Traveling with Kids: 10 MUST-HAVE Gadgets & Kids Travel Gear

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Traveling with kids is as easy as a walk in the park -- said no parent, ever. But, let's not lose hope here, fellow mums and dads. With the right kids' travel gear, anything can be achieved - including regaining your sanity.

We are extremely lucky to be parents in an era travel convenience and innovation, I mean - think of all the accessories and nifty travel gadgets our parents didn't have the luxury of having back in the day where they used to take us traveling. Poor folk had to endure us wild kids for an entire long haul flight with limited in-flight entertainment (remember those TV screens that used to flip down the from the aisles and everyone had to bend their necks to watch the same thing?), no smartphones or tablets, no Nintendo Switch or cool kids' travel toys. Just 100% raw kids. Respect to our parents.

Or maybe they just slipped us some drowsy antihistamine tablets, that would explain it.

If you're also keen on some nifty travel gear yourself, don't forget to take a look at the list of the best travel gear and items for grown-ups.

As hard as traveling with kids still is - I have to say, in this day and age, we are darn lucky. So, here it is parents of the 21st century - Top Rated Kids' Travel Gear to keep parents sane on holiday.

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Jet Kids Bed Box

"It's a bed. It's a suitcase. It's a miracle."

You know what would be even more miraculous? A ride-on roller suitcase for adults that opens into a bed. That, or a free upgrade to business class.

The Jet Kids BedBox is a brilliant invention - I remember traveling as a kid with my head cradled in my Mum or Dad's lap, and my legs somewhere between the surface of the seat and up in the air. I never thought about how uncomfortable it would have been for my poor Mother who would've had to sit stiff on 20-hour flights from Australia to Germany.

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Photo credit: Jet Kids

Multi-functionality is the spice of life, and this is the mothership of suitcases in the realm of kids' travel gear. It functions as a ride-on suitcase which toddlers and kids can sit on to zip through terminals, a place to store their favourite toys, and obviously, as an airplane toddler bed.

The Bed Box comes equipped with a mattress, swivel front wheels, and supports up to 35kg weight - making it suitable for kids up to 7 years of age.

After a hard day of riding and rolling, the Jet Kids Bed Box converts into a plush and comfy lie-down bed. Why do kids get all the luxuries of first class?

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Photo credit: Jet Kids

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Tula Baby & Toddler Carrier

The first thing I pack for any trip, near of far, is my Tula baby carrier. Whether you're jetting off to a busy city, or camping in the mountains - this is the best baby carrier I have owned (best believe I've trialled many-a carriers).

Both our Tula Baby and Toddler carriers helped us survive our epic 3-month long Asia trip from Vietnam through to Japan, carrying our kids through lush jungle treks as well as city exploring. Trust me, you'll want a carrier for your baby when you're travelling Asia considering how un-pram-friendly the roads and infrastructure can be.

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Jungle trekking with the mesh Tula carrier

We own both the standard and mesh versions of the carrier, the mesh being more suited for trips to hot destinations.

Baby carriers are perfect for airport transits, short hikes, jumping on public transport, beach walks and anything else you can picture yourself doing on a holiday.

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Climbing mountains with the standard Tula baby carrier

Portable High Chair 

Not just handy for travelling or camping - I can think of numerous of occasions when it would've been convenient to have a portable high chair handy. Like when a hipster café is too hipster to have high chairs.

Or, when you're in Japan or South East Asia and some of the best eateries are either too small or 'too loco' to have a set of high chairs.

The Summer Pop & Sit Portable Booster folds up nice and compact so that you can fit it into your luggage and take it with you on any adventure near or far, this travel booster seat can be used anywhere, from 'round the campfire to hotel beds; you won't have to feed your bub or wriggly toddler from your lap, or run after him like a crazy lady with a spoon.

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Baby Hiking Backpack

The Deuter Kid Comfort 1 baby hiking back certainly isn't as compact as standard carriers considering it is for serious trekking enthusiasts. If you're after the best baby carrier for your next camping trip, or if you want to be the first to climb Everest with your child (not advised), I would look into getting a hiking carrier.

A standard baby carrier or wrap might cut it for a bit, but they're not designed for hikes or long walks out in nature. I mean, I love my Tula baby carrier and all, but you won't catch me climbing a mountain with it.

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GB Pockit Stroller

An umbrella stroller that folds into the size of a backpack? Shut up and take my money.

Forget fancy dancy McLaren lightweight strollers or Bugaboos - the GB Pockit Stroller is your undisputed answer to traveling anywhere with kids. Or babies. Or toddlers.

This miracle travel stroller folds down to the size of a backpack; it can even be carried onboard a flight and it's small enough to be stowed underneath the seat or in the overhead compartment. Impressed much? I, most def, am.

Weighing in at 4.3kg (9.5 pounds), it's a wee bit heavier than a newborn baby, yet still maintains a large enough seat for your kid to sit comfortably on.

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Portable Toddler Travel Bed

Let's face it, a portable cot can sometimes just be too bulky to take on your travels on top of all the other crap you've already got to haul around for your kid. Enter The Shrunks inflatable and portable toddler bed. Much lighter to transport - the only downside is having to inflate it. But that's what Dads are for, right?

It's the perfect bed for sleepovers and travel, the best feature of it being its squeak-free material and design.. because, let's face it - that's what puts us all off inflatable mattresses, right?

The Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Bed also comes with a carry bag and electric pump, all of which, can fit snugly into your check-in luggage.

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Portable Kids' Bunk Bed

Yes, these contraptions actually exist. Who would've known that bunk beds can be made portable and travel-friendly? Queue *jaw drop*. The only thing you'll have to deal with on your travels is... who will get to sleep on top?

The Disc-O-Bed Kid-O-Bunk converts to a bunk, sitting bench, or even two single beds. Pretty nifty, huh? Oh, and each bed can hold up to 90kg (200 pounds) in weight, meaning that mum and dad may just end up on these while the kids take over the King in the hotel room.

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A Diaper Bag That Will Earn You Cool Points

'Diaper bag' and 'cool' don't usually fit into the same sentence, but with the HapTim Diaper Travel Backpack, you might just be the coolest mum on the block. It has all the functionalities that you would expect out of a standard diaper bag, except it looks like a super hip Herschel backpack.

Featuring 3 independent compartments with a detachable divider to store clothes, diapers, drinks, snacks, and even pockets for your smartphone, iPad and wallet - this truly is the all-in-one to make your transformation to 'cool mum' complete.

On the plus side, the backpack still straps onto the pram securely, and the chances of convincing your hubby to wear it are exponentially higher. Cos hubbies just wanna be cool too.

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Ride-On Carry-On Suitcase

This is the be-all and end-all solution for when you need to get from A to B stat, but your kid is not complying because they obviously do not see the urgency of the situation, like a final boarding call.

Strap 'em in the revolutionary Mountain Buggy Bagrider, get rollin', and get to your gate. Unstrap. Boom. Too easy. No tears, no fuss, no yelling.

The Bagrider transforms from standard carry on luggage to toddler tower with a simple twist of a button, and holds up to 15kg (33lbs) in weight. The child seat comes equipped with a cushioned seat liner and 5-point safety harness, so you can tow, swing or swivel with a peace of mind. Just don't go too crazy.

Alternatively, you could always snag yourself the Lojel Cubo carry on luggage, which we used as a diaper bag, laptop carrier, and toddler seat. It worked for us on 10 flights through 7 countries.

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Kids' Luggage Scooter

Sometimes, well, most of the time - kids just wanna have fun. What better way to positively reinforce "hurry the flippin' hell up - we need to get to the gate" than to provide the little ones with a fun incentive to actually get to places on time.

That's where the ZincFlyte Luggage Scooter comes into play - I mean, genius, right? A carry-on suitcase and scooter combined into one fun-packed rolling contraption.

With 25L capacity, there's plenty of room for all their toys, books and devices, and best of all - it's cabin sized. So, they can have all the fun scootin' around right from check-in through to the gate.

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7 Responses

  1. Simon
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    These are all pretty spot-on. About to take our 3 year old on her first real vacation. Definitely going to take some cues from this article. That Bed-Box is amazing!
    I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Tina
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      I know, right? I was going to order one for our long haul trip to Europe but realised it wouldn’t arrive in time. Keep us updated on your first vacation with your 3-year old. Where are you headed?

  2. Hannah
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    I just wrote a post about traveling with kids as well so I thought I would read yours through Blogging Boost Facebook Group. Great tips!

  3. Albert Fances
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    I and my wife are very fond of traveling. We are blessed with a baby girl 5 months back. Going out with an adult and with five months old toddler has a huge difference. So, before making all the arrangements I Google some blogs and landed on your blog. You have solved my problem with such great travel gear items for kids. One of my friends has recommended me to buy travel accessories for kids from Kid Nomad Travel. They have a huge variety of products for the same purpose.

  4. Marria
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    Travelling with a baby is really taught for parents specially for mom. Travel gear make travelling easy and comfortable for mom. I have a 1 years old boy. I face the problem when i am travelling with my little one. I am trying to buy stroller and carrier for my baby. Thanks for sharing best travel gear to choose best one for my baby. Really helpful guideline.

    • Tina
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      No worries! Glad this could be of help for you 🙂

  5. Emily
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    The article really nailed it! Ive never heard of the bed box, looking forward to trying it out now. Looks like it eliminates the need for a nice kids sized travel pillow.

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