What to pack in a Mommy & Toddler Carry-On + Checklist

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Not sure what to pack in your toddler’s carry-on when traveling?

I think this is a great post for me to write at this point in time because we just flew to my parent’s house, so everything is still warm.

Please keep in mind that for this trip we didn’t have cabin luggage because I sent it via post a week before. So in this list, you’ll see things that you wouldn’t have if you have extra cabin luggage.

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If you are looking for a traveling bag checklist for a younger baby, I already have one that you can check out here:

related: 12 Amazing Tips for Baby’s First Flight

What’s in my travel bag?

My hand luggage is an older model from IT Luggage, similar to this one. It’s the “World’s lightest suitcase!” and I have to agree with that.

When it’s empty the total weight is 1.6kg. In terms of size, it’s the maximum allowance on board for most airlines – 55cm – 40cm – 22cm.

The coolest thing is that you have more room, but you can easily go over the 10kg, the maximum weight airlines accept for hand luggage. What I also love about my luggage is the wheels.

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Not sure about you, but I always look at the quality and size of them. In the past I had a lot of trouble with cheap and poor quality suitcases, so now I always look at quality.

I don’t think I packed too much, but I exceeded my maximum weight. Didn’t have any issues with it though. I went straight to the boarding gate where no one was going to weigh my luggage. Plus I had the buggy with us.

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Another thing I love about this particular luggage is that it has outside compartments. HUGE bonus for traveling. It would be best if you constantly had smaller things from your luggage that can get easily lost in the big compartment.

So I like to keep small things that I need quite often in there:

  • my wallet
  • passports
  • wipes & tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • on-board pillow (I have an inflatable one, which is amazing that’s not taking too much space)
it luggage main compartment. what's in my toddlers travel bag

Ok, so now, let’s see what’s inside the biggest compartment. There are a few things that weren’t in the luggage, I added them right before we left the house, but I included them in the list below.

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  • my toddler’s nappy changing pouchI’ve got a more in-depth article about this here
  • my clear liquids pouch – in here I’ve got my L’Oreal True Match Foundation, a perfume, and a few things for my son such as saline nose drops, a couple of mini-bottled physiological serum, vitamin D3 and some Aloe First from Forever Living.
  • an electric nasal aspirator – which I absolutely adore.
  • normal glasses & sunglasses (just in case, it’s winter where I go, so not sure if I would use them)
  • my makeup bag – full of makeup, brushes, and hair accessories
  • a change of clothes for my son in case he has a little accident
  • few clothes for me that I forgot to add to the parcel I already sent.
  • other documents – a declaration from my husband that I can travel with my son (it’s required for where I am from, so don’t panic, this might not be relevant for you)
  • my son’s Red Book – in the UK is a record book that has all the developmental information about your baby
  • an extra blanket – you never know what you might need a blanket for. We use the ones from Aden + Anais and they are our favorites. They are so versatile and last really long.
  • laptop & charger
  • portable power bank for my phone
  • phone & charger
  • my SONY Alpha 5100 which I use for vlogging & extra battery + charger
what's in my toddler's travel bag
toddler backpack

What’s in my Toddler’s travel bag?

This contains all the entertainment and food for my little one.

Not to worry, I won’t make him carry it. He can barely “carry” himself. I just wanted a place where to put all his toys & food.

Because it’s a lot smaller than my IT luggage, I can put it under the seat in front of me, so that I have easy access to what he might need during the flight.

food for toddlers, plasmon biscuits, sandwich, ella's kitchen, banana, grapes, fromage frais pouches


  • sandwich
  • fruits – I recommend fruits that are not messy, such as grapes, bananas, apples, and easy peelers
  • snacksPlasmon biscuits, Ella’s Kitchen Oaty fingers
  • yogurt pouches
  • his favorite sippy cup with water inside – he loves the Miracle 360 Trainer Cup from Munchkin
  • wipes & tissues
  • bib
  • his pacifier – he only wants it when he goes to sleep
toddler activities and toys


  • a coloring book
  • a small book
  • his learning laptop from Leapfrog – which I absolutely adore and my son loves it too
  • DIY Toddler Busy Pouches – I created this one, I plan on doing a separate article for this one, so I won’t go into a lot of details now

A final note

This is everything I pack for me and my toddler when traveling just the two of us.

I want to travel as lightly as possible, especially with a toddler.

What about you?

What do you normally pack for when you’re traveling with your toddler? Please share them in the comments.

Until next time, take care & stay beautiful!

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