Packing List for Kids, Babies and Toddlers 2

If you are about to embark on travel with kids you are probably in a quandary as to what to pack for your baby, toddler or child.

Start with thinking about:

  • What do you use at home?
  • What does your child like?
  • How long are you travelling?
  • How much should you take?
    • For me, if I am travelling only for a week or two I take everything I should need for that time frame.  I do not want those precious few weeks chewed up with trying to locate baby food or necessities.
    • However, if you are travelling for a longer period of time, just take enough to get you started – it is physically impossible to carry all that you need.
A travel packing list for a baby, toddler or kids when going on a family holiday.

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Depending on the age of your children some of these items may not be applicable.

Essential Packing Lists for Babies and Toddlers

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Getting About with Babies and Toddlers

  • Pram
  • Infant carrier
  • Car Seat
  • Porta Cot
  • Seat backpack
    • Consider how much these items weigh and how much space they take up.
    • It may be worth hiring some or all of these items on arrival.

Essentials for Babies and Toddlers

  • Nappies,
  • Wipes
  • Nappy sacks
  • Disposable change table
  • Nappy rash cream.
    • Consider the length of the holiday.
    • Again consider how much the nappies etc weigh and how much space they will take up.
    • It may be worth buying a top up of these items once you arrive.  There are also services available that can supply baby items and deliver to your accommodation for your arrival.
  • Toiletries (find items applicable to your child’s age).
  • Medical and first aid items (find items applicable to your child’s age).
  • Clothing: plus shoes and socks, and a small amount of laundry detergent (that you can dispense into a travel container).
  • Swimming items: hat, sunscreen, bathing costume, and swim nappies.
  • Snuggle friend – DO NOT FORGET!

Food for Babies and Toddlers

  • Bottles
  • Baby food
  • Plastic spoons
  • Formula (if you are not breastfeeding)
    • You may like to purchase for your toddler as well if you are travelling to a third world country and are not confident on the quality of milk.
    • Milk tastes different in different countries and your child may not like the taste.
    • Formula also has added vitamins which may help if you have a fussy eater who will only eat hot chips (like mine)
  • Bottlebrush
  • Dishwashing liquid.
    • You can dispense a small amount in a travel container.

Packing List for Bigger Kids

Don’t forget your bigger preschooler and school-age kids need special attention too.

  • Water bottle
  • Preferred snacks (dried fruit, small cans of tinned fruit, biscuits, crackers, muesli bars).
    • Choose items your child will eat.
    • I like to buy the individually packed snack versions
  • Mini toiletries (now available in most supermarkets, department stores, or online).
    • If you can’t find a mini version of your favourite product by a pack of empty small containers (found in the toiletry aisle) and fill.
  • First aid kit including; band-aids, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, teething relief, sunscreen, insect repellent (all these applicable to your child’s age).
  • Swimming items: hat, sunscreen and bathing costume.
  • Clothing: shoes, socks, underwear and a small amount of laundry detergent (when has a child ever stayed clean).
  • Toys and activities
    • Cars
    • Dolls
    • Colouring and activity books with a pack of coloured pencils
      • I prefer pencils or crayons over felt pens as there is less chance of permanently marking furnishings at the hotel.
    • A small collection of Lego
    • Books
    • E-Tablet

Is there anything I have left out?

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