Traveling with 18 months old toddler can be a daunting task for any first-time mother. The key to a smooth journey and an unforgettable summer vacation is in the packing.
According to some parents traveling with 18 months old toddlers is a nightmare. This is when they discover that there is an outer world and they have got legs too. That is also you burning your calories chasing them. Did I paint quite the picture?
I know I did, I’m going through that myself.
However, traveling with 18 months old toddler does not have to be a nightmare, anymore. Armed with the right knowledge and a well-prepared mindset, we ensure you that your journey is not only going to be comfortable and easy but also an unforgettable adventure for both of you.
Traveling with 18 months old toddler is a nightmare: Not anymore!
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll share valuable insights from an expert ex-flight attendant and a first-time mother to help you navigate through the do’s and don’ts of traveling with your little one. Additionally, we’ll recommend must-have onboard items that will make your journey truly memorable. Not just that we attached a FREE cheat sheet for you to download, print out, and make it your own for your future travels.
But first let me give you a back story about my daughter’s travelling history in only 18 months.
We travelled with Lilly when she was only 5 weeks, which makes her one of the world’s youngest travelers. You might know of someone who has travelled way younger than Lilly, so maybe leave in the comments ,how old was your baby on her first flight?
Truth be told, we were stressed. Between what to take with us, visas if needed and if Lilly would be comfortable on board… etc.
However, our flight went smoothly and Lilly won hearts on bard and in passport controls in the 3 borders we crossed.
Fast forward to few other trips when she was 3 months, 9 months and 16 months. Lilly is growing fast and her needs became more. Learning and exploring is the way toddlers grow and develop. We watch her adorable little index finger pointing to everything and her inability to sit still in any place because she got business (exploring to do). However, traveling with 18 months old is not an easy task.
Long summer holidays made easy
This summer, we went to spend 6 weeks of the summer vacation with my family in a hot weather and with no kids of her age to play with or entertain.
Lilly just turned 16 months and gonna turn 18 months by the time we get back. Let me tell you, Traveling with 18 months old, I was quite stressed. The pressure to make sure she is comfortable was a lot for me emotionally. The problem was not adjusting her to a new environment as she adapted quite quickly.
To illustrate, the challenge for me was how to keep her entertained at all times. What to pack for her to let her know that her things are around to maintain the sense of security to go and play independently if necessary. Everything was quite a challenge as she has lots of stuff.
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For a heavy packer like me, I tend to pack everything from the essentials to “oh, I gotta pack this one just in case”. The just in case items for me include every man and his dog. I’m just scared if I didn’t pack something I will regret it and keep moaning about it the whole trip. Especially we were going to be away for a long time.
Traveling with 18 months old Toddler packing list
That is why I’m sharing with you the top tips of what to take with you onboard from a formerly professional flight attendant and a mom to a little growing machine. From what to pack to what to avoid. I have got you covered. So, mommy go make yourself a brew and enjoy this article of packing and traveling with 18 months old toddler for a memorable time spent and a comfortable journey for your little one.
You also need to check this article out: How to survive a long transit:101 guide from a solo traveler
List 1: Onboard Essentials
1. Snacks Galore
- Small, non-messy snacks (think crackers, dried fruit like raisins, and baby-friendly finger foods)
- Sippy cup or spill-proof bottle for milk or water
- Favorite snack or treat for comfort (I would not lie, we give crisps and chips)
- Food pouches, you can get some on the plane as well.
- A busy board (you can get one off Amazon or make one yourself)
- Download YouTube kids (for uninterrupted screen time, and you can download or it can work offline
- Headphones to avoid disturbing fellow passengers
- A beloved stuffed animal or toy for comfort
- Your baby’s comfort blanket and her favorite book
- Some suction toys or stickers for the plane window to keep her entertained.
3. Diapering Supplies
- Plenty of diapers and wipes
- Disposable changing mats for in-flight diaper changes
- Diaper rash cream
- Disposable bibs, in case things get messy and they will.
4. Comfort Items
- Blanket for naps or extra warmth
- Extra set of clothes for your little one (and possibly for yourself)
- Pacifiers or comfort items like a favorite soft toy.
5. Baby First Aid Kit
- Baby-safe pain reliever or fever reducer
- Band-aids and antiseptic wipes
- Anti histamine for any unexpected allergy
- Passport and other ID’s if applicable.
- Baby’s medical history log book ( we call it the red book, as it has all her injections, shots..etc.)
- Boarding passes and any necessary travel documents
- A clear plastic folder to keep important papers organized
7. Ear Protection
- Child-sized earmuffs to help with cabin pressure changes
- If your baby still nursing, then your boobs are the best solution for that
8. Travel Pillow
- An inflatable travel pillow for your toddler’s comfort during sleep
List 2: Packing for an Unforgettable Summer Holiday
- Lightweight, breathable clothing for hot weather
- Swimwear and sun hats
- A light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings
- Few muslin clothes
- Few non slip socks and few pairs of shoes (because they lose them)
2. Sun Protection
- Sunscreen with a high SPF for sensitive skin (preferably 50)
- UV-blocking sunglasses for your toddler
- UV-protective swimwear for added sun safety
3. Travel Gear
- A lightweight stroller for exploring (YOYO is my to go item)
- Baby carrier or sling for hands-free adventures
- Portable crib or travel bed for naps and bedtime
- Mosquito net to keep her adorable legs safe from bites.
4. Feeding Essentials
- Reusable water bottle for your toddler
- Travel-sized high chair or booster seat for meals
- If you can’t get the high chair, then I recommend reusable floor mats to sit and eat on the floor)
5. Toys and Entertainment
- Beach toys like buckets and shovels
- Floating bath toys for pool or beach fun
- Books and toys to keep your toddler engaged during downtime
- Many of her bedtime stories and books
6. Health and Safety
- Baby-safe insect repellent
- Basic first aid kit for minor injuries
- Any necessary medications or baby-specific toiletries
7. Travel Documents
- Copies of passports and travel insurance details
- Emergency contact information
- Travel itinerary and accommodation reservations
Remember, flexibility is key when traveling with a toddler especially traveling with 18 months old. In that age, they are learning about the world and they are sensitive to the slightest changes. Therefore, be prepared for unexpected changes in plans, and don’t forget to take time to enjoy the journey itself.
With these lists in hand, you’ll be ready for a comfortable flight and an unforgettable summer holiday, making cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Additionally, with all the lists mentioned above, travelling with your 18 months old toddler is easy and no a night mare anymore. Don’t forget to subscribe to get your hands on the Freebie and also by signing up you get the latest offers, news in our news letter. Happy travels! ✈️🌴👶