Summer Holiday Packing For Toddlers

Essential Packing List for Toddlers: Summer Holiday Edition

Travelling with a toddler can be an exciting adventure, but it also requires a bit of planning to ensure you have everything you need. Here’s a handy comprehensive packing list to help you prepare for your trip, ensuring you’re well-equipped for any situation.


  • Tops: T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and vests
  • Bottoms: Shorts, trousers, leggings, and skirts
  • Outerwear: Lightweight jacket, raincoat, and a warm jumper
  • Sleepwear: Pyjamas (consider both warm and cool options)
  • Underwear: Plenty of pants
  • Socks: Several pairs, including thicker ones for colder weather
  • Footwear: Comfortable shoes, sandals, wellies, and a pair of dress shoes if needed
  • Swimwear: Swimsuit, swim nappies, and a sunhat
  • Mini Backpack: To keep all their activities in - our Animal Backpacks are great for this


  • Nappies: Sufficient supply for the trip, plus extras, plus swim nappies
  • Wipes: Plenty for nappy changes and general cleaning
  • Nappy cream: To prevent and treat nappy rash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste: Toddler-friendly options
  • Hairbrush/comb: Detangler for young hair
  • Shampoo and body wash: Mild, toddler-specific products
  • Suncream: High SPF for sensitive skin
  • Hand sanitiser: For on-the-go cleanliness


  • Bottles and sippy cups: As needed for drinks
  • Milk/formula: If your toddler is still using them
  • Snacks: Easy-to-carry options like fruit, crackers, and pouches
  • Meals: Ready-made meals or ingredients for preparation
  • Bibs: A few to keep clothes clean during meals
  • Cutlery and plates: Toddler-friendly and travel-sized
  • High chair/booster seat: Portable options for mealtime
  • Scarf: For cover while breast-feeding - doubles as a sun shade or blanket in the buggy in the evenings

Health and Safety

  • First aid kit: Including plasters, antiseptic wipes, and a thermometer
  • Medications: Any required prescriptions, plus over-the-counter essentials like pain relief, antihisthamine and sting relief
  • Insect repellent: Child-friendly options
  • Emergency contact information: Written down and easily accessible
  • Travel insurance details: In case of emergencies

Comfort Items

  • Favourite toys and activities: A few items to keep your toddler entertained such as our Ooly colouring supplies
  • Books: Or a YOTO for quiet time and bedtime stories
  • Blanket: Familiar and comforting for naps and bedtime
  • Comforter/dummy: If your toddler uses one

Travel Gear

  • Pushchair/buggy: Lightweight and foldable for convenience
  • Travel cot: If not provided by your accommodation + familiar bedding
  • Car seat: Ensure it’s suitable for your destination and mode of transport
  • Baby carrier: Useful for outings and when your toddler gets tired
  • Nappy bag: Spacious and well-organised for daily outings
  • Travel toys: Compact and engaging options for the journey
  • Kids' Digital Camera: A durable drop-proof kids camera - no games just memories, like our selection from Kidamento


  • Reusable bags: For dirty clothes and rubbish
  • Towels: Small and quick-drying options - our Dock + Bay Towels are perfect
  • Portable potty/travel toilet seat: If your toddler is potty training
  • Spare clothes: Extra outfits for unexpected messes
  • Water bottle: For hydration on the go - our Trixie water bottles are ideal


  • Passport: Ensure it’s valid and accessible
  • Travel itinerary: Copies of flight details, hotel reservations, and important addresses
  • Health records: Vaccination details and any necessary medical information

Tips for Packing

  1. Pack Light but Smart: Focus on essentials and multi-purpose items to save space.
  2. Organise with Packing Cubes: Keep items sorted and easily accessible.
  3. Check Weather Forecasts: Tailor your packing list to suit the climate of your destination.
  4. Prepare for Delays: Have extra snacks, nappies, and activities for unexpected wait times.

With this comprehensive packing list, you’ll be well-prepared for a smooth and enjoyable holiday with your toddler. Safe travels!