Traveling can be stressful, especially when you are going with kids. Between crowds, weather delays, and other factors, you can easily be frustrated on the road – whether you are driving or are flying. Luckily, there are some travel products that can definitely make travel a little easier for families. Here are our favorite travel products for families on the go.
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Favorite Travel Products For Families on the Go
CARES by Kids Fly Safe was one of the first travel products I purchased for a family vacation (I later received a complimentary one). Developed by a grandmother, it’s an FAA-approved harness that can be used for kids over the age of one.
We loved using CARES when my kids were little because you won’t have to worry about using the car seat on the plane. We used ours when visiting Walt Disney World because we didn’t need to travel with the car seats.
It’s easy to pack in your suitcase and it is much more convenient to install on a plane than a car seat.
You can purchase it at Amazon.
If your kids are in booster seats, the BubbleBum device can be a great alternative to traveling with a regular booster. The BubbleBum is inflatable, so it’s easy to tuck into a suitcase. Then, when you arrive at your destination, you can just blow it up and use it in your rental car.
As a bonus, the BubbleBum is good to have on hand at home. You’ll be able to use it as a spare booster when carpooling. We used ours so much when my kids were younger.
You can purchase BubbleBum at Amazon.
You’ve probably heard raves about using packing cubes, but until you try them, it’s hard to know what all the fuss is about. Packing cubes can make travel so much easier and are one of my favorite travel products.
With packing cubes, you can assign a color of cubes to each family member. Roll or gently fold each item in the cubes. You can either choose to put all of one item (like shirts, for example), in one set of cubes. Or, you can put together specific outfits.
When we visited London and Paris last year, I set up specific outfits. Then, when I unpacked, I only needed to unpack what I needed. You can put the cubes directly into the hotel drawers.
As a bonus, packing cubes compact the clothes, so you’ll be able to fit more in your suitcase. I remember purchasing different colors for each member of your family.
You can find lots of different packing cubes on Amazon.
Airpods / Noise Cancelling Headphones
I love listening to music or movies on flights. It’s a great way to tune out everything that is going on around you. While I did stop using noise-canceling headphones when my kids were younger (so I could hear them), I’ve now happily returned to wearing them.
I just bought the new AirPod Pros, and I love how they cancel noise, and also have a transparency setting so you can hear more around you. If you have an iPhone, you can also charge your device while listening, which can be a big benefit on longer flights.
You can buy AirPod Pro headphones on Amazon.
So you have wireless headphones and are on a plane – how do you use the in-flight entertainment system? This Airfly device has you covered. Just sync with your Bluetooth wireless headphones, and plug the device into the in-flight entertainment. Then, you can listen on your own device, without worrying about cords.
Airfly will also work with your personal computer, so you use can your wireless devices with that. It comes with a small travel pouch, a cord to plug into a headphone jack, and a USB cord for charging.
RFID Travel Wallet
When I have a lot of travel documentation to bring with me, I like to use a travel wallet. An RFID blocking travel wallet serves a dual purpose because it keeps things organized and secure with anti theft technology.
Look for one that holds your passport, boarding passes, credit cards, and other documentation. I like this one from Amazon because it holds multiple passports and comes in a few different colors. The open pocket in the back is great for a boarding pass so you can quickly grab it.
Another type of travel wallet is a newer version – one that also serves as a portable charger. This one has RFID blocking but also has a portable charger included.
With so many great travel apps available, you’ll probably be using your phone constantly. Because of that, you may need to charge your phone throughout the day. I never travel without my portable charger.
There are hundreds of different types of chargers available to use, but I’ve always loved my myCharge charger. It comes with all of the cords that you need, so it’s easy to just pop in your bag.
Regardless of which portable charger you choose, make sure that it’s fully charged before you leave the house so it’s all set to go.
Find the myCharge charger on Amazon.
One of my key traveling accessories is a water bottle. So many hotels, attractions, and airports are offering refill stations, making it easy to stay hydrated on the go.
Just remember that only empty water bottles are TSA approved for going through security, so you’ll need to fill up once you pass security. I like these lightweight bottles that are super thin and are easy to fill. Find them on Amazon.
You’ll want to make sure that you have the best carry-on luggage possible for your trip. With most airlines charging checked bag fees, you can often save money by packing carry-ons.
When purchasing a carry on bag, you’ll want to find something that is easy to transport. It should have easy to roll wheels and be large enough to hold what you want to bring, but not too large to be carried on.
I love the Bigger Carry On by Away. It’s a beautiful bag and can be ordered with an ejectable battery to charge your devices.
Now that my kids are older, we each pack our own carry on bag when traveling on a short trip.
It can be hard to remember all of the various cords you’ll need for travel. If you go away frequently, it can be a good idea to keep a set of cords always packed for travel.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
Another smart travel hack is to keep a bag filled with toiletries packed at all times. For this, I like to have a hanging toiletry bag. Then, it can go right from my suitcase to the hotel bathroom.
You’ll find these bags in almost any shop selling travel accessories and luggage, but you can also find some on Amazon. Just make sure you do a quick check before traveling to make sure nothing is empty or expired.
Most kids are entertained by electronics, but it’s also good to bring along some low-tech games. We have a roundup of road trip games that would also be great to bring on any family vacation.
Clear Toiletry Bag
If you do travel with just carry on bags, you’ll need to pack your toiletries according to the TSA rules. I like to have a high-quality, clear bag that can be used multiple times. Like my hanging toiletry bag, I keep this packed at all times.
Here’s one available on Amazon.
When I fly overseas, I always bring along my own travel pillow. There are lots of different styles, but it’s hard to choose one as the best. It all really depends on how you like to sleep on a plane.
Look for one that is inflatable, because it will be easier to pack. I usually travel with this neck pillow.
When we do any sort of sightseeing on our vacation, I like to use a backpack. It can be a more comfortable way to bring everything we need for the day.
This one from Amazon is lightweight and can be packed in your carry on bag if you don’t want to use it right away. As a bonus, it can be used as an extra bag if you bring home more than you started with.
Most of us use the plastic bag in the hotel as a laundry bag, but that doesn’t always work. Some hotels don’t offer those bags, while others have bags that are too small for a longer trip.
You can find some online here.
What are your favorite travel products?