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Summer is our family’s favorite time to get out of the house and go somewhere for the day. We are lucky enough to live a little over an hour from Yellowstone National Park, and happen to visit pretty frequently during the summer months. When it was just Chris and I, packing for a day at the park was easy, but since having Sydnee, we have a lot more to think about before leaving in the morning. So for today’s post, I’m going to share some tips on how to pack for a day out with a toddler as well as a FREE Printable Checklist which you can download and print.
Packing, even for a day can be overwhelming and time-consuming. We usually plan to leave around 7am, and it takes an hour or so just to pack and make sure we have everything. In the short time I have, I don’t always have time to make and eat a full breakfast, so I make sure to pack something quick and easy. I grab a pack of belVita Breakfast Sandwiches Dark Chocolate Créme, a cup of low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, a handful of mixed berries, and a banana. The belVita Breakfast Sandwiches are delicious and nutritious, and they contain 15g of whole grains to give you 4 hours of steady, crash-free energy.
Treats are a must when you pack for a day out with a toddler. Sydnee loves anything she can dip! A while back, while shopping at Walmart I found the NEW Honey Maid Dippers Chocolate and knew that they would be a huge hit. Sydnee is a peanut butter addict just like her momma. And what goes better with peanut butter than chocolate???? They were the perfect option for packing convenient portions that were fun. We have since packed these for a couple different day-trips and switched up the dips. Honey Maid Dippers Chocolate go great with peanut butter, yogurt, cream cheese mixed with strawberry jam, and marshmallow cream.
Both items were super easy to find at Walmart. I found them both in the snack aisle near cookies and pre-packaged snacks. The belVita Breakfast Sandwiches come in two varieties: Dark Chocolate Créme and Peanut Butter, and you can’t go wrong with either smooth, creamy filling. Be sure to check the Honey Maid Dippers for an Instant Rebate Coupon for $0.50 off one package, starting on June 6th. Breakfast for you and treats for them, all in one store, all in one aisle.
Other food and snack items I like to pack include:
- Fruit you can eat with your hands (bananas, apples, oranges, etc.)
- Cheese and crackers
- Sandwich necessities
- Carrot sticks with some hummus
- String cheese
- Gallon of water
I try to keep it simple when packing food items. Think easy to grab and eat in the car, at a rest stop, etc. I don’t want to have to be making a full meal that requires prep and clean-up time. For more breakfast and snack inspiration, go here.
Depending on how far of a drive we have in front of us, I always pack something to keep the little one entertained. For us, this means a few books, coloring pages and crayons, the iPad, and mommy’s phone… for music.
Think about the things your child enjoys doing at home. What toys do they like to play with? What is their favorite book? Does your child have a special blanket? Do you have binoculars you could let them look out the window with? If you are headed to the beach, you may want to pack a little bucket and shovel.
Health and First Aid
BIGGIE! Our hopes are always that we will never have to use the first aid kit, but it’s vital to have in your bag or in the car. It can seem a bit overwhelming to think of all the things you might need, so don’t overthink it.
Here is my go-to list of health and first aid items:
- Assorted bandages
- Travel size bottle of hydrogen peroxide
- Kids Tylenol
- Antibiotic ointment
- Allergy medicine
- Bug Spray
- Lip balm
- Travel size bottle of lotion
- Baby wipes
This is a pretty bare-bones list, and you can certainly add to it or remove items that aren’t relevant to your travels. Think of where you will be going. Is it primarily indoors or outdoors? Will the weather be warm or cold?
Other Items to Consider
So, now you have a bag full of things to keep you full, entertained, and safe, but there’s more! I have included a short list of items that don’t necessarily fall into the other categories but are still helpful to have when you pack for a day out with a toddler.
- Extra clothes (pants, underwear, socks, coat, etc.)
- Charging cords
- Pillows and blankets
- Selfie Stick (come on, mommy daughter selfie time. Insta-perfect!)
- Lighter or matches
Tell me what items you always pack when day tripping with a toddler in the comments below. And be sure to share this with your momma friends on social media.