Updated: October 18, 2016
Here’s a short list of travel gear that I love and strongly recommend.
My favorite baby carrier for travel. It’s very light — and the best for use in hot sticky climates.
A must for children under 18 months. Regardless of the type of travel bassinet you choose be sure that it has a carry bag and folds easily and compactly. This can be a clean and predictable place to plop the little one when they need a nap or when you need a few uninterrupted minutes to prepare and plan each morning. Many places you’ll stay won’t have the safety features you take for granted at home so the thought of your baby wandering around your non-baby-proofed room in the middle of the night can be a little disconcerting.
These things are really great – small and compact, easy to fold and keep clean. Perfect for babies and toddlers from 8 months to 3 years. You won’t encounter many highchairs while you’re traveling so getting them to sit in one spot or finding them a good chair to sit in can be a small challenge. The portable highchair at least gives you a good option.
Small and compact. Easy to use and maneuver. Great for quickly folding up and stashing away. The best travel stroller on the market.
I think these are terrific – and not just for travel. It carves out a protective space for baby in your bed. My wife and I used it for both our kids. We placed it between us in our bed. It makes for an easy transition to the crib as you can place the sleep directly into the crib so the child feels pretty much what they’ve been used to in your bed. And it folds up quite nicely and is relatively easy to hide away in a bag or suitcase. Sleeping arrangements are one of the biggest uncertainties when traveling with kids, so if you’re not taking a Pack N Play this is a good option.
I love this camera! It’s far and away the best reviewed compact camera on the market. I’m big on compact cameras for traveling. Great travel photos — especially great family travel photos — are about capturing a moment and a compact camera (that you’ll always have with you) does this best. And as good as the camera on ithe iPhone is, the G9X is still much better – especially in low light.
Should We Take a Baby Stroller When We Travel?
One of the most common questions I get from parents is whether travelers should take a stroller with them on their vacation travels. Below I layout some of the pros and cons of traveling with a stroller.
There are good reasons to both take and not take a stroller on a vacation.
- Good for visiting some tourist sites during nap time.
- Many restaurants don’t have high chairs so a stroller can make a good portable chair.
- Handy for getting around an airport or museum.
- One more thing to haul around. Depending on the situation a stroller can vary between a light compact extra bag or an awkward and difficult item with a habit of opening and spilling all its contents on the floor.
- Sidewalks might be non-existant at your destination, making strollers hard to use easily and consistently.
- Cobblestoned streets – as commonly found throughout Europe and many international cities – are impossible to push a stroller on.
The Maclaren Techno XT Stroller is the best stroller for traveling with kids.