Toddler Travel Essentials

We recently went camping with my in-laws, and as I was packing, I was thinking about my “staple” items I always bring for our toddler. Traveling with a child (or children) is so different, and takes a little bit of prep work or logistics depending on the location. I like to bring a little more when we travel by car since we have the extra space!  I thought I would share my go-to with travel. I would love to know yours!


  • Pack-n-play (with mattress pad and sheet)
  • Stroller (regular or umbrella depending on activities)
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
    • Medicines (with syringe): Tylenol/Motrin, Benadryl
    • Thermometer
    • Diapers, Wipes, Cream
    • Nail Clippers
    • Bug Spray/Sun Screen
  • Bath Bag
    • Soap, Book, Wash Cloth, Toys (2-3)
  • Clothes (2 extra)
  • PJS (extra) & Sleepsack
  • Small Fan (if we fly we bring a small white noise machine)
  • Toy/Book Bag (5-6 books and 4-5 toys with 1 being new)
  • Snack Bag (all the favorite foods and water cups/utensils)
  • Fold Up Highchair (he now can sit at the table)
  • Monitor
  • Regular Diaper Bag (diapers, wipes, face/body wipes, sanitizing wipes, mini first aid kit, mini trash bags, etc)
  • Small Trash Bag (dirty diapers)
  • Anything specific for the occasion (swim diapers, swim suit, coat, etc…)




What are some things you cannot travel without? 




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