Leaving the house with a newborn – even for a few hours – might feel like you're packing for a week-long holiday! But as with anything you could potentially need when looking after young babies, it's always better to overdo it than underdo it. Have a look at the checklist below to see what you might need for a day trip with your newborn

Bag choice

The size and type of bag will depend on how long you're away from home. Most nappy bags are about the size of a medium to large handbag and are generally able to cover you for a picnic or social call. Day trips, however, might call for an additional or bigger bag.

Keep in mind that if you're taking a pram you'll probably have additional storage space.


  • Pack at least two, ideally three changes of clothes – warm onesies are usually sufficient
  • In case of cold weather, pack at least one change of jacket/beanie/socks/mittens in addition to what your newborn wears when they leave the house
  • Although babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight, pack a hat just in case


  • A changing mat
  • A box of wipes
  • Between 6 to 12 nappies (you'll know how frequently your baby needs changing)
  • A bag for soiled nappies, clothing and blankets