A Checklist for Traveling with a Toddler

Traveling with a toddler can be quite challenging. My husband and I have taken many trips when each of our children were toddlers, and by now we know exactly what we need to make our children safe and comfortable and will give us peace of mind when we're away from home. Here is a list of items that will be very helpful to you on your next trip with your toddler.

Diaper Bag—If you have more than one bag, bring the one that you use regularly since it will have everything you need and you won't forget anything.

Diapers—I usually pack more than I need, but it’s better than running out while on the road.

Wipes—Wipes are good for cleaning up everything and really keep germs away.

Changing Pad—I use disposable ones when traveling.

A favorite blanket and/or stuffed animal—If your child has a favorite blanket or stuffed animal, bring it. It will help him sleep and nap better while away from home.

Plastic Bags—A must for diaper bags.

Toiletries—Soap, shampoo, washcloths,  toothpaste, toothbrush, sunscreen, and diaper rash cream.

Clothes and Shoes—Two sets of clothes for each day, pajamas for each day, two extra sets of pajamas, socks, shoes, bibs, bathing suit, and sun hat.

An Activity Bag—Bring your child’s favorite books, toys and games.

Portable DVD Player or Tablet—Bring your child’s favorite movies—and if you’re traveling by air, make sure your DVD player is fully charged.

Snacks—Make sure to buy spill-proof containers.

Sippy Cup—Carry at least two with you. Select the style that doesn't drip when turned up side down.

First Aid Kit and a Medicine Bag—Toddlers have a knack for getting scrapes and bruises.

Hand Sanitizer—I always carry them on me just in case a restroom soap dispenser hasn't been refilled. Purchase a small hand sanitizer if you're traveling by air.

A Stroller—Bring a sturdy, collapsible stroller.

Baby Wrap—I always bring a carrier with me when I go out.

Car Seat—If you rent a car, you can also rent a car seat.

Place all liquid items in ziplock bags in case something breaks.

Definitely bring children’s medicine just in case your child gets sick in the middle of the night so you don’t have to wait until morning to treat him.

With regard to toys, I have toys that I bring out just for the car and traveling. That way it’s something that my child hasn’t played with in awhile and will keep her occupied while we’re on the road.

If you forget something, there’s no need to panic. You should be able to go without it or buy a replacement. Just enjoy this time with your family.