Your Child's Packing Checklist

What needs to be in your child's suitcase.

The Basics

It can be a challenge to keep your child healthy and comfortable during the rigors of travel. While everyone needs to bring a toothbrush and an extra pair of shoes, children need some special items as well. Make sure that your suitcase is stocked with your child's vacation essentials by printing out this checklist.

    ____ Prescription medications and copies of the prescription

    ____ First-aid kit

    ____ Thermometer

    ____ Children's pain reliever

    ____ Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes

    ____ Allergy relievers, if necessary

    ____ Motion sickness relievers

    ____ Night-lights

    ____ Pacifiers, candies, or chewing gum to ease air pressure

    ____ Plastic bags

    ____ Durable toys

    ____ Car seat

    ____ Stroller, framed backpack, or soft sling-type carrier

    ____ Stain remover

    ____ Baby wipes

    ____ Paper towels or napkins

    ____ Childproofing gear, such as outlet covers, doorknob covers, and toilet locks

    ____ Extra changes of clothing (for you and your child)

    ____ Backpack

    ____ Pediatrician's phone number

    ____ Hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes

    ____ Bottled water

    ____ Security blanket or stuffed animal

      Packing by Age

      If you're traveling with an older child, also include:

      ____ Travel games

      ____ Sealed bags with handy snacks

      ____ Cassettes with their favorite music

      ____ Your child's favorite video

        If you're traveling with a baby, also include:

        ____ Disposable changing pads

        ____ Diaper bag

        ____ Baby powder and lotion

        ____ Bibs

        ____ Pacifiers

        ____ Baby spoon

        ____ Sippy cup

        ____ Bottles, nipples, and caps

        ____ Bottle brush

        ____ Small plastic bag for diaper disposal

        ____ Extra cloth diaper

        ____ Formula or jars of food

        ____ Travel-size baby shampoo

          Packing by Destination

          If it will be warm at your destination, also include:

          ____ Waterproof sunblock

          ____ Insect repellent

          ____ Hat or cap

          ____ Ear drops for swimming

          ____ Spray bottle to fill with water

            If it will be cold at your destination, also include:

            ____ Long underwear

            ____ Gloves or mittens

            ____ Scarf

            ____ Warm hat

            ____ Vaseline, to protect face and lips from chapping

            Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Caring for Your Baby: Birth to Age 5, (Bantam);; Safer Child, Inc.