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Our Top Picks for Kids’ Travel Gear

Photo by Puro Sound
Photo by Puro Sound

Traveling with kids, inevitably, means schlepping along their stuff. While gear needs evolve and change with age and the type of trip, here are some new finds and old favorites for gear that can make that trip a little easier, smoother and even safer.

Kids' Travel Gear Favorites
Photo by Puro Sound

Favorite Kids’ Travel Gear Picks


Our vote goes to the high-quality volume-limiting Puro Sound BT2200 headphones and the Puro Sound Junior Jams for even younger ones. Founder Dave Russell launched the company when his own daughter was diagnosed with noise-induced hearing loss.


Kiddos can haul coloring books, modeling clay, snacks, an iPad and more in style with one of Herschel’s youth backpacks. Made from water-resistant polyester, these eye-catching and durable bags will survive countless flights, road trips and train rides.

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Water Bottle

As ardent fans of Hydroflask bottles and containers, we were thrilled to find out they’ve launched a 12-ounce kids’ water bottle. Featuring a straw lid, a stainless-steel body and a silicone bottom boot, it’s great for little hands and can be refilled over and over.

Chair Harness

Pull this fabric harness over any chair, anywhere (restaurant, airport food court, uncle’s house), and voila — you’ve got a high chair on the go!


Aden and Anais swaddles remain a workhorse on the road, serving as a nursing cover, changing pad, blanket, neck pillow, napkin and more in a pinch. The brand’s Dream Blanket is a particular favorite, with two layers of breathable muslin swaddles sewn into one.

Car Sunshade

Stash an extra pair of UV-protective clinging window shades to keep glare at bay in a rental car or Grandma’s SUV.

Folding Potty Seat

We all cringe when it comes to using a public restroom with a curious potty-training toddler. Make it a little easier by carrying along a folding potty seat like this one by Jerrybox.

Packing Cubes

There you are on vacation, rummaging through your suitcase. Sound familiar? Packing cubes keep things separated by family member or garment type, so you’re not facing a jumbled, unfolded mess every day.

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  • Well done! You are right, far too many ‘travel lists’ are simply aimed at links and promotions. you have a sensible and pragmatic approach. I think, if we follow your great suggestions, it will be helpful for us and our kids.

  • Agree that all these stuff should be included in their travel bags/luggage. Kids having their own backpack where they can easily reach some personal stuff is a brilliant idea.

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