitclick here for more information.

1 washable silicone bib and

Diapers, swipes, disposable changing table pads.


The baby bed
We were thinking a lot where our baby shall sleep. It should be light, small, protect from mosquitoes, comfortable and safe. Finally, I am extremely happy with our solution. We found the perfect baby sleeping tent that you see folded (with the soft pad) in the above picture and unfolded below. It fulfills all our requirements and it is a cheap one 🙂


Usually, the soft pad is not soft enough, so we additionally use some hotel towels. Therefore, you don’t need to bring a big mattress.

Other baby sleeping tents: We actually ordered several tents and tried them out. The tents by Deryan / Baby Nook were too heavy,and too bulky. The Candide / Spring-auf Reisebett was not stable at all.


Baby & mobility

The most important thing for traveling is the baby carrier, as the streets are often bad. It’s actually so important for us that Nomad Mom designed her own baby carrier which is today is the backbone of our family enterprise.

Besides the baby bed we were researching a lot regarding the baby car seat. It was very important for us. Especially in developing countries the road accident rates are much higher.

Unfortunately, the are no „light car seat“ alternatives. BUT we still found a very convenient car seat: the doona. It is so special as it is the only one with retractable tires. Why not just taking a car seat with a frame? Because sometimes you might get very small taxis where space is limited. This one you can even take on a plane if you booked an extra seat for your baby. Also, carrying a car seat WITH a baby in it is very heavy – even on short distances. Moreover, you might use it as a stroller or a mobile sleeping bed if you would like to go for dinner in the restaurant. (We also have the sunshade-extension and a mosquito net for the seat)


If you are breastfeeding, you probably don’t need any of the stuff. We use formula milk. Hence, we need milk bottles and cleaning stuff. We found a very handy and super small vaporizer to sterilize the bottles.

Baby travel nutrition
4 Lansinoh milk bottles, 5 ounce / 160ml each (they were the only leakproof and durable ones so far). These bottles fit in the sterilizer.

1 sterilizer & food warmer by Nuby (we are using it since 4 months several times a day and are extremely happy with this device – despite its cheap price)

1 small bottle of dishwashing detergent + 1 sponge
1 milk container
1 single milk portion container


Our gear

2 Mac books, 1 cable
2 kindles (nomad mum prefers the one with touch screen and nomad dad the one without)

1 Olympus OM-D Mark II. One of the best Mirrorless cameras and a great pocket alternative to DSLR.

1 Olympus  lens 14-150mm f/4-5.6. We use it since 3 months and love the wide-angle pictures, as well es the extremely large zoom. It is equivalent to 28-300mm if you use a SLR camera lens. It is very compact and light, too.

1 GoPro Hero 4 (especially for underwater pictures)

1 tripod
1 x-mini speaker (we are not really satisfied with the sound but it is super tiny)
2 earphones
1 iPhone recharge battery
1 car mount for smartphone (we use google maps for navigation) + 1 car USB charger
1 umbrella with SPF 100  (we also use it as a sun umbrella for our baby)
1 travel towel (Only one because usually towels are provided everywhere. This one is also used as baby blanket.)
1 mosquito repellent without DEET
1 pepper spray
1 bag of other cables,USB sticks, converters
1 gym bag we use for short trips
1 red bag: this is our baby first-aid kit, click here for more information.

Nomad mum’s stuff

5 Playsuits / dresses
3 shirts
1 shorts
3 bathing suits (I wear them with shorts instead of a shirt)
2 bikinis (one is also used as a sports bra)
1 sunglasses
1 base cap
1 running shirt + shorts + iPhone running belt
1 leggings (I have no pants)
1 longsleeve pullover with zipper
1 extra light rain jacket
1 small bag with underwear
1 vanity bag
1 pair of flip flops (No other shoes! If you want to go for a run, you can do it barefoot on the beach. I am good at hiking with flip flops. If you still want to take closed shoes, I would recommend to take water sport shoes as you can use them for hiking, running, walking on stones through water)

(Yes, we were almost naked when taking these pictures 😉

Nomad dad’s stuff

8 shirts
3 swimming shorts (used as regular shorts, too)
1 longsleeve swim shirt (used also for cold weather)
1 zipper-hoodie
1 vanity bag
2 base caps
1 sunlasses
1 long pants made of ultra light fabric
8 drawers
1 pair of slippers (no other shoes)

About us

When our first daughter was seven weeks old, we started traveling the world. That was almost two years ago. Today we have visited more than 14 countries with baby(s)/toddler and share our experiences and best tipps with you on this blog. Our story.


15 thoughts on “Ultimate packing list

  • Kelly July 30, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply

    Thanks this is so helpful! I’d love an update on what you pack for a toddler. My son is 17mo and each flight we take I’m trying to pack lighter each time. What bed do you use now (presuming she’s grown out of the tent)?

    • Nomad Mum September 11, 2017 at 10:19 am Reply

      We got a baby cot in almost all locations we stayed in lately. I will write an update post for traveling with a toddler with more details on that soon! Thanks!

  • Natalie November 16, 2017 at 1:43 am Reply

    Super helpful post!

    Off topic, where did you purchase your one piece bathing suits?

    • Nomad Mum November 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm Reply

      Thank you! The black one from &otherstories and the other ones on the road somewhere I don’t remember – sorry :-/

  • Megan March 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Love your posts! We are getting ready to take a trip when our (will be) one year old this summer. I really liked the tent idea for protection from mosquitoes, was wondering where you got the pad that you put inside?

    • Nomad Mum March 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm Reply

      Sorry, I don’t remember where I got it from…

  • Megan March 31, 2018 at 5:27 am Reply

    How did you manage with the car seat in tuk tuks, did you have any problems with taxis not having seatbelts?

    • Nomad Mum April 4, 2018 at 8:36 pm Reply

      We tried to avoid Tuc Tucs and were getting taxis mainly. Only on Gili Air where you have no cars we took a horse ride with a trailer. The car seat incl. baby and luggage went inside. But my hubby had to walk, haha!

  • Yami July 1, 2018 at 4:48 am Reply

    Hi, I really love your site!!
    One question, which brand is the umbrella you guys use?
    Thank you!!

  • Nicole July 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Wonderful post! We will be travelling to Thailand this fall with our baby who will be 11 months old. I was wondering if you have any further tips about creating a good atmosphere for baby to sleep at night in a shared hotel room? Second, any tips for helping baby adjust to the time change? We are travelling from West coast Canada so a little nervous on that.
    Thank you so much!

    • Nomad Mum July 25, 2018 at 8:08 am Reply

      Many thanks 🙂 Regarding the time zone: we felt that our bub adapted much easier to changing time zones than we did! But it’s also helpful to keep the baby awake until the evening (if you arrive in the morning).
      By shared hotel room, do you mean shared with strangers? Like a dorm? I am not sure about this atmosphere thing. Obviously, if you keep your little one by your side it will sleep better. Your bub will also need more water at night, so keep a bottle close to you at night.

  • Rebecca Fiduccia January 30, 2019 at 3:30 am Reply

    Thank you for all this information, our first will also be 7 weeks when we plan to leave for Bali and we’re worried because it’s too soon for most vaccines. Lots of other tell you that you shouldn’t even leave the house. Did you vaccinate early or just take extra care ? Also do you think it’s necessary to bring a stroller ( I have the yoyo which fits under a airline seat) or would you recommend just a carrier and renting or bringing a carseat? Or do you think I should just get the seat/stroller you have?
    Thanks for your time!

    • Nomad Mum February 1, 2019 at 7:45 am Reply

      Hey Rebecca,
      We have been doing all vaccinations as soon as it was possible and always on time. That means that you can start at 6 weeks of age with all the most important vaccinations. See our article for timelines here:
      If you have the first vaccinations, your baby already has some kind of protection. Also, if you are breastfeeding the baby gets your antibodies.

      You should definitely avoid rain season because of increased mosquito population. Dengue is actually quite dangerous for little babies. And always apply 30% DEET in the morning and in the evening, especially at sunset. DEET is not ideal, for sure, but it’s still better than risking a Dengue infection.

      I really love Bali and our baby was 7 months old. But I think you have to be aware of the risks and taking precautions.

      I hope I could help you 🙂

      Have a wonderful journey!

  • Karrie May 13, 2019 at 4:19 am Reply

    Traveling to Bali with a 1 year old. I see you used the gembaby pop up tent. Did you use this for a mobile 1 year old? Any suggestions on sleeping arrangements for a 1 year old?
    Thank you so much!!

    • Nomad Mum June 26, 2019 at 7:59 pm Reply

      Haha, of course not! Our baby was 6 months old and a lazy one not moving much. I would just take the baby in your bed to be honest. Also, most hotels do have baby cribs!

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