Packing Checklist for Little Kids

Sometimes it seems like preschoolers should come with their own bellhops. Here's everything you need to be prepared for your next trip.

Carry-on Bag/Tote

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crayons or washable markers

coloring book

sweatshirt/hoodie/sweater

child's passport if traveling internationally

plastic bags (for storing wet clothes, motion sickness emergencies, etc.)

boarding passes

itinerary

contact info for where you'll be staying, rental car, etc.

snacks (crackers, freeze-dried fruit, string cheese, etc.)

sippy cups

lollipops for takeoff and landing to relieve ear pressure if you're flying (or get a favorite drink once through security or from a flight attendant before takeoff)

a couple of small favorite toys and a couple of new toys

extra outfit for child

extra shirt for you

laptop or tablet computer or portable DVD player with favorite DVD

    To have handy in case you arrive late or your luggage is lost:

    children's book

    favorite blanket

    lovey

    pajamas

    tissues

    digital thermometer

    children's nasal saline drops

    children's acetaminophen

    prescription medications

    antibiotic ointment

    bandages

      Gear

      lightweight stroller

      car seat

      travel potty

        Suitcase

        Clothes

        outfits (1 per day + 2 extra)

        dressy outfit

        socks (1 pair per day + 2 extra)

        underwear or pull-ups (1-2 per day + 2 extra)

        shoes/sandals

        waterproof jacket with hood

        sun hat

        barrettes/ponytail holders

          Bath

          universal sink/tub stopper (available at hardware stores)

          a couple of favorite bath toys

          children's shampoo/soap

          children's toothbrush

          children's toothpaste

          travel potty

          comb/hairbrush

          nail scissors

          sunscreen

            Bedtime

            stuffed animal/doll/lovey

            nightlight

            pajamas (1 per day + 2 extra)

            kids' books

              Sun/Pool/Beach

              two swimsuits

              life vest

              a couple of favorite beach toys

              earplugs

              bug spray

                Cold Weather/Snow

                mittens

                parka

                snow boots

                snow pants

                warm hat

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