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My sister-in-law and SOTD contributor Lauren shared a packing list she had been putting together and editing since her first vacation with my niece, Brinley. As we were joining them on our spring Disney trip, she passed along her list for my use.
After the trip, I edited this list based on our family’s needs and included all the things I learned along the way. Lucky for you, I’ve put together my new Toddler Packing List here which you can DOWNLOAD for your own use! Check out a few things I’ve highlighted below that you might not have thought of prior to your trip:
- Ziploc baggies – With a toddler, you are always in need of a magical unending supply of goldfish crackers, pretzels, or yogurt melts so these baggies came in handy. I also used one for extra tissues (since my little travel pack of tissues never seemed to be enough), packed a peanut butter sandwich or two (for those long days when we weren’t sure if we’d find something in time to feed Brielle), to store the messy bib after eating instead of just throwing it back in the diaper bag and any other little odds and ends needed to be packed for our day in the parks.
- Toss and Go Cups – While we love our Munchkin Sippy Cups (and I did bring two of them along) I also brought a few of these Toss and Go style cups that we could easily throw in the diaper bag when running out. If a restaurant didn’t have a kid’s cup (rare but we did experience one) I could pull ours out. We also ended up using one for a fun bath time accessories since we weren’t stocked with our normal bath toys on this trip or could’ve used it at the beach if our little miss liked the sand.
- Mini Dish Detergent – Our Treehouse Villa at Saratoga Springs included a little kitchen area and dish washer so we were able to clean all the girls’ sippy cups and eating utensils each night. But sometimes we just wanted to clean something real quick in the sink and a mini container of dish detergent helped do the trick. I brought the remaining one with us to the second part of our trip since we were staying at a regular hotel room and we were still able to clean up her cups each night.
- Silicon Placemat – Brielle is very used to eating at her high chair with the full tray so not having this on the trip was detrimental to her calmly sitting and eating. I’d throw down this Neat Solutions Sili-Stick Table Topper so she’d have a place to lay down her food. She’s not yet into keeping all her items on a plate so this helped make the eating atmosphere a little more familiar. Our niece Brinley also enjoyed this Neat Solutions Activity Table Topper with Princess Stickers style which kept her entertained while munching in her seat!
- Night Light – Hotel rooms are notoriously dark so if your baby isn’t used to that, bring your own night light. Secondly, make sure you strategically know where to put it! With some other little being sitting on my bladder at all times and having to get up to use the restroom several times a night, we learned the first night that we needed to move the light source so I wasn’t casting a shadow over her way every time I got up and walked by.
- Fold Up Tote Bag and Fold Up Cooler – A fold up tote bag can be key to easily become a beach bag, extra grocery bag or one that hangs off your stroller when bouncing around the park. The cooler bag can be key to keep items colder, especially when packed with a Ziploc baggie of ice at the bottom!
- Travel Wet Wipes – If you’re like us, you have a large container of wet wipes near your sink in the kitchen to clean up messy toddler hands. When you’re running out of a restaurant as your toddler’s about to have a melt down, opening a pack of the individual travel wet wipes you have in your bag instead of bringing them into the bathroom to wash their hands is a quick fix and much needed item in that diaper bag!
- Tip: Make sure you replace any batteries for items BEFORE you travel. We LOVE and still use our Cloud b Sleep Sheep – On The Go. The battery lasts forever in that thing. But we made sure to change it the night before we flew out so there would be no issues on our trip.