The Ultimate Packing Checklist For Babies and Toddlers

We are very excited to be going away for a little country getaway with my little family on Friday, it's been over two years since we had a holiday together. Last year my daughter and I went to Butlin's for their 'Teeny Tots'' weekend, so my poor husband missed out on some time away with the family. So, this year along with my parents we are taking a five hour journey to Appersett in North Yorkshire and we are beyond excited about exploring the adventure when we arrive. Seeing as it's less than a week away my mind has been seriously thinking about what I need to pack for a holiday in the UK, as we all know how unpredictable the weather can be. So being inspired by the massive pile of crap belongings in our spare room I thought that I would share the ultimate packing checklist for babies and toddlers
As parents we all know that when you take a baby or a toddler away, you have to take so much with you including the kitchen sink. So, I have really sat and thought about all the things you will need when you're away. To begin it's important to think about your essentials. Babies and toddlers need so much so if you're travelling with a really little one you may need a steriliser, as well as the usual bottles, formula, food and feeding equipment. It would also be a good idea to take a travelling changing mat, nappies, wipes. Not forgetting a buggy or stroller, portable highchair and car seat where necessary. More important essentials include clothing, obviously. If you have access to a washing machine whilst away, you can pack lightly with three or four changes of clothes for everyone day and night. If you don't, pack at least one outfit for everyone for everyday that you are away, for babies and toddler you will also need to pack a few spare outfits, we all know how messy little people can get. 

We never know what can happen when we are away, so it is always best to be prepared for anything. So it would be a good idea to pack a first aid kit, medicines, thermometer, antihistamines, jungle formula and most importantly sun screen, of at least factor 50! As well as a few bottles of high-factor sun screen and after sun, if you're spending most of your time around the pool, or on the beach, make sure that everyone has a UV suit to protect again the sun. Not forgetting sunglasses and a sun hat too, plus a shade for the bugger or stroller. It may also be an idea to pack a small compact UV tent for the little ones. In terms of toiletries, again its best to be prepared. Pack the basic shampoo, conditioners, body wash, plus toothbrushes, toothpaste, extra wipes, talcum powder and a moisturiser. 

Entertainment should also be considered. You may have a long car or plane journey ahead of you, so it's best to be prepared to help and keep babies and toddlers entertained. Perhaps an iPad, tablet or kindle will help keep them entertained during the journey and come in handy when they are not exploring or in the pool. Don't forget to leave room for a few small toys, books and notepad and crayons too. I think that's all the basics covered and to help you even more, I have created a printable to help making packing that little bit easier. Don't forget to pin for later too... 

Enjoy exploring the adventure...


  1. You do feel like you have to pack everything but the kitchen sink sometimes with little ones, don't you? Wait, perhaps we need the kitchen sink as well??!! Your infographic is really great and I'm sure lots of people will find it very useful. Have a great trip!

  2. A fab and comprehensive list. We'll be travelling with a baby soon and this will come in useful! xx

  3. What a brilliant and useful list! I am always guilty of overpacking. I pack for every eventuality! Much to my husband's dismay.