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As a mom, of a 7 year old and 3 year old, I find myself getting wiser every day. Initially, while travelling, we were overloaded with kids’ stuff, and ours combined, because we felt that everything we took could be needed. And then there was the pram that we dragged with us wherever we went. But every time we got back, I would analyse what we had not used during our holiday. Over time, I made a list of things that we could do without as well as those that were important to carry along.

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Packing up hygiene products

Festivities call for a lot of travelling and the onus is on you for many things, like making sure that everyone’s festive outfits have been packed, jewellery has been packed, toiletries and cosmetics have been packed, snacks have been packed, etc. While arranging the things we need to wear and eat, we may forget the basic things required for our overall health and hygiene. So, here is the list of the few things I never miss carrying whenever I am out of town, especially with the kids.

  1. Toothbrush and toothpaste:
    Dental hygiene is extremely important to avoid regular and painful dentist visits. And sometimes, my kids want to brush their teeth once they wake up from their snoozes during a road trip. Therefore, their toothbrushes and toothpaste is a must carry wherever we go.
  2. Wet wipes:
    As you know, kids are always hungry and while they eat, they are mostly messy. My wet wipes come handy so that my kids have a clean face at all times. Sometimes, if they sweat, I tend to give them a wipe all over so they feel fresh for a while until we reach our destination.
  3. Water bottle:
    Many of us avoid or forget to carry this basic thing due to its weight but water is very important in order to keep ourselves hydrated at all times. Our kids definitely need it and it also helps with keeping our urinary tract healthy.
  4. Hand Sanitizer:
    Travelling allows a lot of exposure to our kids, and this includes exposing them to germs too. So, before they hold anything to eat, my Savlon hand sanitizer jumps out of my bag because kids are always in a hurry. If they say they are hungry, that means they need food inside their mouth two minutes ago. Hand sanitizers are important to ensure optimum hygiene for our kids in order to keep the germs from entering their bodies.
  5. Towel:
    You never know when you may need that towel. You may need it to wipe off while at the house you are staying at or at the beach after a good swim. Carrying your own towel is always important for your own hygiene. That goes for the kids too.

Even if we are staying at a hotel, I always make sure I carry along the above things just in case. Plus, you never know when you may want to impulsively go on a road trip so it’s better to be well-equipped with the basic necessities to keep yourself clean and healthy. This is my list. Anything else you can think of which is a basic hygiene necessity that you carry along on a trip? Do comment on the same below.

Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva, besides being a mother of two angels, is a belly dancer, writer and photographer. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is a detailed biography about her on the ABOUT ME page in case you would like to know more. :) You can like and follow her Facebook page to get all updates on the latest blogs and more:


  1. Arulmozhi says:

    I very recently travelled with my baby and forgot the wet wipes. Quite thankfully we had access to a shop where we could buy some.

  2. Aliya says:

    This is so on point. I definitely had all of this items on my daughters first plane ride, and it was a lifesaver. Not only are they helpful with children but also the parents. Thanks for sharing.

  3. These are good to remember. I always make myself a list before a trip because I always forget something

  4. Valerie says:

    I agree 100%. Wet wipes and towels are the best.

  5. Akanksha Singh says:

    I am keeping it saved for when my son grows up. For now he is just 18 months and even if we go out to park we have to have a load of stuff.

  6. Marysa says:

    Traveling is always a whole other story when it comes to kids! These are great things to remember. We try to pack the essentials in a carry on as well.

  7. Adriana says:

    This article is rather timely as my daughter and I will be traveling next month. Good reminder on what to have on-hand even for short-stay trips. People often forget hand sanitizer but it’s especially important while traveling!

  8. I totally agree. Even I over pack for kids thinking we will need it all. Infact I have had past experiences that things I do not carry or forget to carry are needed the most. But now, I try and pack light.

  9. Nitya says:

    You are giving some serious parenting goals ❤
    Definitely these are the list of essentials one cannot forget while travelling with his/her kid!

  10. Urvashi says:

    Oh Cindy this is so on point . I always forget water bottles. We have driven back home just to get my son’s favourite sipper many a times. But I really like the idea to sit and think over stuff like these. It definitely is helpful for future trips

  11. Amrit Kaur says:

    These are some must haves to keep while travelling with kids or even if we are traveling then we should have wet wipes, sanitizer and habd towel to stay hygienic.

  12. Sthuti Panigrahy Singh says:

    I always have a pack of wipes and a hand towel in my bag because with a kid in tow,you never know what is next to come up.

  13. I agree with your post .these are essential things while travelling for kids .even I can’t miss any hygienic products.

  14. Deepa says:

    Completely agree especially about sanitiser and Water bottle. Also I recommend medicines and food items for emergency situations.

  15. Humaira says:

    Amazing and beautiful post. Very useful and beneficial checklist for the travelling. Hand sanitizes and wet wipes are best for the travel . Great thoughts.

  16. Those are the five must haves whenever we are on a family vacation. Just 2 kids in our family, my 2 cute nieces but still every other person have those things handy.

  17. nadia kohli says:

    i am planning to travel in hills for a week. thanks for the quick checklist. i will surely use it. my list also has medicines like first aid, hot water bottle & easy to make meals.

  18. Hand sanitizes and wet wipes are life savers for sure, irrespective of the duration of travel I always carry these two things in my bag. Yes your list is good and I would like to add a simple thing its empty paper or disposable bags to collect garbage and dispose it properly, with small kids littering also needs to be taken care of.

    • Nisha says:

      I have found that these products not only benefit kids but are also a life saver for me. I use them for myself too while I am traveling. Great article

  19. mihir gadhvi says:

    Yes, Hand Sanitizer is the must. also, we should carry a power bank and touch for sure or else we can be in problem.

  20. Ghunjain says:

    When we are traveling u too make sure travel all these five things ….thanks for sharing

  21. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    Our lists definitely have a lot of points in common for traveling with kids, but I avoid carrying towels if we are staying in a hotel. I feel it takes up unnecessary space!

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