“Be Prepared” might be the motto of the Boy Scouts, but it’s also one that all parents live by. Preparing the right gear can be a lifesaver when you’re out on the road with your little one. Whether you need to keep them warm, cool, clean or entertained, your kids will enjoy the trip more if you pack for each step of the way. From collapsible booster seats to ride-on suitcases, here are 11 tried-and-true items you can bring along that’ll make your trip that much smoother.
For Chilly Babies: Infant Thermoball Bunting by Northface
Keep infants warm from head to toe! The ultralight bunting traps hot air for reduced heat loss and increased warmth and keeps your little ones cozy. Thermoball special insulation features small round synthetic fiber that is closely clustered to mimic down clusters, trapping heat within small air pockets. This means high warmth even when it gets wet!
Includes asymmetrical full-front zip, fold-over mitts at arm cuffs, foot booties at feet, and contrast Sherpa lining throughout. Comes in bright cobalt Blue, metallic Silver, and bellflower Purple, with sizes 0-3M up to 24M–so your little ones can be snug as a bug in a rug!
For Messy Monsters: Table Toppers by Neat Solutions
Price: CA$24 for 60
These useful disposable placements stick-on nearly every surface. They protect tables from messy kids and protect kids from germs when eating out. Even if your baby loves to throw placemats all over the floor, the sticky bottom ensures that it keeps in place. Award-winning and eco-friendly, each placement is colored with different themes like Sesame Street and Disney. Each package includes 60 placements measuring 12” x 18”, so you can throw them out when your muncher is finished!
For Nodding Infants: My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Rock ‘N Play Sleeper by Fisher-Price
The easily portable sleeper is designed to cradle the baby perfect while she sleeps. It’s tilted slightly, with cuddly fabrics, mesh sides and ultra-plush puppy head. Rock the baby off to sleep gently with this soothing and supportive “bed.” Lightweight, machine-washable, and collapsible, meaning it’s perfect for those long trips.
For Breastfeeding On the Go: Pump-in Style Breast Pump with On the Go Tote by Medela
This double-electric breast pump is designed for moms who pump several times a day, every day. With its built-in battery pack, cooler bag and space for milk bottles, it’s made for moms on the go. Welcome to 2-Phase Expression technology with one-touch button that produces more milk in less time. Includes single knob speed/vacuum adjustments and removable cooler bag, contoured ice pack and four breast milk bottles with lids. It’s a doozy in price, but so worth the splurge, doing wonders for your sanity. Plus the microfiber bag looks fashionable enough for you to strut around in style.
For Boosting the Butt: Grab and Go Car Booster Seat by Mifold
This super compact and collapsible car booster seat fits right into your kid’s backpack. This durable seat works differently than most booster seats—instead of boosting the child up, it pulls the belt down into the perfect position for your 4+ kid under 100 lbs. The friction fabric prevents slipping and the aluminum is aircraft-grade, and Mifold claims that it’s 10x smaller than a regular booster! Dimensions 10” x 5” and guess what?—it’s even dishwasher safe.
For Cradling the Napper: Sneck Travel Pillow by BubbleBum
This plush pillow pod system is perfect for those little travelers who nod off in the car or plane. This comfy pillow combines soft nylon, fleece material and foam pellets, designed to cradle your kid to sleep. Rest on it as is, or attach it to the car headrest or seat buckle with Velcro and an adjustable nylon strap. The pillow features an elastic mesh pocket to store small items on the go!
For the Sightseer: Kelty Tour 1.0 Frame Child Carrier by Kelty
We’ve addressed the hiking carrier on this blog before and with good reason! It’s such a hit with families worldwide who love to take their little ones on their backs. You can explore a lot further with this carrier, and your kid will enjoy watching the world from above their shoulders. Hike into wilderness or simply walk sightseeing around the city. It’s comfortable and secure, with a 5-point harness system and a sun hood. Includes hefty storage for packing wipes, diapers and changes of clothes.
For the World Explorer: Mios Stroller from Cybex
Let’s face it–strollers can be a pain. They’re bulky, heavy, and difficult to maneuver over many streets. Hot summer days and an uncomfortable stroller quickly become tiresome. But the Mios Stroller offers fun and functional support while boasting a lightweight design. It has a reversible seat, huge sun canopy, and a breathable mesh back–plus it’s foldable with one hand. Whether you’re sightseeing a historic site or strolling down the promenade, you and your kiddo will be surely be thankful for the airy convenience of the Mios Stroller!
For the Thirsty Toddler: Formula Dispenser Combo Pack by Munchkin
This handy container divides three 8-oz servings of formula in three BPA-free chambers. Made for on-the-go feeding, with a snapping lid that keeps it from leaking. Just pour your powdered formula in one dispenser, mix with water and you’re ready to go!
For the Backseat Artist: Toys Artist Studio Car Valet by Alex Brands
This awesome pack includes space for all your kid’s crafty items: crayons, scissors, pens, juicebox, paper and more. Simply attach to the rear of the front seat, and fold down for easy access to supplies. It will keep them occupied for hours with two removable zippered pouches, 2 net pouches, a fold-out work area and built-in frame on the front to showcase their masterpiece. You won’t find them asking, “Are we there yet?” any time soon.
For the Airborne Trooper: the BedBox by JetKids
While those long, boring hours at the airport with the BedBox: a suitcase, ride-on suitcase and leg rest, all rolled into one. The suitcase easily converts into a ride-on suitcase that can be used by kids ages 3-7. Parents love ride-on suitcases—they’re fun, Once on the plane though, the third feature really pays off. Sitting in one seat for a long time can easily wear down kids, and the Bedbox’s leg rest—a fold-out, hand-washable mattress with side cushions—is designed to let them stretch out and sleep better on the plane. The leg rest’s height and length is adjustable in order to fit most standard economy seats—just note that it’s only to be used when the plane’s high in the sky! The BedBox weighs only 3kg, fits up to 20 liters of clothes, and features an awesome 360 degrees swivel in the front, for smooth maneuvering.