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Ultimate Packing Checklist for Travelling with Toddlers

Travelling with a toddler can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit of a challenge. One of the most important things you can do to make your trip go smoothly is to have a pre-departure to-do list and a packing checklist. Don’t forget to bring a piece of cabin-size luggage to pack your toddler’s essentials for smoother air travel!

Here is the ultimate guide to packing for your next vacation with your toddler.

We have included bonus checklists for cold weather, tropical climate and beach vacations too!

Pre-departure To-do List

baby girl sitting in luggage with mum packing clothes for beach vacation having fun

1. Check your passports and visas to ensure they are valid for the duration of your trip.

Tip: Always check the visa and Covid-19 travel requirements before booking your trip to avoid future headaches!

2. Make copies of your passports, visas, and other necessary documents, and store them safely.

3. Check the weather at your destination and pack accordingly.

4. Plan your itinerary and make any necessary reservations.

5. Ensure you have all necessary travel documents, such as flight tickets, hotel reservations, and rental car reservations.

Tip: It’s always a good idea to print hard copies of these documents!

6. Purchase travel insurance to protect yourself and your family in case of emergencies.

7. Notify your bank and credit card companies that you will travel to avoid any issues with your accounts.

8. Make arrangements for all important matters at home, such as pet care and parcel delivery.

Packing Checklist For Your Toddler


little boy choosing clothes for travel with parents overseas vacation in nursery bed room

1. 1-2 outfits per day

Tip: It’s always good to pack more clothes in case of accidents!

2. Extra pairs of socks and underwear

3. Pyjamas

Tip: Pack an extra pair of pyjamas or use the most comfortable outfit as sleepwear!

4. At least 1 light jacket or sweater

5. Swimwear for water activities

Additional checklist for cold weather:

  • Winter coat

  • Extra jacket or sweater

  • Snow boots