Traveling with young kids can be stressful if you aren’t prepared. We’ve listed our Top 7 travel essentials you shouldn’t hit the road without.
We also highly recommend a trial run! Book a mini-stay at a luxury hotel close to your house. You get to practice packing, experience being away, but with your home right around the corner. If you forget anything, it’s easy to go back and grab it. This exercise ensures that your packing list for the REAL trip is as complete as can be.
Top 7 Travel Essentials
#1: Northern Olive Packing Cubes
Made of baby-safe organic cotton and machine washable, these packing cubes are an ideal way to organize all the items you need to pack. Bonus handles make grab-and-go a breeze while you are mid-trip.
#2: OXO 2-in-1 Go Potty™ with Travel Bag
This multi-position foldable potty is the champion of travel. Designed for standalone use with disposable bags, it can be used anywhere, even in the car. The potty legs can also lay flat for use over full size toilets.
#3: Summer Infant Pop ‘N Play® Playard
When you arrive at your destination, your accommodations probably won’t be as childproofed as your home. This ultra lightweight pop-up playard allows you to easily create a safe play or sleep area for your child while you are on the go.
#4: BANZ® Hear No Blare Earmuffs
You never know what loud sounds you may encounter while traveling. From roaring plane engines to blaring sirens, these earmuffs keep your child’s delicate ears safe from damaging noise.
#5: Stroller Fan or Footmuff
When you are on vacation, you may find yourself sightseeing in very hot or very cold temps. Depending on the climate of your destination, be prepared with a stroller fan to cool a hot child (we love Amacool’s finger safe design!) or a toasty footmuff to keep a chilly child warm.
#6: Hefty Ecosave™ Bowls
These Hefty Ecosave™ bowls are made without PFAS and are great for serving snacks on the go. We also love packing Hefty slider bags to sack up messy clothes or wet bathing suits that can accumulate throughout a day of travel.
#7: Extra Toothbrushes
When you travel, there may be times that you leave your accommodations early in the morning and don’t return to a home base until late at night, which means your child may nap or fall asleep before you get back. Pack a few extra toothbrushes to keep with your for emergency brushings on the road. We love Jack N’ Jill kid brushes!
To round out your complete packing list, it can be helpful to take note for a week or two of items you use everyday. For each item, decide if you can live without it, substitute it, or deem it a must-have necessity.
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