Packing For A Trip With A Toddler

Packing For A Trip With A Toddler


We are leaving for a week long family trip this weekend! I am looking forward to a week off from work, exploring a new place, and spending quality time with my husband, his parents, and Little A. But I am also slightly stressed out…because I have to start packing for a trip with a toddler! 

We have traveled with A only a handful of times since she has been born. She has been on 4 short trips, never more than 3 nights away from home. This will be our longest trip yet!

Traveling with a baby or toddler can be a challenge but it’s far from impossible. It takes some thought and planning ahead. 

Packing for a trip with a toddler
Here’s a tip: don’t forget to pack your toddler! (Just kidding, of course!)

I am by no means an expert but I thought I would share my checklist for packing for a trip with a toddler. I hope that it might come in handy if you find yourself traveling with a baby or toddler sometime soon!

In the diaper bag:

  • Changing pad and enough diapers and wipes for the drive. (We will be driving about 3 1/2 hours away from home.)
  • A few snacks: we like applesauce pouches, crunchies or cereal, and rice cakes. (Usually I would pack more food for A, but we will be staying at a timeshare with a full kitchen and are going grocery shopping once we arrive. If you can get a full kitchen while traveling with a baby or toddler-do it! It’s so useful.)
  • A sippy cup filled with water.
  • A few small toys and books.
  • Sun hat, sun block, and organic insect repellent. These things are always in our diaper bag anyway.
  • Extra change of clothes and a few bibs. You never know what messes a toddler might make!
  • Extra pacifiers and pacifier clips. A still uses a pacifier so this is a must for our family. (I am not ready to take it away from her, even though I know I should soon.)

In the suitcase:

  • An outfit for each day away from home. We will have access to a washer and dryer on this trip, so I can do laundry as needed.
  • Pajamas. Same as above.
  • Two sleep sacks. A loves her sleep sack! She doesn’t have a blanket or a lovie to sleep with at night. Just her sack. Be sure to pack whatever you need to help your little one sleep away from home!
  • Two swim suits, water shoes, and swim diapers. This one is a must if you are planning to take your little one to the beach or pool while away from home!
  • Baby toiletries: toothbrush & toothpaste, eczema cream, baby Tylenol (A is teething again!) baby shampoo, etc.

Other miscellaneous items:

  • Stroller. We have 2 strollers but I am bringing the larger one. It has a much better sunshade for A than our lightweight stroller. If you wear your baby or toddler, then don’t forget your carrier.
  • Extra diapers & wipes. You can never have enough!
  • A bag of new toys and books. I went shopping without A recently and picked up a few new things. I also took some of her favorite toys and hid them away. That way, I can give them all to her on vacation, and she will have new and exciting things to keep her entertained. I am going to keep these toys separate from the diaper bag toys. 

So, that’s my list. Hopefully I didn’t forget anything! Now I just need fit everything I’m packing in the suitcase. And drink a glass of wine (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?) because, packing for a trip with a toddler is a lot of work! 

What are your must-haves for traveling with a baby or toddler?

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