(Note: This post is paid for by Target. Prizes provided by Target.) We love to travel, but since having the boys traveling is definitely a bit more involved. Babies (and kids in general) definitely require a lot more packing prep to get ready. For some, the thought of traveling with kids is completely overwhelming. But, I promise you that it can be a good experience! Since having Big Brother just over 6 years ago, we’ve flown with at least one baby or kiddo in tow at least 10 times. Plus, we’ve done countless car trips!
I really think that a major part of having a positive travel experience with babies and kids is being prepared with the “baby travel gear” you’re bringing. Obviously, if you’re traveling by car (or will be in a car upon arrival), you’ll need a car seat. And, depending on your adventures, a stroller might be an obvious choice. But, there are additional items that can make a world of difference in your travel experience. So, here are a few of our baby travel item suggestions that you can pick up at Target for your next trip:
- Fold & Go Travel Bassinet. Baby needs somewhere to sleep wherever you’re headed. So, if the place you’re staying doesn’t have a good option already there, then a travel bassinet is the way to go. SO much easier (and smaller) than a pack ‘n play!!
- Car Seat Travel Bag. We’ve been very lucky to have never needed to fly with a car seat. But, for those of my friends that have traveled with car seats, many have said how much nicer it is to have a car seat travel bag! The same goes for nicer strollers too!
- ergobaby carrier. I absolutely swear by baby wearing for traveling. It makes navigating airports, going through security, carrying luggage, etc. so much easier when you’re hands are free!! Not to mention, baby is safely contained right on your person! Of all the carriers I’ve tried the ergobaby is my favorite! I don’t travel with little ones without it!
- A good diaper bag! This might be obvious, but not all diaper bags are created equal. For family travel (especially when flying), I like backpacks or messenger style bags that mom or dad are willing to carry. Plus, I like having a lot of external pockets, making it really easy to access things on the airplane. One favorite that we’ve tried is the Diaper Dude Messenger Bags! (You can even read my review here —> Diaper Dude Review)
- “Mommy hook”. A large hook that can clip on to strollers, diaper bags, or luggage can certainly come in very handy when on the go with little ones! We have a few of these types of hooks and love them!
- Clip on toys.Toys that can clip on to strollers, car seats, bags, etc. are perfect for traveling. Something simple to keep baby entertained is a must and I love having something that I can clip on to things to help prevent toys being thrown!
- LOTS of wipes! Don’t skimp on the wipes when traveling. In addition to the necessary diaper changes (don’t skimp on the diapers either), you never know if you’ll need wipes for spills, someone getting sick, wiping down sticky fingers or germy surfaces, yucky noses, or any number of other things!
- LOTS of snacks! Snacks are great for keeping little ones occupied (and quiet)! Here are a few top picks for babies:
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What are some of your must-have baby travel products?!
Have a family member come it is a big help. If you have to go by yourself, make sure you have enough formula for the infants and something to keep them comforted. like a favorite toy or blanket.
Be prepared and take your time. Always have all you need and if baby needs to just stop then do it. We drove to and from CA this summer. On the way there he slept most the way, but on the way back he needed stops. He wanted to nurse lots so we stopped and nursed a few times. Took longer, but baby was happy.
Don’t forget patience and flexibility 🙂
I try to plan my car trips during baby’s nap. Feed them and load them up and go.
Prepare as best as you can and enjoy the ride!
Definitely plan your driving around the baby’s nap.
My best travel tip is to pack the car with any items you need and that won’t spoil ahead of time so you don’t forget anything in the rush out the door.
Travel during sleep times, and take plenty of toys and snacks.
Always plan ahead when you know you are taking baby. Bring snacks, pre made bottles and toys to keep the baby busy!
I always tried to plan ahead, if we were going on long trips, we would try and drive during nap or night time sleeping.
Expect the unexpected!
I’m always looking after my nieces, two of whom were born only two months apart and have now both turned one.
My advice is if you think you should bring a few more diapers or toys or anything, do it. Traveling with a baby is always unpredictable so it’s better to be over prepared than to be lacking.
Have plenty of new and exciting (albeit cheap or free) things on hand. When my kids get whiney or bored in the car, it just makes it a longer trip for everyone involved.
My tip is to bring lots of wet wipes
bringing a family member helps a lot! also ORGANIZATION.
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A car seat is a Must, also make sure you pack everything.
Activities and new things to keep them entertained.
How nice! My travel tip with kids would be to bring a new toy and snack on a flight when traveling on a plane. This will excite the child and hopefully entertain them for a little while.
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i would say have a really comfortable car seat so they will sleep
My best tip is to be as organized as possible, bring a comfy blanket, and to really look into forms of entertainment for long trips.
Don’t forget there favorite toy!
I love using the infant carrier, and make sure you have everything together in the diaper bag
Always pack enough food and diapers
Just got back from a small trip. The ‘Mommy Hook’ is so helpful! My husband even mentioned we should have two; one for each side of the stroller.
Try to plan a flight during naptime
bring lots and lots of toys to keep them occupied nothings worse than a bored baby wanting out of the car seat
Water, soft toys and frequent stops 🙂
Just breathe – and know this too shall pass.
Leave WAY ahead of time, prepare to take your time.
Always have a check list, pack enough snacks and toys and always leave some wiggle room in your schedule for stops.
For me the best tip is to just enjoy it and go with the flow! Things happen with kids, plans change…dont push them to a busy schedule…just take it easy and enjoy!
Lots of snacks, toys, books, and patience 🙂
Don’t sweat the small stuff! No matter how planned/organized I’ve been, sometimes things just don’t go the way you plan! (i.e. planning the plane ride for little one’s nap… only to sit on the plane on the runway for the first 2 hours and baby is awake by the time we take off!)… lol
Mae sure you triple check your bag so you don’t forget anything and travel during nap time!
Be prepared, but don’t forget to be flexible.
Always carry something familiar for them for when they’re sleeping for comfort
BE PREPARED. Bring snacks, play music you know baby loves, bring toys, lots of diapers, extra clothes, water, sippy cups, play nursery games.
My best tip is to bring their favorite blanket or toy along so that they have something that feels familiar.
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try to not travel alone, it’s always better to have someone else watching and feeding the baby from the back seat
Don’t wait until last minute to pack or you will for sure forget something.
to be calm!
My best advice is never travel alone with the baby (this can be very very stressful, ESP if your toting more than one). And always be prepared for anything. Babies are unpredictable, don’t add extra stress by not preparing before hand.
Our first trip with baby will be this Christmas – we need all the advice and helpful products we can get to make the 4-hour flight go smoothly!
Don’t rush! Taking your time and not geting frazzled will make the trip so much smoother!
Make stops when they wake up and keep driving if they are sleeping. Otherwise bring books/ toys/iPad !
Have patience and remember to bring everything you need. It’s better to have too many things than to leave a really important item.
I was breastfeeding so I would make sure they would have a good feeding before we left so I wouldn’t have to pull over on the side of the road and feed until at least 2 hours.
Bring lots of diapers and back up outfits.
Bring plenty of formula/food, diapers & wipes and some extra outfits.
games and food (lots of food) are travel must haves!
Be sure to bring plenty to do/entertainment. BREATHE.
One word, patience!
1. pack lightly
2. ditch the stroller – baby wear.
4. dont use a massive diaper bag and keep all essentials near the top. (wipes and diapers – i use the ship hop duo) and keep important things like itineraries and id in big zip compartment
5. make sure to get a flight with a layover
6. if breastfeedung make sure to wear easy to access clothes and nursing pads
7. travel when its normal babies sleep time
Lots of candy! Best advice that came to my mind first.
bring lots of toys!
For traveling with babies, I would say allow twice as much time as you think you need to get there.
Download music or character videos that you know your child loves, and soft music for sleeping. Music soothes the soul, even for little ones. Also, light toys for night travel so they don’t get too scared!
Bring more than you think you’ll need!
All the supplies – and lots of love & patience. Give them breaks from the car if you’re taking road trips.
I ALWAYS TOOK MY MOM WHEN WE DROVE TO OUR PLACE IN WISC SO THAT ALWAYS MADE IT EASY BUT NEVER COULD FIGURE OUT WHY SHE ALWAYS PUKED IN THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE ON A BACK ROAD WHEN WE WERE JUST OUT FOR A LITTLE RIDE LOL
Now that Lizzie is 6 months old, I can’t leave home without a carrier and my stroller!
Try to stick to a schedule, but have fun! Bring toys and supplies.
lots of wipes, lots of snacks
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Take a few new toys and have lots of snacks!!!
Travel during their sleep times.
Make sure to bring toys, supplies, a change of clothes and plenty of patience!