When I found out that I was pregnant, the first thing I did was Google what travel gear we would need for our baby. To my surprise, there wasn’t much on the internet regarding travel gear for babies, aside from a few posts about flying. I decided that I would just write my own!
My husband and I primarily travel by car and we usually have to take my SUV because we have so much stuff. I pack everything that I can think of–shampoo, body wash, allergy and cold medicine, board games, rain jackets, you name it. Better to be over prepared than under prepared! I plan to pack the same way when we start traveling with our baby, so this is everything that I anticipate bringing on vacation when our baby comes.
Our best travel gear for babies and toddlers post is broken down into nine sections: Diapering, Feeding, Getting There, Medical Necessities, Outdoor Activities, Playing, Sleeping, Transporting Your Little One, and Miscellaneous Travel Gear. Within each section, there are several items that we think will make traveling with your baby easier. For more information on a product or to buy it, simply click the link.
Without further ado, here is our list of best travel gear for babies and toddlers.
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Diapering
Diapering your baby on the go can be quite the challenge. You have to juggle a child, diapers, wipes, your personal items, and find someplace to lay them. Whether you are looking for a portable changing pad or just a diaper bag to hold everything, we’ve got you covered.
This is the best travel gear for babies when it comes to diapering.
BabyBum Brush Box Gift Set
If you haven’t heard of the BabyBum Brush you are missing out on one of the greatest baby products on the market. Why use your finger to put diaper cream on your baby when you could use a flexible, silicone, BPA free brush?
The BabyBum Box Gift Set comes with the original BabyBum Diaper Cream Brush, mini Diaper Cream Brush, Diaper Clutch, Diaper Changing Glove-Saks, Little Booty Fan, and a Diaper Cream Brush travel case.
Although you can buy these items individually, the BabyBum Box Gift Set includes everything that you will need, comes beautifully wrapped, and is available in three colors: blue, pink, and neutral (shown below).
DiaperPod Travel Bag With Resting Station
The KidCo DiaperPod Travel Bag With Resting Station is great for traveling–whether you are going across the country or just down the street. When closed, the folded up DiaperPod is a messenger-style bag with padded shoulder straps, making it comfortable to carry. Unfolded, the DiaperPod makes a large, spacious changing station with raised edges to keep your baby in place.
No matter what you need to bring with you, the DiaperPod’s five large pockets can accommodate it. Need a safe place for your baby to rest while on the go? Simply unfold the DiaperPod and use the changing station as a resting spot. It’s that easy! The mat inside is lined with non-toxic, water-repellent fabric; accidents are not an issue.
KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack
When traveling, you must have a great diaper bag. With 15 pockets to use, the KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack is perfect for keeping you organized and providing enough space for everything that you need to bring with you. Three pockets are insulated for baby bottles while two side pockets give you easy access to things like wipes and car keys.
The KiddyCare Diaper Bag Backpack is lightweight, stylish, built to last, perfect for mom or dad, and available in five colors. Although the padded straps make the backpack easy to carry, you can lock the upper handles with a button so you can hang it from a stroller.
Portable Changing Pad
When your baby has outgrown the diaper changing clutch, it’s time to switch to the Nena & Nene Portable Changing Pad. The extra long size is perfect for growing babies. It has extra padding for comfort and a memory foam pillow to keep your baby’s head safe and comfortable. The Portable Changing Pad is made from durable materials, is waterproof and easy to clean, hooks to your stroller or diaper bag, plus has two inner pockets to hold diapers and wipes.
This product is also great to use when you’re traveling locally–to the grocery store, Target, or just need a changing station pad in the car.
Check out Nena & Nene’s Disposable Changing Pads, too!
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Feeding
When your little one is ready to eat, they are ready to eat! You definitely need to make sure you have everything you need for feeding when traveling so you can avoid a meltdown.
This is the best travel gear for babies when it comes to feeding.
Boppy Nursing Cover
The Boppy Nursing Cover allows you to discreetly feed your baby while an adjustable strap helps you get comfortable. The Slideline ring keeps track of which side you nursed from last–just slide the ring to the corresponding side. Thanks to the structured neckline, you can see your baby while nursing. When you’re finished feeding, the Nursing Cover folds into a mini pouch.
The Boppy Nursing Cover’s fabric is super soft, a pro for both you and baby. With the machine washable Boppy Nursing Cover, you can feed your baby wherever, whenever.
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Getting There
Whether going by car or plane, there are a few products that can make traveling with your child easier. From organizing your car to helping your baby sleep, every little bit helps.
This is the best travel gear for babies when it comes to getting to your destination.
Finally, headphones that are comfortable for children to wear and do not hurt their ears! CozyPhones are perfect for car travel because your kids can watch Frozen for the 596th time but you do not have to listen to it yet again. Should your child fall asleep while wearing their CozyPhones, it’s perfectly okay. In fact, the headphones are so comfortable they probably will.
CozyPhones are absolutely adorable and come in a wide variety of characters, like a fox, unicorn, frog, monster, cat, and panda. This product is built to last with a flexible and durable 36-inch braided cord and sturdy 3.5-millimeter stereo plug. The headphones are compatible with most all devices.
SkyBaby Travel Mattress
Help your baby fly comfortably with the SkyBaby Travel Mattress. All you have to do is take the SkyBaby out of its bag, unroll it, and wrap the wings around your child. That’s it–your baby can now sleep and feed in comfort. When it’s time to land, just unfasten, roll up, and place the SkyBaby back in its bag.
The SkyBaby Travel Mattress is small and light enough to fit into your luggage, be carried in hand, or clipped onto your bag. SkyBaby can be used without the infant safety belt, but there are accommodating cut-outs should you want to use it.
Have a layover? Use your SkyBaby as a small bed for your child in the airport!
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Medical Necessities
There’s nothing worse than having to go out for medical supplies for your sick baby at midnight during your vacation. Save yourself the headache and plan ahead by bringing these items along!
This is the best travel gear for babies when they need some relief.
NoseFrida the Snotsucker is one of Fridababy’s most popular products. Why? Because it works!
When your baby has a stuffy nose, add a hygiene filter to the NoseFrida, put the tube up to your baby’s nostril, and suck the snot out. It’s super simple and gets the job done, giving your baby immediate relief.
The NoseFrida Travel comes with one NoseFrida, four Hygiene Filters, and a Travel Case. The case is small enough to fit in your diaper bag, purse, or glove box, so there’s no excuse not to keep this with you at all times.
PreparaKit Take Along First Aid Kit
Bring along the ultimate First Aid Kit, by PreparaKit. The included essentials will help whether you need to deal with a scrape, burn, or splinter.
The Take Along First Aid Kit comes with four varieties of fabric bandages, nail clippers, safety pins, scissors, thermometer strips, antibacterial wipes, burn cream packets, cotton applicators, hydrocortisone cream packets, and more. The small and compact Take Along First Aid Kit’s fold out design allows you to quickly find what you need.
When you have used all of the items in your Kit, simply buy a First Aid Kit Refill!
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Outdoor Activities
Let your child play outside without having to worry about the harmful effects of the sun and make packing up at the end of the day a breeze.
This is the best travel gear for babies when it comes to spending time outside.
Breathable Swim And Sun Bucket Hat
Protect your baby’s head, neck, and eyes while playing outside with Green Sprouts’ Breathable Swim and Sun Bucket Hat. It is made of lightweight, wicking material so your baby will stay cool. The hat also provides UPF 50+ sun protection.
A tie strap keeps the Breathable Swim and Sun Bucket Hat in place while your baby plays and the elasticized back creates a custom-fit, growing with your baby. What more could you ask for?
Infant Play Shade Pop Up Tent
Keep your baby out of the sun entirely with Schylling’s Infant Play Shade Pop Up Tent. The tent has pegs and sand pockets, making it perfect for outdoor activities. Measuring 15.75″ x 2″ x 15.75″, there’s plenty of room for feeding, napping, and playing. Most importantly, the Infant Play Shade Pop Up Tent has an SPF 50+ protection rating.
Schylling’s waterproof Infant Play Shade Pop Up Tent pops up instantly, folds easily, comes with a travel bag, and can be used for years to come.
Long Sleeve Rashguard
If your baby doesn’t like wearing sunscreen, Green Sprouts’ Long Sleeve Rashguard is a great option because it provides all-day UPF 50+ sun protection. The stretchy, quick-dry material lets your baby move freely in and out of the water while the pull-on neck opening makes it easy to get on.
The Long Sleeve Rashguard also helps keep your baby warm in water. Whether you will be spending time outside or in the ocean, cover your baby up with Green Sprouts’ Long Sleeve Rashguard.
Muslin Hooded Towel
Green Sprouts’ Muslin Hooded Towel is made from organic cotton and knitted terry. Although it’s soft right out of the package, it will get softer with every wash. Lightweight and absorbent, your child will be dry in no time. Hand pockets on the side allow your toddler to use the towel without help.
The Muslin Hooded Towel is perfect for drying off after a day at the pool, but it can also be used during bath time.
Shield your baby from the sun with Green Sprouts’ Swim Sunsuit. Providing UPF 50+ sun protection, the Sunsuit can be worn wet or dry. The stretchy, quick-dry material allows your baby to move freely while flat lock seams give them some extra comfort.
The Swim Sunsuit has a snap leg opening so you can quickly change your baby’s diaper. The Swim Sunsuit is an excellent clothing choice for all day water play.
Waterproof Travel Wet Bag
Keep your baby’s clean clothes separate from dirty ones with Green Sprouts’ Waterproof Travel Wet Bag. Carry the Wet Bag in your diaper bag or attach it to your child’s stroller with the attachable strap snaps. When not in use, roll the bag up for compact storage.
You can also use the Waterproof Travel Wet Bag for diapers, swim wear, toys, and your wallet/keys (thanks to the zippered closure!).
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Playing
When it comes to packing toys, you need items that are versatile and travel easily.
This is the best travel gear for babies during play time.
Car Seat Activity Toy
Keep your little one entertained on the go with Infantino’s Car Seat Activity Toy. The plush fabric spiral wraps around the handle of any car seat or stroller. With four different shapes and textures (including a teether, rattle, and mirror), your baby is sure to stay busy.
The Spiral Car Seat Activity Toy is part of Infantino’s Go Gaga line, only available at Target.
GoPod Travel Activity Seat
KidCo’s GoPod is an incredibly versatile 7-pound activity seat. Use it outside, in the kitchen, or when you are busy getting dressed for the day. The attached floor pad will keep your baby’s feet clean while you can hook your child’s favorite toys to the GoPod’s five nylon loops. There’s even a snack and drink holder! When you’re finished using it, just fold the GoPod and place it in the included storage/carry bag.
The GoPod Travel Activity Seat has four adjustable heights so it grows with your baby. KidCo’s GoPod is ready for any adventure!
Sit, Spin, & Stand Entertainer
Your child is sure to stay busy with Infantino’s Sit, Spin, & Stand Entertainer 360 Seat & Activity Table. They can spin 360 degrees while playing with six interactive toys, some of which have light up buttons, music, and sound effects. Most importantly, the Entertainer folds flat, making it perfect for traveling.
The Sit, Spin, & Stand Entertainer grows with your baby not only in height, but also by transforming into a stand-and-play activity table with rolling animal pals. This is one toy your child will use from four months to five years.
Sprout Ware Stacking Cups
Let your baby stack, sort, and sift through the sand with Green Sprouts’ Stacking Cups. These six cups are made from plants, BPA and PVC free, and have a smooth texture that’s easy for little hands to hold.
Whether playing in the bathtub or at the beach, you child will love these colorful Stacking Cups.
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Sleeping
Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important on vacation as it is at home. Surround your baby with these products to ensure they get the sleep they need–and you do too!
Here is the best travel gear for babies when it’s time to sleep.
Chicco FastAsleep Full-Size Travel Playard
Chicco’s FastAsleep Playard is a full-size travel playard with a 2-in-1 changer that transforms into a newborn napper with the push of a button. The padded mattress secures to the floor of the Playard, creating a comfortable space for your child to nap or play. The snap-open set up, quick closure, and included carrying bags make this product ideal for traveling.
Although the Newborn Napper is only meant for babies up to 15-pounds, the FastAsleep Playard and Extra-Large Changer can accommodate children weighing 30-pounds or less. The Playard fabrics easily unzip from the frame to be machine washed.
Best of all, the Chicco FastAsleep Playard requires no assembly–you can use it right out of the box!
Marpac Sound Machines
Marpac sound machines mask background noises, making for a better night’s sleep. We have included three of Marpac’s products in this post (the Dohm, Hushh, and Whish) because every baby is different.
Dohm is the newest version of Marpac’s original sound machine. The fan-based white noise is natural and soothing, plus the volume and tone can be widely adjusted.
The Hushh creates a comforting, consistent sound environment no matter where you are. There are three sound options to choose from: bright white noise, deep white noise, and gentle surf. The Hushh is small, charges with an included USB cable, has a child lock, and LED nightlight.
Because the Hushh sound machine is so portable, you can take it with you wherever you go–hook it to your child’s stroller, car seat, or diaper bag.
Marpac’s Whish sound machine has 16 sound options to choose from, including ocean, stream, rain, clam, meditate, restore, and relax. The Whish also has robust volume control and a timer so you pick how long the sound machine stays on.
Zen Swaddle Premier
Improve your baby’s sleep with Nested Bean’s Zen Swaddle Premier. The Swaddle simulates the pressure of your touch with a lightly weighted pad on the chest and sides. Babies fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer when using the Zen Swaddle because they feel the security of your embrace even when you are not near.
The Zen Swaddle Premier is 70% Rayon from Bamboo and 30% pure cotton. The 2-in-1 design lasts from birth to six months and is machine washable.
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Transporting Your Little One
Unless you plan on carrying your child everywhere, you will need some help getting them around. Whether you are looking for a travel system, stroller that quickly folds, or a seat for tired feet, we’ve got you covered.
This is the best travel gear for babies when it comes to transporting your little one.
Chicco Mini Bravo Lightweight Stroller
Chicco’s Mini Bravo Lightweight Stroller can handle whatever adventure you have planned.
Your child will ride comfortably in their Mini Bravo Lightweight Stroller thanks to the 3-position backrest, padded 5-point harness, and mesh vents that help improve airflow. The front swivel wheels allow you to turn smoothly and have precise maneuverability. The large basket stows your must-have items below while the parent tray with two cup holders keeps your essentials close by.
When you’re ready to fold the Chicco Mini Bravo Lightweight Stroller, simply activate the quick-fold handle under the seat with one hand–that’s it! The folded unit is compact and self-standing plus you can carry the stroller by the fold handle.
Ethan & Emma Stroller Organizer
Make your life easier by adding the Ethan & Emma Stroller Organizer to your stroller. With two deep insulated drink holders, a mesh pocket for your phone, and large center compartment for toys, diapers, keys, or pacifiers, you can keep everything you need within reach.
The extended Velcro straps ensure a secure fit while the silent magnetic closure on the main pocket won’t wake sleeping children. Need a little more storage? No worries–just unroll the large mesh bag attached to the bottom. You can even store your valuables in the zippered pouch and take it with you when you leave the stroller.
The Ethan & Emma Stroller Organizer is easy to clean, high quality, durable, and has a collapsible frame so you can fold the stroller without removing it. The universal sizing fits most strollers.
Lugabug Child Travel Seat
Lugabug is a compact travel seat for your child that secures to your luggage without taking up extra space. It is lightweight, versatile, durable, and comfortable. To use the Lugabug, slip the adjustable strap over the top of your luggage handle, attach the side strap around the back, and put your child in the seat–it’s that simple!
The included lap strap will make sure you child is secure on the Lugabug while you wheel your luggage around, freeing up one of your hands.
Lugabug, a snug seat for tired feet, is recommended for children ages 2 or older with a maximum weight of 60-pounds. Wheeled luggage made of soft-sided nylon or polyester material works best. Make traveling with your child fun, safe, and convenient for you!
Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers: Miscellaneous
Our remaining seven products fall into the Miscellaneous category. I’m not saying we’ve saved the best for last, but I’ll let you be the judge!
Here is the last part of our best travel gear for babies post.
Boppy Luxe Shopping Cart and Restaurant High Chair Cover
Keep your baby safe and protected from messes with the Boppy Luxe Shopping Cart and Restaurant High Chair Cover. The large size covers most shopping carts and high chairs. With a plush minky seat and Slideline system that keeps toys within reach (plus Boppy’s included crinkle toys), your baby will want to stay and play all day. 2-point safety straps secure your child while a bottle/cup pocket and large storage pouch allow you to keep essentials on hand.
When you’re finished using the Boppy Luxe Shopping Cart and Restaurant High Chair Cover, simply fold it into the self-contained travel pouch. The Cover is machine washable and intended for use from six months to four years.
The DockATot Deluxe+ is the ultimate docking station for your baby, from birth to eight months. It provides a safe and comfortable spot for your baby to rest, lounge, play, do tummy time, and have their diaper changed. With a snug and soothing design plus comfortable microclimate that does not harbor heat, DockATot the next best thing to your womb.
Lightweight and portable, the DockATot Deluxe+ is meant to go where your baby goes. Several different covers are available for your DockATot Deluxe+ (Block Party by Oh Joy! is pictured below); change it as much as you want!
Maximize use of your DockATot by adding the Toy Arch, Toy Set, and Travel Bag listed below.
Turn your DockATot Deluxe+ into a gym with the DockATot Toy Arch. It quickly attaches to your DockATot+ using loops on the side. Entertain your baby while they enjoy healthy rest time in the dock.
Your DockATot Toy Arch wouldn’t be complete without the Cheeky Chums ToySet. These three crinkly black and white toys help to promote sensory development and stimulate baby’s vision. The Toy Set is also BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.
DockATot makes it super easy, and stylish, to take all of these products on the go with the DockATot Transport Bag. There is plenty of room inside the water-resistant Bag for your DockATot Deluxe+, Toy Arch, and Toy Set.
Keep your baby cool with the Cambond Clip On Stroller Fan. Power the fan with the included USB cable or rechargeable battery. With three speeds to choose from, this fan is small but powerful. Plus, the fan is quiet so it will not disturb your baby.
The speed will determine your battery life. On the Strong Wind setting, you will get two hours of use, four hours on Soft Wind, and six hours on Natural Wind.
You aren’t limited to using the Cambond Stroller Fan in your baby’s stroller–clip it to the side of your baby’s crib or use it as a desk fan. The possibilities are endless!
The Best Travel Gear For Babies And Toddlers
Well there you have it–the best travel gear for babies and toddlers. I hope this has helped you prepare for traveling with your little one. No matter where your journey takes you, I hope you have a blast!
When your children have outgrown these products, consider donating them so that other families can enjoy them just as much as you did!
I was provided product for writing this article. All opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.
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