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By the time you read this, we will have returned from our first successful (hopefully) major trip with Squirt in tow. I will be sharing all the details of our trip up the coast to San Francisco in upcoming posts, but first, a wee bit about what it takes to pack for a toddler. Now, making the list for packing does seem daunting, but honestly, it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing to keep in mind is that while it is important to be prepared with irreplaceable items (like your kid’s favorite stuffed animal that he refuses to sleep without), you can be a little lax with your everyday items like diapers. Unless you are planning on traveling somewhere without a grocery store/Wal Mart/Target/drugstore, you have access to diapers, wipes, medicine, shampoo, food, milk, etc. if you really really need it. At the end of this post you’ll find a link to a printable version of my toddler travel packing list, but first here are some details on what I packed for Squirt on our travels:
- 1 bed sheet–Squirt slept in a Pack N Play that we borrowed from our hotel. To make it comfier, I put a thick quilt on top of the pad and wrapped one of our sheets from home around the whole thing. I find he sleeps much better when he is on a sheet that feels and smells like his bed at home.
- Bedtime books–It is super important to keep your nighttime routine as close to regular as possible so we brought along a couple of Squirt’s favorite books to read before bed.
- Binkies–We are mostly weaned from the binky during the day, but still need it for naptime and bedtime, plus it is an essential for us during long car rides.
- Toys–We didn’t go crazy with this, but we did bring a few of his favorite toys. Note, it is probably a good idea to bring toys your kid likes but nothing they are so attached to they would be devastated if it is left behind.
- Snacks–We are currently into raisins, Goldfish crackers, string cheese, oranges, juice boxes, and squeezy fruit/veggie pouches.
- 5 pairs of PJs–We were gone for four nights, so one extra just in case.
- Sweatshirt/Jacket–San Francisco is mild during the summer, but it does get chilly at night and out near the water.
- 8 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of shoes–He really only wore one, but it was good to have a back up, just in case.
- 8 daytime outfits–We actually had five days of our trip, but it’s always good to have wardrobe options.
- 8 nighttime diapers–Probably four more than we actually needed, but they don’t take up a lot of space so it was nice to have some extras on hand.
- 40 diapers–Again, more than we needed, but good to have.
- Baby shampoo–The hotel stuff is hit or miss, and there are travel bottles of baby shampoo at most drugstores (or in the links at the bottom of this post).
- Baby lotion–See above.
- Sippy cups–Target has a great set of disposable sippy cups that are super cheap, so if you lose them or leave them behind it is NBD (these are also linked at the bottom of this post).
- Toothpaste and toothbrush–In keeping with the nighttime routine, brushing is super important.
Some things we felt okay leaving at home:
Bath toys–You can use plastic cups or the hotel toiletry bottles for some quick entertainment.
Pack N Play–Our hotel had them on hand so we didn’t need to bring our own.
“Just in case” medications like Tylenol–It’s not likely we would have needed it, but if we had, we could easily have run out and bought some in San Francisco.
Baby towels: The hotel provided ones work just fine.
Highchairs/booster seats: Even the compact ones that latch on to tables or hook on to chairs are bulky and a pain in the butt to travel with. Since you will likely eat out a majority of the time, you can definitely skip it.
We had a great time on our trip, and I can’t wait to share more of the details with you! If you would like a printable version of my toddler travel packing list, click this link!