Travel Gear Reviews + Kids’ Travel Accessories
I am always on the look out for general travel gear and the best travel accessories for long flights whether it’s kids’ travel accessories or for myself. Anything that is super useful, lightweight and convenient to pack definitely sparks an interest in it from me.
The guide to my reviews below, are a mixture of things I’ve bought or borrowed from friends to try, been given to review or have come highly recommended by fellow parents on either my Facebook page Flying With A Baby – Family Travel community or my Family Travel Tips Forum group. I hope you find these children’s travel accessories round-ups useful!
Travel Gear For Babies
This is the stage where you will likely have the most travel gear – and with so many products on the market it’s tough to decide which you actually need. It obviously completely depends on your family travel circumstances. Hopefully the below links will help you fathom out what you need, and what you don’t! Here are some of the baby travel items I have tried and tested.
Turns out a LOT of places have highchairs – but the standards vary not only across the world but also between restaurants. Some highchairs didn’t have straps, some were dirty, others were absolutely perfect and other places had none. So due to this disparity, I found it much easier to take my own. These days travel highchairs are so portable, light and easy to clean. Here is a selection of various travel highchairs currently available, in a comparison chart, so you can easily compare and see which one suits your family for a day out or trip away.
LapBaby is a new invention, designed to keep your baby secure on your lap. It allows you to be hands-free whilst eating, working or playing, whilst still keeping baby safe and close to you. I was offered the LapBaby to review from a travel perspective. My chief tester was twenty months old at the time of reviewing and is already toting up thousands of air-miles. She is a little older than some who have reviewed this product, but it is suitable for babies aged three months and over.
- Sleep Gadgets – To help baby sleep on the plane
I was very keen on trying out the CoziGo Sleep Easy cover as soon as I had heard about it. It doubles up as a stroller cover AND fits on airline bassinets to help them sleep. (Formerly known as Fly Babee) Any product that helps my baby sleep, especially on the ultra long haul flight from UK to Australia, instantly grabs my attention!
Another gadget, the SkyBaby Travel Mattress, is essentially a supportive mattress which enables you to comfortably hold baby when travelling, and is especially useful if you are unable to get a bassinet seat. Even so, it still gives support whilst feeding, and can save your arms from aching as you can rest baby comfortably on your lap.
Having a baby carrier in your hand luggage is essential. They are invaluable for boarding the aircraft or disembarking the aircraft and keeping you hands free for all of the other baby gear. They are complete life savers if you have a long walk to baggage claim, and your travel stroller needs to be collected there.
Baby carriers come in all shapes and sizes and baby carriers for toddlers are also available for up to around 4 years old. Here is my guide including a quick reference comparison chart to the best baby carriers for travel.
Travel Gear for Toddlers
Travelling or flying with a toddler, can be the trickiest stage as they are now mobile and more vocal with their likes and dislikes! Below are some more toddler travel accessories varying from travel beds, travel strollers to gadgets to help them sleep whilst on the move and more.
Although a hotel suite with separate bedrooms or a set up similar to home is the best when travelling, that’s not always possible for various reasons. A big factor and expense on vacation or holiday is the room cost: a portable travel bed or toddler blow up bed can offer a little bit more flexibility on the rooms you can choose. Many hotels don’t charge for kids under a certain age – if they use an existing bed.
A kids’ travel bed gives you the option to book a regular room and save money. I’ve known some parents to fit a travel bed under the room desk when space has been particularly tight! This option wouldn’t have worked with a travel cot or pack n play. This guide will help you decide which is the best travel bed for toddlers.
Are you considering purchasing a toddler ‘bed’ for the plane; essentially an inflatable travel footrest, (sometimes known as an inflatable flight cushion). These devices can be inflated manually or with a hand pump and slot in-between your seat and the seat in front in the footwell. The most well known ones are Plane Pal and the BedBox by JetKids but there are other versions available too. Check out the rules of use below before you buy though! I’ve included some other kids travel gadgets to help them sleep more comfortably below, including a selection of the best travel pillows for kids. Read more about toddler and preschooler sleep gadgets for the plane here.
This comprehensive travel stroller review, with a quick comparison chart, covers some of the best travel strollers which are especially designed for travel -with a strong emphasis on being light and portable. They don’t have all the features that you would expect from a travel system, however some are very close! Some are even so compact that they are suitable for plane travel and fold up small enough to be considered hand luggage! When we used one of these on a flight, it was so incredibly useful – especially with a heavy toddler.
More stroller reviews
As you know, I’m an avid traveller with active kids and a dog! We previously used a fairly large travel system which was great for all terrain, but not necessarily the most practical for last minute dismantling at the airport gate – with a queue of passengers behind you, or for navigating through narrow shop doorways! Since A was a tiny baby, strollers have evolved somewhat. The Cybex Mios is one of those. Whilst not sold as one of the ‘travel’ strollers that can pass as cabin baggage, it is still lightweight and compact – without compromising the comfort we enjoyed with its predecessor.
Does this stroller match the hype? Can it really fit in into an airplane overhead locker? Can I fold, unfold, push with one hand? Would I be allowed it on as hand luggage? BabyZen kindly agreed to lend me the YOYO + with the 6 month plus option, for 4 weeks – which perfectly incorporated our recent trip to Portugal. Read my full review here.
Kids’ Travel Accessories
The Travel Snug is basically a fleecy padded seat cover which lays over the bottom of the seat and also provides comfortable support around the back and sides too. It also comes with a fleecy blanket; both come in a variety of colours and patterns. As an added bonus it can act a bit of a booster seat- handy for little ones who can’t quite reach the tray table. For young children – it is an ideal solution for trying to get comfy on a hard airplane seat, with bulky metal seat buckles and armrests making it harder to get snug. I can imagine it would also be useful for long coach rides. Read my full review here.
Travel Gear For Parents
Let’s not forget us! There are also some practical and stylish travel items for parents too. Below are a selection of travel bags varying from diaper/nappy bags, travel rucksacks, travel totes and more.
Here is my round up up of the best travel bags for Mums; including the best carry on bag for moms for the various stages of travelling or flying with kids.
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