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If you’re taking a family vacation, having the right travel gear for kids can make things so much easier! From road trips to airplane travel, these travel essentials will help get your vacation off to a smooth start!
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Spring Break is just around the corner and after that, summer vacation. I love taking trips with my family but traveling with kids can also be a little stressful. That’s why I need all the help I can get!
Travel Gear For Kids
Thank goodness there’s so much travel gear for kids to make family travel a little easier. They help organize the car, convert airplane seats into beds and even keep the kids entertained (so you can avoid the inevitable “Are we there yet?” as long as possible!
Whether you’re taking a plane, train or automobile, these travel essentials are perfect for on the go families. I even featured some of these on a recent Suncoast View appearance…
Keep reading to find out which of these travel items you can’t live without!
Best Travel Gear For Road Trips
Going on a road trip for spring break or summer vacation? You’ll want to bring these along…
Fancy Mobility Backseat Organizer
Whenever we take a road trip with kids, our backseat starts to look like a cross between a toy store and a dumpster…sad but true! That’s why I love this Backseat Organizer from Fancy Mobility. Not only does it make toys and games easy to get to, but it keeps them off the floor and you might actually have a neat car for once.
Fancy Mobility Car Trash Can
Along those same lines, Fancy Mobility makes a portable car trash can too. I’m sure I’m not the only mom who’s opens the car door to find empty juice boxes, straw wrappers, Goldfish and sometimes objects that can’t be identified (and this is just in one day!). With this portable trash can in the back seat, my kids can’t make any more excuses (though I’m sure they’ll still try!).
Briarpatch Scavenger Hunt Game
It’s always a challenge keeping the kids entertained on long car trips but this Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game from Briarpatch is fun for both the kids and the adults! Look for things like a yellow car or a license plate with the letter Z…such a fun way to pass the time!
Best Travel Gear For Flying With Kids
The first time I traveled with a baby, I swore I’d never do it again. I eventually did (how quickly we forget) but that first trip could have been a whole lot easier if I’d had a few of these with me…
Think King SitAlong Luggage Toddler Seat
I saw the SitAlong Luggage Toddler Seat on Shark Tank a few years ago and think this idea is genius! I’ve been there…trying to pull a suitcase and push a stroller through an airport simultaneously. Let’s just say it isn’t easy! Now you can eliminate the stroller altogether (yay!) just by attaching this seat to your suitcase! It’s perfect for when you want to load all your stuff into one suitcase and travel light.
On Guard Stroller Bag
When my kids were younger, we brought our stroller bag every time we flew. It folds up into a handy little pouch that fits in your purse. Once you get to the gate, you can unfold it and use it to protect your stroller when you hand it over.
Brica Car Seat Travel Bag
Along the same lines, if you’re traveling with a car seat, you may want to bring along the Brica Car Seat Travel Bag. This car seat cover doubles as a tote and can be rolled through the airport or carried as a backback.
Trunki Ride-On Suitcase
If you’ve ever tried to walk through an airport but had to stop every couple of steps to let your child catch up, you need the Trunki ride-on travel suitcase. With adorable designs like bumblebees and unicorns, your child will love being pulled through the airport on one of these.
JetKids by Stokke Bedbox
I have never been able to get comfortable on a plane but at least with the Stokke BedBox, I can make it a lot easier for my kids! There’s a leg rest feature to help them get comfortable on short flights but the real bonus comes on longer trips, when this travel suitcase can be converted into an awesome inflight bed.
Mifold Grab-and-Go Booster Seat
Who wants to carry a bulky car seat when you travel? What a pain, right? The MiFold Grab-And-Go Booster Seat is great for when you know you’ll be renting a car but don’t want to bring your big booster seat along.
Primo Lapbaby Belt
I didn’t realize how hard it was to do the lapbaby thing until we took a 4 1/2 hour flight with an eight month old. This Lapbaby Belt would have made things so much easier for both of us!
General Travel Essentials
It doesn’t matter if you’re flying or driving, you’ll want to bring these travel essentials along…
Mophie Portable Charger
We can’t possibly travel without my Mophie portable charger (and yes, I have the pink one!). It holds so much charge that I’ve never run out. The best part is that two people can use it at once, so you can charge your phone while the little ones charge their tablet.
Melissa & Doug Puffy Sticker Activity Pads
We already love all things Melissa & Doug and these Puffy Sticker Activity Pads are a great way to keep the kids entertained no matter what kind of travel you plan to do. Not only are they easy to take along in the car but they’re perfect for airplanes too.
The kids can play with them while waiting to board at the gate or on the plane. If you’ve ever had to search around under airplane seats for fallen crayons or lost toys, you’ll know these stickers are the way to go.
Snug Play Kids Headphones
I’ll never forget our first road trip when my oldest was three. She LOVED Thomas The Train and watched it on her portable DVD player for four hours straight. We never even thought of bringing headphones but after four hours of hearing the Thomas theme, we never forgot them again!
These Snug Play headphones are cushioned, fold up for convenience and come in several colors. Another great feature is that they have a sharing port so two kids can listen to the same show or movie simultaneously.
Summer Infant Portable Booster
This portable booster seat couldn’t be more perfect for traveling with kids. It can stand along or can be strapped on to a larger larger chair. When you’re finished, it folds up into a compact, easy to carry booster with carrying case.
Kiindi Voyager Baby Bottle Warmer
If you’ve found yourself asking how to keep a baby bottle warm while traveling, you need the Kiinde Voyager Baby Bottle Warmer. The great thing about it is that it isn’t just for bottles. It’ll warm baby food too. No electricity is required…just add hot water and you’re good to go.
Travel Diaper Bag
This travel diaper bag from Ruvalino is pretty awesome! It has compartments for everything from diapers to bottles (the bottle compartment is even insulated). If you’re the kind of mom who likes to be organized, this travel bag is perfect.
As a busy mom, I like to make things as easy as possible so I’m loving all this awesome travel gear for kids! Do you have any fun family vacations coming up? Which of these cool travel accessories can you not live without?
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