14 Items you shouldn’t leave home without when traveling

Anyone who’s traveled with kids will tell you that you have to bring A LOT of stuff. We’re here to tell you what you actually need to make your time away stress-free and super fun.

A father holding his baby in a Babybjorn carrier

Traveling is one of the best things you can do with your kids, however, the process can be quite stressful if you’re not organized.

It’s important to consider what you’ll need to pack to keep your family fed, entertained, comfortable, clean and in good spirits on your memory-making trip.

To help you find the right travel products for your family, we’ll go over:

  • 14 Items that should be on your family’s packing list
  • Our product picks for each
  • Chemicals to avoid in baby products

Scroll down to learn more.


14 Items that should be on your family’s packing list

The following items are great for traveling with babies and younger children:

  • Lightweight travel stroller
  • Travel toddler car seat
  • Infant/toddler carrier
  • Diaper bag backpack
  • On-the-go feeding set
  • Feeding pillow (doubles as infant lounger)
  • Collapsible bath tub
  • Baby balm, lotion & wash travel set
  • Baby grooming set
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Organic cotton muslin swaddle(s)
  • Travel playmat
  • Dustless chalk coloring book
  • Silicone teether/toy
  • Pack N Play

Scroll down to see our product picks for each!


The best travel products for babies and young children


Lightweight Travel Stroller

Cybex Eezy S Twist in Manhattan Grey

If you’re traveling with a baby, toddler or young child, you may want to opt for the lightweight Cybex Eezy S Twist Stroller! Suitable from birth (with a compatible car seat), it offers 360 degree rotating seating and a super compact fold!

Suitable for use from birth (with infant car seat) up to 55 lbs.


Cybex Eezy S Twist in Manhattan Grey


Cybex Eezy S Twist in Manhattan Grey

Cybex Eezy S Twist Stroller



Available in more colors




Travel Toddler Car Seat


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


Made from super strong, aerospace-grade aluminum frame and breathable wool/polyester-blend fabric pads, the WAYB Pico Car Seat goes from travel car seat to backpack, tote, or luggage add on in seconds!

You can even get a handy protective backpack travel bag for it!

Age recommendation: 2 years +


WAYB Pico Car Seat Jet


WAYB Pico Car Seat in Jet


WAYB Pico Car Seat



Available in more colors




Infant/Toddler Carrier


It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling with a baby, toddler or both, you’re going to want a carrier so your hands can be free!

Made with baby-safe OEKO-TEX fabrics, the ergonomic leg position with wide seat area means that your child’s hips stay in the right position, while the 4 way front and back carrying options allow for you to soothe a sleepy baby or tired toddler.

Age recommendation: Newborn to 3 years


BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Black


Babybjorn Baby Carrier One Air






Diaper Bag Backpack


Jem and Bea Eco Backpack


When it comes to what type of diaper bag or carry on you’ll need when traveling with a baby or young children, we are ALL ABOUT the Jamie Eco Backpack from Jem & Bea.

Designed with a travel change pad, wristlet and zippable internal pockets, you’ll have all the room you need to carry wipes, snacks, a change of clothes and more!


Jem and Bea Eco Backpack


Jem & Bea Jamie Eco Backpack



Available in more colors

Includes changing pad




On-The-Go Feeding Set


One of the most important things you’ll need to consider when traveling with a baby or kids is how you’re going to keep them fed and hydrated! That’s why we created The Tot Feeding Sets: On-The-Go!

Featuring a booklet packed full of travel feeding tips, snack ideas and nutritional advice, the set also has:

  • Stainless steel sippy cup
  • Silicone catch-all bib
  • Silicone tray
  • Recycled milk jug snack stackers
  • Bamboo fiber lunchbox
  • Bamboo fiber cutlery
  • Silicone tray


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


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







Feeding Pillow


Lifestyle image of mom and baby with Nook Niche Feeding Pillow in Sky


The Nook Niche Feeding Pillow is one product that does A LOT of things! When flying with a baby, you’ll love having it for helping you hold and feed your infant. When not used for feeding, it can be used as:

  • An infant lounger
  • Toddler lounger
  • A support for sitting up
  • Pregnancy support pillow

Nook Niche Feeding Pillow in SeaGlass


Nook Niche Organic Feeding Pillow


Ranging from $119 to $129

Available in more colors




Collapsible Bath Tub


Stokke Flexibath White


Finding a clean and safe space to wash your baby or toddler can be a struggle when you’re on the road or bouncing between family. That’s why you’ll love having the Stokke Flexibath on hand! Both sturdy and sleek, it has a non-slip base and a heat sensitive plug for easy draining.

Age recommendation: Newborn to 2 years


Stokke Flexibath White


Stokke Flexibath Tub with Newborn Insert






Baby balm, lotion & wash travel set


Airplane air and changing climates can wreak havoc on a baby’s skin. We love having this travel set from Erbaviva on hand because it has a non-toxic lip and cheek balm, lotion and bodywash.

All free of nasties like parabens, phthalates and fragrance, you can rest easy knowing there’s nothing potentially dangerous lurking in them!



Erbaviva Baby Travel Set


Erbaviva Baby Travel Set






Baby Grooming Kit


Consisting of a Finger Tooth Brush with Storage Stand, Hair Brush with Case, Styling Hair Comb and Easy Grip Nail Scissors with Nail File and Case, this little set will help keep your tot looking their absolute best and feeling fresh!

For long haul flights, you’ll love being able to safely clip a hang nail or clean milk teeth!

Age recommendation: Newborn +


fridababy Baby Grooming Kit


fridababy Baby Grooming Kit






Sleeping Bag


Sleeping bags are non-negotiable in our books because they prevent babies and toddlers from kicking off the covers!

If you’re flying, they’re extra great because who wants to retrieve a blanket from the row behind them? (Not us!) Made of ultra-soft bamboo, the HART + LAND Sleep Bag is made in an eco-friendly closed-loop system with GOTS approved dyes and is free of flame retardants, PFAS and antibacterial agents.


HART + LAND Sleep Bag Simple


HART + LAND Baby Bamboo Sleep Bag – Simple Stripe




Available in more colors




Organic Cotton Muslin Swaddle(s)


Arguably one of the most versatile things you can have, swaddles can be used for creating shade, as a blanket, as a burp cloth, for privacy when feeding, as a scarf, playmat and more!

Made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, the swaddles form Pehr are screen printed by hand in India using AZO-free dyes.


Pehr Swaddle Happy Days


Pehr Happy Days Organic Swaddle






Pehr Marine Life Aquatic Organic Swaddle

Pehr Marine Life Aquatic Organic Swaddle






Travel Playmat


Gathre Mini Mat Blanc


If you’re having a long layover, are planning to picnic in the park or want to designate a play space in your vacation rental, you’ll want to get the compact and easy to clean Mini Mat from GATHRE!

Made from bonded leather and flocked suede, it will quickly become a diaper bag staple!


GATHRE Mini Mat - Rainbow


GATHRE Mini Mat – Rainbow






Dustless Chalk Coloring Book


We just adore this reusable doodle & coloring book designed by mom of three Grace Paik. The Jaq Jaq Bird Doodle It books feature 8 coloring in pages in a whole variety of fun themes including Planes, Constellations, Unicorns and Submarines.

Travel-friendly, they come with 4 Butterstix® chalks which are 100% dust-free!

Age recommendation: 3 years +



Jaq Jaq Birds Color It Book – Constellations



Available in more themes




Silicone Teether/Toy


Dena Rainbow Stacker


Made from food grade silicone, the versatile Dena Rainbow toy allow babies and toddlers to stack, nest, trace, chew and more!

Easy-to-clean, it’s a fun toy to have while traveling because it doesn’t take up much space and can do double time providing fun while also soothing sore gums.


Dena Small Rainbow Stacker


Dena Silicone Rainbow Stacker






Pack N Play


Having a portable crib/play space once you get where you’re going can and will be your saviour!

We like this super lightweight and compact travel playard from Nuna! Designed with two mattress heights, it grows with your child!


Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib


Nuna Sena Aire Graphite Pack N Play


Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib



Available in more colors




Chemicals to avoid in baby 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.

Many of these chemicals have been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, obesity, endocrine disruption, behavioral problems, and even irreversible brain damage.

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, certifications and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition.

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



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