Packing Without Toddlers

Normally packing with a toddler can be rough. But this time around its a little different. As the holiday season is at full force, traveling is almost on everyone’s mind. Even if it is a short distance. The one’s that aren’t travelling wish they were. We’re actually going on our fourth family vacation this Friday. I can’t believe I’m saying this but, we’re taking our son to Disney World. Yes I said it. DISNEY WORLD.  I’ve been to Disney World before but it feels so different when your actually taking your own children. Avery is now three years old and is full of so much life, energy, curiosity, and such a dinosaur lover.

Every year we go on a family vacation, which means my sister and in-laws are coming too. We’ve been doing so since my son was 11 months old. We always call him our very own world traveler. 😂

This time around we’re taking a different flight. So my husband and I are not flying with my son. My in-laws will get to fly with him. I will say it will be different but it will be a relaxing flight. Especially when it’s a connecting flight.

Putting together your carry on is different when traveling with children and just yourself. My carry on will look more different from it has looked within the past 2.5 years. This time around since I’m traveling on my own with my husband. Below I have linked all my favorite products to carry on with me as well as a simple carry on.


  1. Fringe Journal: When traveling writing anything that comes to mind right away is key for great blogging.
  2. Kate Spade Pens: For writing down anything that comes to mind.
  3. Charger: Every flight varies. Having so many apps on your phone can kill your battery. Having a portable charger can help.
  4. Beats by Dr. Dre: So cliché I know but many inbud headphones really bother my ears.
  5. Tustin: This carry on is such a steal especially for a hard case. Plus the color is gorgeous.
  6. Vera Bradley Duffle: Normally I like to bring big bags when traveling especially if I am traveling with my toddler. Vera Bradley may be pricey but it is definitely worth the splurge. Plus many of their items tend to last long.
  7. Coach: Having a wristlet is definitely a must when travelling. You don’t want to carry around a huge wallet. I have a similar one that I purchase from the Coach Outlet at a steal. Their quality and prices are definitely high-end. When they have another sale you all will be the first to know.
  8. Passport Holder: Now a day you always need a passport so this is a must have. We got married back in March and I have yet to change my passport so I am using my driver’s license this time around. I have a feeling my next vacation will be out of country so this will come in handy.
  9. ELF Lip Balm: I receive this same one in my Target Beauty Box back in July and was completely hooked. Plus the smell is minty which I love. For $2 this is a steal.
  10. Dove Spray: Normally you can’t travel with a bottle like this but it is a great item to pick up at the airport when you’re in a hurry.


  1. November 30, 2016 / 1:41 AM

    Love this list. I absolutely adore my Vera weekender bag- it’s stylish and functional- my 2 favorite qualities.

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 1:44 AM

      Thank you. I have a similar one and love it. It fits so much and like you said stylish and functional.

  2. thatmommylife4
    November 30, 2016 / 1:45 AM

    Wow thats awesome! Can i just say lucky you! ( not traveling with son) woohoo. Lol .. its awesome you get to go with the fam to Disney. Hope you have a blast. Esp lil guy with the energy.😊

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 2:09 AM

      Thank you. I honestly can’t wait. Going to Disney with your kids is completely different than going before kids.

  3. November 30, 2016 / 2:02 AM

    I’m about to travel for the first time with my 14 month old. Oh geez I’m scared!

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 2:11 AM

      If it’s a long flight make sure you bring tons of things to distract your little one. It’s rough when you lap them at that age. In between the squirming and having the worst people around it can be a mess. But it will get better once your in flight and everything is calm.

  4. November 30, 2016 / 1:07 PM

    I never realized what a lovely trip you can have sans-kids until we had two of them. So much harder!

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 2:13 PM

      Lol we’ve only been on one 3 day cruise without him. Glad too. We got snowed it and it was a disaster. That was a great time to not be traveling with him.

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 7:03 PM

      Oh yes. I remember when I would have trouble packing for just myself. I will say I’m
      a master of packing with a toddler but every once in a while it feels less to do when your packing for yourself.

  5. November 30, 2016 / 3:07 PM

    We are traveling next April without our little one for the first time and I’m nervous…but excited! These are great tips, I need to try the Elf lip balm!

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 7:03 PM

      You’ll do great. That lip balm is one of my faves and at a great price.

  6. November 30, 2016 / 5:01 PM

    It’ll be nice to be able to fly with just your husband! Your in-laws will have fun with your son and you’ll get a little bit of a break!

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 7:04 PM

      Yes. Even though I know I’ll miss him it will be great for us.

  7. theclutterboxblog
    November 30, 2016 / 6:16 PM

    I have never traveled with kids, but I’ve still got a pretty extensive list of things I need! I love your list of things, a passport cover is so important!

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 7:05 PM

      Yes it is. I’m always panicking oh I can’t find it. Then I realized if I had something to put it in it’s just so much easier.

  8. November 30, 2016 / 6:58 PM

    You are soooo reading my stylish mind with Kate Spade pens! Gotta have pretty pens, right? I mean, how else are you supposed to jot anything down?

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 7:06 PM

      Oh yes. Love fancy stationary

  9. November 30, 2016 / 7:23 PM

    Love your list! I am travelling from Europe to CA soon; looong flight, so I’ll definitely pack some of the stuff on your list – even if I do travel with children, ha!

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 10:54 PM

      Lol there you go.

  10. November 30, 2016 / 9:52 PM

    I don’t miss traveling with toddlers. My girls are 17 and 11, and they pretty much pack for themselves these days. I just go back over what they’ve packed to make sure they didn’t miss anything. Yay for Disney!

    • Jalisa
      November 30, 2016 / 10:55 PM

      lol I’ll feel like that some day. But I am super stocked for Disney.

  11. December 1, 2016 / 1:01 AM

    I wish I had a toddler to travel with! But, I do understand how sometimes you just need to get away.

    • Jalisa
      December 1, 2016 / 2:36 AM

      I will say I love bringing my son along but sometimes in between the traveling process it can be painful. I’ve been held up at TSA a few times when he still on the bottle.

  12. reesann723
    December 1, 2016 / 3:56 AM

    Travelling with toddlers takes travel to a whole new level LOL. I feel like I never pack enough stuff to be honest!

    • Jalisa
      December 1, 2016 / 5:24 AM

      Oh yes. I’ll pack at least a week over than I’m suppose to and bam he didn’t even need those extra outfits. But then you don’t pack enough and you wish you had.

  13. Debra
    December 1, 2016 / 6:08 AM

    I miss those little toddlers but I know at the time it was hard, oh how times flies!

    • Jalisa
      December 1, 2016 / 7:27 AM

      lol he’s only my first. We plan on having 1 more so we still have a while before traveling without a toddler stops lol.

  14. December 1, 2016 / 11:12 AM

    Wow at least you will have a relaxing flight. I am looking forward to hearing how your fourth vacation goes hope it is a good one xx

    • Jalisa
      December 1, 2016 / 1:41 PM

      Thank you. I’ll definitely be posting about it.

  15. Jeanine
    December 1, 2016 / 3:59 PM

    I have never packed or gone away without kiddos. I am not sure how I would do without the little munchkins. I’m sure you will have a nice relaxing flight and enjoy!

    • Jalisa
      December 1, 2016 / 4:08 PM

      Lol lucky. We’ve only gone on one getaway without him. It’s definitely way different.

  16. December 1, 2016 / 6:28 PM

    Those Kate Spade pens are so pretty – it’s so great to write anything down in style! 🙂 🙂

    • Jalisa
      December 2, 2016 / 3:34 AM

      Thanks. I thought they were the cutest.

  17. adawnpaxton
    December 1, 2016 / 7:29 PM

    I love Disney! We took our three year old last year and it is such a great age! Everything is so big and magical to them at that age.

    • Jalisa
      December 2, 2016 / 3:38 AM

      I can’t wait. Three is definitely a magical age

  18. December 2, 2016 / 4:14 AM

    I love disney so much!!! I don’t have any kids so we always get to go away by ourselves. LOL. We are enjoying not having little children around.

    • Jalisa
      December 2, 2016 / 12:18 PM

      I’ve been to Disney before having my son. Now going with him will be a little different.

  19. December 2, 2016 / 7:52 AM

    What a cute post! After being a mommy and traveling with kids so often it can be easy to forget what we want for traveling!

    • Jalisa
      December 2, 2016 / 12:16 PM

      Oh yes. After the first time traveling I made sure I made a list for the best time.

  20. December 3, 2016 / 4:27 AM

    I have been traveling with kids for so long, I don’t remember what it is like to pack without packing all of their stuff too!! Enjoy Disney!

    • Jalisa
      December 3, 2016 / 4:29 AM

      Lol life of a mom.

  21. December 3, 2016 / 6:54 PM

    I’m not a parent but I bet packing for a toddler seems like a never ending task! I’d feel like I’d most certainly forget something.

  22. December 4, 2016 / 2:41 PM

    I love the idea of bringing a journal with you when you travel! There are always so many memories to write down, and I often forget them before I get home.

    • Jalisa
      December 4, 2016 / 7:11 PM

      I just started to do it. Especially as a blogger you think of so many new things.

    • Jalisa
      December 5, 2016 / 2:34 PM

      Love that charger

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