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Must Have Essentials When Travelling With Toddlers

Our youngest son is currently 1 and now passed his baby stage. If you want to read about must have essentials for travelling with babies then you can read our past article which has essentials for the age range of 0 to 1. Everyone’s must have essentials differ as it all depends on the child, especially the toddler years as they can like so many different things. So whether it be a long haul flight or a car trip somewhere you sometimes can feel a bit overwhelmed with what to take. So here are our must have essentials for when travelling with toddlers (age 1 to 3)

Must Have Essentials For Travelling With Toddlers

Bed options toddler
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Somewhere to Sleep

As your toddler gets bigger then they may be too big for a travel cot, but too small for a single bed. If this is the case then there are options that you can take with you to help out. Depending what your accommodation provides you may find they have a large travel cot available, so make sure you ask first.

If they don’t and a single bed is an option then a bed guard would be a great help. We have a travel guard but we found for flying it just took up valuable space so we had to leave it behind. You can also get foam bed guards which are also very good and can fold within your suitcase. If you think a single bed is too big then you can also get blow up toddler beds. We have used ours a few times and it does come in handy.

Having lunch at the Museum

Something to Eat

Snacks…toddlers love snacks. If you are travelling by plane or by car etc then having snacks on hand can stop the need of your child getting cranky as they are hungry. It’s always great having a variety of different snacks too if you have the space.

Toddler at Palmitos Park

Somewhere to Sit/Relax

Depending on your toddler you may need somewhere for your toddler to rest while you are out and about. This can be a pram or a baby carrier. We usually take both which means we can swap about during the week and leave the pram at the hotel one day if needed.

Littlelife Backpack
Picture Credit: Little Life

Let Them Explore

As they are now toddling about you need eyes in the back of your head (hopefully it’s not just our boys!) This means reins can come in handy. There are many available; ones that go on their wrist, ones that go on their chest and little backpacks with reins attached. We have the Littlelife Daysack which is the little backpack with reins attached. Comes in very handy to keep the youngest safe but enough for him to explore his surroundings.

Travel Highchair
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Meal Times

A travel seat may come in handy especially in restaurants as we have encountered on many occasions places either having no high chairs or they have ran out. So a travel seat may be handy if you just want to sit down and get your child straight to the table. Also great if self catering and no highchair is going to be available. We have reviewed the Tot Seat which is great for travelling. It is small and compact and can fit in your changing bag.

What must have travel essentials do you take with you when travelling with toddlers?

must have travel essentials for travelling with a toddler

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I have always had an interest in travel and now we have our two boys we want them to see more than just the UK. We hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children. You can also read about our holidays and the places we have visited while away.
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    1. Glad it was helpful 🙂 our boys love food so we always have enough snacks to feed an army! Hope you have a great time when you go away xx

  1. Useful advice! Just planning a trip to Sicily and I hunk my toddler will be in a bed by then so good to hear about the bed guard you can pack in your suitcase.

    1. Thank you for commenting 🙂 glad it was of help. We have taken our bed guard a number of times. If we don’t spare pillows or towels rolled up under the bed sheet also works well.

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