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Travel Help: How and what to pack for traveling with a toddler

DURATION OF VACATION: 2 weeks

We are going for a short little trip to see how things go. If all goes well, I’ll do more trips with Baby Bun, perhaps solo.

MY PACKING LIST

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CLOTHING

  • 1 linen long-sleeved jacket or topper
  • 2 linen tank tops
  • 2 pairs of linen pants
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 1 pair of yoga pants/shorts (to do yoga in & wear around the home)
  • 3 changes of underwear
  • 1 pair of wool socks

For The Bun:

  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of pajamas
  • 1 jacket for the plane to stay warm
  • 3 pairs of socks

FOOTWEAR

  • Washable, flat loafers for the plane & walking which I will wear

For The Bun:

  • 1 pair of shoes for The Bun which he will wear

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

ELECTRONICS

TOILETRIES (MINI)

HAIR

FACE/BODY

EYES

EVENT-SPECIFIC ITEMS

BAGS

MEDICINE

  • Motion sickness patch (the only thing that works for traveling)
  • Aspirin (in case of headaches and pain)
  • Fermented fish pills

BABY BUN ITEMS

  • MacLaren Triumph Stroller (super light, foldable)
  • Baby Bun’s cuddly toy (which we can easily replace if lost)
  • Baby Bun’s travel blanket to comfort him (we use it in his stroller)
  • 1 bottle to drink water on safely & to help with his ears during takeoff and landing
  • Flash cards (he loves letters and counting right now)
  • 2 books in a box and wrapped like a present (to keep him occupied & to let him open his new gifts on the plane)

WHAT I AM NOT BRINGING TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE

  • Any kind of jewellery; I’d rather not lose it
  • Toys we cannot replace for The Bun who is sure to lose things

WHAT I PLAN ON DOING BEFORE LEAVING

  • Plucking my eyebrows
  • Shaving
  • Cutting The Bun & my nails
  • Doing a fresh coat on my nails in Zoya’s Avril which is the perfect nude polish
  • Sanding down my feet with my Amope Pedi

TIPS ON KEEPING TODDLERS OCCUPIED ON THE PLANE

  • Wrap their toys so that they open their ‘presents’ on the plane
  • Bring familiar items — baby bottle, blanket, a stuffed toy
  • Bring books / flash cards to read and entertain them with

ANY TIPS FROM PARENTS WHO HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE?



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4 Comments

  1. Cristina

    We have a Maclaren stroller we plan on taking on a flight soon. Did you gate check it? Bare? Or did you have some kind of protective bag for it? Did it get damaged or dirty?

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  2. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life

    This is how we did it recently: http://agaishanlife.com/2016/06/our-experience-flying-with-your-small-kid-wont-kill-you/

    The one thing I regretted not having on hand was a situational thing: we needed Motrin for teething pain and fever.

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  3. SarahN

    I always need to pack my heel buffer for a travel trip longer than a week – I feel like all the walking makes them rougher? I should plan and post my month in Europe packing trip. I’ve been rather ‘blah’ about blogging lately. Work’s taking a lot of my energy, which I’m OK with.

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    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      You know, I have the same problem and I actually leave the calluses because it toughens my feet for walking.

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