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At Nomad Mom Life, I’m particularly passionate about exploring new places. Whether we travel by car, train, or plane, my family has done it. We haven’t done a cruise yet though. They freak me out a bit (more on that another time). My family is totally game for travel. So far, my two little ones have seen South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the oldest has been to Taiwan. She’s just 3. And that doesn’t include our home in the United States. So, we’re pretty well-versed nomads. If you’re planning on taking your littles on a trip anytime soon, here are my packing checklist for safe toddler travel.
Mom’s Packing Checklist For Safe Toddler Travel
My packing does not include things like strollers and baby carriers or clothes, for that matter. This list is primarily for safe toddler travel. For that reason, it’s pretty specific. As you create your own checklist, take a look at mine. It’s always nice to bounce ideas off of other mamas.
1. Outlet Covers
When my (now) 3-year-old was younger, we simply had to tell her “NO” and she wouldn’t try to touch an outlet again. Our 1-year-old, however, is a different kid. We have to prepare a bit more for him. So, think about how adventurous your kids are. Whether you’re staying at a hotel or at grandma’s house, there will be outlets. Prepare for how you’ll manage your kids around them. For us, travel with a ziplock back of outlet covers is how we roll.
It’s also worth noting that all countries have different outlets. So, if you’re traveling abroad, you may want to consider that before purchasing anything. If you’re going for a budget-friendly, safe toddler travel solution, before we thought of the outlet covers, duck tape worked just fine.
Again, this is one of those items that depends on the kid. If your kids are not interested in the toilet, then skip this item but if you do have a little who is fascinated with the toilet, you may want to consider adding a toilet lock to your checklist.
I like this one because it’s budget-friendly, easy to mount, easy to remove, and easy to use. So, you won’t get confused in the middle of the night and not be able to open the toilet, if you have to use the bathroom.
Granted, you could also always keep the bathroom door closed. But if your family is like mine, having a rule that you always relock the toilet has saved us from many a toddler explorations.
3. Cabinet Closures
Cabinet Closures are the best. Just looking at these things, I’m thinking I need to buy more. One of the things I’m truly neurotic about is kids climbing on drawers. Sure, at home, you can mount tall heavy furniture to a wall, but when you travel with toddlers, you’re staying in other people’s homes or in hotel rooms. You can’t guarantee the security of the future.
You also can’t guarantee that dangerous chemicals won’t be out of little arms’ reach. Enter these cabinet closures. Whenever we’ve stayed with the grandmas; rented an Airbnb or stayed in a hotel, these little guys are fantastic. They just scream safe toddler travel! They install and remove quite easily. And they give me the peace of mind to sleep, knowing my kiddos are safe in our temporary space.
4. Travel Highchair
This travel highchair is genius! We found this product on our trip to Hong Kong (different brand same design concept). We were having such a hard time trying to figure out how to feed our (then) 13 month old without one person holding the baby and the other parent feeding, leaving our older little one without any assistance.
It was one thing in a restaurant, which often had high chairs for customer use but in our hotel room, there was no way for our family of four to enjoy a meal together. Then, we found this travel highchair. We could all sit and enjoy a meal in our hotel room or at grandma’s house. We automatically had a safe place to put our little guy while we changed clothes (nearby) or helped our other child. We could read stories with both kids and relax a little bit. This is one of our favorite kid travel purchases.
5. Travel Potty
For a 14-hour flight with toddlers, we had a really hard time trying to decide whether to revert to diapers, lug a kiddy potty, or try to use the public bathrooms.
We decided to use the public bathrooms, but I knew I needed to find a liner of some sort that I could stick in my diaper bag (that maybe I too could use). And voila! We found these toilet liners on Amazon!
The first brand we found was nice, but this brand..this brand is amazing. These covers are HUGE! Both of my kids like to hold on to the nasty toilet (which is just so gross), but they’re kids. These toilet liners cover enough of the toilet that their hands don’t even touch the nasty toilet when they grab hold.
At the risk of TMI, the great thing is I can take both kids to the potty at once. I just open a toilet liner and put one down, and we all get to use it. No one has to come in contact with an icky toilet. When everyone is done, I pick it up and toss it. Possible gross situation mitigated, the kids stay dry, and I don’t have to change diapers! #momwin!
6. Travel bed
So, my kids can sleep in a big bed, but they’ve been known to roll out. Plus, having two kids who are used to sleeping alone sleep not just in the same room, but in the same bed is a recipe for disaster in our family.
That’s why we’ve opted for toddler travel beds. These travel beds are awesome! You can throw them in a trunk or I guess you could check them with your bags at the airport (We haven’t done that yet), but the great thing is your kids have a safe comfortable place to sleep and you (probably) won’t hear a whole lot of extra bickering.
7. Scented Trash Bags
When you travel, bad things that need scented trash bags happen. It’s a good idea to always have a roll. Stashing a roll in your car or in your carry on with a pair of extra clothes for each person traveling is always a good idea.
I started using scented trash bags because when things smell bad, they make everything smell. Having a little scent makes the misery of the event combined with the future of cleaning said items a little easier to bear.
Aside from accidents, when you travel with toddlers, there’s always something to throw away. Always some form of trash. Having these trash bags allows me to clean up as I go.
8. Clorox Wipes (http://amzn.to/2n84uGj)
If you haven’t been able to tell already, I like things clean. It’s a personal problem but I digress. I love these little packs of Clorox wipes. You can stash one in your diaper/kid bag and store one in your car. They’re great for wiping down public surfaces (like airplane armrests or public high chairs).
If you run out of hand sanitizer, in a bind I’ve used these babies to wipe hands. It’s not ideal (hand sanitizer or a good hand washing is preferable), but in a bind they do wonders.
I never travel without a pack and if you’re traveling with little ones who love to touch everything and always manage to put their hands in their face, Clorox wipes are your friends. You can wipe surfaces in advance and worry less about your kids’ adventures into germdum.
9. Extra Undies/ Pull-ups/Diapers
How you dress your kiddo is totally your call, but I always make sure to have extra of whatever I’ve dressed them in. Depending on the length of your trip and the availability of extra resources at your destination, you may need to pack more than
10. First Aid Kit
When traveling with kids of any age, having a travel first aid kit is handy. They’re inexpensive and this one fits just about anywhere.
For our travel first aid kit, I also include Children’s Motrin and Benadryl just in case one of the kids gets sick.
What’s on your packing checklist for safe toddler travel?