Tropics, Travel, Toddler: 5 Essentials to Bring Along

We have been back from Belize for six weeks now, but I’ve had it on my radar to share some of my travel essentials with you. The great thing about these items is that you can use them at home, too. Some of them are pricey, but for us the investment has been more than worth it.

Travel with a toddler can create enough stresses on its own. We found our last trip was made easier by adjusting our travel style and bringing along items that alleviated the draining effects of caring for a busy little toddler while away from home. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it definitely highlights our favourite items.

On the beach at sunset, Caye Caulker, Belize. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
On the beach at sunset, Caye Caulker, Belize. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

1. Sunday Afternoons Playhat

My kid gets more compliments on this hat than I’ve gotten in my lifetime. I love the coverage it provides on the face and neck without being too geeky. We still apply sunscreen, but we are less concerned about her being exposed to the sun because her face is nicely shaded. It packs light, dries quickly and you can crush it in your suitcase without ruining it.

2. Nozone Bathing Suit

Any parent knows how annoying it is to apply sunscreen to a squirmy toddler. A Nozone Suit reduces the surface area of skin you need to cover. This time around we loved the two-piece suit, which was far more practical than putting on a one-piece, and allowed us to use the top as a T-shirt.

3. Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones

Your jaw might drop at the price of these headphones, but we have discovered they are total lifesavers (and cheaper versions don’t work). Throughout our various travels with our daughter we learned the importance of taking turns in order to preserve our energy. One parent would get up with the wee one while the other one slept in or napped, and the noise cancelling headphones drowned out the pitter-patter of little feet.

4. phil&teds Lobster Highchair 

This highchair is highly portable and versatile. We lucked out when we brought this to Belize, where our accommodations only had a high counter with barstools. The Lobster chair provided us the perfect place to keep our daughter in one place for long enough to feed her meals and snacks, or even let her do some crafts. It is very lightweight and easily packed in a suitcase.

5. Tommee Tippee – Truly Spill Proof Spout Cup

It’s important to keep your toddler hydrated, especially in hot climates. And, maybe it’s just me, but I can’t stand most sippy cups on the market. Most leak, and you end up sopping up mini messes throughout the day (or soaking your socks). Tommee Tippee cups are the best I’ve found. We could bring this along in any bag and the bottle never leaked.

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Author: Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Meghan has written several books, as well as produced content for films, anthologies, blogs and some of North America’s top outdoor, fitness and adventure publications. She has a forthcoming travel memoir (Fall 2022), to published by Rocky Mountain Books.

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