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Favorite Travel Must-Haves for Toddlers

Travel Toddler Must Haves 1-min

I really, really love to pack. I love packing for myself, my husband and my son. If I can pack for you, I most probably will. Haha. A lot of people think I’m crazy but that’s just how God made me, I guess!

So today, I’d like to share my favorite travel must-haves for toddlers! A disclaimer though, before we begin: Most of the products mentioned here were given to me, but not all, as some of them were items we purchased ourselves. I am mentioning all the brands, regardless of how I got them, for transparency and reference. All opinions are honest and my own.

Toddler Travel Must-Haves

Summer Essentials

1. Baby Bum Face Stick and Sunblock

We personally use Sun Bum’s sunscreen line and Baby Bum is the counterpart made specifically for babies. It’s free from harmful chemicals but it’s SPF 30 and water resistant for 80 minutes. Love the face stick in particular which makes it easy to apply and mess-free.

2. Banz Swimsuit with UV Protection

Before I became I mom, I had no idea UV protecting swimwear existed (lol) But now I can’t bring myself to let Luke wear otherwise. Banz swimwear is clinically proven and has a rating of UPF 50+.

3. Banz Beach Shoes

We love using this with Luke because it protects his feet and gives him a good grip at the same time! He wears it even when we’re just out swimming at the pool. I also make him wear it when he goes to those wading pools where he can walk because you never know when there’s a broken tile, right?

4. Charlie Banana Swim Diapers

I let Luke wear these swim diapers underneath his Banz swimsuit just for extra protection in case he decides to do his business! Haha.

Toddler Travel Must-Haves

Health & Hygiene

1. Sanicare Portable Urinal

It’s pretty self-explanatory! I love this crocodile urinal so much though because it’s so handy, it stretches out if you need more space and it has a super cute design, which makes it easier for me to get Luke to cooperate. Haha.

2. Tiny Buds Rice Powder

A staple in both our changing area at home and our diaper bag ever since Luke was a newborn. Love this because it’s made of rice, not talc! Powder is essential for sweaty and sticky kids especially when traveling to hot places (so basically, everywhere in the Philippines!)

3. A loooot of Wet Wipes

I always bring them in small packs, usually in sets of 10’s. I put one in my bag, one in Luke’s bag and one in my make-up kit.

Honestly, we use different brands of wet wipes. I like Little Tree’s Hand and Mouth, although they’re a bit more premium. I also like using K-Mom’s Wipes (they’re especially good for removing make-up too, hehe!) For wiping high chairs, things and other items, we use Sanicare, which is more affordable.

4. Little Tree Mini Toothpaste

At home, Luke uses a different kind of toothpaste. But when we travel, I pack Little Tree’s because it’s travel-sized!

5. Babyganics Insect Repellant

I’ve used so many natural insect repellants but to be honest, none of them really work unless you use the ones with DEET. Mor and I brought this with us in Bali (test-using it before letting Luke try heehee!) without much expectations but we were so surprised that it actually works!

It says it’s infused with essential oils, which explains why it really feels oil-based when you spray it on, unlike most repellent sprays. At first we didn’t like that it felt that way, but because it works, we can let that small detail pass!

Toddler Travel Must-Haves


1. Ergo Carrier

I’ve been using Ergo with Luke since he was just a few months old and I’ve always loved it. I prefer carriers over strollers because it allows me to move faster (I walk pretty fast!) and I don’t have to worry about going up the escalators. I love my Ergo carrier because it’s not bulky and super easy to stuff away.

2. i-Angel Hipseat

When Luke turned 2, I discovered iAngel Hipseat Carriers and how I wish I had this earlier! I cannot give a proper review of its carrier yet because Luke doesn’t like sitting on carriers as much anymore (he’s a big boy already, huhu)

BUT he does like the hipseat itself, which you can detach. The hipseat is awesome because it’s easier for me when I’m carrying him. He also likes it because he has a “chair!”

3. Graco Pack N’ Play

We bring our own playard when we go on a roadtrip or when we have staycations. It gives me peace of mind that Luke sleeps in his own crib instead of an adult bed where he can potentially fall. I love my Graco Pack N’ Play because it really is so easy to pack.

Note: We haven’t traveled internationally with Luke yet but I’m 100% sure I won’t be packing this when we do. A lot of hotels have cots you can borrow anyway. If not, I imagine I’ll just be making a floor bed.

(PS. Not included in the photo above because it’s too big to put in a flatlay. Haha! But if you’re interested to see how it looks like, click here)

4. Pack It Freezable Picnic Bag

We use this for road trips, daytrips and staycations. What I love about it is that it’s mess free (no water that’s melted from the ice and no ‘sweat’ from condensation either) I also love that it’s super roomy. Note: We got the picnic bag, not the regular lunch bag, so that we can put not just Luke’s milk stash, but also food, dessert and other drinks. (We got it from

Do you travel with kids? What are your favorite travel items? Share it below; I would love to learn more as well!

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  • Reply
    June 7, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Great post hunny, love the imagery you used xx

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    Monique Galang
    June 7, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Ugh, i hate packing. I cant pack light,but ended up not using the other things i pack.
    Insect repellant is really a must need for toddlers and sometimes, on adult also. Haha

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 8, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      We all use a lot of insect repellent! Haha! :) Yes sometimes I do that too!

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    June 8, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Wow!! hahaha yes you really love packing 😉


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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I really do! Haha! :)

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    June 9, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Can you call you next time I have to pack? Travelling is my least favourite chore. I wish there was a packing fairy I could every time when I have to plan.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 10, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Haha! I’ll be your packing fairy! :p

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    June 9, 2017 at 11:29 am

    So usefuuuul to know for a first time mom like me!! I haven’t gathered enough courage to bring my twins out yet.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 10, 2017 at 12:33 am

      I’m excited for the time when you do!! Hehehe. Just let me know what you need and if you wanna borrow anything. Hehe.

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    June 10, 2017 at 12:55 am

    All these essentials look great and are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 12, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Violette, yes they’re all so functional but definitely cute. Heehee.

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    June 10, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Can’t get enough of travel products <3


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    June 10, 2017 at 2:16 am

    this post is so cute! great suggestions :)


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    Aiko Cunanan
    June 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    This is such a helpful post, especially when I start taking my niece with me to travel

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Aiko glad you found it helpful!

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    June 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Aw, this is such a great post! You have so thoughtfully put everything together! I don’t have kinds, but if I did, I’d refer back to this post, as its so helpful!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other’s blogs and social media?

    Deepti xx

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    heather noire
    June 12, 2017 at 9:20 am

    The bright blue beach style is so adorable. This was such a fun post :)

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    Monica . Mes Voyages à Paris
    June 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Such a great tips and pictures!! Thanks for sharing!
    Mónica Sors

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    June 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Like your post, it was very useful for me.


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    June 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    These are great tips for moms! I love the little baby swimsuit haha

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Haha thanks! Yes those are the best.

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    June 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    You’re one of the few people who like packing up, me I like unpacking :) Love all these stuff for a toddler, I also have one and your post is big help as we are heading in 3 months time to the US. How organise are you, thanks for the inspo!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 20, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Mercy glad you found this helpful!

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    Marta Carvalho
    June 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Such a cute post, I love the creative pictures!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      June 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Marta!

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    July 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    This was such a cute post to read! Cute picks!

    Have a lovely day!

    Kris |

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Kris!

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    September 8, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Aww! Those shoes are super cute!!

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