The Tot Team: 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.

#1 Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller

 Babyzen Yoyo + Stroller in White with Grey

Babyzen Yoyo + Stroller in White with Grey

This sleek and cleverly designed compact stroller 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.

#2 Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier

 Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier

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. The Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier lets you wear your baby inward or outward facing and can hold up to 33 lbs, meaning piggy back rides just got a whole lot easier.

#3 Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib

 Nuna Sena Aire Travel Cot

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.

#4 Dockatot Grand or Deluxe

 DockATot Grand Dock in Pristine White


The other genius sleep aid we don’t want to go anywhere without is the Dockatot dock. Available in a Grand and Deluxe version depending on your baby’s age, this magical little sleep station helps make nap time extra safe and sound.

#5 Innovo 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.

#6 Birdling Bags Travel Kit

 Birdling Bags Travel Kit in Navy

Staying organized and in control will help make you feel less stressed. The Birdling Bags Travel Kit is a great way to pack medicine for your child, keep your creams and gels in order, or simply hold that fabulous jewellery you know you love wearing.

#7 Playon Crayon Primary Crayons

 Playon Crayon Primary Colors

When in doubt, color! Seriously – coloring can make a flight delay fly by! (No pun intended!) It can also be a great distraction in a restaurant or for a lazy afternoon in the hotel. Completely non-toxic, Playon Crayons are a unique shape that make them easy to hold and fun to stack.

#8 Re-Play Snack Stacks

 Re-Play Snack Stacks

Rule #1 when traveling – don’t let anyone get hangry! (That includes you as the parent.) Made from recycled milk jugs, Re-Play snack stacks can hold carrot sticks, crackers, and even a few sweet treats to keep everyone going.

#9 Thinkbaby The Thinkster

 Thinkbaby Thinkster

Rule #2 – stay hydrated! Easy for little hands to hold and mouths to master, Thinkbaby’s The Thinkster is just what your little one needs for staying cool, calm and collected while out and about. 

#10 Hart + Land Organic Cotton Swaddle

 HART + LAND Organic Swaddle in Large Stars Print

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

#11 Petit Collage Sticker Activity Set or Petit Collage Magnetic Play Set

 Petit Collage Sticker Activity Set in My Town

Petit Collage Robot Magnetic Play Set

Just like crayons, stickers can literally save the day. Masters of making toys for on-the-go fun, this activity set will keep kids entertained. If stickers seem a bit too advanced for your little one, try Petit Collage’s Magnetic Play Set. Packaged in an easy to travel with container, you don’t have to worry about losing pieces under plane seats (or the window getting vandalized by stickers and markers!)

#12 Jem + Bea Jamie Nylon Backpack

 Jem + Bea Nylon Backpack

Keep it all together (literally and figuratively) with the Jem + Bea Jamie Nylon Backpack. Full of compartments and easy to clean, it’s another item that will keep your hands free and your mind clear while seeing the sights with your mini.