First family holiday abroad: toddler packing list
I’m going to be packing two outfits for each of the four days we are away to allow for spills and accidents. Then there’s TBT’s special outfit for the big day.
We’ve also bought a new legionnaire-style sun hat in the Boots sale (£2.50) and have plenty of factor 50 suncream. We may be heading to Sweden, but temperatures have been reaching above 30°C in recent weeks!
I know some travellers prefer to buy nappies when they reach their destination, but we have decided to take TBT’s with us as we’re only away a few days and we don’t want to spend all our time in supermarkets.
TBT loves to brush her ‘teat’ so her 0-3 tooth brush and tooth paste will be in my toiletries bag, along with a flannel and her baby wash.
We also won’t be leaving home without nappy balm, nappy bags, baby wipes and our travel change mat.
We have been using sleeping bags to keep our little nocturnal wriggler snug since she was about three-months-old. I’ll be packing two as TBT has just worked out how to slip her hands back inside the arm holes and take her nappy off in the middle of the night. There have been leaks aplenty!
I also got a good tip from a fellow blogger who (now offline) found her airline charged for blankets and pillows. I picked up a ladybird pillow friend in the Asda sale (£4), which will double as a toy, and will also be packing a blanket TBT was given as a present.
Meal times and snacks
I’ve got loads of snacks for TBT to munch while we are travelling: Asda Little Angels oat bars (£1.50 for five); Asda Little Angels raisins bags (£1.50 for five); Cathedral City Baked Bites (£1 for five bags at Asda); Asda mini bread sticks (£1), bananas; grapes; and sticks of pepper.
TBT is most insistent on using her ‘boona’ (spoon to you and me) with every meal, so I’m packing her toddler cutlery, which we were given as a present. She’s prone to putting her fork and spoon in her hair and throwing them around so we’d rather she did this with blunted implements than anything sharp we’ll be given in hotels and restaurants.
To help get as much use as possible out of TBT’s wardrobe we always use bibs at meal time. I particularly like the ones with arms and, considering it’s going to be used in company, I have bought a pretty new one to take with us. It cost me £3 from George at Asda.
For slurps of water and milk I’m packing two Tommee Tippee Explora drinking cups (two for £6 at Asda) – we’re bound to lose one!
Something new that we have just been out to buy is a Tomy Freestyle 3-in-1 Booster Seat (£19.99 from Boots). TBT loves eating at the table, but hasn’t quite mastered staying in her chair. I added this to my list after reading a post about travelling with a toddler by Where’s Sharon.
I’ve been scouring the web for other inflight entertainment ideas and have picked up a few things in the past week:
- a sticker book from The Works (£2.99)
- Little Miss Pocket Library card books from Asda (£3)
- A Magic Spring (slinky) from The Works (99p)
- My first words flash cards from The Works (£1.99)
- An activity book and crayons, which are part of a pack from Poundland (£1)
Thanks to the bloggers I mentioned in Two weeks to lift off for all the entertainment inspiration.
After sharing my initial post about our first family holiday abroad on Facebook, I had lots of advice about flying with a toddler. While I think Gin would be helpful for our nerves (thanks Mr BTBDC), I think we’ll get some funny looks from our fellow passengers on our dawn chorus flight!
I am however taking up the advice about packing Calpol (who would go anywhere without it?!) and lollipops for sucking on take off and landing.
So that’s it – everything you need for travelling with a cheeky 18-month-old. Or is it? What have I missed that might come in handy for three hours on a plane followed by another three in a car? I’d love to hear from you.
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