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.
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
- 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.
- There are several online companies that may meet your requirements.
- Check out my article on Car Seats and Travelling – Help to get you started.
Essentials for Babies and Toddlers
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
Is there anything I have left out?
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