Must-have travel products for air, land and sea
Written by Jackie Spinelli
Produced by Margaret Williams
Photography by Valerie Fischel
Airport security has no qualms about chucking your favorite lotion or perfume if it's over the 3 oz. limit. The Clear Bag System Puddle Jumper (shown here in the kid-friendly frog, ladybugs, and bumble bee themes) eliminates the worry with easy to fill, leak-proof bottles and a clear regulation-sized bag to keep all your goodies in full view.
Tote for tots
Skip Hop’s Bin-Go is ideal for lugging toys to Grandma’s or for organizing the backseat. It’s available in two sizes and three different color combos (natural/sky blue, natural/raspberry, chocolate/natural) and folds flat to save space. ($20 for smaller size; skiphop.com)
Bed in a bag
This portable Baby Traveltime Travel Bed from Infantino weighs less than three pounds! It’s perfect for naps away from home and also has a removable toy bar to keep your babe occupied during on-the-go diaper changes. Plus you can sling it over your shoulder to carry like a messenger bag. ($40; onestepahead.com)
Avoid the clutter of plastic bottles while traveling with a Soma water bottle from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s aluminum — which makes it eco-friendly — and cheap to boot! ($10; potterybarnkids.com)
Let’s go strolling
At 16 lbs., the Quinny Zapp stroller is perfect for the jet-setting or road-tripping family. It also includes a sun canopy, a rain shield, and a travel bag for storage. The unique tripod base makes quick maneuvers — like through a crowded airport — a breeze. ($200; quinny.com for store locations)
This sensible yet stylish diaper bag by Baya is well-equipped for travel. It comes with an insulated bottle holder, changing pad, wipe case, and a matching wallet for mom. And when your baby's past the diaper-wearing age, you can use it for a weekend getaway with hubby! ($98; artsyblucorp.com)
Pack & ride
Towgo the Trunki doubles as a suitcase and ride-on toy! It’s airport carry-on approved and will keep your tot tantrum-free while you wait for your flight to paradise.
($50, ages 3 & up; trunki.net)
No extra baggage
Checking in at the airport is a tedious process as is, without having to worry about hefty excess luggage fees. Avoid the drama by weighing your bags at home with the Balanzza digital luggage scale. Simply attach your luggage to the scale, lift, wait for the beep, and read the weight. Voila — less stress at check-in! ($25; balanzza.com)
Warm it up!
A travel must-have, Munchkin’s Deluxe Auto Bottle Warmer quickly heats your tot’s bottle or jarred baby food when you’re on the run. The adaptor fits all car outlets and for safety, automatically shuts off when the bottle is removed. ($20; munchkin.com)
This inflatable bathtub from Summer Infant makes baby bath time a cinch when you’re away from home. The mesh fabric dries quickly, and the cushioned bottom will help keep your little guy comfy. ($17; summerinfant.com for store locations and e-tailers)
Lamaze’s Ride & Play Fun not only blocks harmful UV rays; it will also occupy your sweetie while you drive. The fun, colorful bee, butterfly, and ladybug are great backseat companions that squeak, crinkle, and rattle. ($18; learningcurve.com)
Summer Infant’s 27-piece Perfect Beginnings BabyCare Kit is perfect for any getaways with your baby. With everything from an ear thermometer to a soft baby brush, you’ll be assured that your munchkin stays healthy — and adorable! — on vacay. ($40; summerinfant.com for store locations and e-tailers)