Say goodbye to travel tantrums! Discover the ultimate toddler packing list, filled with must-have essentials for stress-free adventures.
If raising a toddler is unpredictable, then traveling with toddlers can be an adventure in itself! Just because you have a toddler though does NOT mean that your days of traveling are over. I’ve got your back with the ultimate toddler packing list that will make your journeys smoother than a freshly buttered slide. From essentials that keep meltdowns at bay to some of our favorite items that have changed our travel life with our toddler, it’s all here for your viewing and using pleasure! So grab your little explorer’s favorite stuffed buddy, fasten your seatbelts, and get ready to embark on stress-free travel like never before!
This post has the ultimate toddler packing list to make traveling with your toddler a breeze!
Toddler Packing List
Traveling with toddlers is like herding cats on roller skates. You never really know what’s going to happen, just that it’s going to be an adventure! So if you’re trying to create a toddler packing list, I get that slight feeling of anxiety. You know the one, where you’re rethinking every life decision that got you to this point and wondering how much of their stuff will actually fit. Well, you’ve come to the right place! I know the feeling well and I’ve made it to the other side! Let me guide you into the light and help you with your toddler packing checklist for your vacation!
If you are looking for a toddler cruise packing list, I’ve got a blog post ALL about that.
Diapers or Pull-ups
Seriously, this may be an obvious one, but you do not want to forget to add diapers/pull-ups to your toddler packing list! Our son slept in night diapers for a long time, so if your toddler needs that extra protection at night to ensure they get a good night of sleep, don’t forget those as well!
We love bringing these in our suitcase because we know we won’t come back with as many as we are taking, so we have room for souvenirs!
Underwear if potty trained
Obviously, if your toddler is potty trained, you can skip the diapers and just add the underwear to your toddler packing list! Just make sure to bring at least 3-4 extra underwear. just in case!
Outfits (Bring an additional 2-3 outfits)
We always bring at least one outfit per day. That is usually our baseline. Once we’ve got those, we then tack on an extra 2-3 three outfits. Let’s be honest, toddlers can get pretty messy, especially younger ones! Having extra clothing for them is always a great idea.
The number of socks you take will probably depend on the type of your vacation you’re going on. If you’re going on a warmer, sandal vacation, you probably don’t need to bring as many as if you’re going on a cooler, tennis shoe vacation.
We were just talking about shoes! I typically try to stick to two to three pairs of shoes in total! I pack a pair of sandals, a pair of tennis shoes, and an extra pair of sandals or tennis shoes, depending on the weather and the activities we are doing during our vacation.
Next on our toddler packing list is a jacket or a sweater! Even if we’re going on warmer vacations, I try to always bring a jacket, even if it’s just a light, April 25-type jacket. You never know when the weather could turn on you!
Pajamas (Bring an extra 2-3 sets)
When packing pajamas, we like to add an additional set or two (or three) to our toddler packing list. You never know when your little toddler might have an accident in the middle of the night. It’s always better to be a little over-prepared when traveling with toddlers!
Whenever we’re making our toddler packing lists, we typically always include a swimsuit. Even though our vacations vary, the one constant is usually a swimming pool. Most hotels will have them so we always just bring a swimsuit so we are always ready!
If your toddler isn’t potty trained, you don’t want to forget a swim diaper!
Sun Hat and Water Shoes
Last on the clothing section of our toddler packing list are a sun hat and water shoes. We love having a sun hat accessible for when we are exploring or lounging by the pool and the shade isn’t as readily available as we would want it to be. We like to bring toddler water shoes just in case we end up at a beach with extra rocky sand. Gotta protect those tiny feet!
We go through so many wipes, so we actually just bring an entire pack when we travel! That way we don’t have to worry about running out.
Gotta keep that tiny tot’s skin looking as youthful as the day they were born, am I right?
Toothpaste and Toothbrush
It’s still funny to me to pack a tiny toothbrush and toothpaste for a tiny human, but those pearly whites will only stay healthy if we take care of them!
Brush or Comb
If you use your own brush or comb to do your toddler’s hair, then you can skip this one! If they are as particular as my son though, you can’t forget to add their brush or comb to your packing list.
Hats or Hair Bows
Bringing a hat or some hair bows for your little girls can sure make them look extra cute in your pictures!
The travel-sized shampoo is probably the easiest way to go when packing for toddlers! It doesn’t take up a lot of room and it is usually the perfect amount.
I would also recommend adding a travel-sized body wash if you can! Having smaller bottles when traveling really lightens up your luggage and frees a lot of space.
Don’t forget your washcloth or luffa for your toddler’s baths/showers on your vacation!
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First Aid Kit
Little kids’ skin is fairly sensitive, so make sure to get a well-rated, child-friendly sunscreen to keep them safe!
Pain and fever reducer (Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen)
We can’t always control the health of our kids, so adding medicine to your toddler packing list will help you with whatever comes up.
Infant’s gas relief drops
I honestly swear by gas relief drops. So many of my toddler’s ailments have been resolved by these!
Cold and cough medicine
Again, it’s always good to be prepared! You don’t want to be trying to find medicine in the middle of the night in a strange city!
Teething gel or tablets
If your toddler is teething, you know how heaven-sent teething gel and teething tables are so make sure to pack them up for your toddler!
A small, travel-sized tube of diaper cream is usually enough and can provide so much relief to your little one!
Hopefully, you only have to use bandaids on your trip with your toddler for imaginary boo-boos, but at least you have them in case something bigger happens!
Thermometers provide so much peace of mind if you are worried your child is getting something! Just knowing whether they have a fever or not can help you as you try to help them.
Child-Friendly Insect Repellent
Depending on where (and when), you are going, it’s never a bad idea to have some child-friendly insect repellent ready!
If your toddler takes multivitamins, don’t forget to add them to your toddler’s packing list!
I like to think of Vaseline as the Windex of the child world. It can fix so many things!
Silicone Bibs and Burp Cloths
Keep your little munchkin clean and stylish during mealtime adventures. These easy-to-clean bibs and burp cloths are a must-have for messy eaters. And toddlers in general! Add them to your toddler packing list for convenience and adorable photo ops!
Let your tiny foodie enjoy meals on the go with their own set of travel utensils. Compact and durable, these utensils make dining in unfamiliar places a breeze. You never really know who is going to have toddler-friendly utensils, so bringing your own makes this worry irrelevant! Don’t forget to pack them on your toddler packing list for easy eating wherever you roam!
Sippy Cups or Spill-Proof Bottles
Keep your toddler hydrated while minimizing spills with sippy cups and spill-proof bottles. These trusty companions keep your little one’s favorite drinks easily accessible and mess-free. Ensure hydration stays on your toddler packing list for a happy and spill-free journey!
For formula-fed toddlers, having an ample supply of their preferred formula is crucial. Don’t let the fear of running out dampen your travel plans. Pack enough formula to last the entire trip and check it off your toddler packing list.
Packing a variety of baby food pouches is a game-changer. They are easy to transport and mess-free and ensure your tiny guy or gal stays well-nourished during your travels with their favorites. That way, if they don’t want to try any new food, you know they are still getting well-fed. Add baby food to your toddler packing list for happy and full tummies!
Snacks are a lifesaver when it comes to calming hungry little travelers. Pack a variety of toddler-friendly snacks to keep energy levels up and meltdowns at bay. You don’t need to get too fancy either! What they eat at home will do wonders on your trip. Don’t forget to replenish your snack stash and include it on your toddler packing list for delicious and peaceful journeys!
Swaddle or Sleep Sack
Keep your little one snug as a bug during naptime or bedtime. A swaddle or sleep sack provides a cozy and secure environment, ensuring restful sleep on your toddler packing list.
Baby Monitor (if needed)
Stay connected and keep an eye (or ear) on your sleeping angel. A baby monitor offers peace of mind, allowing you to relax while your little one snoozes away. We like to bring our baby monitor if we’re going to visit friends or family and know that we might be a little farther away from them in the house when they are sleeping.
Create a soothing atmosphere with calming sounds that lull your toddler into dreamland. And block out all of those little sounds that can wake up a toddler during the night! A sound machine is a must-have for promoting quality sleep on your toddler packing list.
Transform any space into a private sleep haven for your little one. The SlumberPod provides a cozy and dark sleeping area, perfect for maintaining a consistent sleep routine.
Bed bumpers for older toddlers
Transitioning to a big kid bed? Bed bumpers ensure a safe and secure sleeping environment, preventing any unexpected tumbles during the night. And they are super easy to travel with as well!
Keep your mini traveler cool and comfortable in any climate. A portable fan helps regulate temperature, making sure your toddler stays refreshed on your travels.
Sheets for pack-and-play
Keep things clean and cozy with extra sheets for your pack-and-play. Accidents happen, but with extra sheets, you’re always prepared for a quick change.
Bedtime items (blanket or stuffed animal)
Don’t forget your toddler’s favorite snuggle buddy! Packing their beloved blanket or stuffed animal provides comfort and familiarity, helping them settle into sleep mode.
A must-have for safe travels! Whether you’re flying or road-tripping, a car seat ensures your little one rides in style and comfort. Pack it for a toddler-friendly journey wherever you go.
Roll in style! A stroller is a parent’s best friend when it comes to exploring new places. Let your toddler relax and enjoy the ride while you tackle the adventures together.
Keep your hands free and your toddler close! A baby carrier is a game-changer for on-the-go parents. It’s perfect for navigating crowded spaces or taking scenic walks, all while keeping your little one snug.
Create a home away from home! A pack-and-play provides a familiar and safe space for your toddler to sleep and play. If you are in the market for a travel pack-and-play, check this one out! It’s lightweight, easy to set up, and guarantees sweet dreams during your travels.
An inflatable/foldable bathtub is a lifesaver when you want to maintain your toddler’s bathing routine and there is no bathtub available! It’s portable, convenient, and ensures clean fun wherever you are.
Travel High Chair or Booster Seat
Dine like a champ, even on the road! A travel high chair or booster seat is a must for mealtime sanity. It lets your toddler sit comfortably (and contained) and enjoy their food, no matter where you eat.
Portable Toilet Seat Cover (if potty trained)
No more bathroom blues! If your toddler is potty trained, a portable toilet seat cover is a game-changer. It ensures clean and hygienic potty breaks during your adventures. And keeps the potential falls into the toilet to a minimum!
Let your little one be a mini explorer! And carry their own weight! Ha. A small backpack is perfect for toddlers to carry their own treasures, snacks, and even a favorite toy. It’s so good for them and helps lighten your load a little!
Travel-sized laundry detergent (for emergencies)
Mishaps happen, and tiny clothes can get messy. This magic potion ensures clean outfits on the go, saving you from toddler wardrobe disasters.
A stash of favorite toys keeps your little one entertained during long journeys or downtime at your destination. Packing for a toddler without toys? Unthinkable!
Fuel your toddler’s imagination and cultivate a love for reading while on the go. Picture books, storybooks, or interactive books can turn any moment into a magical adventure.
Keep dirty laundry separate and avoid mixing up fresh and soiled clothes. This handy bag makes laundry sorting a breeze, even when you’re far from home.
Extra bags for trash
Because toddlers have a knack for generating messes everywhere they go! These bags come to the rescue, making cleanup easy and ensuring a clean and organized space.
Beach days are a blast for toddlers! A cute and colorful beach towel provides a cozy spot for sandcastle-building, picnicking, or just drying off after a dip in the waves.
Bring the seaside to life with beach toys! From sandcastles to splashing fun, these essential playthings ensure hours of giggles and memories to cherish. Packing for a toddler without beach toys? No way!
A portable changing mat is a must-have when packing for a toddler. It provides a clean and comfortable surface for diaper changes on the go, ensuring your little one stays happy and hygienic throughout your adventures.
Don’t forget to pack a variety of toddler-friendly snacks! These lifesavers come in handy during long journeys or unexpected delays, keeping those hunger pangs at bay and ensuring a happier toddler (and parent) throughout the trip.
For formula-fed little ones, packing an ample supply of formula is essential. It guarantees that your toddler’s nutritional needs are met, no matter where you are. Remember to pack extra for any unforeseen circumstances that might arise.
Toys and/or books
Keep your toddler entertained and engaged with their favorite toys and books. These familiar items provide comfort and stimulate their little minds, making the journey more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Diapers and Wipes
Packing enough diapers and wipes is crucial when packing for a toddler. You never know when a diaper disaster might strike, so having an adequate supply ensures you’re prepared for any mess that comes your way.
Extra Outfit and Socks
Accidents happen, spills occur, and messes are inevitable when you have a toddler. That’s why packing an extra outfit (or two) and extra pairs of socks is a smart move. Having an extra outfit in the diaper bag is also helpful if your luggage gets lost! Stay prepared for unexpected mishaps and keep your toddler looking cute and clean.
Keep those little hands clean and germ-free by packing hand sanitizer. It’s a quick and convenient way to maintain hygiene, especially when soap and water aren’t readily available. A must-have for on-the-go parents and curious toddlers!
If your toddler is a pacifier lover, don’t forget to pack some extras. These soothing companions provide comfort during stressful situations and help prevent meltdowns. Always have a backup or two in case one gets misplaced or dirty.
Toddler Packing List // The Condensed Version
If you want to just copy and paste a list, here is a condensed version of our toddler packing list!
- Underwear if potty trained
- Outfits (Bring an extra 2-3 outfits)
- Pajamas (Bring an extra 2-3 sets)
- Swim diaper
- Sun hat and water shoes
- Toothpaste and Toothbrush
- Brush or Comb
- Hats or Hair Bows
- Body Wash/Soap
First Aid Kit
- Child-friendly sunscreen
- Pain and fever reducer (Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen)
- Infant’s gas relief drops
- Cold and cough medicine
- Teething gel or tablets
- Diaper Cream
- Child-Friendly Insect Repellent
- Silicone Bibs and Burp Cloths
- Travel Utensils
- Sippy Cup or Spill Proof Bottles
- Baby Food
- Extra Snacks
- Swaddle or Sleep Sack
- Baby Monitor (if needed)
- Sound Machine
- Bed bumpers for older toddlers
- Portable Fan
- Sheets for pack-and-play
- Bedtime items (blanket or stuffed animal)
- Car Seat
- Baby Carrier
- Inflatable Bathtub
- Travel high chair or booster seat
- Portable Toilet Seat Cover (if potty trained)
- Small backpack
- Travel-sized laundry detergent (for emergencies)
- Laundry bag
- Extra bags for trash
- Beach towel
- Beach toys
- Changing Mat
- Toys and/or books
- Diapers and Wipes
- Extra Outfit and socks
- Hand sanitizer
- Extra pacifiers
So there you have it! You are now armed with our ultimate toddler packing list and are ready to conquer the world (or at least the family vacation). Remember, a little bit of planning goes a long way in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey with your tiny globetrotter. From diaper changes to snack attacks, you’ve got it all covered. So go ahead, create those precious memories, and embrace the chaos and laughter that come with traveling with toddlers. Bon voyage and happy adventures!