Top 10 Toddler Travel Essentials


My family and I try to travel as often as we can and because of this, I’ve taken some time to narrow down our top 10 toddler travel essentials. 

It probably goes without saying, but your packing list changes a lot after you have children. Especially, while they are still babies or toddlers. Travel essentials for kids are completely different than the things you would ever need to pack for yourself.

If you’re planning a long road trip with toddlers, you’re in the right place!

travel essentials for flying with a toddler

We haven’t taken either our kids on a plane yet, but I’m sure most of these items would be travel essentials for flying with a toddler, as well.

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My Top 10 Toddler Travel Essentials

In no particular order…

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

I know I said “in no particular order,” but this one is definitely first for a reason. Liam is 3 and a half and loves his Amazon Fire Kids Tablet. The great thing about these tablets is that you can download movies or shows off of Netflix, so even if you don’t have an internet connection, you can still have hours and hours of video to watch. Perfect for traveling!

Wet Wipes

Your toddler may already be potty trained, and if that is the case, you may not be lugging around diapers wipes anymore. You do need something to clean up with, though. If your toddler is stuck in a car or a plane for hours, there’s a good chance they’ll be eating and drinking, and quite possibly making a mess. Amazon’s wet wipes are my favorite. Mostly because they’re the most inexpensive.

top 10 toddler travel essentials

Snacks & Drinks

Speaking of eating and drinking, you don’t want to have to stop for food 30 times a day (and if you’re in a plane, you can’t), so make sure you bring snacks. Both of our kids love cereal bars, so those work perfectly. It’s also nice to keep some bottled water with you and some toddler drinking cups, so you don’t have to worry about getting spills all over your backseat.

Seat Protectors

Cameron and I have these in our car all the time, anyway, but I’m sure they’re even more beneficial if you’re on a road trip with toddlers. These help a lot, because if food or crayons or anything else ends up getting dropped on your seats, it doesn’t actually land on the seat. It lands on the seat protector, and your seats stay perfect!


Maybe your toddlers don’t like tablets as much as mine do, or maybe you’re stuck in the car for so long that eventually the tablet gets boring. That’s where books come into play! What could be more perfect for a toddler’s first plane ride than Maisy Goes On a Plane?! Or if you’re headed to the beach, this Beach Sticker Activity Book would be lots of fun for a kid to play with on the way there!

Earbuds or Headphones

If you’re on a plane, or even if you just don’t want to hear your toddler’s tablet during the entire car ride, get them some headphones! You could even get yourself some earbuds if you want to listen to your own music or movies. Liam has these headphones for toddlers. I have the Jabra Elite 75t Earbuds. I did a lot of research before picking them over the Apple AirPods, so check them out!


Liam never even thinks about sunglasses until he’s in the car and is at just the right angle for the sun to shine directly in his eyes. Make sure you bring toddler sunglasses with you, so you don’t have to stop and get some for your kid as soon as this happens. Save yourself a trip!


I’m sure sleeping in a car seat is uncomfortable, and I’m very glad I don’t have to do it. Both of our kids love these soft toddler blankets, though! London has one with unicorns on it, and Liam has one covered in foxes. They’re actually really, really soft. They use these at nap time at daycare, too.

First Aid Kit

Hopefully, you won’t need a first aid kit, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially if you’re hundreds or thousands of miles from home. I found one on Amazon with a ton of reviews and it doesn’t cost much, either!

Toddler Suitcase

Fine. Maybe this isn’t something that should be on a list of toddler travel necessities, but JUST LOOK at this toddler Mickey Mouse Suitcase!! They have a Minnie Mouse Suitcase, too. We already have Mickey and Minnie strollers for them, so I’m pretty sure we will also need the suitcases when we go to Walt Disney World. I cannot live without them.

That’s my complete list of Top 10 Toddler Travel Essentials! What else would you add to your list?!

Also, if you’ve taken babies and/or toddlers to Disney World, please feel free to leave a comment and give me tons of tips. We’re planning to go in October of this year for the FIRST TIME EVER (with the kids)!

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