5 Must Have Travel Items for Babies and Kids

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Traveling with kids can be challenging for so many reasons. Kids require so many things to make them comfortable, and to keep them entertained and safe. These must-have travel items for babies will make your life a little easier and keep your stress levels down when traveling with kids. 

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1. Uppababy G-Luxe Stroller

A durable lightweight stroller is a must for a traveling family. This is not an item you’ll want to skimp out on. This stroller will fit your child at least through age 4 with a much higher weight limit than many competing strollers. I use it constantly for my 45-pound 3-year-old and it has held up well. The stroller folds easily and comes with a strap for easy carrying when folded. It has an extra-long canopy to shield little faces from the sun and reclines well for naps. The stroller has a five-point harness your little one won’t be able to wiggle their way out of and the fabrics are easy to remove and machine washable in case of accidents and messes. The only thing I wish it came with is a tray. Do yourself and your baby a favor and skip the cheap umbrella stroller that won’t last long and is not made for napping babies. 

2. J.L Childress Ultimate Backpack Premium Padded Car Seat Travel Bag

The J.L Childress Ultimate Backpack Premium Padded Car Seat Travel Bag was rated the #1 best travel accessory for kids in the US by BestProductReviews.com. If you’re traveling by plane and bringing your car seat, you’ll definitely want an airport car seat check bag. This padded bag will protect your car seat as it goes through security and under the plane from dirt, damage, and water. When you hand your car seat over at gate check, you’ll feel comfortable and confident knowing that you’ll get your car seat back in the same condition. Planning to bring your car seat with you on the plane? This bag has comfortable straps to allow for a bookbag style carry throughout the airport to keep your hands free

3. Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Even if you don’t typically baby wear, you should seriously consider this baby carrier, especially before a trip to destinations like Disney World and Universal Studios. Both locations make you leave your stroller outside before standing in very long ride queues. This can be a source of major frustration and inconvenience for a parent of a baby or toddler. I used my Ergobaby carrier for travel through age 2 for both of my sons. When they became fussy, I just popped them into the carrier and like magic, they stopped. It was also an easy way to get them to nap or to keep them close when they got tired of sitting in the stroller. This Ergobaby carrier is made for babies and toddlers, from 7-pounds to 45-pounds. It allows for 4 different carry positions: front-forward facing, front-facing out, hip carry, and back carry. It has amazing back support, and wide padded straps for a comfortable carry. There is a hood for sun protection and to keep light out while your baby naps. I promise this is one purchase that you will not regret. The Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier was named Best Structured Baby Carrier of 2021 by Good Housekeeping.

4. Disposable Toilet Seat Covers

With the excitement of your child finally being potty trained comes the dread of having to take them to public restrooms. While mom has mastered squatting by now, your child likely has not. These disposable toilet seat covers will keep you sane during those frequent bathroom trips making things less stressful for both you and your child. The covers are extra-large keeping small hands, which will inevitably touch the sides of the toilet, clean. It has a waterproof liner and two adhesive strips to keep the cover in place to prevent tearing. It also comes in an easy-to-pack zip bag. With these covers, you’ll no longer have to argue with your partner about whose turn it is to take your child to the bathroom.  

5. Hiccapop Inflatable Bed Rails

Allow me to paint you a picture that every parent who has taken their child to a hotel is familiar with. It’s time for bed and you take every pillow on the ridiculously high bed and stack them next to your child, trying to find the perfect balance between the pillows being knocked off the bed and the pillows being too close to their face. If this sounds familiar, you are definitely in need of this product. These bumpers inflate and deflate easily and are made to fit underneath any fitted sheet to hold them in place. They come in a travel bag and can easily fit into a carry-on suitcase. Most importantly, these rails have passed all federal safety laws so you can sleep in peace knowing that your child will be safe. 

Did I mention that these items are also road trip friendly? If you’re considering a road trip, you’ll also want to check out my Best Tips for a Stress-Free Road Trip with Kids.

Are you considering any of these items? Why or why not? Do you own any of these items? If so, what do you think of them? Are there any must-have items that you think should be on the list? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

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  1. Great list and great ideas we have most but the inflatable bed rails are a great idea will have to look into that

    1. Thank you. I learned about the inflatable rails from a vlogger. Such a great product idea.

  2. Great ideas! Since my daughter has a new baby (6 months), these will come in very useful!

    1. That’s the perfect age. She will definitely get good use of these items for another couple of years.

  3. I don’t have children of my own but I know many parents who would love the advice and ideas you’ve shared here; I’ll be passing it on to them!

    1. Thank you. I appreciate that!

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