As parents, we all want to make sure that our little treasures are comfortable and most importantly, safe when travelling. I know exactly what you mean, which is why I've carefully selected this list of 24 best travel gear for kids that tick all the boxes for safety and comfort.
We try to pack as little as possible and utilise the amenities that the resort or hotel have available for their guests. But, at times when you might have a very young bub or you just want guaranteed comfort and safety, it's best to rely on your own resources.
We’ve put together a list of items that we use or wish we had while travelling plus we’ve included tips and ideas to help pack efficiently.This post contains affiliate links
Best Travel Gear For Kids
When you begin to search for your travel items, you will see there are options galore. Every invention that has come to mind for travel gear is available, but what are the absolute essentials?
Spending time away from your homely comforts can teach the family how to be resourceful and how living with bare essentials can still make you feel happy and safe.
You need to ask yourself:
- What is absolutely essential?
- Which of these items must I travel with to keep my child/ren safe?
- Does the hotel already supply these items upon request?
Very little is needed in the form of toys, clothes and travel gear for children. Children will find fun and games in just about anything that is around them. I’ll get into depth with some more games you can play with your children at times you need them to keep still such as on aeroplanes and train rides (right at the bottom of this post)
This list of the best travel gear for kids is what we think are essential travel items to help you have an enjoyable, safe and comfortable trip.
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Travel Gear For Babies 0-24 Months
We avoid travelling with high chairs, eating utensils, cots, toys and other kids travel accessories that add weight and aren’t essential.
Most hotels and restaurants will have high chairs, if they don’t you can just sit them on your lap or in the pram. It is a good idea to call or email ahead of travelling to request a high chair to be booked withy our room. This can be a better option than lugging a highchair from another state or country.
At the end of the day, it’s about what works for you and your family.
1. BABYZEN YOYO STROLLER 5.8KGS
I don't know how I survived using a pram, prior to purchasing this stroller. My previous pram was the double the weight of the YoYo and I wouldn't even think about taking it on a plane. The BabyZen YoYo is only 5.8kgs and is small enough to bring on the plane with you as carry-on luggage.
One of my favourite features, apart from the above, is that it is super easy to fold and unfold. Everywhere I go, I have people commenting about it, especially when they see how quickly it unfolds.
2. ERGOBABY COOL AIR 360 BABY CARRIER
When Lemar was a baby I was gifted a Baby Bjorn carrier which was great but I always had shoulder pain from it. When Leon, my second was born, I wanted to get a carrier that had better padding in the shoulders.
One day, I met a lady at a park and she was so kind in letting my try on hers, and from the moment I had Leon in the carrier, I was hooked. That week I purchased the Ergobaby 360 carrier, which allows for baby wearing in up to 4 positions.
This particular carrier model has award winning cool mesh that allows for your baby's body to breathe, which is perfect for adventuring. Oh, and it's super comfy to wear for long periods of time too. I often use it to take the dogs for a walk or when we go hiking.
3. WATERPROOF EASY-ROLL BIB
It's funny how your parenting styles adjust when you raise the second child, well at least mine did! When Lemar started eating solids, I purchased a pack of 20 cloth bibs and soon realised I had an extra load of washing each week. When Leon started eating solids, I found this waterproof bib by Tommee Tippee and OMG! I can not rave about it enough.
This is definitely a must for us to bring, as it's so easy to clean with soapy water afterwards and simply hang to dry. I purchased mine from our local supermarket for $12, but it's much cheaper here on Amazon.
4. THE GRO COMPANY, GROBAG
The day that I went into labour with Leon, I was gifted a Grobag from Paul's work friends. I was so excited to use it cause I'd learnt from having Lemar, just how convenient they are. Bubs can sleep through the night being snug and warm and parents have peace of mind knowing that the blanket won't be kicked off and bub's freezing throughout the night.
Bubs can sleep through the night being snug and warm and parents have peace of mind knowing that bubs won't freeze having kicked the blanket off throughout the night.
Grobags are great regardless of the climate as you can buy a quilted bag or a very thin TOG level.
5. LOTUS EVERYWHERE TRAVEL CRIB BY GUAVA
We don't travel with a portable crib as Leon is pretty happy sleeping in the Hotel's crib or with us, but if we did get one, we'd get this one. We do own one (big and bulky) but it's mainly kept at my parents home for when we visit them or when we go camping.
If you'd prefer to bring your own crib and you're looking for a suitable portable crib for travelling, this is the one for you. I've heard many great things about this crib being compact for travelling and I love that the soft mattress is on the floor. Not to mention, that crib made without al those nasty chemicals and fire retardants.
6. NAPPIES AND WIPES
Here's a little tip for you mummas! When we travel, I always pack enough nappies for our flight, plus a few extra for accidents. When we arrive at our accommodation, we take a stroll to the supermarket to get supplies. The top things on our list are usually Nappies and wipes, fresh fruit and dry snacks.
7. CHAIR SAFETY STRAP
Eating out can be a stressful experience for many parents. Especially when your bub is still learning to eat and you get a mess everywhere. The thing I worry the most about is if the hotel or restaurant will have a highchair for my little bub.
You can either call ahead and ask the staff to put one aside for your table booking or sit your bub in the stroller. Alternatively, you can purchase this great safety strap that can clip around any chair to help support your little one while eating.
8. BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC
There's so much controversy about whether or not mums should be able to nurse their babies in public. I personally think if a baby needs a feed then it's time for a feed, regards of where you are. Here in Australia, it is perfectly fine to feed your baby in a public place. However, we have heard stories of a cafe owner tried to kick a mum out for feeding her baby, but that's one out of the thousands of businesses that do support it.
When travelling to a foreign country, it will be a different story due to different cultures and religious beliefs. If you are looking for a multi-purpose feeding cloth that is also a fashionable scarf than I recommend this feeding cover on Amazon.
9. LOTIONS AND POTIONS
These portable silicone travel bottles are great for carrying any lotions that you don't want to bring the whole 500mls bottle.
Travel Gear For Toddlers 2-4 years
Most of the items I've mentioned above can also be used for toddlers, such as the stroller, crib, bib etc.
10. AEROPLANE SAFETY HARNESS
Flying can be just as dangerous as driving as any other means of transport, so it's important to consider a safety harness for your toddler.
I personally will use this safety harness when we travel on a plane. When we travel in a car, we will either hire a car seat through the car booking agency or bring the car seat as checked in baggage, which can be a much cheaper option.
Here's an alternative to bringing your child car safety seat on the plane, and it is so compact.
11. THE GRAB AND GO BOOSTER SEAT
This is one travel item that I have on my wishlist before our next family holiday. It's such a compact and innovative piece of equipment. It is 10 times smaller and just as safe as the original booster seats.
Just bare in mind, this booster seat is suited best for ages 4-12 years.
12. KIDS WIRELESS HEADPHONES
These Bluetooth headphones are the perfect item to bring with you on the plane for in-flight entertainment. We usually will pre-download movies from Netflix so that the kids can watch a movie from their iPad mini.
13. IPAD MINI WITH RETINA DISPLAY
Travel Gear For The Family
15. GPS TRACKING
I first discovered this GPS tracking device when they launched their startup a few years ago. Tile is a small device that you can attach to keys, luggage or children that you can track via an app on your mobile. They're great for just about anything and everything.
Dynotag is another type of tracking equipment. It's great for attaching to your luggage, camera, keys, wallet and anything that you don't want to lose. Here's their website to learn more about this great item.
I personally would use Dynotags for all of our replaceable items that would be covered by insurance and I would use Tile for slipping into my kid's shoes, my keys and my tech luggage with all of my personal photos and information on it.
17. TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT
When travelling, you want to be prepared for the worst. Pack a lightweight, well stocked medical kit that has everything you need for any accidents that might happen when out and about.
19. TRAVEL PACKING CUBES + BONUS LAUNDRY BAG
Travel packing cubes are a lifesaver. They help you keep well organised, which is essential when you have kids to pack for. When we pack our suitcases, we divide our clothes into tops, bottoms, underwear and misc. We then roll the items tightly and place them into each packing cube. Simple.
This is also a great travel item as it will help teach your children how to pack and keep organised.
When getting out and about, it's a good idea to have a supply of items that your child can pull out at any time to keep them busy. I have this bag on our "wish list" before our next holiday. It comes in many colours, it completely opens up so you can see everything inside plus it even has a holder for a water bottle inside that bag.
Here's another great daypack.
22. HANGING TOILETRIES BAG
We have a toiletries bag very similar to this, and we love it. We hang it in the bathroom or sit in on the benchtop. It is such a smart way to organise your toiletries. This set also includes 2x silicone tube bottles so you can transfer your favourite skin or haircare product into it.
23. LUNCHBOX LUNCH BAG
This is a great lunch bag for travel because it's insulated and the strap means hands-free carrying. It also has room for cutlery, which is convenient when you're travelling or having a picnic in the park.
If you're looking for something that is compact to put into your daypack, this lunchbox is a great choice.
24. WATER PURIFIER BOTTLE
Drinking clean water is vital for everyone. The sun's UV rays are what disinfects and clean germs from many surfaces. At home, we use a UV water filtration system, so when we travel we want nothing less. This Camelback UV water filtration bottle means that you can go anywhere and the whole family can safely drink water.
Tips For Flying With Kids
Often, people plan more for the destination and not the journey. Travelling on a long haul plane ride can be a daunting experience for parents but not if you’re well prepared.
Here’s a few things to help you prepare for your flight with your little ones.
- Popping their ears - If your baby is breastfeeding, give bub a comfort feed going up and coming back down on the flight. The sucking will help to move the pressure out of their ears. For the older kids, I like to give them foods that also help to move their jaws. Foods like grapes, a lollipop, just to name a few.
- If still no luck try this trick I learnt from a flight attendant. Ask the flight attendant for 2 plastic cups, wet 2 paper towels with hot water and squeeze the water out, put in the cups and place over the child’s ear. That should do the job.
- Sinus congestion issues - If you recently had the flu I recommend bringing so pure peppermint essential oil with you on the plane. Ask the hostess for a hot of steaming hot water and add 1-2 drops of this essential oil. Inhale it every second breath and you'll find comfort shortly after.
- Pack plenty of snacks for each flight.
- Pack a spare outfit for yourself and a onesie for bub, incase bub has a poop explosion.
- Travelling without Toys - Play peek-a-boo with a napkin, eye spy, a card game like UNO, sing songs, guess where the treat is (placed under one of 3 cups upside-down), bring a bouncy ball and play handball in a quite spot in the airport. There are so many things to do.