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

car travel

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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