The Ultimate Packing List for Young Families

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If you’re wondering what to pack for your next family trip this ultimate packing list is for you. There’s even a printable version of the packing checklist at the bottom of this post.

We travelled quite a bit with our first baby and now we’re back at it, but with a toddler and a newborn.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve packed our bags, yet I always need to refer to my holiday packing list to check I have everything. I thought I’d share it here in the hope that it’s helpful. In my opinion, anything that makes travelling with kids a bit easier is worth a go!

This is the ultimate packing list, so you may want to pick and choose which items are relevant for your family (i.e. how many children, preferences etc) and your trip (i.e. depending on where you’re going and how long for).

The Ultimate Packing List for Family Travel

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Your Baby Travel Checklist

Baby Travel Gear

  1. Travel cot (read why we always take one, rather than hire and our review here)
  2. Sling or carrier (we recommend the We Made Me Pao Papoose 3-in-1 Carrier) and sling/carrier cover (we recommend this universal cover)
  3. Car seat (read why we always take one, rather than hire and our review here)
  4. Stroller and bag
  5. Feeding equipment (I breastfeed so I don’t need any bottles, steralisers etc, but if you formula feed you’ll obviously need to bring all of that stuff)
  6. Thermometer (we use this one which doubles up as a room and bath thermometer).
  7. Mini-Explorer Milestone Cards (made by yours truly – shop here)
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Medicines

  1. Capol – or your preferred brand of pain relief (at least enough to see you through the flight and transfers if you’d rather buy it during your trip)
  2. Teething relief (I really rate teething granules as they’re a homeopathic remedy and seem to work with our little ones)

Recommended Reading: Baby Travel 101: Everything You Want to Know

Changing Stuff

  1. Nappies (at least enough to see you through the flight and transfers if you’d rather buy them during your trip. If not, multiply your usual daily allowance by the length of your trip and add a few extra for accidents. Yes, we could travel lighter without them, but we’d rather be wise with our time)
  2. Wipes (we really rate Waterwipes for newborns and sensitive skin)
  3. Nappy bags (or skip them and just roll and stick the nappy to itself)
  4. Hand sanitiser (ideally alcohol free)
  5. Portable baby travel change mat
  6. Rash/barrier cream (only if you use it)
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Baby Clothes

I prefer to keep Kit in sleepsuits/grows as it’s easier, comfier and we like using the in-built mittens/socks to keep her hands and feet warm. Obviously, it’s up to you how you dress your baby but I pack:

  1. Vests (one for each day and then a spare for each day in case of accidents. N.B. If you’re planning to do laundry while you’re away just take a spare to get you through the flight and transfers)
  2. Sleepsuits/Babygrows (one for each day and then a spare for each day in case of accidents – see above note too)
  3. Bibs (as above)
  4. Muslins (I usually ration two per day and one oversized muslin to use as a cover up, swaddle or blanket)
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Winter Baby Clothes

  1. 1 snowsuit
  2. Thermals (I prefer Merino wool as it helps regulate their temperature. I rate Lana Bambini and Polarn. O Pyret)
  3. Mittens
  4. Hat
  5. Merino wool fleece booties
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Summer Baby Clothes

  1. Swim nappies or reusable liner (I really rate the Bambino ones as they’re so soft)
  2. Swimsuit or trunks
  3. Hat

Baby Bedding

If you’d rather travel light, make sure you check with each of your accommodation providers as to exactly what’s included. Often baby bedding isn’t available.

  1. 1 bed sheet (we take one from home so that the smell is familiar, which we thinks help with better sleep.)
  2. Sleep bag (or blankets/sheets if your baby sleeps with them instead. We really rate the multi-tog Babasac sleep bag.)
  3. Comforter (we don’t use one, but if they have a fave teddy you may want to bring that)

Recommended Reading: 12 Amazing Tips for Flying With a Baby (Short AND Long-Haul)

Your Toddler Packing List

Toddler Gear

  1. Stroller (read why we always take the Nuna PEPP Luxx here)
  2. Stroller bag (if you’re planning to check it into the hold)
  3. BuggyBoard (particularly if you have more than one child)
  4. Car seat (read why we always take one, rather than hire and our review here)
  5. Plastic cup/beaker

Toddler Toiletries

  1. Capol or your preferred brand of pain relief (At least enough to see you through the flight and transfers if you’d rather buy it during your trip)
  2. Toothbrush and children’s paste

Toddler Changing Stuff

Our toddler is toilet trained, so I don’t need to bring nappies etc for him but if yours isn’t, refer to the baby ‘Changing Stuff’ section

  1. Portable potty (I really rate the waterproof and cute My Carry Potty range. We have the penguin!)
  2. Hand sanitiser

Toddler Clothes

Obviously, it’s up to you how you dress your toddler but I pack:

  1. Outfits (one for each day and then a spare for each day in case of accidents. N.B. If you’re planning to do laundry while you’re away just take a spare to get you through the flight and transfers)
  2. Coat or jacket
  3. PJs

Toddler Winter Clothes

  1. Snow trousers (I use waterproof and wind resistant separates rather than a snowsuit because Nova is toilet trained and it makes accidents less likely – it’s quicker to whip trousers down!)
  2. Thermals (I prefer Merino wool as it helps regulate their temperature. I rate Lana Bambini and Polarn. O Pyret)
  3. Mittens or gloves (opt for thermal/thinsulate rather than fashion if you can. Nova struggles to get his fingers in gloves, so I usually go for mittens)
  4. Handwarmers (great for when your toddler is refusing to wear mittens/gloves)
  5. Hat (opt for a fleece lined one to minimise itching and for extra warmth)
  6. Snow boots (Mountain Warehouse sell really affordable ones – we have these) or wellies (but make sure you pack thermal socks for the latter and that they are actually waterproof, rather than resistant – we have these)
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Toddler Summer Clothes

  1. Swim nappies or liner if not toilet trained
  2. Swimsuit or trunks
  3. Armbands or float jacket
  4. Hat
  5. Sunglasses

Toddler Bedding

Our toddler sleeps in a bed, so we don’t have to bring anything for him, but if yours doesn’t, refer to the baby ‘Bedding’ section or potentially bring bed supports if you’re worried. You may also want to bring a portable stairgate depending on your trip.

Recommended Reading: 10 Trip Options for Travelling With a Baby; Which One is for You?

What to Pack for Mama and/or Daddy

Parent Toiletries

  1. Painkillers (at least enough to see you through the flight and transfers if you’d rather buy it during your trip. Nothing worse than a banging headache and a screaming child)
  2. Toothbrush and paste
  3. Moisturisers (face/body/sun cream)
  4. Make-up (concealer, brow pencil, mascara, eyeliner, bronzer – I totally rate the it Cosmetics for the first three products)
  5. Hairbrush (couldn’t live without my Tangle Tamer paddle brush)
  6. Straighteners
  7. Deodorant
  8. Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner (if your accommodation doesn’t provide it)
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Parent Clothes

Obviously, it’s up to you how you dress but we pack:

  1. Outfits (one for each day and one spare for the whole trip)
  2. Coat or jacket
  3. PJs
  4. Hybrid shoes (the kid’s usually use up all our allowance, so my North Face trainers are perfect for all day walking, hikes, keeping dry and looking nice)
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Parent Winter Clothes

  1. Snow trousers
  2. Thermals (you can’t go wrong with The North Face)
  3. Mittens or gloves (opt for thermal/thinsulate rather than fashion)
  4. Hat (opt for a fleece lined one to minimise itching and for extra warmth)
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Parent Summer Clothes

  1. Swimsuit and/or trunks
  2. Hat
  3. Sunglasses
  4. A big multi-purpose beach towel (or a few) for sunbathing, drying and those post-swim cuddles. This sand repellent, absorbent, rapid-dry, lightweight towel by Tesalate is ideal.
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What to Pack for Everyone

Practical

  1. Passports
  2. Boarding passes
  3. Driving licence (especially if you’re hiring a car)
  4. EHIC card (or at least make sure you’ve filled it out online. It gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare in Europe)
  5. Travel insurance documents or link (Make sure you’ve got the emergency number saved in your phone, so you don’t have to faff about if something does happen)
  6. Accommodation/car rental/visa paperwork or downloads
  7. Currency/cards
  8. Adaptors
  9. First aid kit (or at least some variation)
  10. Talc powder if you’re going to the beach (it gets sand off really well)
  11. Handwipes and/or tissues
  12. Torch
  13. Carrier bags and sealable freezer bags for dirty clothes/leaking products etc
  14. Mini laundry liquid if you’re planning to do washing while you’re away or just buy out there
  15. Snacks. All of the snacks for both mini-explorers and grown-up explorers!

Entertainment

  1. Toys for littles (I don’t bother for our newborn as there is plenty going on at the airport for little ones to look at – so many lights!. However, if you want to bring some toys, I’d recommend compact or foldable ones to save on space and new ones to maximise their value – see 100 of the best travel presents for kids.
  2. Headphones (these kiddie ones have a max volume to protect their little ears)
  3. Phones and chargers
  4. Downloaded movies/music/books (don’t rely on wifi – we found that out the hard way!) and tablet/i-Pad
  5. A bedtime book (go for the paper version as they take up less luggage space)

Printable Version of the Ultimate Packing List for Family Travel

Print the Ultimate Packing List here or save/print the below images…

Ultimate Packing List for Family Travel Printable Checklist
Ultimate Packing List for Family Travel Printable Checklist

So there you have it! Happy travels!

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