Packing Checklist for Tots

Little ones require big baggage. Here's everything you need to be prepared for your next trip.

Diaper Bag

diapers (1-3 for every three hours of traveling, depending on your child's age and habits)

baby wipes

diaper rash cream

changing pad

plastic bags (for storing dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc.)

burp cloths

baby blanket


nursing cover

formula/baby food

milk (if you're flying, just tell security you're carrying it and they will test it)

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


baby utensils

bottles/sippy cups

teething ring

Carry-on Bag/Tote

child's birth certificate (if he or she will be a lap child) or passport if traveling internationally

boarding passes for whole family


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

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


extra outfit for baby

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:

board book

white noise machine or CD/MP3 player and portable speakers

crib sheets/ bedding

swaddle blanket

favorite blanket (if your child is old enough for one)



diapers (5-12 per day, depending on your child's age and habits; though remember, you can always have diapers shipped to your destination or buy more there)

nose aspirator


digital thermometer

children's nasal saline drops

infant acetaminophen

oral syringe

oral teething gel

prescription medications

antibiotic ointment


car seat

lightweight stroller

breathable blanket for shading stroller

portable crib/playpen (maybe give a link to the crib article here?)

portable clip-on highchair

travel potty



extra bottles/sippy cups

baby bowls/containers

extra bibs

bottle caps

bottle nipples

baby bottle brush

breast pump and accessories


outfits (1-2 per day)

dressy outfit

socks (1 pair per day)

pajamas (2-3 pairs)


waterproof jacket with hood

sun hat

barrettes/ponytail holders


universal sink/tub stopper (available at hardware stores)

inflatable baby tub

a couple of favorite bath toys

baby shampoo/soap

children's toothbrush

children's toothpaste

denture cleaning tablets (for cleaning baby bottles, teething rings, pacifiers, etc.)


nail scissors



baby monitor


a couple of favorite board books

black trash bags for covering the windows in case there are no

blackout curtains

painter's tape for taping up trash bags, covering sockets, etc.


two swimsuits

swim diapers

life vest

a couple of favorite beach toys

Cold Weather/Snow



snow boots

snow pants

warm hat

Family Fun


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