Did you have all these grand illusions about traveling the world with your kids? I did! I still do! But man, traveling with babies and kids is exhausting! Not to mention the load of gear you have to cart around! That’s why I’m especially pleased to put together this list of innovative travel gear for parents that makes trips happier!
Innovative Travel Gear for Parents
When you travel by car, you have the option to load up all the odds and ends you can think of for a parenting “worst case scenario.” But traveling by plane or other public transit is another story. You weigh carefully what you’ll bring, don’t you!? Literally and figurative!
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SitAlong Toddler Luggage Seat makes plane travel easier
When you fly and have to rush to make it to your gate, you’ll want to get the SitAlong Toddler Luggage Seat by Think-King. It’s a handy chair for children 8 months+ (up to 50 lbs) that straps right onto your carryon luggage. The SitAlong lets your child ride comfortably gate-to-gate and have a place to sit when gate seating is jam packed (I’ve been there!). There’s no tools, just a few straps to buckle and tighten. The SitAlong folds up flat so you can stash it with your carryon suitcase in the overhead compartment.
I love how this seat is that it’s easy to clean, but also it keeps your small children secure and clean in a busy, grimy airport environment. The SitAlong was seen on SharkTank and is a safe and convenient way to travel with toddlers and suitcases in tow! Think-King also makes buggy totes and buggy hooks as well as other travel accessories.
mifold grab-and-go booster seat keeps kids safe in any car!
One year we traveled to Florida by plane and had to lug our giant car seats for BOTH boys. We knew we’d be renting a car and didn’t want to pay the car seat fees. Oh how I wish we’d known about the mifold grab-and-go booster seat back then! 10x smaller than a regular booster seat, the mifold is just as safe. Instead of raising the child up to the seatbelt straps, its unique design brings the straps down to the child’s lap and shoulder, providing a safe and snug restraint with none of the bulk (and sometimes frustrations) of a typical booster seat.
The mifold is perfect for vacations when you need to rent a car, ride in a taxi (or Uber), or get in grandma’s car. It folds and carries easily in a hand or a backpack so it is perfect for carrying onto a plane (although it’s not suitable for plane seats). Its low profile means your “big kids” on the border of car seat limit laws will not be embarrassed or feel babyish. Instead of toting a heavy high-back booster or a bulky no-back booster seat, tuck a mifold into each child’s luggage and you’ll be good to go. mifold comes in six colors and retails for $39.99.
Pack less and stay clean with The Scrubba washbag and travel laundry kit
Okay, if you’ve never had your child spill ketchup or something else sticky and stainy on their last clean tshirt on vacation… then please tell us your secrets! I try to pack as light as possible, but then my kids blow through clothing on trips. They have little concern for the fact that there’s no laundromat most places (or that we don’t want to spend three hours sitting in one!). When you need to spruce up a few items of clothing on a trip, or your one good outfit got dripped on by one of your children… not to worry! The Scrubba washbag is the answer!
The Scrubba washbag is a lightweight bag with a flexible washboard inside. Simply fill with water and some detergent, pop in your dirty clothes (it holds a couple pieces), and roll and clip the bag shut. Deflate the air out, and scrub-scrub-Scrubba! Just 30 seconds to 3 minutes should do it depending on soil level. There’s even a window to check your clothes to see how they are doing. Empty soapy water and replace with fresh water. Again roll and clip the bag and swish-swish-Swisha! Drain and dry! Clean clothes!
The Scrubba travel laundry kit includes the Scrubba washbag, a suction cup clothesline, two inflatable hangers, and a microfiber towel to help dry your clothing quicker (or you!). The best part is you don’t have to clean your clothes in some gross hotel sink or tub (ew), and you actually use LESS water with The Scrubba than filling a sink. So it’s sustainable hand-washing.
Snuggly Rascals comfortable headphones keep kids happy
You want the kids to plug in to an audiobook but don’t want to have to listen? Give them these adorable, soft-fleece headphones from Snuggly Rascals and enjoy an hour of quiet! The headphones wear like a headband, and come in several fun animal styles. The speakers are flat so they lay next to the ear and are more comfortable than regular earbuds. Best of all, these headphones are volume limited so kids can’t injure their eardrums by accidentally putting the volume up too high!
Puzzle and learning workbooks from Highlights for Children
Keep little hands busy with the latest puzzle and learning workbooks from Highlights for Children. Remember those familiar magazines from our childhood doctor and dentist offices? Well, kids still think they are awesome! Their Big Fun Workbooks for Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade are chock full of mazes, puzzles, games, and other learning activities. Or use the spiral-bound write on-wipe off books: tracing, letter, and word writing help preschoolers practice their handwriting! These large books with sturdy bindings are perfect for a long trip!
For the wee ones, get a year subscription to Hello Magazine. This tiny mag is tailored to babies with tear-resistant, washable pages that have no staples! Use the downtime of a trip, waiting for planes, etc, to bond with your babies over the short rhymes, stories, and pictures!
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