Packing toiletries for your kids is something that you, as a mom, need to master. Although it’s not every day you go on vacation, being prepared when you do can definitely save you a lot of potential headache moments. Letting them have their own toiletries will spare you from "Moooom! Where's my toothbrush?" or "Mooooooom! Where's the toothpaste?" But seriously, it's also a great way to bond and teach them how to pack their own toiletry bag and be responsible for their things.
Whenever you're traveling, we know that your family's health and proper hygiene is your top priority. As a way to honor you- and all the other rocking moms out there - we've made a list of the must have travel toiletry essentials for your kids to help you pack and be prepared for your next family trip.
3 Toiletries Packing Tips Every Mom Should Know
Before we get to the essentials, let’s quickly go over these few tips in getting ready for packing your children’s toiletries for travel. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Let’s start with the first one.
Tip #1 - Use a Kid-Sized Toiletry Bag
It might be Extra Small by name, but it’s spacious in real life. Just because your kids are little doesn’t mean they only have few essentials. You’ll be surprised how much toiletries your kids might need! And you’ll be even more surprised that you can fit it all (and more) into this TSA Approved Toiletry Bag! It comes in different adorable colors, so if you have a bunch of cute little munchkins, you can assign 1 toiletry bag for each and it will be easier to tell their things apart. #MomHack
Tip #2 - Use Mini Bottles for Liquids
Aside from helping you get through TSA more quickly, kids don’t actually need full size bottles of shampoo and conditioner for their little hair. You’ll fit more essentials in their toiletry bag if you use travel size containers.
Tip #3 - Refill Items as Needed
Instead of running to the pharmacy to buy toiletries again, just reuse the containers and refill the ones that have run out. For example, if the travel size toothpaste tube is out of toothpaste, just get your full size toothpaste and gently squeeze some toothpaste into it, and voila, good as new. You’re not only saving money, you’re also saving the planet by reusing plastic tubes.
Pro Tip: Keep their toiletry bag in a cabinet or drawer (with the essentials packed inside) so you don't have to constantly pack the items whenever you travel. Next time you go on a trip, just grab your kid’s wash bag and get ready to go.
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What to Pack in Your Child's Toiletry Kit
It’s easy to forget the basics when you’re packing in such a hurry. Well, that’s the thing. Don’t pack in a hurry. And don’t forget the basics - toothbrush, shampoo, soap, you get the idea. But packing your kid’s hygiene kit is so much more than just the basics. Don’t worry, we’ve covered everything you need to bring for your sweet child’s toiletry kit.
✔️ Shampoo & Conditioner - Decant in travel-size containers to save space.
✔️ Body Wash / Soap - A mini bar soap would be much easier to pack.
✔️ Toothbrush & Toothpaste - This electric toothbrush makes brushing their teeth more fun!
✔️ Dental Floss - Pack a few with colorful handles, those that are designed for kids’ small mouth and sensitive gums.
✔️Sunscreen Stick - Very easy to apply and most importantly, doesn't leak at all!
✔️ Mini Hairbrush - To keep their hair looking neat and clean all day long.
✔️ Face Wash (Optional)
✔️ Aloe Vera - To soothe sunburnt skin after a full day in the sun.
✔️ Lip Balm w/ SPF - To avoid chapped lips.
*Bonus Tip: Pack these items into your kid's main toiletry bag or into a Quart Size Bag (if you're traveling carry-on only).
✅ First Aid Kit
✔️ Cute Bandaids / Bandages
✔️ Children's Tylenol - These chewable tablets are very convenient when traveling!
✔️ Children's Benadryl - Also available in chewable tablets.
✔️ Digital Thermometer
✅ Hygiene Kit
✔️ Wet Wipes - To easily clean their hands when eating food in the car or while in transit.
✔️ Hand Sanitizer
✔️ Travel Size Alcohol
✔️ Travel Kleenex / Tissue
✅ Extras for Teens
✔️ Makeup (for older kids) - Pack your little girl’s blush, bare minerals foundation, lip gloss, and powder. Make sure they’re all safe for kids.
✔️ Hairties / Scrunchies - Pack a few extras because these always go missing.
✔️ Hair Straightener - Hack: Put your hair tie around your hair straightener with the cord so it won't get all tangled up.
✔️ Pads, Tampons, etc.
✅ Extras For Baby
✔️ Baby Shampoo / Wash - Again, decant into a travel size bottle to save space.
✔️ Mini Brush / Comb - Go for a wide-toothed comb with soft bristles.
✔️ Baby Oil - To keep your baby’s skin soft and moisturized.
✔️ Travel Size Baby Lotion - Got to keep their skin moisturized!
✔️ Nose Aspirator - For clearing out the baby’s nose when it gets stuffy.
✔️ Travel Baby Wipes - For wiping the mess your cute little baby makes and for cleaning the boogies out of their nose.
✔️ Saline Drops
✔️ Teething Gel
✔️ Nail Clippers / Nail File - Smallest nail file that can fit in their toiletries.
✔️ Travel Pocket Tissues - For wiping down your baby’s face, nose, etc.
✔️ Travel Size Diaper Cream
Our 3 Favorite Toiletry Bags for Kids
Here's our top picks when it comes to toiletry bags for kids! Spoiler alert: you can find them all in our website.
...aka the Quart Size Bag! It's the perfect toiletry bag if you're traveling with your kids carry-on only. Just under quart size and with a clear design, it makes going through airport TSA very easy. Avail in your kid's fave colors such as lilac, pink, green, and more!
Looking for a toiletry bag that will make packing fun? How about we double that fun with these Clear Zipper Pouches set? Available in prints such as blue watermelon and pink cactus, these cute baggies are perfect for organizing your kid's toiletries for travel and beyond.
Sharing toiletries with the whole family? This Large Toiletry Bag is for YOU. She's roomy, she's pretty and can definitely handle your full-size toiletries. It actually fits up to 20 items. Perfect for organizing your kid's toiletries before packing them into their checked luggage.
So now that we’ve covered how to pack your kid’s toiletries, what to pack, and what’s the best bag to pack it in, it’s time to do the packing! Grab any of these toiletry bags and you'll be good to go.
Remember, before packing your own travel essentials, make sure to pack theirs first so they won't keep on bothering you when you're sorting yours. Let them help you pack by giving them a list with all the toiletries they need to gather from their room and bring to you for packing. If they’re too young to read, just make it like a game of “Bring Me This” and have fun!
First time traveling with your little munchkins? We've got the best tips for parents on How to Travel With Kids. Make sure to check that out.
You got this, mama!