Family Packing List: 12 Travel Essentials

At The Tot we’re all about finding the best of the best when it comes to safe, ethical, stylish and genius products. In an effort to help make your next trip easier, our team is sharing our top 12 essentials you won’t want to leave home without!

kids travel essentials

Getting from Point A to Point B with a baby or a toddler (or both) can feel like a Herculean task.

Hunger, exhaustion, impatience, growing pains, (not to mention Number 3s…) are unfortunately just some of the many perks of parenting and inevitably seem to exacerbate the already arduous act of traveling.

But don’t worry, there are some pretty genius products out there that have helped us as parents at The Tot make traveling with children easier if not even downright enjoyable.

In this article, we’ll go over:

  • The optimal family packing list
  • The best non-toxic travel products for babies and kids
  • Materials & ingredients to avoid in kids products

Scroll down to learn more!

 

The optimal family packing list

If you’re gearing up for a long haul flight, road trip or train trek with babies or small children, you’re going to want the following things:

  • Lightweight travel stroller
  • Travel car seat
  • Baby carrier
  • Hands-free diaper bag + travel change pad
  • On-the-go snack containers, sippy cup & wipes
  • Adult water bottle & snack bags
  • Non-toxic adult & child lotion (airplane & car air is DRY!)
  • Thermometer
  • Travel toys & playmat
  • Swaddle(s)
  • Pack N Play
  • Blue blocker glasses

Scroll down to see our picks for each!

 

The best non-toxic travel products for babies and kids

All Tot Safety Tested and approved, the below products are free of harmful chemicals such as BPA, BPS, Phthalates, PVC, Lead, Flame Retardants and Formaldehyde.

(We’ll chat more about the ingredients we avoid and why later on!)

 

#1 Lightweight Travel Stroller

 

A woman pushing her child in a GB pockit stroller

 

The sleek and cleverly designed GB can go anywhere!

By anywhere – we even mean the overhead compartment on an airplane. You no longer have to fret about gate checking your stroller as it can come right on board with you.

Age recommendation: 6 months up to 37 lbs (approx. 4 years)

 

GB Pockit Air All Terrain Black Grey Stroller

 

GB Pockit Air All Terrain Black Grey Stroller

 

GB Pockit Air All-Terrain Stroller

 

$159.95

Available in more colors

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#2 Travel Car Seat

 

A child helping his mom carry the WAYB pico travel car seat

 

One of the worst parts of traveling with kids in tow is needing to schlep a car seat in and out of rental cars or taxi cabs.

Thanks to WAYB and their innovative foldable Pico Travel Carseat, your load just got a little bit lighter!

Recommended from 2 years +, you also have the option of getting the travel bag that can be worn as a backpack or slipped over the handles of rolling luggage.

 

WAYB Pico Car Seat Earth

 

WAYB Pico Car Seat

 

$320

Available in more colors

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WAYB Pico Travel Bag

 

WAYB Pico Car Seat Travel Bag

 

$50

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#3 Baby Carrier

 

Zarpar Bebe Snap Carrier in Sand on woman

 

Whether you’re juggling a baby and a boarding pass or a toddler and museum tickets – you’re going to wish you had two hands free.

This super comfortable carrier from Zarpar Bebe can be worn on your front or back and makes toting a tired toddler or sleeping baby a total breeze.

 

Zarpar Bebe Snap Carrier in Sand on woman

 

Zarpar Bebe Bohemian Sands Snap Baby Carrier

 

$155

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#4 Hands-free diaper bag + travel change pad

 

Jem and Bea Eco Backpack

 

Jem & Bea is famous for their Jamie Diaper Bag Backpack and now we have it in an eco option!

It includes a travel changing pad, wristlet, bottle holder and tons of other storage compartments to keep you organized!

 

Jem and Bea Eco Backpack

 

Jem & Bea Jamie Eco Backpack

 

$245

Available in more colors

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Jem + Bea Nylon Backpack

 

Jem & Bea Jamie Nylon Backpack

 

$245

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#5 On-the-go snack containers, drink bottles & wipes

 

This life-saver of a set is exactly what you need if you’re travelling with a baby or toddler.

Consisting of a stainless steel sippy cup, bamboo fiber bento style lunchbox, recycled milk jug snack containers, a silicone tray, bamboo fiber cutlery, a silicone bib and non-toxic wet wipes, you’ll be quietly saying, ‘not all heroes wear capes’ to yourself while feeding your happy baby up in the air!

 

The Tot On The Go Feeding

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: On-The-Go (1 year +)

 

$119

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#6 Water bottle & snack bags

 

Zip Top Dish Set Lifestyle Image

 

It’s easy to focus on your kids when you’re traveling, but please don’t forget about yourself!

Stay hydrated, snack often and take a moment to breathe! We love this stainless steel water bottle from PlanetBox as well as these silicone food storage bags from Zip Top. Easy to seal, you’ll love munching on carrots, fruit or granola while on your next adventure!

 

PlanetBox Stainless Steel Water Bottle

 

PlanetBox Stainless Steel Water. Bottle (18.8 oz)

 

$24.95

Available in more colors

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Zip Top Dish Set

 

Zip Top Silicone Bags (Set of 3)

 

$47.99

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#7 Non-toxic Lotion

 

Have you ever noticed how dry your skin can get while traveling? It’s so difficult to go from humid to dry or hot to cold which is why we always make sure we have lotion for both ourselves and our kiddos in our bags.

Both of the options below are ultra-hydrating and of course: non-toxic.

 

Doctor Rogers Restore Face Lotion3

 

Dr Rogers Restore Face Lotion

 

$72

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Erbaviva Baby Travel Set

 

Erbaviva Organic Baby Travel Set

 

$24

Lotion / Wash / Balm

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#8 Thermometer 

 

Innovo Thermometer

 

There’s nothing worse than a sick child on vacation, which is why it’s always a good idea to stay on top of symptoms with the Innovo Thermometer. With dual forehead and ear readings, it’s the perfect thermometer for kids who are just a little bit too fussy to sit still.

 

Innovo Thermometer

 

Innovo Thermometer

 

$29.99

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#9 Travel Toys & A Playmat

 

Jaq Jaq Bird Bored Boards - Selfie Boards Lifestyle

 

When you’re not busy making sure everyone is well fed, hydrated, not in need of a bathroom or in a comfortable enough position to sleep, then you’re going to be focusing on entertainment.

Never go anywhere without some sort of toy or activity! For babies, we like toys like the Cheengoo Bunny because it does double time soothing sore gums as well as the Wee Gallery Peekaboo Pets Activity Pad.

For bigger kids, we love the dustless chalk sets from Jaq Jaq Bird and the entertaining magnetic game boards from Floss & Rock. Oh and you totally need a playmat like the bonded leather one from GATHRE. Super easy to wipe clean and lightweight, kids can eat, play, and nap on it!

 

 

Cheengoo Bunny Rattle

 

Cheengoo Bunny Teether

 

$18.50

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Wee Gallery Peekabook Pets Activity Pad

 

Wee Gallery Peekaboo Pets Activity Pad

 

$38.95

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Jaq Jaq Bird Bored Boards - Selfie Boards

 

Jaq Jaq Bird Bored Boards – Selfie Boards

 

$29.99

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Floss & Rock Dinosaur Magnetic Fun & Games

 

Floss & Rock Dinosaur Magnetic Fun & Games

 

$17

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Floss & Rock Mermaid Magnetic Fun & Games

Floss & Rock Mermaid Magnetic Fun & Games

 

$17

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GATHRE Mini Mat - Rainbow

 

GATHRE Mini Mat – Rainbow

 

$62

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#10 Swaddles

 

Arguably the most versatile thing in a baby/toddler’s life, the Hart + Land organic cotton swaddle can be used for swaddling, shading, nursing, tummy time, a play space, snuggling and even as a scarf! 

 

HART + LAND Organic Swaddle in Large Stars Print

 

HART + LAND Organic Cotton Muslin Swaddle – Large Star

 

$28

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Hart & Land Organic Cotton Valentine's Swaddle in Blue Hearts Print on White

 

HART + LAND Organic Cotton Muslin Swaddle – Hearts

 

$28

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Available in more colors

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#11 Pack N Play

 

Also playfully known as ‘baby jail’, having a safe, secure and cozy place for your baby to sleep or play is crucial wherever you may go. The Nuna Sena Aire Travel Cot is completely non-toxic, lightweight, breathable and can turn any room into a nursery.

 

Nuna SENA aire in Granite

 

Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib

 

$349.95

Available in more colors

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#12 Blue Blocker Glasses

 

RA Optics Glasses

 

One of the hardest things to keep on track when traveling is your sleep cycle!

If you and your kids are spending the time in the car or plane on a phone or tablet (or under artificial lighting), then you’re exposing yourself to blue light wavelengths that can disrupt your body’s natural sleep hormone production.

RA Optics and The Tot have teamed up to make glasses for your whole family that will block these lights! Click here to learn more about blue blockers.

 

RA Optics Adult Blue Light Blocking Glasses Day-Taylor

RA OPTICS X THE TOT ADULT BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES

 

$129

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Available in day & night lenses

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RA Optics Kid Blue Light Blocking Glasses Day - Reese

RA OPTICS X THE TOT KID BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES 

 

$99

EXCLUSIVE

Available in day & night lenses

Ages 2 – 7

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RA Optics Baby Blue Light Blocking Glasses Navy Day - Quinn

 

RA OPTICS X THE TOT BABY BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES

 

$99

EXCLUSIVE

Available in more colors and day & night lenses

Ages 1 – 7

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Materials & ingredients to avoid in kids products

When you don’t know what your child’s toy, stroller or sippy cup is made of, you can run the risk of exposing them to potentially harmful ingredients such as BPA, BPS, Phthalates, PVC, Formaldehyde, Lead and other Heavy Metals. This is particularly worrying for babies and toddlers who inevitably put these items in their mouths.

At The Tot, we make sure that every single product we use and recommend passes The Tot Safety Test. This means that we’ve reviewed its third-party testing and certifications.

For a full list of Ingredients & Materials We Avoid and to learn more about The Tot Safety Test, Click Here.

 

 

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