How do you travel internationally with a baby?

How on earth did we manage to travel overseas with a newborn? Twice??

The challenges included getting a passport, which included getting a birth certificate, passport photo and filling in the required forms. Booking baby friendly accommodation, flights, getting a bassinet on the plane, travel insurance and tons of other things. 

Since I've been through this process dozens of times now over 5 years, I wanted to share a checklist for planning a holiday from 3 months before til the day you leave. You can download it here. 

Our son's passport photo as a newborn is one of the funniest things I've ever seen, so I just have to share it here. 
baby passport photo newborn funny


You'll also want to consider booking accommodation that will be easy and comfortable for you and your baby, check out these tips for all the things to consider when booking accommodation for a baby


You can download our printable packing checklist for a baby here. It includes what to pack in your check in luggage, and also what to bring on the plane so you have everything you can possibly need to take care of your baby and avoid dramas. 

How to get a Bassinet seat on the plane

It's much easier if you have your hands free and your baby can lie down in a bassinet on the plane, but if it's a busy flight you are not guaranteed access to one. Read our tips on How to get a bassinet seat on the plane

baby in bassinet on plane

What to do if you don't get a Bassinet seat?

If you don't get a bassinet, you can read What to do if you don't get a bassinet seat 
newborn baby on plane with parents

Tips to survive the flight with the baby

Once you are on the flight there are many tips you can follow for Surviving the flight with a baby 

How to get your baby to sleep on the plane

Of course, the best outcome is that you can get the baby to sleep for as much of the flight as possible. Here are my tips for getting your baby to sleep on the plane
sleeping baby on plane in mother's arms

How to wash and sterilise bottles in Asia

You need to ensure you are careful with water, including drinking water and also washing bottles and other dishes with water. How to wash and sterilise bottles for a baby in Asia

Tips to enjoy the holiday with your baby 

Once you've arrived, you will want to make sure you follow these tips for enjoying your holiday with a baby https://www.travelkarma.com/blogs/travel-journey-tips/tips-for-travelling-with-a-baby 
baby near pool in vietnam family holiday

Looking for inspiration for where to go with your baby?
vietnam eating hoi an newborn and toddler

Tell us in the comments below, would you take your baby on a holiday? Or do you think we are crazy!? :) 

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