Have you ever been in a hotel hours away from home and then realize that you forgot to pack pajamas for your child? I am SO guilty of frequently forgetting the most basic items, just because of packing in a rush! So here is a comprehensive list of what to bring for your child while traveling with toddlers, so you are sure to not forget anything! AND there is a free printable at the end because who doesn’t love a free printable?!
- Shirts for every day PLUS one extra (maybe more extras if you know that you will be doing messy activities)
- Pants for every day PLUS one extra
- Pajamas for every day (I usually give my kids new jammies every other day)
- Socks for every day
- Underwear for every day PLUS one extra
- Sweatshirt or jacket (even if it is warm, it’s always good to have one just in case)
- Hat (if it’ll be sunny and if your kids like hats)
- A dressy outfit (if your location suggests it)
- Shampoo, conditioner and body wash
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen (ALWAYS good to have on hand) PLUS the medicine cups or droppers
- Any prescription medications
- Small container of soap to wash pacifiers or bottles
- Nursing pads
- Diapers and wipes
- Saline spray/Vicks baby rub (if you are worried about your child being sick)
- Diffuser (I love using these as mini humidifiers for my kids, plus I can put essential oils in the them to help them with illness or sleep.)
- Nail clippers
- Bows, clips, hair ties, gel
- Bottles (always bring more than one!)
- Breast pump (if still breastfeeding)
- Sippy cups
- Formula or baby food (count the number of meals to know how much to bring)
- Snack foods for the trip (my kids love pretzels, granola bars, and applesauce packets)
- Toddler utensils or bowls
Here is another tip with food: if you are going somewhere where the cost of food can be expensive (i.e. Hawaii) and you also know that you are planning on buying a lot of souvenirs, pack a suitcase of food! My mom always did this with us. She would take a small suitcase and fill it with boxed pastas, granola bars, boxes of cereal, etc. This way, on the trip you are saving money from going out to eat every meal, and then you have an empty suitcase to fill up with souvenirs on the way home! Win win!
- Favorite lovey (you DO NOT want to forget this! For example, my son LOVES sleeping with 3 blankets. Don’t know why. But you can better believe that I will be bringing 3 blankets anywhere I go, and not skimping by just bringing 1.)
- DVD Player with DVDs (I recommend this since sometimes you won’t have access to Wifi or data with an iPad)
- Coloring books/markers
- Favorite small toys
- Magnetic doodleboard (now this isn’t a necessity, but my kids LOVE using these. They can write, draw, make shapes, all while NOT making a mess. Plus, you don’t have to bring endless supplies of paper either.)
- Chargers! (Phone, DVD player, iPad, computer, have them all!)
- Night light
- White noise machine
- Pack n Play PLUS bedding
- Baby carrier (I LOVE using an Ergo for my daughter who is 1 when a stroller just isn’t going to work.)
Obviously packing for a trip with toddlers can be slightly overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be an insurmountable task! With this handy list, you can be sure that you don’t end up awkwardly missing something vital! And below, you can download your own printable packing list (with some reminders for yourself!) and check things off as you go along. Happy traveling!
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