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Best Travel Gear for Babies and Toddlers on the Road by Erin

by Erin, posted to Travel & Places

Whether it be air travel, roadtrips, or just an overnight at Grandma and Grandpa's, the right travel gear can mean the difference between a good trip and a bad one. Great gear can make the schlepping easier and the air travel more sane. Most importantly, good gear can help everyone get some much n... More »

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Children's Benadryl

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Suggested by Larissa

In case your baby has trouble sleeping on a long trip.

TrayKit is the all-in-one kid’s carry-on backpack and play-tray...more

Suggested by solvej biddle

This is a no-stow, no-spill backpack that turns into a play tray - it attaches to the seat infront in a car, straps to a traytable or sits on a lap and opens to reveal a raised edged play surface - no more toys rolling on the floor or down the aisle!

Larissa: How great is this idea, I'd love to see YOUR list of great travel products and tips. You should create your own guide, and can even embed on your blog :)

Eden Godsoe: Very cool - never heard of this before. You have so many great ideas. Maybe you can do your own guide of cool kid products!

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ProtectiShade - canopy and detatchable mesh giving UPF 50+ sun...more

Suggested by solvej biddle

This is the only sun shade on the market which can attach to all car seats and strollers to give effective 360 degree sun protection - it has a dropdown mesh and is very compact!

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Inflatable Travel Pillow | My Brest Friend

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Suggested by tialombardia

Such a help when you are out and about or even as a great backup pillow to keep in another room.

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Graco Pack 'n Play Playard w/ Bassinet (Lively Dots)

Having your toddler in bed with your and/or not contained can make for a miserable trip where no one sleeps. You can buy a Graco Pack 'n Play Playard w/ Bassinet at for $69 less $10 off for your first purchase plus free shipping. That’s a pretty good deal in exchange for a good nights sleep. If it was too cumbersome, you could even find someone to “donate” it to and leave it at your destination.

Eden Godsoe: Definitely not something you would lug with you on an airplane but great for car trips somewhere. We also keep one at our house for visitors even though our kids are 4 & 6 now.

Lisa: We actually had to lug one on a plane recently when we couldn't find a rental service In the city in Europe where we had an apartment. I thought about buying one of those lighter-weight travel beds, but they were all tents on the floor that my 20-month-old would have rolled right out of and started walking around in the middle of the night. The Pack & Play wasn't as bad as I thought to take on the plane, and I was glad to have it. Ours has been all over in the last two years -- it was a good investment.

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Suggested by Larissa

Found some great travel picks from the folks @ - favorite picks from their guide: Best Travel Bed: Kidco PeaPod, Best Travel Night Light: Mobi Tykelight Jr.

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Content & Calm Cot Canopy

So cool - the flexible canopy attaches to the top of the most standard cots and travel cots. It has “darkening fabric” that creates an instant night time feeling and is especially good if families are sharing one room when away from home, as others can be in the room with the lights on while your child is sleeping (in the dark). Plus they can’t see you when they wake up, which makes it less likely they will wake everyone up!

Lija: this is the absolute best, especially when sharing a room with your infant/toddler. it's fabulous.

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Go Crib by Guava Family

Inflatable crib that is incredibly sturdy and stable. Since it has no large metal or plastic components, it is super lightweight and incredibly compact, it comes in its own backpack, so it's amazingly easy to take with you. Anywhere you go. Made from high-quality phthalate Free, lead Free, and AZO Dye-free non-toxic materials.

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Travels with Baby - Worldwide Directory of Baby Gear Rentals

If you'd rather not lug a crib or gear along, then rent one. This website will help you find baby gear rental agencies (a.k.a. baby equipment hire) across the U.S., in Canada, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Mexico. Anything from high chairs to beach toys.

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MacLaren Volo Stroller

Simplest yet most durable. Can withstand being gate checked and squashed in a trunk. Has sun shade and is only 8.6 pounds. Best part is the easy and fast to fold 'n go with handy carry strap. No one in the security line will be staring at you as they wait for you to struggle with closing this one up. Removable mesh seat is easy to clean. (6+ months)

Lisa: Our UPPAbaby G-Luxe has also traveled well, is light, has decent features (good sun shade), and saved us a lot of money vs the Maclarens.

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Phil & Ted's Me Too Portable High Chair

This lightweight high chair just clips onto a table. It is a simple no fuss solution that works well when there is no highchair available. Some like it better than the (sometimes unhygienic) restaurant high chairs. Packs flat!

Eden Godsoe: This is definitely THE best portable high chair. We didn't lug it everywhere but definitely brought places when we were going to be there a while. It can easily go in the front zipper compartment of most roll luggage.

Lisa: The Zooper has more padding, so my daughter liked it a bit more than the Phil & Ted's. Same idea, though -- folds flat, light & pretty portable, fits in the bottom of mt duffel bag. We've had it on tables from Vancouver to the beer gardens of Munich, and also use it for other little ones who are visiting our house.

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Sherpani Rumba Backcountry Kid Carrier

Has an adjustable, unisex suspension system so that everyone can share the load of toting ever-heavier Junior on your weekend hikes. Even if you forget adjust the torso size before lifting the pack on your back, you to micro-adjust the fit without unloading. I know this picture makes it look a little daunting, but it’s pretty cool.

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Ergo Baby Carrier

All-in-one soft baby carrier, assisting you through all the stages of your baby's growth and moving from front to hip to back position easily. Holds your baby secure to your body so you are HandsFree and is great for getting through airports and also once you get to your destination. Great design that is comfortable for the parent!

Lisa: Try it with your baby before you buy it -- not all kids like the Ergo.

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Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack


This is the go to breastpump designed for moms who pump several times a day. Convenient, comes in small backpack and is (comparatively) quiet. Sometimes you can even get the motor out and just take that part. I had to pump (unfortunately) in airports a few times, which is so fun. Don’t forget: extra batteries, extra parts, rinse the parts you can immediately if possible, and keep a scarf in your pump bag for emergency public pumping.

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Hearos Ear Plugs

Can come in handy to offer fellow passengers on the plane when your child is a bit "noisy" and also good to have in the hotel room so that atleast one parent can get a good night sleep.

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