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Travel Must-Haves For Toddlers & Infants

Holiday Travel Tips with Infants

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)

Travel Backpacks
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. 

Trash Bags

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. 

Travel toys 

Travel Toys for Infants and Toddlers

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!


Travel Snacks

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. 

Antibacterial Wipes

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.

Portable seating

Portable Seating for Toddlers and Infants

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.

Pocket Cash

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! 

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  • Reply Maureen November 14, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I’m currently on my way back from FL ( 20
    Hour care ride with 2 year old) love these tips! Yes trash bags and paper towels! My kid had an explosive diaper on the way down!

    • Reply Megan Z November 14, 2016 at 9:29 am

      paper towels!!!! great tip especially for the car

  • Reply My Daily She November 12, 2016 at 12:43 am

    WHY have I never thought of packing in a backpack?! My babies are in school now, but I am officially kicking myself!

  • Reply Shann Eva November 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Yes! Awesome list! I bring Wet Ones with me EVERYWHERE. You just never know. Those portable high chairs are also awesome.

  • Reply April November 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Traveling with a toddler….. I feel like I bring my ENTIRE house! Thanks for the concise list.

  • Reply ShortsSweetMom November 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Great list! Along with the portable chair I would bring a bib, kids utensils and a sippy cup. That bag looks amazing! Having a great bag can be a huge help when it comes to packing and keeping things organized.

  • Reply Candace @ Fullest Mom November 9, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Snacks are always my number one priority. Not only for the littles, but for myself too. Thanks for the list.

  • Reply Ellie Augustin November 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    This is an awesome list! Thanks so much for sharing for us the more books the better! lol

  • Reply erinconefrey November 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    We are so lucky to have access to so many cool things like applesauce pouches that make travel a little easier! I have the shape sorter and that little highchair and would recommend them both! -Erin at

  • Reply Jen November 8, 2016 at 12:06 am

    This is a great list. Wish they had those apple sauce pouches when mine were little.

  • Reply theaspiringsomething November 7, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    The worst thing I ever forgot was my baby’s Pack ‘N Play when he was about 11 months old and walking (and never wanting to stay still). At bed time I had to make a makeshift crib for him on the floor so he wouldn’t escape because I was too scared of him rolling off the bed in his sleep!

  • Reply Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood November 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    snacks are a must!!! and an extra sippy cup, in case they lose one

  • Reply Stef @ Crafty Christian November 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome ideas! I keep the center console in my car full of squeezeable applesauce. It’s so handy!

  • Reply thetaylor411 November 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    This is a great list. Those apple sauce pouches are so convenient, we love them.

  • Reply Dean B November 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Useful post! 🙂 I don’t think I’d survive without the travelling toys and even the iPad when we did a long-distance flight with my daughter 🙂

  • Reply colleen wool November 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    you can never be too prepared

  • Reply theforeverteacher November 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Girl… we just traveled four hours to my moms and I was slapping myself for forgetting their snacks 🙁 If we stopped anywhere, it was def not a healthy snack we found.

  • Reply Georgiana November 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Oh goodness…I’d forgotten how much stuff one needs when traveling with little ones! So glad my kids pack for themselves, and if they forget something…oh well. LOL!!! (Mean mommy alert!)

  • Reply Misti November 7, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Pillow 🙂 they don’t count a pillow as a carry on item; so, it’s free to take and can really save your arms when holding baby for feeding or a passed out toddler.

    If your baby is a bottle snob and needs warm milk, like mine, a small heat pack (the kind you can boil to reset) should do the trick.

    • Reply Megan Z November 7, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Such a great suggestion! I forgot about a nursing pillow.

  • Reply Leanne November 7, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Great list. I love my backpack style diaper bag, I have the Ju Ju Be Legacy. I have a How to Survive a Road Trip With a Baby blog post on my blog very similar to yours. Great mom’s think alike.

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