Motherhood 4 years ago

Traveling with a Toddler Checklist

After traveling with Chloe on my recent trip to Hawaii, I realized I haven’t done an updated traveling with a baby post since she was a 1-year-old (in Paris to be exact)! If you missed that one, you can read my Traveling With a Baby Post HERE. As you can see… A LOT has changed within the past year and a half, and I can now say that traveling has gotten somewhat easier than before but now come with a different set of challenges. The main difference is that I can travel much lighter now that she’s a toddler, and I don’t necessarily feel the need to carry my whole life around with me. But nonetheless, it’s really important to have a few things prepared for those unexpected moments. Keep scrolling to discover my checklist for those times you’ll be traveling with a toddler!

The Big Stuff 

First off, finding a sturdy mommy bag (or in our case, backpack) to lug and throw around on and off the plane is so important. I’ve been using this Honest diaper bag for years now and haven’t really used anything else since I got my hands on it. It has tons of pockets, also a little insulated pocket to keep your food items cold. It’s also the only unisex bag that my husband actually loves wearing himself. I’ve had this backpack for over a year now and it’s gone through some really rough conditions and it still looks and feels amazing. It’s super durable, easy and reliable.


The #1 most important thing when traveling with a toddler is finding a compact stroller that can easily be folded and unfolded. I am obsessed with this one from Summer. I bought this one specifically for my trip to Asia last year. Most streets in Asia are very narrow and I knew I needed something super easy to unfold and fold (repeat a million times) going in and out of cabs. Although I bought it particularly for my travels, I’ve been using it almost every day since because of how easy it is to get in and out of places. It’s super lightweight and get this: it’s probably the ONLY travel stroller that lays completely flat. A lot of travel strollers will have an incline but this one lays completely flat. With one click you can open and close it… its so convenient and really is the best travel stroller ever.


I brought a whole suitcase of just games and entertainment for Chloe. I wanted to make sure we didn’t have any meltdowns on the plane so I knew I had to keep her super engaged and thoroughly entertained.  I did not want to be THAT person on the plane.  The key thing is not to bring the toys out all at once. You want them to play with one thing at a time and do a slow rollout of other toys.

Play Dough Travel Set
We have this exact set but a bigger version at home. I went to Target the night before and knew this would keep her distracted for at least an hour or so.  She absolutely loves her play dough at home so I knew she would be super excited to see it on the plane. She actually ended up playing with this set all throughout our vacation in Hawaii.

Peppa Pig Coloring Book with Stickers
Chloe is obsessed with Peppa Pig, coloring, and stickers so when I found this Peppa Pig coloring sticker book at Target I knew she would be so excited about it!

Sticker Glitter Bracelet Kit
At my last minute trip to Target, I also found this cute little sticker kit where you could decorate and design your own bracelets. Chloe made one for me, Allen and herself.

As she was getting a little tired I brought out her two favorite bed time stories so I could read them to her before she fell asleep to get her nice and relaxed.  No matter where we are, reading to Cloclo is one of my favorite things to do.

Post Its
I literally got a ton of colorful post it notes and I let her decorate our row with the post its. She was so excited to post them everywhere! Of course, we cleaned them up when we were done, but she loved the idea that she got to stick these oversized stickers all over the airplane!

I pre-downloaded some of her favorite shows such as Peppa Pig and Daniel Tiger. There are really amazing educational games that she loves such as a matching game, learning her ABCs or Painting with Peppa on the iPad. There are a number of really creative, interactive, and educational games that are available but you have to remember to download all of them before jumping on the flight as there is usually no-wifi or if there is, the wifi is usually slow!


Other Necessities 

Food is always hit or miss on the plane and Chloe has been kind of s picky eater lately, so I always make sure to pack some of her favorite snacks which include: cheese, crackers, fruit, to even pre-made sandwiches.

This is an obvious one but you want to make sure you bring more than the usual on the plane because you just never know! I’ve been using the Honest diapers because I feel like they are able to hold things into place especially when she goes #2!

Baby Wipes
I carry baby wipes everywhere I go. I have been using the BabyGanics wipes because they double up as a face and hand wipe as well. I’m constantly wiping her hands on the plane with these since there are so many germs everywhere! The last thing you want is a sick baby on vacation!  (I also love the little travel/purse sized wipes they have!)

Hand Sanitizer Spray
The Honest hand sanitizer spray is hands down my absolute favorite. Allen and I use it as well. It’s clean, effective, kills all those bad germs (especially on the plane) and doesnt dry out your skin. I leave one in my travel bag, car and house… AKA I never leave the house without it.

My favorite baby sunblock is from THINK babyit has the least amount of chemicals and it and doesn’t have that sunblock residue that makes your skin super sticky and pasty white. I literally slathered this sunscreen on all day every day when we were in Hawaii.


A bag of toiletries with products such as shampoo, body wash, lotion, etc. is a great to have on the plane. I usually travel with the Honest travel kit or the Babyganics one because they literally have everything you need in a travel size container.

Hair Brush & Detangler
Chloe has the most tangled hair when she wakes up so I always brush and detangle it the night before. I’ve been using the Tangle Teaser detangler and it works magic when sprayed with the Honest detangler spray.

Swim Diapers
Chloe is not fully potty trained yet, so it’s still important that she wears swim diapers when swimming as the regular diapers will just absorb the water and expand the diaper. My favorite swim diapers are the Little Swimmers by Huggies.


We always bring Chloe’s blankie from home as it helps her fall asleep in foreign places such as the plane or in a hotel room. It soothes her and puts her more at ease in foreign places she may be unfamiliar with.

Traveling with a toddler can be extremely challenging but that’s why it’s so important you have things planned out and packed in advance!  You’ll be able to feel more at ease knowing you did your toddler travel homework pre-flight! Do you have any tips that you go by with your toddler? Let me know in the comments below!


Photography by Drew Scott