We’re getting ready to head out on another trip, and as we’re packing up, I always marvel at the few pieces of toddler travel gear that we routinely use that make our life so much simpler.
1) CARE Safety Restraint System
This is the only FAA approved child safety device on the market and we always bring this with us when we fly. It hooks up to the seat like a breeze, and helps keep our little ones safely buckled. Carrying a car seat on a plane is such a pain. And while for infants it’s necessary, once they are a little bit bigger (22 pounds), it’s the CARE system all the way. I don’t have to lug the car seat through the airport, and I don’t have to worry about my little minions undoing the seatbelt buckle and escaping their seat within the first five minutes of the plane ride. Any parent with a little Houdini child will understand the frustration.
2) ZoomKIT Travel Activity System
I’ve written a bit about this wonderful item before, but it bears repeating. For long car rides, the ZoomKIT is a must have. I love the little box for storage of small toys, the space for the cup holder, and the little bin at the top which inevitably ends up holding crayons or travel markers. It’s cute, and it’s practical. Seriously what could be better?
3) Peapod Travel Bed
This travel tent has gone with us everywhere. It may just be my favorite kid related travel product on the market. We’ve taken it on planes, short car trips to visit the grandparents, week-long cruises, you name it. Having the tent with us means that we never have to worry about packing a pack’n play or worrying about if our hotel will have a travel crib available. It also means that our little travelers get to sleep in exactly the same cozy little spot each night. It’s like bringing a familiar room with them each time we travel. Having this little tent with them means a more comfortable night sleep for our kids, and less chance of waking up because they are in an unfamiliar space. And I love how little space it takes up when it’s folded!
4) VTech Kidizoom Camera
We started off with one of these cameras, and quickly realized that we needed two after seeing how much both our kids loved them. Taking pictures is such a great way to keep them involved and excited during our trips. If we’re at a museum or destination that is a bit lackluster for the younger crowd, it’s easy to whip out their cameras and have them start taking pictures. Suddenly they find all sorts of interesting things to look at through the viewfinder. I’ll admit, the photographs they take with them aren’t the greatest, but they get so excited taking pictures of all the interesting things they find, it’s easy to forgive all the blurry photos.
5) Wet Bag
I fell in love with wet bags when I first starting cloth diapering, and now I include a wet bag in my suitcase or purse on almost every trip. No matter how carefully you plan, or how great your little ones are at traveling, something is bound to go wrong. It’s just the way it goes. When the inevitable does happen, it’s nice to have a place to shove soiled clothes. Accidents, spills, sick children, we’ve had pretty much everything thrown our way during our various travels, and having a wet bag along with a spare set of clothes has always saved the day. They’re also perfect for stowing wet swimsuits in for your trip home, while keeping everything else in your bag dry.