Packing list when traveling with kids

Most people dread the thought of traveling with toddlers and small children below 5 yrs. Ofcourse ! Given that at times it does feel like carrying your home along as the packing list gets really long with the additional stuff that is necessary for small children/toddlers.

And now that I have also learnt the lesson that whatever you forget to take along when traveling with kids, you are definitely going to need that the most, I am making a comprehensive packing list here to help you.

Packing list for traveling with a toddler (Age 1yr -3yrs)

Besides your own stuff, you may need the following for the baby:-

  • Diaper bag
  • Diapers -little extra especially depending on your chosen destination
  • Wet wipes
  • Changing sheet
  • Blankets- Atleast two
  • Disposable plastic bags
  • Disinfectant/Sanitizer
  • Liquid hand wash for yourself
  • Child’s toiletries including toothpaste and brush- small packs
  • Tissues
  • Toys and small books – Pick the favorites.
  • Clothes ,socks and shoes depending on the season- One outfit for a day and in cold weather conditions instead of putting one thick sweater or jacket always use layers of clothing. Check the nose tip and hands of the baby to see if the layers are enough. Baby shouldn’t fee too hot also.
  • Caps,mittens and boots -necessary in case of baby below 1 year.
  • Towels/bathing suit & washable bibs
  • Sunhats and sunscreen (advised by the doctor)
  • Feeding sets- lightweight
  • Carry snack food as well as any supplement or formula that you give
  • Medical kit- You can check with your child’s doctor if he can provide you with the list of medications that you should carry for the child depending on his/her age. Our doctor always did this and in time of emergency we would take medications based on the prescription given.
  • Take childproof rooms or else carry socket protectors or painter’s tape to cover the switches.
  • Car seat- A must if you are driving on your own.
  • Stroller- Handy and easy to fold one

Packing list For children of 5 yrs and above

  • Disinfectant/Sanitizer/Wipes/Tissues or hankerchiefs
  • Liquid hand wash for yourself
  • Child’s toiletries including toothpaste and brush- small packs only if you use separate brand for kids.
  • Toys and small books – Pick the favorites.
  • Clothes ,socks and shoes depending on the season
  • Towels/bathing suit
  • Sunhats and sunscreen (advised by the doctor)
  • Carry nuts & snack food, bottles for milk and water
  • Medical kit- You can check with your child’s doctor if he can provide you with the list of medications that you should carry for the child depending on his/her age. Our doctor always did this and in time of emergency we would take medications based on the prescription given.

Please do refer to our ultimate packing checklist for your complete travel packing.

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