The Tot 10: Family travel essentials

If you love getting out and about and seeing the sights as a family, you’re going to want to know about these 10 must-have items. From a ride-on box that transforms into a bed in seconds to a universal silicone straw top that makes drink spills non-existent, you won’t want to go anywhere without these genius products.

toddler travel

While traveling as a family can produce a lifetime of memories and help shape who your children grow up to be, it can also be daunting and difficult.

Hungry, bored, uncomfortable, hot, cold, tired. These are just a few adjectives that your kids may pepper you with if you haven’t planned accordingly. As parents who love to travel ourselves, we know firsthand that the struggle is real. We also know that there are things you can do to make it that little bit easier.

Tip #1: Bring snacks

This is important for both you and your children. Whether you’re going to the park, Paris or putting together a cross country road trip, you need snacks you can stuff in your backpack, purse, stroller, and car seat-back.

Tip #2: Be weather wise

Layers are your friend! It doesn’t matter how you travel or where you’re going. Every car, airport, train station and rest stop with have their own climate, which is why you need to be able to pass out jackets, swap to shorts or slip on some socks with ease.

Tip #3: Pack lightly 

Unless you’re heading to a summer house and have the luxury of loading up multiple vehicles with all of your tot’s gear, we suggest taking items that do more than one thing. Doona makes a car seat that transforms into a stroller in seconds, while the Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib can be a safe place for tummy time as well as naptime.

Tip #4: Go to the ends of the earth for sleep

Whether you’re gearing up for a long haul flight or have a three hour drive to get to grandma’s house, try to plan your trip around your child’s sleep pattern. You can also make sleep a possibility even when you’re on the go thanks to the Ergobaby 360 carrier and the Stokke Jetkids BedBox.

Tip #5: Make sure your entertainment isn’t messy

Turns out crayon does wash off an airplane wall, but trust us – it’s an awkward process. Opt for craft and toys that don’t have a million pieces, isn’t heavy and is something your little one hasn’t seen before or in a long time.

Tip #6: Bring the followingmust-have genius products


1. GB Pockit Plus Stroller

GB Pockit Plus Stroller Cybex Infant car seat

GB Pockit Plus Stroller

GB Pockit Plus Stroller Fold


The GB Pockit Plus Stroller only weighs 12lbs, is car seat compatible and will fit in most overhead compartments and tote bags.


2. Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller

 Doona 2018 Car Sear Stroller in Greyhound

Doona 2018 Car Sear Stroller in Greyhound

Two birds. One stone. The car transfer just got easier thanks to the Doona Infant Car Seat stroller.


3. Nuna Sena Aire Mini Travel Crib

Nuna SENA aire Mini in Graphite4

 Nuna SENA aire Mini in Graphite4

With machine washable OEKO-TEX certified fabric and two mattress heights, the Nuna Sena Aire Mini Travel Crib is compact, cozy and the perfect place to catch some Zs or have a play.


4. Jetkids Stokke Bed Box

 Stokke Bed Box in Mint Green with girl

Stokke Ride Box Pink Lemonade

Stokke Bed Box in Mint Green with boy

Genius doesn’t even begin to describe this product! Approved by TSA and most airlines, the Jetkids BedBox lets kids get comfortable on the plane, have a place to play in the terminal and catch a ride when they’re tired.


5. Olli Ella Play n Pack City or Plox Travel Kit

Olli Ella Play N Pack Activity Backpack in City

Plox Holiday Travel Journal

Depending on the age of your child, you’ll love these all in one sets from Olli Ella and Plox. Both offer a range of fun and interesting screen free activities to keep kids busy while on the move.


6. Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller

The My Fabulous Storyteller is a travel game changer.  The magical listening experience keeps kids entertained in a smart, screen-free way, making it the perfect travel companion for long journeys. Kids can choose from a selection of 48 stories available in 8 different languages. The brilliant part is that they can create their own story by choosing the hero, the setting, the second character and the object of their story. Pretty cool, huh?


7. Silikids Siliskin Universal Straw Tops

 Silikids Siliskin Straw Top 3 pack in Berry, Sea & Cobalt

Silikids Siliskin Straw Top 3 pack in Berry, Sea & Cobalt

Silikids Siliskin’s clever universal lids mean no more crying over spilled milk or asking the waiter for yet another napkin to wipe up your tot’s drink.


8. Re-Play Snack Stacks

 Re-Play Snack Stacks

Re-Play Snack Stacks are made from 100% recycled milk jugs and make packing or storing snacks, tiny toys and craft supplies a breeze.


9. EllieFunDay Panda Nomad Travel Blanket

 EllieFunDay Nomad Panda Travel Blanket

EllieFunDay Travel Blanket

Easy to pack up and designed with a built-in pillow, your little one can get snuggly and (hopefully) some sleep in the car, on the plane or dashing through the countryside in a train.


10. Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier

Ergobaby 360 four position carrier

Being able to be hands-free at a ticket counter or help your baby nod off to sleep by lapping the terminal is crucial when you’re traveling. But don’t forget – the Ergobaby 360 Four Position Carrier can also be used to tote toddlers on your back. Want to do that walking tour? Don’t forget to pack the Ergo!