14 Essential Items -Road Trip With Toddler Checklist

Road Trip With Toddler Checklist

When you are a grown-up, road trips are awesome! You get in the car with some buddies, stick on some tunes, open the windows, and drive. It’s relaxing, it’s chilled, and it’s nothing like a road trip with a toddler. Not. At. All. Can you make it easier? Yes – by prepping a road trip checklist for your toddler! The vacation checklist is also worth checking out!

I have picked the 14 most essential items that will ensure your road trip goes better than expected (it is the best you can hope for), both for you and your toddler.

14 Items For Your Road Trip With A Toddler

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Diaper Bag

A diaper bag is essential whenever you are away from your premises with your baby and, most importantly, when you are on the road.

A quality diaper bag must contain lots of pockets to enable you to locate each item without much struggle.

Every parent loves the grab and goes thesis, and you admire the ease it creates, right?

Grab a diaper bag and take your toddler on that road trip.

Travel System

While hitting the road, you should have the appropriate stroller and car seat to ensure your precious little one is safe. This mainly involves a car seat that flawlessly fits into a stroller and makes traveling life much comfortable for your toddler.

A car window shade for your baby is vital to protect your young toddler from extreme sunny weather conditions.

Also – it is worth considering some car seat toys for your toddler to play with.

Changing Clutch

A changing clutch is one of the items that will ensure the most simplified diaper changing experience for your toddler.

An easy to clean changing clutch should be made from PVC- non-toxic materials to prevent your baby from unclean surfaces.


Baby items of clothing come in different categories, including sleeping jammies, bathing suits, blankets, and changing clothes.

Packing clothes is an excellent guideline for your trip. This occasion is the perfect opportunity to utilize dark clothes to hide dirt and stains.

Anticipate for weather changes and pack easily layered garments.

You never know when a bathing suit will come in handy. Pack it too.

Feeding Utensils

Nowadays, you will find countless brands of baby feeding sets that encourage baby’s independence and minimizes spillage.

This is the ideal baby feeding plan for you as a dad when you want to enjoy your favorite ice-cold drink and watch your baby fill their belly!


Want to keep your toddler quiet in the car? Don’t forget a tablet (not a good idea if your toddler gets car sickness though).

Load the tablet up with some movies, or TV programs that your toddler can watch during the trip.

Headphones are a good idea too, but it does result in your toddler shouting a lot!

Bathing Stuff

You might need to stop off from time to time to freshen up. Make sure you take all the bathing stuff that your toddler needs to stay fresh.

I am talking about shampoo, sponges, etc.

Toys are also a great idea, especially if your toddler doesn’t like bathing!

First Aid Kit

Your first aid kit should contain at least the basics:

  • Bandages
  • Medicine (Pain Killers, Anti-Histamines, etc)
  • Instant Ice Pack
  • Wound Cleaning Wipes
  • Thermometer


Not only is a book a great way to keep a toddler entertained through the road trip, but when it comes to getting your toddler to sleep, you have books to read to them!

Toddlers may struggle to sleep with the excitement of a road trip, so keeping to a good sleeping schedule when you can is important.


Having something to do will help to keep your toddler entertained during your road trip.

Make sure you load up with some crayons and a drawing pad.

Sick Bags

My son went through a car sick stage. It wasn’t pleasant. It meant we couldn’t give him his tablet to watch anymore, because it made his car sickness worse.

There were times when vomit just poured out of him (sorry for that image). It went everywhere in the car. Next step – find somewhere to pull in to clean up my son and my car.

Dealing with a toddler and car sickness is a challenge, but it is made easier if you have a sick bag and some warning!

Hand Gel

Hand gel is vital. Why? Because it is convenient. There is nothing better than soap and water to clean hands. In the absence of water and soap, anti-bacterial hand gel is a good substitute.

Make sure you pack some for when you have emergency toilet breaks!


Blankets are good for cover, and warmth. They are also comforting for a toddler.

If you are traveling through the night, you will have no problem getting your toddler to sleep in a car! They love the hypnotic effect of driving.

Kick start the melatonin production by covering your toddler with a blanket in the car.

Disposable Bags

Man… Having a toddler in your car is messy. It doesn’t get better either… just warning you.

Make sure you take some disposable bags with you on your road trip. You will absolutely find a use for them. They will fill up super quickly, I guarantee you that!

Save your car, take some bags.


I have been on a few road trips with my son. Some of them lasted for many hours at a time. If you are planning a road trip with your toddler, this checklist will be very useful!

The most important thing about a road trip is that you all get out of the car occasionally to get some exercise. Being cooped up in a car for hours and hours is only going to frustrate your toddler and will make your toddler hate traveling.

Also – it goes without saying, but during your road trip, it is important that you stick to speed limits, and pay attention to the road at all times. If your toddler requires your attention, pull in somewhere safe to deal with it.

Good luck!

Vacation Checklist for Toddlers -14 Things you Must Not Forget

Vacation Checklist for Toddlers

Preparing for a vacation with a toddler can be a time-consuming and stressful experience at times. The success of your vacation depends on how well you prepared, and that includes creating a vacation checklist for your toddler when packing. It’s important to go through the preparation process keenly, item by item, to avoid forgetting some valuable items.

Let’s take a look at the 14 items that I consider to be the most important!

14 Items To Pack For A Vacation With A Toddler

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1. Stroller

Toddlers require strollers for easier movement around the new locations. Even if your kid does not use the stroller at home, chances are that you will still need one during the vacation.

During your vacation, you may be visiting quite a few places, so it is important that you are not carrying a toddler for most of it! Is it worth considering a hip carrier to help with carrying your toddler?

2. Car Seat

Hiring a car seat at some of the vacation destinations can be very expensive. Additionally, the quality of the car seat may not offer value for your money.

It is recommended to purchase your car seat prior to vacation or take one that you already have.

Different seats have different features and functionality, don’t make an assumption. The last thing you need for your vacation is to be watching YouTube videos on “how to install a car seat”.

Ensure that you purchase the best quality that serves the need and fits perfectly in your vacation car.

Oh, and don’t forget some car seat toys for your toddler!

3. Baby Carrier

A baby carrier is essential if you are flying! If you are traveling by train or any other means of transport, then it is still high on the list for me!

A baby carrier allows you to carry several items, and still move around with your baby safely.

Check whether the carrier’s features such as size to ensure it fits your toddler. Notably, it should be foldable and flexible. This means it occupies small space when not in use, thus easy to carry along.

4. Blackout Blind

Children often need extra hours to sleep. A blackout blind allows kids to sleep comfortably after traveling for hours.

The blackout blind protects the child from the hot sunshine. Always ensure you get a quality one before you depart for your tourist destination

5. Sunshade for Stroller

The heat from the sun can spoil what was meant to be a fulfilling experience for your child.

A sunshade is an excellent alternative to an umbrella. It is ideal for keeping the stroller fresh as well as dark.

You need to find one that is well-ventilated to offer your kid the best vacation experience.

6. Medication

Medication is vital for traveling with a toddler! Especially if you plan to go abroad with your toddler on this vacation. If your toddler gets sick, then at least you know you have some medication that you can trust.

Don’t forget a thermometer too! You may need to take their temperature to see if they are burning up.

7. Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag is important in ensuring your child gets enough sleep. A good sleeping bag should be spacious, durable, well-ventilated, and comfortable.

Ask your toddler to help choose it for maximum effect!

8. Crib Sheet

A peaceful sleep makes a difference in the life of your child during vacation.

If you are going to book a hotel room for your vacation, then you need at least one crib sheet.

Find a high-quality crib sheet to keep your child comfortable.

9. Bibs and Sippy Cups

Did it occur to you when packing that your toddler needs to eat and drink?

Many parents forget this!

Toddlers who are learning to eat solid foods can be hard to handle during the vacation if you do not devise a way of feeding them.

A high-quality bib will make it easy to give the child food. Parents are advised to purchase silicone bibs to avoid coming home with stained and foggy items after the holiday.

Sippy cups can be used to reduce cases of overflows at the hotel rooms and planes, as well as restaurants.

10. Silicone Buckets/Spades

Silicone spades and buckets are the best for each toddler’s vacation. Items made from silicone do not crack when subjected to pressure, which makes it easy to transport them.

Your child will have something to do while you are swimming or engaged with other activities. Kids love playing with sand and water!

Obviously, if you are not going to the beach then this is not so important. However, a bucket can be an awesome bath toy!

11. Bathing Equipment

If your toddler hates baths, then brining along some bathing equipment may help their enjoyment. Consider some bathing toys, but the most important thing is that you take along the essentials like a sponge, cloths, shampoo, etc.

12. Changing Mat

A changing mat is vital for when traveling with a toddler!

If your toddler is dry during the day, then just replace this with a change of clothes or two… you may need it!

13. Travel Toys

Whether you are traveling in an airplane or traveling in the car with a toddler, they will need to be entertained!

Not only that, but some vacations include quite a bit of travel when you get to your destination. Travel toys will stop boredom, and will stop the parent frustration!

14. Diaper Bag

Again, this is only needed if your toddler is not dry during the day.

The diaper bag should contain:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Disposable Bags (For the diapers/wipes)


Preparing for a vacation with your child doesn’t have to be an uphill task, even for first-time parents. This vacation checklist for toddlers will give you everything you will need to kick the vacation off nicely!

It ensures you have everything you need to give both you and the toddler a fun-filled experience during the vacation. The most important items to crosscheck are the ones used for feeding, swimming, sleeping, and traveling.

Ensuring you have everything planned out gives you peace of mind.

Also, you can focus on having fun rather than worrying over items you forgot to bring along.

Lastly, preparing a vacation checklist for toddlers prevents incurring extra costs during the vacation.

Good luck, and have a great vacation!