10 Essential Items for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with kids (and being miles removed from your caretaking repertoire) is never easy. But you can make the whole experience a breeze by equipping these lifesaving gadgets every time you hit the road—or take to the skies.

BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Miracle photo

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BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Miracle

If you want to see the sights on your trip without lugging a stroller everywhere you go, this carrier will make your life so much easier. You can carry babies up to 15 months old without a worry about safety: It was developed by pediatricians to ensure it properly supports your baby's head, neck, spine, and hips. ($101; walmart.com)

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Pockit Lightweight Stroller

Is your little one already too big to be toted around in a carrier? This stroller is the next best thing. As the world's smallest folding stroller (seriously—it has a Guinness World Record), there's a two-step folding design that compacts the thing so you can fit it into overhead compartments on planes. Plus, despite it being nearly indestructible, it's only 10 pounds. ($180; amazon.com)

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My Little Seat Travel Highchair

You probably know the struggle of having to cobble together a makeshift highchair on the road all too well. When you're somewhere that's not exactly child-friendly, this product will become your best friend. It slings right over a regular chair for easy set-up and has a five-point harness that will keep your kiddo safe. Plus, it folds down to diaper-size, so you can always have it in your bag, just in case. ($25; amazon.com)

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Toddler Inflatable Travel Bed

This inflatable bed is so cozy your toddler is going to want to use it all the time. Perfect for hotel rooms, this lightweight and compact bed has a fully-detached mattress that makes linen changes easy, and comes with built-in bumpers that are sure to keep your child safe. ($64; amazon.com)

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Munchkin Travel Car Baby Bottle Warmer

There's no easier way to warm up bottles of formula or breast milk on-the-go than this device. After plugging it into your car adapter, it only takes minutes to warm up evenly. And to ensure it's never too hot or cold, there's a digital display that tells you what temperature it's currently at, as well as how much time is left to get it to your desired temperature. ($18; amazon.com)

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mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat

Whenever you're in need of a booster seat during a long-haul drive, this might just become your go-to. It's 10 times smaller than other options, but it's just as safe. And since it can easily be folded up and tucked away in your bag, you'll never be left without the option. ($40; amazon.com)

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Apple iPad Mini 4

When you're traveling with kids, some sort of tablet to help keep them distracted is, as any parent can attest, practically mandatory. The iPad mini is the perfect size for little ones and holds plenty of apps and videos to keep them busy for up to 10 hours without battery power. ($348; amazon.com)

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Play Tray Kids Travel Tray with Dry Erase Top photo

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Play Tray Kids Travel Tray with Dry Erase Top

If you don't want to depend on a tablet to keep your kids busy while traveling, this portable tray should do the trick. Perfect for the car or plane, it can be strapped right on to let your little one color and play games to pass the time. Then, after you get to your destination, the clean-up is super easy for mom and dad. ($26; amazon.com)

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Osprey Packs Poco AG Plus Child Carrier

If traveling for you means going on a full-on nature adventure, this child carrier and pack combo lets you hike the trails with everything you need right on your back. With the smart design of the carrier, you and your little one will stay comfortable during the entire trip: the frame, shoulder harness, and back panel keeps you feeling strong, and there's plenty of padding in the cozy child harness. ($290; amazon.com)

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Fisher-Price Stow 'n Go Bassinet

If you don't want to drag along a bulky bassinet while traveling, try this compact version. Even though it's full size, the thing is lightweight, folds completely flat, easy to assemble, and comes with a travel bag for fuss-free transport. And, as a bonus, your baby will still fall asleep like a charm thanks to its comfy sleeping surface. ($58; amazon.com)

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