The Best Toddler Travel Must Haves

Are you looking for must have items for traveling with a toddler? If so, you’ve come to the right place! I have traveled with a lot of crappy products and a lot of REALLY HELPFUL products.  To save you time and money, I have created a guide for toddler travel must haves that will make travel easier both physically and mentally. Don’t be bogged down with irrelevant products and too much baggage; let us help with tried and true travel products for toddlers!

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The Top 11 Toddler Travel Must Haves

1) Eddie Bauer Backpack Diaperbag:

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This backpack diaperbag is EVERYTHING.  I would rank this as an absolute must have when traveling with a toddler. We have tried regular diaper bags, over the shoulder bags, regular backpacks, backpacking packs, etc.  This bag is far and away the most function diaper bag we have ever owned. This diaper bag clips to our stroller, holds a foldable toilet seat/diapers, has a wipe pouch, has room for spare outfits, and even has a cooler pouch for snacks or drinks.  It has been AMAZING to us!

READ NEXT: Tips for Making Long Haul Flights With Kids Easier


2) The GB Pockit Stroller

(The Best Travel Stroller for Toddlers)

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We have traveled to 23 countries and 33 states with travel strollers.  The GB Pockit is by far my favorite travel stroller. As a mom who travels solo with my kids often, I love that the GB pockit offers a super compact fold, a small underbasket and even a 5 point harness. This stroller FITS IN THE AIRPLANE BIN. You read that right, you can bring it as a carry on. We love this option because it means no more broken strollers and we don’t have to wait for a stroller on a layover. Another great thing about the GB Pockit is that when your toddler wants to walk, you can stow this stroller in a large backpack or shoulder bag — or you can attach a shoulder strap the the stroller and eaily carry it. It isn’t bulky and easy to stow away. So, when you’re tying to decide what stroller to bring when you’re traveling internationally with a toddler; this is it.

Flying Solo with 2! Pockit Stroller, Eddie Bauer Diaper Bag & a Toddler Tula!

Flying Solo with 2! Pockit Stroller, Eddie Bauer Diaper Bag & a Toddler Tula!


 
 

3) Toddler Tula:

Find it on Amazon — HERE:

Find it on Target (get 5% off with REDCARD) — HERE.

We SWEAR BY OUR BABY CARRIERS!! As a matter of fact we have THREE and we still wear both our 3 AND 4-year-old.  It makes traveling a million times easier.  When I travel alone with my children, I wear one and push one in the stroller.  When I only had one baby, my carrier made zipping through airports a breeze! We own (and love) an Ergo Original and TWO Toddler Tulas. The Ergo Original is able to be worn up to 50lbs and the Tula Baby (not the Toddler Size) from 15 to 45lbs. A soft carriers is a must haves for traveling with toddlers. This is the best toddler carrier and needs to be on your toddler travel checklist.


4) Homedics Portable Sound Spa (AKA Small Sound Machine)

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A noise machine is one of my top recommended travel items for baby. We bring our portable sound machine ON THE PLANE and IN THE CAR to help our kids settle to sleep while we are in transit!  I also keep it in the stroller for on-the-go naps while we are out sight seeing.  It has helped TREMENDOUSLY! Sound Machines are non negotiable baby travel items in our house and at the top of the list for best travel items for baby.


5) DockATot (Grand):

Get your Grand HERE.

Ahhh

h the DockATot.  Read (HERE) all about how we LOVE and Travel with our DockATots every single time we go anywhere; from one night away to 2 months away.  The Dockatot is an amazing way to transition your toddler from a crib to a bed. It was perfect for use in hotels and Airbnbs as a safe spot for our young toddlers to sleep.

You can also use THIS LINK to get $10 off your DockATot.


6) Best Travel Water Bottle for Kids

Camel Back Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle

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I love the Camel Back water bottles, but I especially love these stainless steel ones. Two solid tips for traveling with a toddler on a plane: don’t let your toddler put its mouth on anything and keep their items that go in their mouth from touching anything. This bottle does that. It’s sipper folds away and prevents it from touching any questionable surfaces.   ALSO, the stainless steal bottle trumps the plastic version based on durability and the ability to maintain heat/cold.  My kids have always loved ICE WATER and if I can keep it cold for a couple extra hours, WIN!


READ NEXT: 9 Tips to Get Your Child to Sleep on A Plane.



 
 

 7) MPOW Kids Headphones:

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These headphones are ideal for toddlers and preschoolers because they limit the decibels and protect small ears from damage. The headphones can fold down. They also connect to each other, which eliminates the need for a jack splitter if two kids want to listen to the same move/show. The price point is abolutely perfect for these at only $15.99

READ NEXT: 6 Tips for Traveling with a Picky Eater

The Kids and the older version of these connecting headphones. Both can watch the same movie because the headphones inter-connect! Also check out their awesome CARES harnesses!

The Kids and the older version of these connecting headphones. Both can watch the same movie because the headphones inter-connect! Also check out their awesome CARES harnesses!


8) Packing Cubes:

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Packing cubes save marriages and vacations alike.  Every person in our family gets their own packing cube in the suitcase, which makes packing/unpacking very easy.  We also keep one stocked with wipes/diapers, one with snacks, one with electronics, one with charging cords, etc.  These cubes range in size from tiny to large enough for several pairs of jeans.  My husband also uses a special kind of cube for shoes, so our clothes don't get ruined!

Check out our post on How to Pack Light When Traveling with Toddlers


9) Stainless Steel Snack Containers:

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One of the tips for traveling with a toddler on a plane or on a long road trip is to make snack time EASY. Pack snacks your little one loves for a mid-flight snack or a long road trip!.

This 3-Pack of Stainless Steel Food Containers, are made with safe, non-toxic materials. They are a perfect alternative to plastic with no leaching or bacteria getting stuck in crevices. These are the perfect size for packing lunch, dinner or plenty of snacks for a toddler. The lids are stretchy and all of the containers are lightweight making them easy to travel with!

READ NEXT: 6 Tips for Traveling with a Picky Eater


10) KidCo Peapod Plus - Travel Tent

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Our son was terrible to transition from a crib to a bed. He would escape and become a danger to himself or attempt to flee the building. After many nights of frustration, a friend told me about this KidCo Peapod tent and how it changed travel for her family. I ordered it from Amazon right then. This little tent folds down and fits easily in a suitcase. It pops right up into a perfectly sized tent for a toddler to sleep in. We were able to travel all over Europe and the United States, in hotels, Airbnbs, and family’s houses without worrying about him escaping or hurting himself. This tent is the perfect way to transition a child from a crib to a bed and a perfect alternative to a bulky packnplay.

READ NEXT: Travel Cribs; Size Matters (This is for a longer sized pack n play PERFECT for Toddlers)


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The CARES harness is the only FAA-approved child restraint outside of a car seat. This amazing harness is designed for children 1 year and older weighing 22 to 44 pounds and up to 40 inches tall. We have two of these. They fold so small it easily fits in my purse or carry on bag. The kids both don’t mind the harness and they don’t try to escape. It gives them the same feeling as being in a car seat. This harness will protect a child from flying out of the seat during unexpected turbulence. I often fly alone with my two kids and I can’t imagine having to lug two car seats onto the plane. This harness is VERY easy to install and remove after the flight.

READ NEXT: Tips For Flying with Toddlers

Charletta wearing her CARES harness. Age 4, 41 lbs.

Charletta wearing her CARES harness. Age 4, 41 lbs.


Be confident when you travel with a toddler. Whether it’s your first trip with a toddler or your 100th, these products will make your trip exponentially easier. Get better sleep, a better napper, a better eater and a better travel experience with the right tools.

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