Travelling with infants? Don’t panic – here are great tips for plain sailing, plus win Johnson’s Baby Wipes here!

December 7, 2015

Sometimes after packing for and travelling with a baby or toddler, it feels like you need another holiday. I remember the lists and military operation-packing that went into any trip outside of Joburg with my son when he was a baby and toddler. I had everything from the breast pump and steriliser to the bath and prams (one for walking, and one for jogging). Then there were the toiletries, clothing, bedding and pharmaceuticals (just in case). And that’s before I got to my own clothes and toiletries.

After a while, I found my groove and confidence – the trick is to plan, plan and plan. And take plenty of wipes and snacks (read on to see how you can win 1 000 Johnson’s Baby Wipes, plus a hamper from the Gentle Protect range).

Here are some of my best tips for a smooth ride, whether by car or plane:


  • Take enough food and drink for your baby and don’t forget some snacks and drinks for you too. Take enough in case there’s a flight delay, or traffic
  • Dress baby in easy-on, easy-off clothes and add layers for warmth
  • Take some baby pain medication just in case your child is in discomfort
  • Take spare clothes and extra nappies in case of accidents, and a spare shirt for yourself
  • Accept that road trips will take longer as you’ll need regular breaks
  • Take a new toy plus a couple of favourite ones. Books are also good, and age-appropriate apps on your tablet or phone if your child is old enough to benefit from them
  • Take two packs of wet wipes – one for the car, and one for your nappy bag. These are not only great for doing their job during nappy changes, but for wiping surfaces, hands, faces, cars and more. Seriously, more is more when it comes to wipes
  • Pack some plastic bags – whether for rubbish, dirty laundry or utensils that need washing
  • Your baby’s skin is vulnerable to sunlight so ensure you can provide shade in the car and at your destination. Don’t forget sunscreen
  • Keep a lookout for travel-size products that are easy to pop into a nappy bag and will allow you to maintain your baby’s essential routines with a minimum of fuss.

Don’t forget to pack… recommended travel products

Johnson’s Baby Skincare Wipes: A must-have for any trip. They can also be used to wipe little faces, hands and spills. When you get to your destination you can even use them to remove your make up!

Johnson’s Baby Powder: Helps keep skin feeling cool and comfortable by absorbing surface moisture from the skin. It absorbs perspiration and creates a layer between skin surfaces and between skin and clothes, helping to reduce friction. It’s also great for removing sea sand!

Johnson’s Baby Top to Toe Wash: Designed to cleanse both hair and skin, so one product conveniently does the work of two.

Johnson’s Baby Aqueous Cream: Can be used as a cleanser or moisturiser by the whole family.

The Johnson’s Gentle Protect range helps keep germs at bay while being gentle on toddler’s skin so it’s perfect for travel.


To enter to win Johnson’s Baby Wipes and a hamper of the Gentle Protect range

Share your special travel tip, and you’ll be entered into the draw. Every tip counts as an entry, so it’s not a case of “best tip wins” – rather, we’d just love to learn your tips.

The giveaway closes on Friday 11 December at 9am, after which the winner will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page, and then emailed. Please note that this giveaway is open to South African residents only, and can’t be exchanged.

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  • Mishka

    Make lots of stops if it’s a road trip. Wipes wipes and more wipes and lots of ‘clean’ snacks like raisins, dry fruit and nuts.

    December 7, 2015 at 7:06 am Reply
  • Nirvana

    Feed on take-off and landing. Pressure changes can be so uncomfortable, and babies don’t know how to clear their ears on their own. Sucking and swallowing helps to keep her ears clear, which will keep you, your baby, and your neighbors so much happier. And breastfeeding is so convenient.

    December 7, 2015 at 7:10 am Reply
  • jandi

    Bring a few musical cds with ( a few favourites and maybe a new one or 2)…

    December 7, 2015 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Nirvana

    Pack your kid’s favourite foods – The pureed foods sold in a tube are great for travel – older babies and toddler can suck them right out of the tube, saving you the trouble of messing with a spoon.

    December 7, 2015 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Nirvana

    Dress your baby for quick and easy diaper changes. My favorite combo is a onesie with leggings, which gives you quick access to the diaper without removing socks, shoes, pants

    December 7, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply
  • Nazreen Wadee

    As a mum don’t stress about travelling with your baby they sense it.. rather plan and enjoy it

    December 7, 2015 at 7:39 am Reply
  • BethN

    when all your tricks to keep them occupied run out, having a tablet with their favourite movies really does help pass the time.

    December 7, 2015 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Nicky D

    You can never have enough snacks!!

    December 7, 2015 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Shenaaz

    When we hit the long road, we always make sure to pack an activity bag for toddlers. The bag always includes a few easy to read, interactive books, a nursery rhyme CD for sing alongs, and finger puppets for in-car puppet shows. We also always pack an array of healthy nibbles to keep them going. Numerous stops are also a biggie, for everyone’s sanity!

    December 7, 2015 at 7:59 am Reply
  • Megan Hartwig

    Patience Is Important. Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time. Did you miss your bus? No worries, there will be another one. ATMs out of money? Great! Take an unplanned road trip over to the next town and explore. Sometimes freakouts happen regardless.

    December 7, 2015 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Sharissa

    Water, snacks including lots of fruit, a tablet for entertainment and lots of wipes are our musts!

    December 7, 2015 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Rabe

    We have a portable DVD player and play their favourite shows for them when we travel

    December 7, 2015 at 9:58 am Reply
  • dummymommy

    Take your portable DVD player and wet wipes (always) with!!! Make sure your child has enough snacks to nibble one.

    December 7, 2015 at 11:13 am Reply
  • Lauren

    I take a tray in the car so my daughter can use it as a desk to colour in on, do play dough or other activities. It’s a useful flat surface!

    December 7, 2015 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Linda Laing

    I always carry wipes and waterless sanitiser and play lots of I spy with my little eye!

    December 7, 2015 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • Craig

    Plenty wipes and counting cars

    December 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm Reply
  • Bindya

    With us a we switch onthe DVD player or an iPad. Easy not so messy snacks, water, wipes and sunscreen. Toilet done before we leave. Oh, and those bottle microwaveable sterilizing bags work so well when we travel!

    December 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm Reply
  • stephanie videira

    My daughter loves to play on the ipad so we always make sure its fully charged and load her favorite games on it

    December 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • stephanie videira

    I also take my snack tray which is a plastic tray that can go over the car seat and she can either eat on it or we take her pencils and papers and can be used for that its a really life saver, also love to take stickers and stick book keeps her busy for ages

    December 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Carolyn Augustus

    Water, snacks including lots of fruit, a tablet for entertainment and lots of wipes. I also take my tablet which is loaded with activities

    December 10, 2015 at 4:49 am Reply
  • Kim Hoffe

    For a long road trip, leave as early as possible, while the toddler is still asleep. That way they will hopefully sleep for a good few hours and your multiple, long stops will only begin further into the trip 🙂

    December 10, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply
  • Zahra

    Always try to make sure baby is dressed comfortably! The more comfy they are the less crabby they tend to be!!

    December 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • rehana seedat

    Load up on audio books
    They are not daggy, they’re fun, especially when read by the likes of Stephen Fry, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Hugh Laurie. Roald Dahl’s BFG is our family favourite and covers almost half the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne.
    Embrace old-fashioned car games
    Teach your children the games you played as a kid: I Spy, Spotto, the number plate game (finding A to Z on passing cars’ rego plates). We love Car Cricket. You can make up your own rules, but essentially each person in the car has an “innings”. If you pass a truck you get four runs, a car towing a caravan is a six, and if you pass a red car you’re out.
    Activity trays
    Some kids are quite comfortable reading or drawing in the car. Place a choice of books in places they can reach them easily, and perhaps take a small tray with Lego, small toys, or colouring books and pencils, which they can rest on their knees. Hours of family fun!
    Pack some lollipops
    Kids can’t grizzle and suck at the same time.

    December 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm Reply
  • Sameera Rawat

    I always keep a wet washcloth in a plastic bag or pouch it helps keeping kiddos cool when they become fussy it soothes them 😍👍👍

    December 16, 2015 at 9:06 am Reply
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