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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

  • Warm hat and gloves

  • Thick socks

  • Thermal underwear or long johns

Additional checklist for tropical climate or beach vacations:

  • Swimwear

  • Sun hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Sandals, slippers, or flip flops

  • Rash guard or swim shirt for added sun protection

  • Bathrobe or light hoodie to wear over swimwear

  • Bath towel

  • Water bottle for hydration

Travel gears

1. Cabin-size luggage (check cabin luggage requirements with your airline)

Why? Air travel is an exciting yet overwhelming experience for your little one.

Ensure that you pack your child’s entertainment equipment, an extra set of outfits, snacks, and anything you can think of!

Tip: Bring a piece of cabin-size luggage that comes with a seat for your little one to ride on for easy travelling!

2. Travel stroller (good to have!)

Tip: If you are bringing your own stroller, remember to check with your airline if you can check in your stroller.

Most airlines provide this service, so you do not need to purchase a cabin-friendly stroller!

3. Hip seat carrier

Looking for an ergonomic Hip Seat Baby Carrier? Check out the MiaMily Hipster Plus: 2-in-1 Carrier & Hip Seat


baby bath time travel toiletries essentials

1. Diapers and wipes

2. Portable changing pad

Tip: Look for a compact portable changing pad for easy packing! Check out the Cho Portable Changing Pads here.

3. Baby shampoo and body wash

4. Lotion or moisturiser

5. Toothbrush and toothpaste

6. Water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher

Why? This protects your little one from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Find your baby sunscreen here.

Note: Avoid sunscreen and prolonged direct sunlight for children under 6 months old. Seek a paediatrician’s advice for before usage.

7. Insect repellent (optional)

8. First aid kit with band-aids, thermometer, and any necessary medication

Additional checklist for cold weather:

  • Lip balm to prevent chapped lips

  • Hand and body lotion or moisturiser to prevent dry skin

  • Saline nasal spray to help with congestion

  • Vapor rub for nighttime coughs and congestion

Additional checklist for tropical climate or beach vacations:

  • After-sun lotion or Aloe vera gel to soothe sunburn

  • Beach bag to carry all your essentials


girl on airplane watching movie smiling

1. Favourite toys and books

2. Soothers, grabbers, or security blankets

Tip: Don’t forget their chou chous! Check out Lollibly’s Cho Pillows here.

3. Tablet or phone with child-friendly content

4. Snacks and drinks

Additional checklist for cold weather:

  • Indoor activities such as colouring books, puzzles, and board games

Additional checklist for tropical climate or beach vacations:

  • Sand toys, such as buckets and shovels

  • Inflatable pool or floaties for the pool or ocean

  • Beach umbrella or sun shelter for added shade (optional)

Ready, Jet Set, Go!

happy family enjoying picnic in cherry blossom sakura park in japan

Travelling with a toddler can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it requires careful planning and preparation. With these pre-departure and packing checklists, you can ensure that you have everything you need for your trip and make your travels with your little one as stress-free as possible. Happy travels!

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