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Pint Size Packing List! Toddler & Baby Travel Gear

The Secret to Packing with Babies and Toddlers

by Keryn Means

Everyone thinks that when you have kids you need to quadruple your suitcases and don’t get to bring anything for yourself. Not true!

Our number of bags hasn’t changed at all. This is because there is a simple secret that most people don’t want you to know when it comes to traveling with kids: they are tiny, at least for a little while. Their baby travel gear is small too. Babies just don’t need a ton of stuff when you hit the road.

I find that I can pack myself and my 2 boys into one medium checked suitcase, a book bag, and a purse, still have room for my shoes, and an extra outfit or two in case I need options. In fact, I did just that on a 5- week trip to Europe in October 2012. The key was organization, light mix and match layers, and knowing I would have access to a washing machine at least 2 of those weeks, and if not I could do a load in my hotel sink.

Here is a sample of what we brought with us:

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Toddlers and Kids Packing List

7 tops- half short sleeve, half long sleeve

6 pairs of long trousers*

1 pair of shorts

1 jacket or zip-up hooded sweatshirt (depending on weather)

1 hat

2 pairs of comfortable shoes

2 pairs of pajamas

Activities: small ziplock bag of toys including a tiny model airplane for takeoff and landing, 5 crayons + tiny coloring book, tablet or smart phone for reading bedtime stories, watching movies, and playing games.

*parents with little girls can swap out some long pants for leggings and skirts and/or dresses.

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Baby Packing List

4 onesies

3 long sleeve tops

1 short sleeve top

4 pairs of long trousers

1-2 pairs of shoes

1 hat

1 jacket or zip-up hooded sweatshirt (depending on weather)

Diapers & wipes for 2-3 days (buy more when you arrive)

Feeding: 3 baby spoons, 3 bottles, 1 bottle brush, formula and baby food for travel days to destination.

Activities: three small toys. This can include a Tupperware container of blocks (shake it, stack them, knock them over), a ball, and/or a roll of duck tape.

Extras and Baby Travel Gear

Cheap umbrella stroller (It’s OK if it breaks. You can replace on the road)

Baby carrier (my favorite is the ErgoBaby)

Car seats and booster seats (rent) I recommend renting these if possible or taking public transit. Carrying car seats across Europe would have been impossible traveling without another adult, and downright annoying with 2 of us. Most rental car companies will have seats available for a cost, but double check before you make your final decision.)

Baby medications (definitely pack your prescriptions. Most over the counter medications can be found in other countries. For more remote areas it is best, and sometimes easier, to bring your own).

A few last tips

While you may think you need more, you really don’t. Food, diapers, and even formula can be picked up in many destinations, especially in Europe. It may not be the exact brand you want, but whether they are Chinese, Mexican, Italian, or English diapers they will keep your baby dry.

As for toys, remember that you are bringing your children on an amazing adventure. Sticks, rocks, monuments, parks, and castles are their playmates on this trip. Plus you can always pick up a little special something along the way. Toy memories made on the road are the best kind.

LOVE these tips on toddler and baby travel gear and packing lists! Thank you so much Keryn! Don’t forget to check out her awesome family travel blog: Walking on Travels.

 If you’ve got toddler and baby travel gear advice you want to share, please send me a message to feature your tips! Please share the love on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! Thanks for reading!

Author: Keryn Means is the founder of Walking on Travels, a site that gives hope to today’s modern parent who doesn’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around Seattle most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Google+,Facebook and Twitter.


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12 Responses to Pint Size Packing List! Toddler & Baby Travel Gear

  1. Kelynn says:

    Hey ! Nice article you have!

    Check out my toddler pack list post too!

    http://youarelookingat-kelynn.blogspot.sg/2014/02/toddler-luggage-pack-list-for-hongkong.html?m=1

    Thanks!
    Kelynn

  2. Zeti Zainal says:

    Thank God for this list. Going to Perth and Adelaide and next month and this will be my first time travelling with a baby. This list sure helps a lot as I am already panicking on what to pack for my daughter.

    This is my first time checking this website and I feel the tips and tricks really help me to pack for my upcoming trip.

    Thanks again!

  3. Fiona says:

    Great tips! I completely agree about packing light – I think you never need more than a 2-3 days worth of stuff if you have access to washing facilities (water!) – but it’s so tempting to just sneak a few extras in. I think I’ll adopt “you may think need more, you really don’t” as my new packing mantra. Thanks!

  4. tripsbylance says:

    Oh, I recall the heartache of even the simple four-hour car journey to grandma’s house. All the baby food, sippy cups, diapers, pack and play, extra clothes; the list goes on and on. Now he’s in kindergarten and I look back and think why did I stress about those simple things. this is a good list and very helpful.

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  6. Megan says:

    Thanks for the list! All the other baby packing lists out there encourage you to pack the kitchen sink, and I agree that less can be more! I’ve taken my one year old all over the world and I’ve found that the less you pack, the easier it is. My one luxury item that I pack is the inflatable high chair/booster seat (mine if from the first years). I’ll sacrifice extra shoes for myself to pack that.

    • Megan- we have the same booster seat. I started out packing that, but I don’t even have space for it anymore. Instead I pop my youngest in the stroller to feed him. And unfortunately I’ve chased him across the floor trying to feed him as well. Maybe I need to rethink packing the booster seat! Course then I’d have to leave my fav boots at home! ;-)

  7. Jenna says:

    Great tips! Packing for small children, especially babies, is a daunting task, but these tips make it easier.

    • Thanks Jenna! I know you have dragged enough across oceans. I hear it does get easier though. At least that’s what they tell me ;-) If nothing else kids have made ME a better packer. I now cut way back on the extras I don’t really need for myself, and honestly traveling is so much easier because of it. Less certainly is more for everyone in the family.

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