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Packing for a One-Year Old (Gear, Clothes)

On Wednesday I shared the first part of our main packing list (covering sleep, care and feeding) for our trip to Spain. We’re traveling by air, renting a car, and staying in 2-bedroom suites (with kitchens) at two different hotels which both have a beach/resort feel. Baby A is 16 months old. We’ll be away from home for 8 days.

Today I’ll be sharing what we are bringing in terms of gear, toys and clothes, and also some thoughts on what we are not bringing this time:


  1. City Mini Stroller. Light, easy-to-fold, fully reclinable, and has a nice big sun canopy.
  2. ROSK SPF Sun Blanket. This is a great, light sun cover for the stroller or car seat.
  3. Muslin Blanket. Great as a light blanket or extra cover for the stroller.
  4. High Chair Cover. For all the restaurants that have high chairs.
  5. Inflatable Baby Float.
  6. In the Pocket Baby Seat. For whenever there isn’t a high chair available. This just attaches to any sturdy chair.
  7. Books & Toys. We’ll just bring what we can fit in our carry-on, and probably buy a few things as we go.
  8. Mosquito Net. We can use this over the stroller and even over Alec’s travel cot if necessary (the sides of the cot are mesh so it’s easy to keep him completely mosquito free).



  1. Bathing Suit and Sun Hat. Alec has outgrown his sunglasses but we should try to find him a new pair asap.
  2. Tops. A onesie or t-shirt per day plus two extras.
  3. Bottoms. A pair of pants for every two days plus an extra pair or two.
  4. Shoes & Moccasins
  5. Socks and Drool Bibs. A set per day
  6. Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Hoodies. 3ish.
  7. Shell Jacket & Wind Fleece

So what aren’t we bringing?

  • Car Seat. This sort of gives me heart palpitations, having seen what kinds of baby seats some of our friends have ended up with when renting a car abroad. We’re renting from an international company and are hoping that the car seat will be alright. We will not be driving any real distances either, so as long as it’s safe…
  • A Changing Pad. When Alec was littler, I would’ve brought the compact IKEA change pad along with some disposable covers. This time we will just put a towel on the bed for changes.
  • Baby Towels. Felt more necessary when Alec was smaller and regular towels could feel a little rough on his skin.
  • Bummas. We use these at almost every change but it’s just not feasible to use them on a trip without laundry access.
  • Bath Toys. We’ll make do with cups or similar.
  • Beach Toys. If we spend a lot of time in the sand, we’ll buy Alec a bucket and shovel there.

For our complete packing list, see the carry-on packing list here, and the first part of the main packing list (sleep, care, feeding) here. Check out Mini Piccolini’s favourite things for travel here!

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  1. Posted April 24, 2012 at 11:53 | Permalink

    Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve commented – this is tried and true information!! Nice!

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