Traveling with babies and toddlers is always an interesting task. Combine that with unpreparedness and you may be in for a total catastrophe! If you’re anything like us, preparing for vacation or even just a few days away from home, begins weeks in advance. It has always served our family best to fabricate a useful list that we recycle year after year. Perhaps you can modify this list to accommodate wherever your travels may take you! This particular list is designed for traveling to the beach with little ones.
First, let’s get back to basics. These are your necessities that must accompany your travels with babies and toddlers. You will need…
- Diapers/diaper bag
- Butt cream
- “Poo” bags
- Extra underwear
- Hair bows/pony tail holders
- Hand sanitizer
- Shampoo/bath soap
- Suction bulbs/saline mist (optional, but very helpful)
- Cotton swabs
Second, you’ll need clothing. Don’t forget to include an overnight bag if you will be stopping before your final destination!
- Play shirts
- Play shorts
- Nice shirts
- Nice shorts
- Swim trunks
- Swim shirts
- Athletic shoes
- Beach hats
- Long sleeved shirt
- Long pants
Third, prepare your finances.
- Traveler’s checks
- Personal checks
- Debit/credit cards
Fourth, get your beach items!
- Aloe/soothing after sun cream
- Baby powder (a lifesaver for easily removing sand from little hands and feet)
- Beach towels
- Life jackets (the small ones that come in swimsuit form)
- Beach chairs
- Small ring swimming pool
- Beach sand toys
- Bucket (for cleaning off sand and filling small pool)
- Picnic supplies (if you plan to spend the day)
- Cooler/Ice chest
- Small watertight container (for carrying personals)
- Fishing equipment (if you like to fish)
Finally, prepare your vehicle.
- Cell phones
- AC/DC phone chargers
- Portable DVD player and movies
- Spare cash/credit card hidden in vehicle
- Vacation confirmations, travel arrangements, etc.
- Snacks, drinks, special treats
Hopefully, this list will get you headed in the right direction with your upcoming vacation. Enjoy your little ones, and remember to take lots of pictures while you’re having fun in the sun!