7 Things Parents Always Forget to Pack for a Trip

If you’re creating a packing list, you may be tempted to leave some common, “duh” items and focus on more detailed objects. Unfortunately, those common items are among the things that people forget to pack!

So, for your peace of mind, we decided to feature the objects that moms and dads are ACTUALLY more likely to leave at home. Hopefully, this list of objects parents tend to forget during a trip can allow you to break the cycle, stay organized, and have the most stress-free vacay ever.

1. Paperwork

Yes, your baby still needs their ID. Airlines will accept a variety of documents as identification, like a passport, birth certificate, or immunization records. But definitely check beforehand what they’re willing to accept. And if you’re planning on holding your newborn in your lap, definitely bring a birth certificate! Most airlines require proof of age because only babies under the age of 2 are allowed to fly on a parent’s lap.

And remember – if you’re flying internationally, your baby will still need to have a passport or a visa.

2. Chargers

Oof. This one is tough to forget, but it happens all the time. In fact, according to the Amazon app, shoppers ordered 11 million phone chargers and 4 million camera chargers in just one year! One study found that phone chargers were the most likely for travelers to forget, with some 24% of respondents showing they forget their phone. 

So, save the earth from shipping – pack your chargers way in advance of your trip.

3. Toothbrush

A good 15% of travelers forget their toothbrush! This is especially concerning, since dental hygiene is one of the most important things for parents to maintain, even during vacation. Plus, there’s nothing more annoying that having to buy toothbrushes that you have to toss at the end of your trip!

4. Headphones

Headphones are a real lifesaver, not just for you, but for your little ones. Good headphones are a godsend during long flights and car rides, so if you want to cut down on the long stretches of time trapped in a plane or vehicle, make sure you’ve got your headphones.

5. Lip Balm

Headed to a wintry environment? What about a dry, arid city? Don’t forget your chapstick! No matter how small of an inconvenience it might seem, dry, cracked lips can nearly ruin your vacation.

6. Comb/Hairbrush

Your hotel’s front desk is gonna have this, right? As if! When compared to passports and electronics, a comb and hairbrush may seem like a low priority, but you and your children will still probably want to look like their Sunday best on their vacation. And remember — pictures!

7. Sunglasses

We hope you’re traveling somewhere sunny and pleasant – so, don’t leave your sunglasses behind. Sunglasses are one of the top 5 objects people leave behind at home before a trip, with a 14% of travelers in a survey reporting that they forget to bring their shades at home.

8. Soft Things

Yup, there are basic vacation essentials that every person, parent or not, needs to remember. But, when you’re traveling with a baby, there’s an entire mountain of things that parents need to bring during flights and car rides. For instance: security blankets, pacifiers, and a whole host of others.

9. Sunscreen

And again, you may think that you’ll be able to replace it once you get to your destination, but popping by the store during your trip is always a hassle, and with the massive variety of sunscreens out there, you don’t even know if they have your specific brand.

Hopefully, this guide helped you get your packing done WAY in advance. But, if you really want to cover your bases, don’t forget to bring along your Doona Car Seat & Stroller and the Liki Trike. They’re the ultimate travel companions for the busy parent, and the best ways to show your little one the world.