The Best Travel Gear to Keep Your Family Mobile

The holidays are around the corner and this year relatives are likely hoping to make up for lost time. Which is why we took inventory of the top travel gear that will help your family make the journey to wherever your destinations may be this holiday season with ease.

Whether you’re shopping for baby gear, household items or holiday gifts, you may be able to bypass the national shortages by shopping secondhand—an added benefit outside of doing the planet and your wallet a favor. 

We asked our gear expert, Kristin Hood, to break down the top items you need to make traveling a breeze, whatever your mode of transportation is. 

Gear to Travel by Plane

Mother and baby traveling by plane

  1. Travel Stroller is a must have! Choose a lightweight stroller that is compact and easy to fold.
  2. Backpack Diaper Bag - Having both hands free while managing kids in an airport is essential that’s why we recommend a backpack diaper bag 
  3. On the Go Changing Pad - Airport bathrooms are pretty yucky, that’s why having an on the go changing pad is a must!
  4. Portable Travel Crib - Having a portable and lightweight travel crib is essential! Depending on your child’s age or how long your trip will be you should definitely bring a safe place for the baby to sleep when you travel. There are lots of great travel crib options available for all ages.
  5. Wet Bag - Having a waterproof/leak proof bag where you can put dirty clothes is a must. Inevitably there is always a blow out diaper or a throw up situation when traveling so having a wet bag is so helpful! I usually pack an extra set of clean clothes for the baby and a shirt for myself in the wet bag so if there is an emergency I can just grab it and know I have all the clean items in one place.
  6. Boppy Pillow - I always bring my nursing pillow on the plane with me for long flights or long trips- throw it over your carry-on. It’s so nice to have arm support when feeding and holding a sleeping baby.
  7. Travel high chair - If you are planning to be away for a longer trip and your child is at the age where they are using a highchair it's sometimes nice to have a highchair with you, that’s why we recommend the Inglesia clip on highchair, you can pack it in your suitcase - it folds down easily, comes with a travel bag and it’s easy to clean and quick to dry if needed! 

A few extra’s to consider are a portable sound machine and a baby carrier.

 Gear to Travel by Car

Baby and father traveling by car

  1. Stroller - You can either bring a full sized stroller if you have room or consider a travel stroller to save space in the car.
  2. Travel Crib or Pack n Play - Having a portable and lightweight travel crib is essential! Depending on your child’s age or how long your trip will be you should definitely bring a safe place for the baby to sleep. There are lots of great travel crib options available for all ages. 
  3. Toys - If you are on a long road trip this holiday season it’s nice to have new toys and books to keep your baby happy. 
  4. Car mirror - Having a mirror so you can check on your baby easily without having to stop the car or lean over the seat can give parents peace of mind while driving. 
  5. Highchair - If you are planning to be away for a longer trip and your child is at the age where they are using a highchair it's sometimes nice to have a highchair with you, that’s why we recommend the Inglesina fast table hook on highchair, you can pack it in your suitcase—it folds down easily, comes with a travel bag and it’s easy to clean and quick to dry if needed!
  6. Baby Lounger - If you already have a dock a tot or snuggle me organic then definitely bring it with you on your trip, it’s so nice to have a designated place for baby to hang out when you are traveling, plus they are great for on-the-go naps, lounging by the pool or even having in a hotel room. 
  7. Sound Machines - Getting a child to sleep out of their normal sleep environment can be tricky, that’s why having a good sound machine is necessary! It helps block out extra noise and is great if you are sharing a room with your kids during your trip. 

 Gear to Visit Grandparents 

Grandparent playing with grandchildren

Here are our top five items to have on hand if you are visiting grandparents (or are a grandparent). P.S. you can also pass this list along to your parents. 

  1. Pack N Play - Having a pack n play on hand is so helpful and it can be used for sleep and as a playpen for babies all the way up to toddler age. It’s a great safe play area too when babies are in the crawling stage! 
  2. Highchair  - It’s hard to travel with a highchair which is why its so nice to have this easy to store and easy to clean highchair that can hook onto almost any counter or table. 
  3. Toys & Books - Keep some extra fun new toys around for when the grandkids come visit, they will love it!
  4. Stroller - Want to take your grandkids to the zoo or out for a walk? You can grab a simple and easy to use stroller to have on hand for those special outings. 
  5. Playmat - Having a designated and safe space for baby and kids to play is great, thats why having a soft playmat can be the perfect addition for the grandkids, plus you can roll it up and store it when you aren’t using it. 

The Best Travel Stroller Systems 

A travel system is a carseat and stroller that work together and usually include a carseat base. These systems are great because this means your car seat clicks right into your stroller base without any additional attachments. These are ideal for travel if you are bringing your car seat and want a seamless system that works with a carseat and stroller base. 

Here are our top three:

  1. Graco Modes Travel System - This Travel System is the perfect stroller to grow with you and your baby from infant to toddler. It is 3 strollers in 1 and provides 10 versatile riding options. 
  2. Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System - Offers a multi-position modular frame with 6 modes of use. The stroller converts easily from an infant car seat frame stroller to stroller seat and carriage mode. Each mode, baby can face in or out and is easily adjusted.
  3. Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System - This 3-in-1 travel system solution easily transitions into an infant car seat carrier, travel system and a toddler stroller, adapting to your changing needs as your baby grows. This travel system includes the Keyfit 30 infant car seat, has a one hand, multi position recline, and one hand smart fold.

Conclusion

Whether you're taking your own mini-family vacation or traveling across the country to visit extended family, these items should make traveling with your little just a little easier. 

We all know that having a baby is wonderful but expensive. In 2019, the average spend per child was $1,016. By 2024, that number is projected to be $1,391 per child. By shopping secondhand you can save significantly—and do the planet a favor by keeping good gear going 'round longer. 

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