Family holidays call for relaxing, bonding, and escaping the toils of modern day life. Besides packing your summer dresses, sandals, and sunnies, you’ll also need to do a lot of prep if you’re travelling with a tot. In fact, you may be surprised to learn just how much it takes to keep your munchkin amused and happy. To simplify things, we’ve created the ultimate travelling checklist for your toddler.
Food and drink
Bottles, beakers and sippy cups
Bring your little one’s favourite drinking apparatus to encourage her to drink plenty of fluids. This will help avoid dehydration, particularly if you’re flying or travelling somewhere hot.
The same goes for cutlery and crockery; bring equipment your munchkin is familiar with. Pack plenty of forks, spoons, and bowls. Oh, and don’t forget bibs and wet wipes to mop up any spillage (they’re bound to happen!).
Remember, snacks are a brilliant way to distract a grouchy tot. Breadsticks, fruit (dried or fresh), rice cakes, and cereal bars are smart choices. Be sure to pack more than you think you’ll need, too. You never know if you’ll encounter emergencies or travel delays.
If you’re still breastfeeding your tot, you may find feeding formula more conducive to your holiday plans than expressing milk. The main advantage is that both you and your partner can feed your little one while out on your intrepid adventures.
Whether you’re travelling by plane, car, bus, or train, a car seat will always come in handy.
Bring a lightweight buggy that can be folded down easily and stored in the overhead lockers of a plane or on public transport.
For comfort, warmth, shade, or even persuading your little one to take a nap on the journey, come armed with a cosy blanket or two.
This is perfect for storing all your tot’s holiday essentials. If you’re flying, make sure this bag is the correct hand luggage size. Try to choose a bag with wipe-clean lining, too – you’ll be thankful in the event of any mess.
We would recommend bringing two outfits for each day you’re away. If, however, you have laundry facilities, you could probably get away with packing less. Prepare your toddler for every weather and eventuality by dressing her in layers. Keep her covered in the sun, too – a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can help with this. Cosy pyjamas and plenty of underwear are also essentials.
Heading to a beach or pool? Don’t forget swimming costumes! Armbands, goggles, and swim nappies can come in handy, too.
Depending on your holiday destination, it’s likely that you can buy most of your nappies abroad. But it’s always wise to have a personal stash in the event of delays or emergencies.
Nappy changing equipment
Alongside nappies, don’t forget wet wipes, tissues, resealable plastic bags, and a mat for on-the-go nappy changes.
Bed and bath
Check before you travel, as your accommodation may provide you with a cot. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to bring your own, plus blankets and sheets.
Toys and comforters
This is especially important if you’re little one has sensitive skin. Pack a wash bag of shampoo, bath wash, lotion, sponges and flannels. Don’t forget toothbrush and toothpaste, either!
Other important bits and bobs
Like toys, books are wonderful distractions for your cherub, especially at bedtime. Be sure to pack your toddler’s favourites.
Protecting your tot from the sun is enormously important. Always choose a water-resistant brand with an SPF of 30 + (50 is probably your best bet).
Keep icky bug bites at bay with a natural insect repellent.
If your villa or cottage doesn’t supply beach towels, remember to bring your own.
Don’t forget, your tot needs her own passport, too. Double-check your travel insurance also covers her.