Products We Love For Traveling With A Toddler

It’s my mission to become better and better at traveling with Giulian. I know traveling with a toddler can be a nightmare, but I also know that with the right knowledge, tips and products we can have smooth vacations and enjoy creating memories together as a family. I want Giulian to be well traveled and for us to have photo album after photo album of memories throughout the years while we travel as a family.The photo you see here is from our very last trip to Mexico with Giulian, one of my favorite trips of all time! We had a blast together and the trip went smooth. They haven’t all been smooth. When Giulian was 4 months old we went to Mexico, actually it was the same resort, and it was not fun. I was exhausted, we over packed, brought the worlds largest stroller (what were we thinking) and I don’t have many fond memories from that trip. I remember being so frustrated and confused why other people have had amazing trips with their babies… why couldn’t we? Instead of being mad about it I decided I was going to do my very best at becoming informed on tips that would help make our travels more enjoyable. I do understand that every child is different and there are other factors that play into having a good trip, but I wanted to prepare for as much as I could. Through trial and error we are figuring out what travel products we love and which ones we could do without! In this blog post and video I’m sharing our favorite products we use when traveling with Giulian!

Backpack/Carryon

I like to think of this bag as the “let’s survive this flight without tears" bag. Come prepared, bring alllll the things that will make your toddler happy. The longest flight we’ve had with Giulian has been almost 4.5 hours, and they’ve all gone great! As you see in the video, I bring a lot of entertainment items. We pre download new movies onto the Kindle, we bring colors and paper, his favorite books, sticker books, a water painting book (forgot to add to the video), we have educational games on our phone, and snacks galore! Not just the everyday snacks, the extra special, once in a blue moon snacks too. Bring fresh fruit and veggies to help keep your little one healthy on travel days (sometimes the day passes so fast and eating isn’t a huge priority). He’s a normal toddler and gets super bored, so honestly each activity will not last a very long time, but at least you have options.

Jiobit tracking device

I’ve done a few blog posts about this product, because I use it in several different ways, but it truly is one of the best products for traveling with a busy toddler. Especially as Giulian gets older, I will use this more and more. He is fast and extremely curious, and typically when we travel we are in busy places with a ton of people. This is a “just in case” device. Nobody ever thinks they’ll be the one to lose their kid, but it truly only takes a split moment for that to happen. You can connect the device with an app on your phone, allowing you to track the location of your little one. The device is lightweight and about the size of an oreo, so you can wear it easily. It can attach to your kids pants or you can put it on their shoe using the laces. If you want to read a further review of this product, check out my past blog post. You can purchase it on Amazon, I’ve linked all of the products from the video below. If you cannot see it then you need to turn your ad blocker off.

UPPAbaby MINU Travel Stroller

Like I said before, on our first trip with Giulian we made the huge mistake of taking our city jogging stroller. Guys this stroller is HUGE and it was miserable to try and get it through the airport, folded up for gate check, and when we got there it was horrible trying to get it around the resort. Lesson learned. We are loving the new UPPAbaby MINU stroller! It’s so lightweight you can fold it and pick it up with one hand. It has a bottom storage compartment and a back pocket, so it’s a great balance of being lightweight and easy to travel with but also being functional. I also love that the sun visor pulls down far, this is important because Giulian gets so upset when the sun is beating right on his face. Another feature is that is lays flat so your kiddo can easily do a stroller nap, which Giulian is a pro at. I personally think this is the perfect travel stroller for a toddler, it’s everything you need but not too much to handle.

Travel High Chair

Okay so the funny thing is we needed this a long time ago and just kept putting it off… why? Who knows, it’s literally only like $23 and saved us so much trouble. When we go to Maryland we stay at my grandparent’s house, which does not have a high chair. Giulian refuses to eat if he’s not strapped in, like most little boys he just wants to run around and play. I’m so grateful we ordered this. It’s lightweight, packs easy and we will get use out of it for years to come when we have other kids.

Car Seat Bag

Okay, I don’t want to be judgmental but it seriously grosses me out big time when I see the car seats come down the luggage carousel at baggage claim with no cover on them. Airports are dirty and so disgusting, so having something my kid is going to sit in and probably drop his snacks on and continue to eat them, it better be covered. Not just for cleanliness but also to protect your car seat. Our car seat bag is beat up and has rips in it. That would have been our car seat is we didn’t have it covered. I also love having a car seat bag so that when we check the car seat we can also slip some toys in there. There’s extra space in the bag and they won’t charge more if there are toys in there.

Diaper Bag

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I am so mad at myself for forgetting to put this product in the video. Shame on me, y’all need to know about this diaper bag, it’s legit for traveling. The brand is called Momkindness and you can find them on Instagram under @momkindness. The diaper bag is versatile, and that’s why I love it for traveling. It can be worn as a regular diaper bag with the long strap, or you can convert it into a backpack! My favorite travel feature is that it can slide right onto your luggage! Super convenient, like I said I am so mad at myself for forgetting it in the video. It’s my favorite diaper bag!

 

Thanks for reading! I genuinely hope this helps you when deciding what to bring on your next adventure with your toddler! I think it’s important that we travel with our kids, for the knowledge we gain, bond we create and memories that will last forever.

Comment below if you have a product you love! I’m ALWAYS open and excited to hear about helpful travel products or tips!

 
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Packing Tips For Traveling With A Toddler

Traveling with a toddler can be amazing, and it can also be difficult. It can create some of the best memories of your life, and it can also be a nightmare. I personally think if we do our best in planning, it’ll go smoother and overall be a better experience. We went to Mexico again with Giulian and it was a totally different experience from our first trip. Some of that is due to him being a better age to travel (20 months vs 4 months old), but part of it also had to do with us being more prepared and experienced in traveling with him. I think with traveling with kids, practice does make perfect and each trip we as a family get better and better. I’m not saying I’m an expert on the topic, but I do think I have some tips that could help you in packing for your trip with your toddler. I’ve learned through experience, asking my sis (mama of 3 and amazing at traveling with them), and doing my own research online. I hope this helps you on your next trip with your littles. Comment below with a packing tip that I’ve missed, I’m always excited to learn and get better when it comes to traveling with Giulian! Also stay tuned for more family travel posts. I plan to do one on in flight tips and tips for a smoother vacation with your toddler.

Carry On Bag

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1. Snacks galore. I asked the mamas who follow my Instagram what their #1 travel tip was and almost every mama said snacks, snacks, snacks. And not just their everyday snacks, but new and exciting snacks you know they’ll love. Or snacks you know they have loved in the past but maybe they don’t get to have all the time. Maybe some homemade muffins, applesauce pouches (although that could be messy), granola bars, dried fruit or freeze dried fruit (Giulian loves both), sliced fruits and veggies (you can take them through security but might need to toss it if entering a different country like Mexico for example), crackers and hummus in a tupperware. I’m just trying to spark some good snack ideas. Bring what you know will make your kiddos happy and content. We tried to pick snacks that weren’t too packed with sugar because we didn’t want Giulian to have a burst of sugary energy (that’s not fun on an airplane). 

2. New toys and activities. The brand Melissa and Doug has a sticker book that my friend told me about and it is amazing. The stickers are puffy so toddlers can easily peal them off themselves. You can find them at Target or on Amazon. I purchased the 3 pack and I’m so glad I did, we used one for the travel day there, one for days at the resort and one for the travel day home. We also snagged a ton of great stuff from the Target Dollar Spot, Dr. Seuss flash cards, sticker books and coloring books. He loved having options and because we brought so many new items we had enough to keep surprising him with new items.

3. Download favorite movies to iPad or Kindle. Giulian is obsessed with the movie Cars right now and we made the mistake of not downloading it to the Kindle. We have Moana but now to Giulian Moana is old news. He kept saying cars on the airplane and we didn’t have it. It was fine, we have other videos on the Kindle that he watched, but I’d suggest getting their favorites ready to go.

4. Game on phone that works without WiFi. I’m not a huge fan of Giulian playing a ton of games, but if it’s to keep him happy during a flight I’m all about it. There are super educational games that you can download to your phone, we’ve been loving the PBS app.

5. Extra outfit in case of accidents.

6. Bottle, sippy cup or suckers/lollipops. This is especially important for take off and landing. Getting them to drink or suck on something is going to help pop their ears and relieve pressure. The lollipop is such a great idea (thanks sis) for toddlers. They’re coming out of the nursing and bottle stage and it can be more difficult to get them to suck on something during take off and landing to help with their ears, but I’m sure almost any toddler wouldn’t pass up a sucker. As of now our son only gets those during haircuts, so he’d be thrilled.

Documents

Copy or photo of their birth certificate and passport if out of country. If it’s a photo on your phone I suggest putting them in it’s own folder on your phone (so you’re not scrolling through your photos trying to find it) and also emailing them to your spouse just in case you lost your phone at all during the trip. I’d suggest calling the airline prior to your trip because each trip could be different depending on your destination (in country vs out of country) and airline (some airlines have different rules). Another great idea is to make sure your kids have contact info with them at all times just in case you were to get separated during your trip (not likely, but better safe than sorry).

 Car seat

We bring Giulian’s car seat on every trip. Our last vacation to Mexico he was only in the car for 15 minutes from the airport to the resort and then back, and I know some parents wouldn’t choose to bring a car seat for that, but I personally think it’s still important and I don’t find it to be that difficult. In fact I love bringing the car seat because I check it and I can put toys in with it. Airlines won’t charge you to check a stroller or car seat. We purchased a bag to protect the car seat and keep it clean while it’s being checked. There is a gap of free space in the bag so I put some extra stuff in there. For example last trip I put his LEGO blocks in the bag and it was so nice to have them at the resort. 

You can also check into renting a car seat with your rental car.

I came across a blog post on how to travel with car seats and this lady covers EVERYTHING you’d need to know. It blew my mind so much that I decided to link it here for you.

Stroller

We have a stroller specifically for travel and on the go. It’s smaller than our home/running stroller but larger than an umbrella stroller. I personally think you want something more sturdy than an umbrella stroller, something that can hold your luggage without collapsing if needed. You can purchase a gate check bag on amazon for your stroller to keep it clean and safe throughout the flight.

Diapers

My rule of thumb is plan for 6 diapers/day plus a sleep diaper for each night your there + one extra for any accidents throughout the night. This has been our rule for each trip and we’ve never had any issues running out of diapers. Sometimes we ditch the diapers completely and only pack enough for travel and then purchase them when we get there. If you do this, I suggest packing enough for unexpected delays. We only do this if we know a super market will be right by where we are staying. This is preference, some people don’t like packing them all and some people don’t like having to go buy them. Do what fits you best.

toddler Toiletries

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I personally think Target has the best travel size toiletry selection. However sometimes you just can’t find everything and even if you can it may cost way more to purchase the small size in comparison to buying a large size and filling your own bottles. I like filling my own 3.4 oz bottles because of the money savings and also I have a hard time finding the exact products I use on Giulian. He has sensitive skin so I don’t like switching up his products, I like to use the exact ones I know he likes.

Crib

If the hotel or resort has a crib then we just use that and ditch the pack n play. However we might start rethinking this due to our most recent experience. The crib at our resort in Mexico was not mesh lining like our pack n play, it was metal bars. Well, Giulian woke up screaming one evening and his leg was stuck in the crib. The scary part was I couldn’t get it out! I literally had to call Nick and have him sprint across the resort and come Hulk the metal bars apart. Giulian was hysterical and so was I. I might start bringing our pack n play from home on trips. It’s free to check anyways.

I also pack his crib sheets from home. I want Giulian to sleep well on trips and he will sleep best if he feels like he’s at home. So we bring everything from home that he normally has in his crib, security blankets and all.

Health and Safety

Bring their insurance cards with you just in case you have an unfortunate incident occur where you’d need that information.  

I always bring items that I plan on not using but I’d like to have them just in case. Especially if I’m traveling out of the country with him. I pack ibuprofen and Benadryl. I especially think the Benadryl is important just in case they have an allergic reaction. On vacation our toddlers are typically trying new foods and are around new plants and you just never know what they might be allergic to. I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Thermometer. I forgot this on our last trip and Giulian had a low grade fever (a friend had a thermometer). Lesson learned.

I bring his normal vitamins and probiotics because I want him to stay regular and healthy while we travel. I also give him Elderberry gummies to help boost his immune system.  

Clothes

I plan for two outfits a day. Toddlers are messy and I know Giulian refuses to wear a bib so we usually burn through two outfits a day. I also pack a little less than one pajamas per night. For example I’ll pack four pajamas for a six night trip. If he doesn’t pee through we can reuse the pajamas for the next night. Make sure and check the weather before traveling, that way you know what types of layers to bring.

In the winter we have to bring heavy coats regardless of the temps in our destination. The worst is leaving Denver on a sunny day, arriving to your sunny vacation and coming home to a blizzard with zero winter gear to get you home from the airport.

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I hope you find these tips helpful when packing for your next adventure with your little ones! I truly believe it’s important to travel with your kids and as a family. When I look back on my childhood some of my greatest memories are on vacations (even though we didn’t go on a ton). I’m so grateful for our ability to travel together as a family.

Stay tuned for more posts on this topic, I will also be doing in flight tips for traveling with a toddler and tips for a smooth vacation with a toddler. Also, if I’ve missed any amazing tips please comment below!! I still have so much to learn!

 
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