Packing Cubes – Seriously the best. I make sure that all my clothes and baby’s clothes are in cubes. That way everything stays organized in the suitcase and nothing is falling around.
I use plastic shoe boxes to put his favoite snacks in (like cereal bars, etc) so they don’t get crushed in the suitcase.
Pack TONS of sunscreen – buying it at the resort will be expensive. Also I do one piece sun suits because the sun is so hot. At home we usually do trunks and a rashguard, and even though the one piece suits are so dorky I just am better safe than sorry.
I also bring crib or pack n play sheets from home, that way they’re what he’s used to and they smell like home. I bring his little dolphin blankey as well. Reading books is part of his bedtime routine so I also bring a few of those.
Pack all your own meds – tylenol/motrin, benedryl, tummy meds, etc. Basically anything you think you might need. Also plenty of diapers and swim diapers.
Other than that I’d just try to keep it to a minimum. We travel to tropical destinations a lot due to my husband’s job and now that my kid is over a year I feel like it’s way bettter than when he was tiny. I really felt like I needed to bring EVERYTHING.
For the plane I do a backpack as my carry-on. It’s got 2 changes of clothes for my son, as well as an extra shirt and pair of workout leggings for me (something easy/comfy that doesn’t take up space). Plenty of snacks for him, a bib, disposible platemats for eating in the airport, his sippy cup. I also have the iPad with a few shows pre-loaded on there. Phone/iPad chargers, headphones. Plenty of diapers/wipes.
I also pack “puppy pads” to use as changing pads when out in public and the airport. That way I can lay him down and then just throw it away….no putting a changing pad from a dirty airport floor back into my bag.
Here are a few of my favorite tropical vacation items:
For getting through the airport the Cosco Senera Next + Car Seat Rolling dolly are a must! It’s the most popular basic car seat to fly with:
Also not sure what kind of sleeper you have, but my kid is used to being in his crib w/ blackout curtains and sound machine so we use a travel white noise machine & SlumberPod