Complete Baby and Toddler Holiday Packing List [Updated]

Has last years packing palava left you with some baggage around family holiday packing? 

We know that packing for a tot-friendly holiday can be complicated. That’s why here at Tots To Travel we provide an Essential Kit Guarantee, so if you’ve booked with us, you can already cross off all of the items marked (EKG) from your packing list!

To help you with fast and efficient family travel packing, we’ve carefully created not one, but two packing lists: one that covers the holiday must-haves and one that covers every eventuality.

In this post, we’re giving you our Complete baby & toddler packing list that covers all the fine details. This is the full monty of packing lists: rain, shine and everything in between.

Both of our FREE packing tick lists can be accessed by clicking the buttons below where you will find them as downloadable PDF documents which you can save & print.

Before you check out the list, here are our TOTS Top 5 Tips on how to pack effectively:

  • Have all your clothes washed, ironed and ready to pack in advance
  • Pack in advance – rushing to pack risks leaving important things behind in the madness of last minute packing!
  • Know your limits – make sure everyone has a suitcase that’s suitable in size and weight
  • Try the rolling technique – instead of folding clothes and towels, try rolling them to maximise space
  • Use clothing items to pad out empty suitcase space and to pad out breakable items
  • Pack shoes in a plastic bag to keep clothes clean
  • Pack spare clothes and underwear in your carry on in case your luggage is lost
  • And last but not least, make a list to stay organised whilst you pack!

For the Journey:

  • Car Seat
  • Car window shade
  • Light-weight pushchair and pushchair shade
  • Blanket or scarf/shawl
  • Baby sling/ carrier
  • Book
  • Sweets to stop ear popping on planes and some snacks
  • Bottled water (ditch this before security)
  • Bottled milk/ feeding options
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Motion-sickness cures/ basic first aid such as paracetamol, plasters, Calpol etc.
  • Umbrella (just in case!)
  • Keys
  • Glasses

 

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat/ sun cream for you and baby
  • Changing Bag (such as a PacaPod) including wipes (essential!!)  nappies, nappy sacks, changing mat, muslins
  • Travel Cot (if required)
  • New toys for the flight (balloons and bubbles are a very cheap and easy option!)
  • A change of baby clothes and a change of top for you
  • A plastic bag for numerous emergency uses
  • Essential money and documents (see below)

Money and Documents:

  • Travel documents including tickets and hotel reservations
  • Hire car documents
  • Maps and directions
  • Tots Travel Pack including contact details of holiday destination owner
  • Passports for all the family including a passport for baby
  • A photocopy of your picture ID
  • Emergency contact info
  • Inoculation documents
  • Address/phone book

 

  • Medical insurance card (EHIC)
  • Travel insurance
  • Car insurance
  • Wallet
  • Cash (both Sterling and destination currency)
  • Credit Cards/ Debit Card/ Travellers Cheques
  • Passport and Visas
  • Driving Licence (card and paper versions) and new DVLA code (see HERE)
  • Itinerary

Food:

  • Ready-made formula
  • Formula powder/ breast pump
  • Bottles/ teats
  • Bottle warmer
  • Bibs
  • Jars and tubs of baby food/ food pouches
  • Snacks e.g. raisins or fruit bars

 

  • Any feeding equipment you might need for the journey (bibs, spoons, wipes, beakers)
  • Picnic Bag for taking your own lunch to the beach
  • Hand-held blender (EKG)
  • Sterilising equipment (EKG)
  • Child cutlery, bowls, cups and plates (EKG)

Technology:

  • Phone/ tablet/ laptop/Kindle/ video recorder/ iPod/ camera (backed up and charged before you leave)
  • Memory cards
  • Batteries (if needed, these should be put in your suitcase, not hand luggage)
  • Chargers including a power monkey if you’re worried about gadget charging en-route
  • Headphones and headphone splitter in case of multiple youngsters
  • Universal plug adapter
  • GPS and charger (if you’ll need it)

For Baby:

  • Portable high chair
  • Armbands/ pool toys/ pool floats
  • Dummies
  • Toddler reins
  • Beach towels if your hotel doesn’t provide them
  • UVA protection pop up tent, if you’re worried about shade being scarce
  • Plastic bags ( makeshift bin, for carrying wet clothes, emergency sick bag, the uses are endless)
  • Cot and cot linen (EKG)
  • Nightlight (handy for late night nappy changes) (EKG)
  • Fixed high chair (EKG)
  • Booster seat (EKG)

 

  • Changing mat (EKG)
  • Baby monitor (EKG)
  • Blackout blinds (EKG)
  • Stair Gates (EKG)
  • Potty (EKG)
  • Child Step (EKG)
  • Bath Toys and bath mat (EKG)
  • Bed guard (EKG)
  • Toys and books for your holiday (EKG)
  • DVD player and children’s DVDs (EKG)

Toiletries

  • Lots of nappies, nappy rash cream, nappy bags, wipes, travel changing mat etc.
  • Swim nappies
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste and dental floss
  • Contact lenses equipment
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Sponge, baby wash,  baby shampoo and lotion
  • A universal travel bath plug, for turning basins into baby baths
  • Shower Gel
  • Hairbrush
  • Cleanser/ moisturiser
  • Shaving Cream/ razors

 

  • Perfume
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Makeup/ makeup remover
  • Talcum powder for getting rid of sand at the beach
  • Nail clippers/ nail file
  • Tissues
  • Sun cream (both adults and baby)
  • After sun
  • Insect repellent/ after bite for insect bites
  • First aid kit including pain relief, Calpol etc.
  • Plasters
  • Medicines including prescriptions, Piriton, contraceptives, vitamins etc.
  • Rehydration sachets

Bags

  • Handbags
  • Beach bags/day bags
  • Changing bag
  • Wash bag
  • Toddler foldable rucksacks / cabin luggage
  • Cooler bag/picnic bag
  • Airport Trunki
  • Medicine bag
  • Waterproof bag
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Clothes

  • A shawl or scarf (can be used as a makeshift sun shelter, blanket, breastfeeding cover for the plane, sarong, need I go on?)
  • Cool clothes for baby during the day
  • Warm clothes for baby (think night time, chilly departure lounges etc.)
  • Socks
  • Blankets
  • Sleep suits
  • Sun hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Other sleep wear

 

  • Dressing gown
  • Shirts/ Tops
  • Jumpers
  • Trousers
  • Dresses
  • Skirts/ shorts
  • Jackets/coats
  • Swimsuits/ sun suits
  • Shoes (sandals, beach shoes, dress shoes, trainers etc.)
  • Belts
  • Watches/Jewellery

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What are your family holiday essentials? Let us know in the comments below.

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