FAMILY TRAVEL: 20 MUST HAVE ESSENTIALS

 

Who is road tripping this Summer??? I would love to hear where you are going?
We have now gone on two road trips this summer and still have a few other road trip ideas planned for the next couple months. Traveling on planes and even road trips are sure looking A LOT different this year being in a pandemic. Truth is, it’s sometimes annoying not having places to sit down and eat when on the road, putting everyone in masks for a 2 minute bathroom break etc. But today, I wanted to share 20 Must Have Essentials for Family Travel. Check below to see all 20!

All 20 of these Family Travel essentials are ones that we have and love. Feel are honestly a necessity and help to make traveling with your spouse and kids a breeze! I hope to share some helpful tips when traveling with a toddler in an upcoming newsletter. So be sure to subscribe HERE.

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Family Travel by popular San Diego motherhood blog, Navy Grace: image of a mom sitting on a Gathre mat in the back of her car while holding on to her young son who is wearing a Nordstrom 'Mini Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack FJÄLLRÄVEN and standing next to a Nordstrom 40-Liter Rolling Duffle Bag PATAGONIA and his baby sister who is sitting in a Amazon Summer Infant Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Chair.

 

Family Travel by popular San Diego motherhood blog, Navy Grace: collage image of a Nordstrom 'Mini Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack FJÄLLRÄVEN, Nordstrom 40-Liter Rolling Duffle Bag PATAGONIA, Amazon Summer Infant Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Chair, iPad, white noise sound machine, Amazon VATENIC Kids Camera, Nordstrom Ambeur 3-Piece Metallic Luggage Set CALPAK, Amazon Happy Healthy Parent Silicone Baby Bibs, Amazon Ridaz Lamborghini Carry-on Hand Luggage for kids, Stanley ADVENTURE QUENCHER TRAVEL TUMBLER, Birdling Day Tripper, Amazon noot products K11 Foldable Stereo Tangle-Free 3.5mm Jack Wired Cord On-Ear Headset, Amazon BMOUO Kids Case for iPad, Amazon BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light, Amazon Hydro Flask 12 oz Kids Water Bottle, Jetkids by Stokke Bedbox® Ride-On Carry-On Suitcase, Amazon Boon Trip Travel Drying Rack for Baby Bottles and Brushes, Amazon Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes,3 Various Sizes Travel Luggage Packing Organizers, SlumberPod Privacy Pod for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers, and Hydro Flask 8L Lunch Tote.

20 MUST HAVE FAMILY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

 

1// iPad
An essential with toddlers!! We make sure to download several movies on Netflix the night before leaving out of town. Works perfect for road trips and flights especially if no tv’s are on board! This saves our sanity and keeps Edison entertained for a couple hours before taking a break with toys then again for another movie!

 

2// White Noise Sound Machine 
Keeping everyone asleep just a little bit longer!!!

 

3//Portable High Chair 
This has been the best thing I have purchased this year! No joke! Not knowing that we were walking into a worldwide pandemic either. But with that being said this little portable high chair has been the best on road trips and vacations. We use it in the hotel to eat breakfast. Pull off the road for snacks or dinner. And EXTREMELY helpful since most places are not allowing dine-in seating right now. We just set down our gathre mat and let Lucy eat anywhere and every where!

 

4//Kids Digital Camera 
This is such a fun activity for kids to do on a road trip. It takes real photos and videos with fun filters they can use. Edison has had his for a year now and has been obsessed. He just showed me all 500 of his photos the other night before bed! 🙂 You can see another post where I shared this camera HERE.

 

5//Cal Pak Set of 3 Luggage
I have a Cal Pak carry on luggage and love it. It has held up great the last 3 or 4 years I have owned it. Great luggage.

 

6//Silicone Bibs 
These make traveling and eating plus clean up a breeze when traveling. Run it under the faucet or wipe off with a baby wipe! I won’t travel without one.

 

7//Lamborghini Luggage for Kids 
Edison has had this since he was 2! It is the cutest little luggage. He has traveled with it a few times and feels so big when he pulls it through the airport. It sure doesn’t hold much other than toys, but it is so much fun for kids.

 

8// Stanley Travel Tumbler 
Ordering one of these!!! I have heard so many great things about these cups and knew I needed to get my hands on them. A tumbler that keeps my drink cold WITH a handle! Thats a win!

 

9// Birdlings Day Tripper Bag 
I got this bag a couple years ago and seriously LOVE it! I need to get a new one and have a second one on hand since I generally have two different snack bags for roadtrips. They have great storage and organization and are overall super sturdy and stand up straight making reaching back and digging for a snack in the car a breeze!

 

 

10//Kids Headphones 
Just ordered these for Edison. His other ones just broke so we needed to upgrade them. They come in several other colors too.

 

11//iPad Case For Kids 
These are such a great case for kids to use. We have had one for a few years and have dropped, stepped on our iPad and it is still in great condition.

 

12//Gathre Mat
I can’t say enough good things about our Gathre mats that we have. We have several and in every single size they make. For traveling I think the Midi is perfect! If you have a larger family, the maxi would probably work best. But we use this on pit stops when we get out of the car and let Lucy have some time to explore. It’s great right now for lunches by the car since several restaurants are still closed for dine in.

 

13//BabyBjorn Travel Crib 
If we are staying at an Airbnb I generally pack our own travel crib. Of course Hotels have cribs and we always make sure before booking. But there are times that we are staying that require us to back our crib. I don’t have this one. But have friends that do and say it is the best travel crib since it folds up small and doesn’t weigh much.

 

14// Kids Hydro Flask Bottle 
Another family favorite. We all love and use Hydro Flask. These are great for kids.

 

15//Mini Fjällraven Backpack 
Edison’s preferred backpack! He has a few, but this is always his go-to travel backpack. Plus they are super cute too.

 

16//JetKids by Stokke Bed Box Ride on Carry-On Luggage 
We don’t have one of these, but I think they are genius and so adorable. The fact that you can pull your kid in the airport is life changing.

 

17//Patagonia Rolling Duffle Bag 
Recently got this bag for Brandon for Christmas and it really is such a great duffle bag. Lightweight too which is a major bonus! There are several sizes to choose from and several of them can double as a backpack.

 

18//Boon Bottle Travel Drying Rack 
The greatest travel item if you have a baby that uses bottles. Even sippy cups. I usually pack some dawn dish soap and I have the perfect place to dry and store the clean cups.

 

19// Set of 6 Packing Cubes 
I got these for myself last year and won’t ever pack without them again. Comes in a set of 6 and I use them for both Edison and Lucy’s clothing, toys, and toiletries. It’s great to keep everything organized and they double as a dirty clothes bag on the way home. I will sort though everything the kids don’t wear and put them in the smaller packing cube.

 

20// Slumber Pod
On our recent road trip, I had several of you suggest getting a slumber pod! I had no idea what it was and am now going to get one before the next time we travel! The idea that you can still be in the same room as your baby without them seeing you is HUGE if you are having to share a room together.

 

21// Hydro Flask Cooler 
We made the mistake of traveling with out a cooler this last month and I regretted forgetting it. Major mistake! It’s the best especially since Lucy is always eating and snacking on fruit and other things that last better when cold.

 

 

SHOP THESE FAMILY TRAVEL: 20 MUST HAVE ESSENTIALS

 

 

Family Travel by popular San Diego motherhood blog, Navy Grace: image of a baby girl sitting in a Amazon Summer Infant Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Chair net to a Gatrhe Mat, Patagonia rolling duffle bag, and 'Mini Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack FJÄLLRÄVEN in the back of a car. Family Travel by popular San Diego motherhood blog, Navy Grace: image of a mom sitting on a Gathre mat in the back of her car while holding on to her young son who is wearing a Nordstrom 'Mini Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack FJÄLLRÄVEN and standing next to a Nordstrom 40-Liter Rolling Duffle Bag PATAGONIA and his baby sister who is sitting in a Amazon Summer Infant Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Chair.

SHOP THESE 20 MUST HAVE FAMILY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

 

Family Travel by popular San Diego motherhood blog, Navy Grace: image of a mom sitting on a Gathre mat in the back of her car while holding on to her young son who is wearing a Nordstrom 'Mini Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack FJÄLLRÄVEN and standing next to a Nordstrom 40-Liter Rolling Duffle Bag PATAGONIA and his baby sister who is sitting in a Amazon Summer Infant Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Chair.

 

SHOP THESE 20 MUST HAVE FAMILY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

 

What are some of your go-to family travel essentials?  Let me know in a comment below!

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