Baby On Board: 11 Essentials for Family Travel

Make trips with baby stress-free with these travel essentials that keep baby—and the entire family—happy during long drives and flights.


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No-Fuss Travel System

Instead of hoping the car seat will fit in the stroller, purchase a set you know will be compatible. With this travel system, you not only get two pieces that accommodate a growing baby, but the car seat also connects to the stroller for easy transportation. The one-touch braking system and lockable swivel wheels help you maneuver the stroller easily, and the mesh canopy offers the perfect window for checking on your baby. Plus, the stroller quickly folds so you can toss it in your trunk when it's time to take a trip to Grandma's. ($600;

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Multi-Wear Baby Carrier

Whether you're going on a hike or just trying to keep your hands free while shopping, this baby carrier makes it possible to take your baby with you. The ergonomic design includes a supportive waist belt to reduce strain on your back and padded shoulder straps. It can be altered into four carrying positions and holds up to 33 pounds, so you can comfortably carry your baby even when they become a curious toddler. ($176;

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Dapper Diaper Bag

Diaper bags don't have to be bulky and unflattering. This runway-worthy option holds all baby's necessities while looking stylish on mommy's arm. With 12 pockets, you can store wipes, bottles, diapers, toys, snacks—anything your child may need when you're on the go. The padded shoulder strap and dual handles make it comfortable to carry, plus the clip-on straps securely fasten onto your stroller for convenience. ($100;

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Spiral Car Seat Toy

Toys that keep baby entertained and promote development are a must on road trips, and this activity toy does it all. With four different shapes featuring multiple textures, this toy helps your baby learn and keeps them amused at the same time. The spiral design effortlessly wraps around a car seat so you don't have to worry about it falling out of your little one's hands and disappearing into cushions or the floor of your car. ($15;

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Bunny Soother Blanket

Give your peanut something soft to cuddle during a long flight. This plush blanket easily tucks into a diaper bag so you can bring it along even on short car rides. It's machine washable, so whether baby drools or spits up, you can simply toss it in on warm and use it over and over again to soothe a fussy baby. ($20;

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Travel-Friendly Mini Play Yard

Make sure your little one can play safely regardless of where you go with this mini play yard. Its lightweight aluminum frame effortlessly folds down and fits into the included travel bag so you can quickly transport it from place to place. The quilted mattress provides baby a comfortable area for sleeping, and the skid-proof feet ensure the play yard will stay put while your little one moves about. ($200;

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Gentle Baby Wipes

The Honest Company is known for products that are free from harsh chemicals and environmentally friendly—and their wipes are no exception. Infused with natural ingredients like chamomile, cucumber, and pomegranate, these wipes are gentle on your baby's skin and hypoallergenic. Whether you're cleaning off sticky hands or wiping a wet bottom, the plant-based material is soft yet durable. With 288 wipes in one package, you've got plenty for your next family adventure. ($19;

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Portable Changing Kit

Protect your baby from surface germs with this portable changing kit. The waterproof pad offers a comfy place for baby and wipes down for easy cleaning. But our favorite standout features are the two built-in mesh containers for organizing diapers and wipes. The clear plastic pocket slide locks, making it perfect for holding pacifiers and ointment, while the top handle connects to your stroller, so you can take this kit anywhere you and baby go. ($13;

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Travel Bottles

Before traveling with baby, grab extra bottles like this dishwasher-safe set. Made with thermal shock-resistant borosilicate glass, these bottles can easily go from cold to hot temps in a matter of seconds. The set comes with two 9- and 4-ounce bottles, four silicone sleeves, and stage 1 and 2 nipples to accommodate your growing baby. ($75;

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Handy Gadget & Tool Bag

An over-the-seat tool bag is a must for long road trips. This versatile product comes with five pockets so you can store electronics, coloring books, and snacks. You'll easily be able to access any of your kids' requests without pulling over or fumbling in the diaper bag. The two hooks also serve as a plastic bag holder so garbage doesn't end up all over your vehicle. ($14;

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Ziploc Slider Bags

Ziploc bags work great for storing food and toiletries while traveling, but they also serve as a parent's secret weapon. When you aren't near a garbage can, you can temporarily lock dirty diapers inside, keeping the scent sealed away. You can also use them to hold dirty clothes so items in your diaper bag and suitcase don't become soiled from spit-up and other messes. ($6;

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