what to bring on a park outing with a toddler

What to Bring to the Playground With Your Toddler

Bringing your toddler to the park is a great way to form fun memories!

But as all parents know, leaving the house with your baby or toddler isn’t just as simple as walking out the door.

Depending on how long your plan to stay at the park and how close or far it is from your house, you will want to make sure you’re prepared.

So what exactly do you need to bring to the playground?

I’ve put together a list of practical items to pack with you for a fun day at the park with your toddler!

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What to Bring on a Park Outing With a Toddler

If you’re unsure of what to pack for the park, this list will help you. Feel free to add or take off anything on this list to fit your needs

1. Outdoor Toys

The playground equipment is fun, but sometimes it can get too hot depending on the day. For this reason, it doesn’t hurt to have a few backup items! A few options are:

2. Sunscreen and/or Bug Spray

Sunscreen is definitely an essential item to bring to the park. And bug spray is also a good thing to have on hand if mosquitos are present.

3. First Aid Kit

One of the most important items to bring with you to the park with your toddler is a first aid kit. While playgrounds are fun, they also have hazards. Make sure you’re prepared to clean up some scrapes.

4. Hat

If your toddler is like mine, hats may not stay on. But if you’re one of the lucky ones (LOL), you’ll want to pack a hat for some extra protection from the sun.

5. Sunglasses

Another item that may be hit or miss, but definitely worth packing sunglasses if your little one will keep them on.

toddler playing in sand box

6. Snacks/Water

If you’re planning to stay at the park for an extended period of time, you’ll want to be ready with plenty of snacks and water.

These spill proof sippy cups are our default cups to you. And be sure to have trusty holders for your snacks!

7. Stroller/Wagon

Bringing the stroller or some sort of wagon with you to the park is probably a given but still worth mentioning.

Unless you live right next door to the playground, you probably want to have something handy to help you carry all of these things and not just a heavy bag.

RELATED READ: 8 Must Have Stroller Accessories

8. Picnic Blanket

If there are no picnic tables at your park, then having a picnic blanket with you is a smart idea. You can find a shady spot to cool off and enjoy some snacks!

9. Extra clothes

When you’re at the playground with your toddler, things might get messy! Be prepared with an extra pair of clothes.

10. Diapers/Changing Pad

In addition to extra clothes, you’ll also want to be prepared with diapers and a changing pad if your toddler isn’t potty trained.

mom and daughter having a picnic at the park

11. Baby Wipes

An essential item to always have on hand no matter where you’re going is a pack of baby wipes. A necessity for those diaper changes and for messy hands.

13. Tissues

Lastly, having tissues on hand it always a good idea!

Concluding What to Bring on a Park Outing With a Toddler

If you want to remember what to bring on a park outing with a toddler, don’t forget to grab your FREE park outing checklist!

You can adjust this list to fit your specific needs.

What are some of your must have items when you go to the playground with your toddler? Share in the comments!

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