Our favorite thing about traveling with an infant is we could go practically anywhere with our son and he’d sleep. Dining out? A piece of cake as he would fall asleep in his car seat en route and then could sleep through the noise of a restaurant with the greatest of ease. And, when it comes to staying in a hotel, there is no need for an extra bed. All you need is a travel bassinet.
Before companies catered to babies, older travelers, so we have been told, would remove a drawer from the hotel dresser, pad it with a blanket and use it as a bassinet. Today, we have lots of travel bassinets that are safe, comfortable, and easy to carry.
We spent hours researching car seats for our children to make sure they are safe and secure in our cars, yet when we hit the road, we discover our enormous “tanks” of car seats are difficult to carry, hard to install and can get damaged during transit. So, how do we keep our children safe when we are taking taxis or tours and riding on a plane? Bring on the lightweight car seats that keep our kids secure but are lightweight and easy to install.
Traveling with a toddler for months on end meant we seriously researched portable beds and travel cribs to keep Aarav safe and sound as he slept in various hotels and Airbnbs. Our choice was the Lotus Guava, which you can read all about in our best travel crib recommendation, but there were some runner ups that may be the right fit for you. All of the following travel cribs are lightweight, pack up and travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. Most, however, are not made for babies under a year old; for that, you’ll want to review our list of best travel bassinets and baby beds.
Read any of our blogs and you know we love to walk to get to know foreign cities. With a toddler, this requires a great travel stroller. Typical strollers can be big and bulky, which makes them difficult to manage when on the road — they have to be checked at the airport, they take up a lot of space in a trunk, a hotel room or a cruise cabin, and they are often too big to manage in crowded museums and attractions.
This is why a good travel stroller is necessary when taking a long trip, particularly umbrella strollers that are lightweight, compact and fold easily. The following collection of best travel strollers are low in weight and can travel well. Better yet, these strollers have high marks from parents who actually used them on trips.
Traveling with infants requires a good travel car seat that can travel with you. Not only will you want and need a seat that keeps your baby secure when riding in taxis or on car-led private tours, the seats can also keep your infant safe in their own seat on an airplane. We reviewed the best travel car seats for infants that are lightweight, travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. These are for infants up to age 18 months. They all weigh less than 22 pounds and convert from a rear- to front-facing seat. If traveling with older children, you’ll want to review our list of parent-approved car seats and boosters for toddlers.
For some parents (and probably a lot of non-parents, too), the very idea can seem harrowing. Actually, though, a plane trip with a toddler can be surprisingly smooth and pleasant, so long as you make the right preparations. Part of that includes investing in the right gear to keep everyone safe and comfy. First on the list? The proper airplane harness. We found one that worked great, and that we’re happy to recommend—but more on that in a minute.
Whether you’re taking your toddler halfway across the world or simply across town, a good car seat is non-negotiable. With that said, not all car seats are created equal. And, as you consider the best car seats for domestic or international travel, you’ll no doubt want one that’s lightweight and flexible, in addition to being safe and secure.
Holidays are for spending time with loved ones, eating calorie-dense foods, sappy Hallmark films, and gift-giving. But if we’re honest, oftentimes shopping for presents is more stressful than joyful. After all, what are you supposed to buy for someone who has everything? This is especially true when shopping for kids. Of course, you could always take the easy way out and buy another baby doll or race car, but gifts like these get played with for a few hours and then tossed into the abyss of forgetfulness. If you really want your gift to stand out, consider some of these travel gifts for kids. Not only are they fun and kid-approved, but they are super practical for children who spend much of their time on the road — or in the skies. Here are 22 of the best travel gifts for kids.
Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, you probably know that Internet access can be spotty, at best. There’s a simple reason for this: When you’re on a cruise, you’re out at sea, well away from things like cell towers and other key infrastructure.
When you are traveling around the world—or even just a few towns over or to a friend’s house, you never know exactly what the accommodations will be like where you are staying. Some hotels may have nice portable cribs, while others leave you wondering if your child would be better off sleeping on the floor. And even if you bring your own, we’ve found that some travel cribs are a nightmare to set up; there are so many pieces that must be put together in just the right way. Safety, ease of use, and portability are key.