Sunday, 4 September 2016

My Holiday Essentials Packing List - Baby, Toddler and Family Items for Carry on and Check in Luggage.

One of my lovely sister-in-laws sent me a great checklist before our first holiday with Bubs and I still use this as a base to tick items off when packing.

Some things have now changed that Bubs is a toddler rather than a baby but I have included 3 lists below along with a printable link. Everyone loves to tick off a to do list. I have split the toddler packing into two age groups as I find now that Bubs is potty trained and no longer drinking milk from a bottle or beaker the lists have changed.

Hope you all find this useful and makes the hardest task of going away a bit easier.


Baby Packing Checklist Carry On
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Nappy Bags 
  • Change Mat
  • Nappy Cream
  • Tissues
  • Flannel
  • Muslins
  • Pjs and spare set of pjs
  • Change of clothes - full set and spare
  • Hat
  • Blanket
  • Bibs
  • Milk - either pre made or powder plus a flask for hot water
  • Bottles
  • Dummies and spares
  • Water Beaker
  • Food pouches
  • Snacks 
  • Toys and Teddies
  • Teething Toys
  • Baby Carrier
  • Spare clothes for Mum and Dad
  • Medicine Kit - Calpol, Neurofen, Olbas Oil, Snuffle Baby, Plasters, Antiseptic cream, Teething powder/gels, Oral rehydration sachets, travel first aid kit. I use this one Wallaboo Baby First Aid Kit Travel and Go .
Baby Packing Checklist Checked In Luggage
  • Nappies
  • Swim Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Nappy Bags
  • Disposable changing mats
  • Waterproof Mat
  • Swimming Towel
  • Muslin
  • Snacks
  • Milk
  • Bottles
  • Plastic plates, spoons, forks
  • Food, porridege and pouches if fresh is not available
  • Disposable Bibs
  • Water Beakers
  • Outfits x2 a day
  • Shoes
  • Swimsuits
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Accessories
  • Bath wash, bath thermometer and plastic cup
  • Bath toys
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Creams
  • Nappy cream
  • Suntan
  • Extra medicine - chamoline, insect repellent,insect bite relief, extra teething relief, calpol,
  • Nail clippers
  • Washing up liquid, sponge, bottle brush, kitchen paper
  • Milton steriliser and sterilising tablets
  • Toys and pool toys
  • Bouncer (if this folds flat can be handy for small babies)
  • Large Muslin to cover pushchair/Blackout shade for pushchair
  • Mosquito net for pushchair 
  • Car sunshades 


Baby Packing CheckList



Young Toddler Packing Checklist Carry On
  • Nappies
  • Pull up Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Nappy Bags 
  • Change Mat
  • Nappy Cream
  • Tissues
  • Flannel
  • Pjs and spare set of pjs
  • Change of clothes - full set and spare
  • Spare shoes/sandals
  • Hat
  • Blanket
  • Travel Pillow
  • Milk - either pre made or powder plus a flask for hot water
  • Bottles
  • Dummies and spares
  • Water Beaker
  • Food for plane, pouches
  • Snacks - lots of these - raisins, crisps, popcorn, fruit bars, especially favourites
  • Toys - stickers, small books, drawing tools, any favourites
  • Ipad with favourite tv shows
  • Kids headphones
  • Spare clothes for Mum and Dad
  • Medicine Kit - Calpol, Neurofen, Olbas Oil, Snuffle Baby, Plasters, Antiseptic cream, Teething powder/gels, Oral rehydration sachets, travel first aid kit. I use this one Wallaboo Baby First Aid Kit Travel and Go .
Young Toddler Packing Checklist Checked In Luggage
  • Nappies
  • Pull - up Nappies
  • Swim Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Nappy Bags
  • Waterproof Mat
  • Swimming Towel
  • Snacks
  • Milk - if you are not able to get fresh milk 
  • Bottles/Beakers
  • Straws (turn any water bottle into toddler friendly one)
  • Outfits x2 a day
  • Shoes
  • Swimsuits
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Accessories
  • Bath wash and plastic cup
  • Bath toys
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Cream
  • Nappy cream
  • Suntan
  • Extra medicine - chamoline, insect replectant, insect bite relief, extra teething relief, calpol,
  • Nail clippers
  • Washing up liquid, sponge,bottle brush, kitchen paper
  • Toys and pool toys
  • Large Muslin to cover pushchair/Blackout shade for pushchair
  • Mosquito net for pushchair
  • Car sunshades 


Young Toddler Packing Check List



Older Toddler Packing Checklist Carry On
  • Toilet Seat - collapsible
  • Pull up Nappies
  • Nappy Bags
  • Change Mat
  • Nappy Cream
  • Tissues
  • Flannel
  • Pjs
  • Outfit
  • Spare Outfit and Phs
  • Spare shoes/sandals
  • Blanket
  • Travel Pillow
  • Water Beaker
  • Snacks - raisins, crackers, popcorn,fruit bars, biscuits, fruits, crisps etc
  • Toys- stickers, small books, drawing tools, water colouring in pads, toy cars, small cuddly toys
  • Ipad - loaded with their favourite shows and games
  • Kids Headphones
  • Spare clothes for Mum and Dad
  • Medicine Kit - Calpol, Snuffle Baby, Antiseptic cream, Plasters, Oral rehydration sachets
  • Hygiene Kit - Face cream, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • First Aid Kit  I use this one Wallaboo Baby First Aid Kit Travel and Go .
Older Toddler Packing Checklist Checked In Luggage
  • Pull up Nappies
  • Swim Nappies
  • Toddler training toilet seat/potty
  • Wipes
  • Nappy Bags
  • Waterproof Mat
  • Swimming Towel
  • Snacks
  • Straws
  • Day outfits
  • Evening outfits
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Shoes
  • Swim shoes/flip flops
  • Swimsuits
  • Swim hats
  • Accessories - hats, sunglasses, hair bands, clips, bows, belts etc
  • Bath Wash
  • Bath Toys
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Creams - face, body, nappy and suntan
  • Hair Gel/Products
  • Extra Medicine - Calpol, Nuerofen, Chamoline, insect repellent, insect bite relief
  • Travel Wash
  • Nail Clippers
  • Toys - books, cars, dolls, colouring in pens, magazines, bubbles
  • Pool and Beach toys - armbands, life vests, rings, buckets, spades etc
  • Mosquito Net/Blackout shade for pushchair
  • Car sunshades
  • Rucksack
  • Portable beach chair


Older Toddler Packing Check List


Family Key Items

  • Headphone splitter
  • Keep travel documents close to hand - I find a cross body bag the best option
  • Lots of wipes and tissue in travel size bags
  • Rucksack to carry everything rather than a baby bag especially when they are older and no longer in a baby carrier 
  • Lots of ziplock bags to carry snacks, dirty cutlery, bottles, outfit changes etc
  • Collapsible pushchair rather than one in two parts makes getting on the plane so much faster
  • Lots of patience 
  • Sense of humour (Bubs projectile vomited all over me at the beginning of a 26 hour journey home last time)

Packing Tips
  • Carry on nappies - one great tip I read somewhere I cannot remember is to make up little packs in your carry on. In an individual nappy bags place one nappy, packet of travel wipes, cotton wool etc. I always make up 4/5 of these bags and place them at the top of my hand luggage so when you need to change baby on the plane take one bag and the changing mat instead of everything. Then you can just move the wipes, nappy cream etc onto the next premade bag for next time. 
  • Another alternative my sister in law sent me is a changing mat with a pouch attached to store a few nappies, wipes, creams and nappy bags that folds up into a neat little carry case. Similar to this Travel Changing Mat .
  • Pre plan outfits - I always do this now and try to pack them into the suitcase in the day they should be worn for all the family.
  • Keep pyjamas and swimwear at the top, so when you arrive you can either head straight to bed or straight to the pool.
  • Large plastic bags - I get this giant roll of large plastic bags great for packing shoes, seperating underwear,swimwear from the rest of the clothes and making sure your suitcase is organised.
  • Roll rather than fold clothes, for the little ones - I roll up the entire outfit in one so its easy to locate, vest, socks, shorts, t-shirts etc in one roll up. Less creases and saves time finding the entire outfit.
  • Seperate clothes out across suitcases, when we travel as a family I always spread our clothes out just in case one suitcase goes missing.
  • I always seal all liquid toiletries with sellotape to try and prevent any leaks whilst travelling.

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