We have tremendous love for travel. And we couldn’t put a stop to it even when a new member got added to our family. We had our first trip with our baby when she was just 8 months old, to Hampi, Karnataka, India . But yes, things change once you start traveling with a toddler. And so they did for us too. There was a lot more planning and research involved to ensure traveling comfortably. What made the travel easier for us was toddler friendly travel tips that we learnt over a period of time. As well as many toddler friendly travel products some of which we researched and others that we got as gift. Here we list our favorite ones that have become part and parcel of our travel life and will be helpful to you too if you travel with a little one.
In case you have a little one and you will like to travel with them but you are just not confident enough on how to manage the same, again these products will come to your rescue. You can rather take this list as your one stop shop for the travel requirements of your baby or small kid.
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Travel friendly products for kids #1.1: Organic baby-care products by Mamaearth
Sometimes, we don’t bother to carry our own bottles of toiletries because we feel either the hotel will provide us the basic minimum or we can purchase the one at the destination. But can we do the same for our baby or kid’s toiletry needs? Definitely not. Given that they are so soft and sensitive, we will rather like to carry with us products that we know suite them. And that also, organic and chemical free products.
That is why I was super delighted when Bhavana from Mamaearth sent me this little cute hamper of baby-care products. It included a baby lotion, baby massage oil and baby shampoo and conditioner. The products are purely organic and very mild to a kid’s skin. They have a vast range including mosquito repellants, body lotion, body massage oil, shampoo and others. Mamaearth is a brand started by a parent like us, who wanted high quality chemical free products for their babies. And later, they decided to start a product series for all the other babies out there.
Travel friendly products for kids #1.2: Aveeno baby lotion
My daughter has an extremely dry skin. And it tends to get drier when we travel. Since sometimes, she drinks less water and at other times she goes through different geographies, facing varying weather and climatic conditions. Recently, I got introduced to Aveeno baby lotion. And I found it like a magical formula for dry skin. This body lotion is deep moisturizing and lasts really long. It is working wonders on her skin. And has reduced my worries about her dry skin a lot. Aveeno has a many other products also, some of them even suitable for allergic skins or super sensitive skin types. You might want to check their range out.
Travel friendly products for kids #2: formula milk container
We used to feed formula milk to our baby. Carrying a big pack of formula milk was a pain. So was the process of taking out milk from the container on the way, in moving vehicles, without spilling. That is when our search lead us to this cute milk container with 4 compartments. Each one has a sealed lid of it’s own and then there is a no-spill cover that makes it so much easier to prepare milk on the way. In my opinion it is a must for parents who have to travel with babies and toddlers. We also use the containers to store snacks like small portions of cut fruits, biscuits, cheese cubes or any dry or wet items.
Travel friendly products for kids #3: Bag organizer cubes
We all know how tiny the stuff of babies are. Like their hankers, socks, mittens, gloves, caps etc. Can you imagine them being places in a corner of your bag and later having to rummage through the bag to get to them? We didn’t use travel organizer cubes very frequently until our baby arrived. But with these cubes, life became so much more organized when traveling with her. We pack one small cube with all her tiny clothing. Another bigger one with her cloths. And yet another one we keep to stuff the worn cloths that we are not able to wash while traveling. Apart from that, I use one small cube to keep one pair of her changing cloth and other such handy items in the travel backpack or my purse that is always accessible.
Travel friendly products for kids #4: Toilet seat sanitizer
Hygiene is a big concern when traveling and using public restrooms and toilets frequently. Particularly in the developing countries and India. It becomes even more essential to address when you have small kids. The last thing you want on your vacation is for your kids to get infected while using the public restrooms. We were particularly paranoid about this part. So, our hunt led us to Toilet seat sanitizer. And we started using pee-safe sprays. We don’t know how much of it’s claim of killing 99%+ germs in initial 3 seconds holds true, but it has managed to keep us safe so far. So, we are totally happy with this product. Now we keep one with us all the time in our baby’s toilet bag.
Travel friendly products for kids #5: Foldable potty trainer seat
There will come a point anytime after your toddler crosses her first birthday when you will decide it’s time for her to get out of the diapers and start potty training. And you definitely won’t want your travel plans to reverse the training or put a stop to it. Neither would you want it to stop your travel plans. The same happened with us. And that is when we decided to get a foldable , easily portable potty training seat for our little one. It comes with disposable liners as well. So that you can use it anywhere including your car seat, or outside in the open while you take long road trips. Even when we travel by plane , we carry it where ever we go. As, it becomes really convenient for our little one to use the hotel restrooms with this seat. Since it fits conveniently on any standard toilet seat as well. We guess, this is going to remain our close companion for a while now. As we definitely do not want to put her back in the diapers at any cost.
Travel friendly products for kids #6: Hot water thermos
Hot water is a must have when traveling with a toddler. Be it for preparing formula milk or for washing her snacks bowl. Or any other such purpose. We have always carried a hot water thermos with us everywhere we have traveled with her. We get it easily refilled from hotels, restaurants or even using a hot water kettle in our hotel room. Particularly when traveling in colder regions it helps a lot. On our recent trip to Palampur, we always mixed hot water with the normal water to make it lukewarm for our baby to drink. And that helped her stay warm and keep the cold at bay.
Travel friendly products for kids #7: Baby bag
A baby bag has many advantages when traveling with a toddler or kid. First of all, it is an extra cabin luggage in flights that you can carry with you along with your handbag and backpack/cabin bag. On top of that, it has well organized pockets where you can store the basic needs of the baby neatly. These might include milk bottle, no-spill water bottle, wet wipes, hot water thermos, milk containers, snacks containers, her necessary medicines, toiletries and other things that she might need during the travel, all the time. Wow! Didn’t realize how many products need to be handy for these babies and toddlers 🙂
We have been using one since the day our baby was born. Now that she is little older, we don’t exactly need the bigger one, but now the smaller counterpart proves to be so much more handy.
Travel friendly products for kids #8: Finally a cute baby trolley bag
This is not really a requirement. But when our little one became 2+ years old, we got a cute baby trolley bag for her. And since then we keep all her cloths and accessories in that bag. She carries it herself now where ever she goes. And actually she is over cautious that her bag has all her stuff and it should not go missing anywhere 🙂 . We feel she is developing a sense of responsibility and learning to take care of her stuff this way.
Overall, there are so many travel friendly products for kids and babies as of today. That you just need to pick the right travel friendly product for kids and then traveling with them is a fun rather than a mess.
Our 4 years old daughter has already travelled with us to so many places that we are almost loosing count. She has been to Hampi, Goa, Shimla and Manali, Kodaikanal, Udaipur, Jaipur, Wayanad, Mahabalipuram. She has also done some day trips to Mysore Zoo, Gery Martin’s farm and various other places. And just like us, she totally loves to travel. She celebrated her 3rd birthday mid air, while we were on our way to start our epic trip to Europe. Most of the above products proved helpful to us during that trip. Over 2.5 weeks, we covered a lot of places in Europe including 6 days in Italy, roaming around Rome in a day, spending 48 hours in Florence, taking a Florence to Pisa tour and finally doing a boat hop on hop off tour in Venice. It was followed by 4 days in Switzerland covering Lucerne, Engleberg and Mount Titlis, Bern, Grindelwald and Interlaken. And finally we spent 3 days in Paris and a couple of days in Amsterdam.
Travel friendly products for kids #9 : Crib or Bed
With smaller kids who are less than 3 years old, it’s really convenient to get a crib or a toddler bed when we travel. But sometimes, the hotel or the accommodation that we choose might not have such options available. Imagine how convenient it would be if we could have some travel friendly or travel focused cribs and toddler beds that we could carry. Here’s such an amazing list of travel friendly toddler beds and cribs that you could explore. These toddler beds are very much portable and this article also nicely compares and lists the best ones, making it easier for us to choose.
Hope these products will help your travel with your little one a breeze as well.