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Could we possibly pack one more thing? With a toddler, yes!

This is my master list of all of the essentials you could need for toddler travel.

It’s everything from what we use for flying to road trips, plus some of the other essentials like for a beach trip.

I personally like to keep things to a minimum when traveling with our toddler (as much as possible). So each trip I have a good think about what we may need on the ground and what will help us get there. There are a few things that I have with me on almost every single trip, things like our baby carrier, compact stroller, and a good sound machine.

My Toddler Travel Essential Gear List

As she grows and as we test out new gear, I will be sure to add it to this list and keep it up to date. I know we will outgrow a few things but these are all really staple items to use for a few years.

Traveling with a toddler does not have to be super complicated, so I try to keep that in mind. After overpacking on a few trips, I learned my lesson fast on how to edit down.

This is my toddler travel gear essentials list!

Short on Time? Here Are My Top Picks for Toddler Travel Gear Essentials:

  1. Caraa Baby Travel Backpack
  2. Artipoppe Baby Carrier
  3. Sanitizing Honest Hand Wipes
  4. Guava Pack & Play
  5. Portable Blackout Window Shade
  6. Baby Monitor No WiFi Needed

For more tips for traveling with your toddler, don’t miss these posts:

My Toddler Travel Essential Gear List

Airplane Gear for Toddlers

The Big Gear

My Toddler Travel Essential Gear List


Travel Toys (We Always Have the Tablet and a Few Toys)

Upcoming flight with a toddler? Here’s my guide on how to survive

Sleep Gear

My Toddler Travel Essential Gear List

Road Trip Gear

My Toddler Travel Essential Gear List

In addition to the items below, we use most of the same gear listed in the above sections.

Taking a road trip with an infant? Here’s my complete packing list

Outdoor Gear

My Toddler Travel Essential Gear List

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My Toddler Travel Essential Gear List

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1. Book Your Flights

I use Skyscanner to find the best flights. It searches 100s of airlines and websites across the globe to ensure you’re not missing out on any route options or deals.

2. Book Your Accommodations

I use for hotels and guest houses. They have the biggest inventory and consistently offer the best rates.

3. Book Your Tours & Experiences

I use Viator or Get Your Guide to find the best tours and experiences. They are my favorite tour search engines. I always check both as their inventory varies depending on the destination.

4. Book Your Rental Car

Self-driving is the best way to explore most destinations. I use Discover Cars for our rental cars, select full coverage insurance, and opt for a reputable company like Alamo, Hertz, or Sixt.

5. Don’t Forget Airport Lounge Access

I use Priority Pass to gain access to 1,400+ VIP lounges and airport experiences worldwide. The Priority Pass app is the first thing I check when I have a layover. I’ve been a member for over a decade, and having a comfortable place to relax before and between flights makes air travel so much more enjoyable.

6. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

I never leave the country without travel insurance. It provides comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong (ie. illness, injury, theft, and cancelations, etc.). I use it frequently for my travels to stay protected.

My favorite companies that offer the best coverage and rates are:


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