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21 must-have travel accessories for toddlers

Travelling with children can be challenging but these travel accessories will make it easier.

Packing for your little one to take a big trip is no mean feat.

On top of all the standard necessities (clothes, nappies, food etc.) you need to pack a wealth of entertainment to keep stir-crazy kids at bay and sort out travel extras like luggage and easy ways to carry those standard items around without hassle.

Sounds overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be. We’ve crafted the ultimate list of toddler accessories to bring on your big trip so the whole family can stay stress-free all holiday long.

Luggage and packing solutions

Trips are more fun when there’s cute and colourful luggage to pull around! The Trunki is ideal for flights as it’s small enough to be a cabin bag and doubles as a ride-and-pull toy at the airport.


Child carriers and transporters

If you don’t feel the need to bring a stroller or car booster seat in your luggage then these travel alternatives might help your toddler get around safely without them.

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Gate Check Bag for Umbrella Strollers

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Osprey Poco AG Premium Child Carrier Backpack & Daypack- Seaside Blue
Osprey Poco AG Premium Child Carrier Backpack & Daypack- Seaside Blue

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Entertainment

We don’t need to tell you that entertainment is key to a tantrum-free toddler. These options are quiet and airplane-friendly, and won’t take up too much space.

52 Fun things to do on a plane card set
52 Fun things to do on a plane card set

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Food accessories

From portable bottle-drying racks to travel bibs, these will make feeding your toddler that much easier while on the road.


Toilet accessories

If your toddler is still learning how to use the potty, these nifty gadgets can keep them on track.


Sleeping accessories

Portable beds and comforting blankets for little ones can be a godsend, especially when the free hotel cot is too small and the hotel bed is too big.


Colourful travel accessories

Toddlers love colour and animal motifs. Make sure they have enough stimulation while on holiday with bright and fun luggage tags, laundry bags and more.


Toddler packing checklist

Stay on top of things with this simple checklist. It’s got everything you need when travelling with a toddler.

  • Enough clothes for the trip, plus a few spares for when things get messy, including socks, shoes and a hat
  • Nappies, change mat and nappy bag
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Baby wipes and sanitiser
  • Blankets
  • Bathing suit and child sunscreen
  • Sippy cups and water bottles
  • Childsafe cutlery
  • Night light
  • Portable bed rail or guard
  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Toys, books and other entertainment
  • Favourite snacks
  • Sleeping pad or portable bed

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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