Traveling away from home with little ones can always seem overwhelming. You don’t want to pack too much, but you don’t want to be stuck away from home without something you really need either!
I’ve taken quite a few trips with my kids- most recently, we took a 5 hour (which ended up being an 8 hour with two kids, haha) road trip to Williamsburg, VA. But we’ve also done flight and road travel with my older son as an infant. It’s great having what you need when traveling so you can really focus on enjoying your trip.
Here’s a few of my travel essentials for toddlers and infants. This list is great for both flying and driving!
Backpack style bag(s)
I can’t stress enough how great it is to be hands-free when dealing with babies. I love my everyday diaper bag from Fawn Design (left). It looks great and carries a bunch too (see here)! Another bag I loved using this past trip was my eBags Mother Lode Weekender Junior (right). I literally packed EVERYTHING I needed for myself and 2 kids in it! It’s basically the equivalent of a backpack and carry-on suitcase, which makes it especially great for flying.
Sounds crazy but trust me, wherever you are, your kid makes trash. Diapers, wipes, snack trash, etc. – it’s great to carry a roll of mini bags to collect trash either in your car or in an airplane seat.
I usually pack a small separate bag of travel toys. Some of my favorites are board books, block sorters (like this one), and this awesome car ramp (it folds completely flat and comes with 2 cars that store within itself). Think of things that are good at keeping your kid busy without a ton of parts that can get lost!
Don’t forget plenty of snacks – for your babes and for you! The less messy the better – pouches of applesauce/purees, dry snacks like cereal and puffs, granola bars, and pieces of whole fruit are all great for travel.
Wet Ones are great for flight travel especially. I like to wipe down the trays and seat arms just in case the person before you was sick. I mean I’m sure they clean planes eventually… but I doubt it’s ever enough ;).
Extra everyday supplies
Be sure to bring extra formula, water, juice, diapers, and wipes. You never know where you’ll get stuck! I never pack a ton – I prefer to just buy a pack of diapers wherever I’m going rather than toting a bunch with me, but be sure to pack at least a couple extra than you’d normally carry.
Depending on your accommodations and length of stay, you might want to consider bringing a portable high chair. I love this one from Fisher Price because it folds really compact and doubles as a play seat. Additionally, I’ve recently invested in a Summer Infant Pop N Jump which is AWESOME for travel!
Extra feeding supplies
Make sure you have everything you’ll need on the go. An extra sippy cup, bottles, feeding spoons, bibs, etc. – most hotels don’t have a kitchenette and even if they do, you rarely come across something kid friendly. I love bringing the take and toss cups and snack cups so you don’t mind if you leave one behind.
I always bring a little cash a long just in case you get stuck somewhere that doesn’t take cards.
So that’s my list, what do you consider essential for traveling with kids? Share below!