The Ultimate Family Packing Checklist for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

Nov 22, 2021Printables, Travel

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The Ultimate Family Packing Checklist for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

After you have kids, packing is never the same. What once took an hour now takes half a day. And if you have an infant? There are so many things you need to pack, it’s insane. You’re bound to forget something – we do every time – so I finally sat down and created a master family packing list.

This list has everything you need for traveling as a family with babies and/or toddlers. I even included a page for pets if you plan to bring along a fur baby.

I’ve made this into a printable that can be checked off digitally. Download it to your tablet or phone and just tap the boxes to check them off! Of course, you can also print it and mark things off by hand. I hope this is helpful!

If I forgot ANYTHING, please leave a comment at the end of this article!


How to Digitally Check Items Off When Packing

If you’re a pen-to-paper kind of person, just print off the packing checklist and go to town.

However, if you prefer to go paperless, don’t have a printer, or just like using a tablet or phone, I did design this printable to be responsive.

As long as you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader app, you can tap the checkboxes to check them off and add new items to the blanks.

You do not need a paid Adobe subscription to do this – just the free app!

Once you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, you can open the checklist there and start checking off your packing items. 🙂

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Alright, without further ado, here is the full family packing checklist with sections for babies/toddlers, adults, and pets.

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Baby and Toddler Items

Changing

First Aid & Health Items

  • Tylenol with syringe
  • Bandaids
  • Gas drops
  • Snot sucker
  • Saline spray
  • Teething gel
  • Thermometer – I’ve bought $100 thermometers and this $13 one that swipes from temple to temple is more accurate than them all!
  • Infant nail clippers – This electric, gentle infant nail file was the best when my kids were newborns
  • Any medications or creams

Nursing, Feeding, & Snacks

  • Bottles and sippy cups
  • Bottle warmer – I’ve tried 4 different ones and this one from Dr. Browns is the best
  • Breast pump
  • Storage for breastmilk 
  • Pumping parts sanitizing bags and/or wipes – the microwaveable Medela bags were my favorite
  • Pumping bra
  • Boppy or nursing pillow – I love the Boppy brand nursing pillows!
  • Formula
  • Bottle brush
  • Nursing cover
  • Seat cover (for high chairs and shopping carts)
  • Portable feeding seat (like Bumbo) – we ended up choosing the Upseat and loved it

Nap & Bedtime Items

  • Pack and play / Playard (don’t forget the sheet!) – if you don’t have the 4moms Playard, you are seriously missing out
  • Baby monitor
  • White noise machine – the battery-powered SNOObear is perfect for travel
  • Swaddles and muslin blankets – the aiden + anais muslin swaddles are our favorites
  • Bedtime items (stuffed animal, blankets, timer)
  • Toddler toothbrush and toothpaste

Swim & Beach Items

  • Swimsuits
  • Swim shoes
  • Swim hats
  • Swim diapers
  • Baby sunscreen
  • Floaties or life vest
  • Water toys

Bathing 

  • Baby wash & lotion
  • Baby bath towel
  • Baby washcloth
  • Portable baby bath – the lotus style is great for newborns (fits in most sinks) and the 4moms cleanwater tub is great for newborn through 6+ months
  • Baby hairbrush

Clothing

  • Onesies
  • Shirts, shorts, pants, dresses
  • Pajamas
  • Socks and shoes
  • Baby mittens (for fingernail protection)
  • Bows
  • Hats
  • Jackets, coats, gloves

Misc.

  • Pacifiers
  • Teething items
  • Burp cloths
  • Baby carrier or wrap – the MOBY Wrap is great for travel since it folds up nice and small; if you have more room, the ERGO baby carrier is one of our favorites
  • Small swing or bouncer – the BabyBjorn bouncer is a mom favorite!
  • Baby gate
  • Stroller
  • Car seat 
  • Toys and books for kids – I always pack some Lovevery toys for road trips
  • Laundry detergent for baby

Adults

Clothing & Accessories

  • Shirts, pants, dresses, suits
  • Cardigans, shawls, wraps – I love a good blanket scarf for traveling, especially in the winter
  • Belts, ties
  • Socks, underwear, bras, panty hose
  • Swimsuits
  • Pajamas – the washable silk tee set from Lunya is probably the most worn item in my wardrobe (use this link for $20 off)
  • Shoes (boots, flip flops, flats, heels, slippers) – Rothy’s slip-on, washable flats are perfect for travel
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry
  • Coats, jackets, gloves, hats
  • Extra clothes if baby is in a spit-up phase

Entertainment & Tech

Toiletries

  • Makeup and makeup brushes
  • Makeup remover product or cloths – if you haven’t tried the MakeUp Eraser microfiber cloths yet, you are missing out!
  • Contacts, contact solution, glasses
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Q-tips, cotton pads
  • Nail file and clippers
  • Tide To-Go
  • Wrinkle release spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Skincare (Cleanser, moisturizer, etc)
  • Hair products (dry shampoo, detangler, hairspray, oils, gels, shampoo and conditioner)
  • Hair brush, comb, teasing brush – the TANGLE TEEZER detangling brush has my heart forever
  • Hair ties, scrunchies, clips, headbands
  • Curling iron, straightener, blow dryer, airwrap – the Dyson Airwrap Styler is actually incredible (be sure to get the long barrels, even if you have shorter hair)
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Intimacy products
  • Bath robe
  • Vitamins and medications – Ritual vitamins are very high-quality (especially the prenatals) and for kids, the First Day gummies get my vote!

Snacks

Luggage

Misc.

  • Car keys (check this especially if you have a remote start car)
  • Fast pass for tolls
  • Cash, credit cards
  • Driver’s license, passports
  • Vaccination card
  • Wallet
  • Tickets, vouchers, itinerary
  • Extra bags for dirty clothes
  • Trash bag for car
  • Beach towels
  • Pillow
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Double check all cords (baby monitors, phones, laptops)
  • Outlet converters
  • Host gift if visiting family/friends
  • Airplane bottles

Pet Items

  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Pet food
  • Water bottles
  • Food/water dish
  • Chew toys
  • Blankets
  • Treats
  • Crate
  • Safety harness
  • Waste collecting bags
  • Medications and supplements
  • Vaccination records
  • Dog bed
  • Brush
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Litter box
  • Flashlight (for nighttime)
  • Frisbees and balls

Conclusion

Traveling is a pain, and packing is the worst of all. Download this family packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything essential!


By Rebekah

By Rebekah

I'm a work-from-home mom with a supportive, hard-working husband, two toddlers, and a newborn. In the business world, I'm a copywriter with a deep background in marketing and SEO. At home, I'm always looking for mom hacks, the best projects and toys for my growing kiddos, and ways to solve everyday mom dilemmas. Whatever I find, I'm sharing on this blog, which is my passion project!

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