5 Summer essentials for vacationing with toddlers (and free checklist!)

This week is all about getting organized for a weekend away to a cottage with our little ones. I am so excited to go up north with our friends and get some down time together, as well as lots of fun in the sun with our toddlers.
In preparation for our vacation, we have rounded up a selection of the summer essentials we’ll be taking with us.

Please note: the suggestions in this post do not contain affiliate links. We personally use and love these products, and only recommend them because it’s what we use, not because the companies told us we should write about them. You can know and trust that these suggestions are unbiased and our opinions remain transparent.

On the Go Snacks

Our Choice: Madegood granola bars & granola minis

Why we like them:  These organic wholesome, on-the-go snacks are perfect for travelling. They are free of the top 8 allergens (peanut, tree-nut, egg, wheat, dairy, soy, sesame, fish) and made in a nut free facility. They come in a variety of flavours, and their recipe includes a vegetable powder made up from ground spinach, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, beets and mushrooms – meaning that each portion contains a full serving of vegetables. The flavors range from chocolate chip to strawberry and apple cinnamon,

Bug spray

Our Choice: Baby Boo Bamboo Moisturizing Nature Spray

Why we like it: This spray contains natural & organic ingredients, and isn’t full of harmful chemicals. It is a blend of Bamboo extract, Aloe Vera, Lemongrass, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Geranio – giving it a pleasant, earthy scent. I’ve personally used this myself while paddleboarding in Haliburton – and it works! This product is also cruelty-free and not tested on animals.


Our Choice: ThinkBaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+

Why we like it: Thinkbaby is easy to apply, absorbs into the skin quickly and without that greasy or oily feel – and it has a light citrus scent. It is a physical sunscreen, meaning most of it’s SPF protection comes from a physical barrier of zinc oxide, which reflects the sun from the skin. Because of this, you can apply it and play right away without having to wait before enjoying some time in the sun. Thinkbaby sunscreen is free of biologically harmful chemicals, is water resistant,  and cruelty free – no testing on animals!



Our Choice: Ollie Jones Clothing

Why we like them: Ollie Jones is a local Toronto (East end!) company that produces a handmade product that is excellent quality, with prints that are fun and unique. Originally known for their unisex leggings, they custom design and print their own fabrics, and last season they launched a swimwear line. We purchased a boys swimsuit for my son and he has worn it every single time he swims – it’s been through a lot (swimming lessons, vacationing, pool parties and the beach) and it still looks brand new. We do find their items tend to run a bit on the smaller side, so it would be a wise choice to size up.



Our Choice: Babiators

Why we like them: Babiators provides stylish and safe eye protection for little ones. Children’s eyes are more susceptible to damage because their eyes have clearer lenses and wider pupils.  They’re also more likely to look directly at the sun. These sunglasses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection, and they are made of quality and durable materials – meaning they can take being handled (thrown, pulled, bent) by your toddler. They also offer a one year guarantee if they get lost or broken, and the company will replace them for free (not including shipping) – but you have to register after you purchase.



BONUS: FREE Printable – Packing Checklist for toddlers

Going camping? To the cottage? Maybe just the beach? As a bonus, we’re sharing our weekend packing list for our little ones! We’ve kept this checklist customizable for you to adjust for your own travel needs.  Click below, print out, and cnjoy!

FREE printable checklist -  summer vacationing with toddlers

I’m a mom and wife who loves carpentry and at-home DIY. I work on a freelance basis in theatre and opera, and these days I’m navigating life with my son’s food allergies, as well as my postpartum anxiety. I live in the east end with my husband Brad, my son Will, and a Golden Retriever named Obie.

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