Infant and Toddler Travel Essentials You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Infant and Toddler Travel Essentials You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Kelly Collopy

Trust us, we get it. Travel with kids can cause some serious pre-trip jitters! But here at Stork Exchange, we’ve planned our fair share of trips, both domestic and international, and with that we’ve learned a few things along the way. We’ve tested out a lot of infant and toddler gear and are happy to recommend some of our favorite travel essentials that are sure to make flights, long car rides, boat excursions and everything in between a bit easier!

When prepping your must-pack list, it’s important to zero in on items that you know your little one simply cannot live without, or gear that is multi-functional and can be used in a variety of different ways. Items like booster seats that can double as a meal or snack station, or pop-up bassinets that can also offer safe, protected and confined playtime, are some of our favorite travel essentials. Read on to learn more about what we tend to pack when gearing up for a family trip!

Travel Booster Seat or High Chair

Toddlers are messy, no doubt about it. They also tend to be squirmy, especially in new surroundings where there is so much to see – and touch! While most restaurants, resorts and family-friendly Airbnb’s often have high chairs, packing your own travel booster seat or high chair is well worth it. Currently, one of our favorite items is this second hand booster seat from Hiccapop. Hiccapop OmniBoost Travel Booster Seat provides a place for your little one to sit, snack, and play no matter where you are! The OmniBoost features machine-washable fabric and removable duck feet for greater stability and can be used from 6 months up to 3 years of age. Bonus points for a removable tray, 3 point harness and rear storage pocket, making it easier than ever to stash some extra snacks, books or small toys. 

Lightweight Foldable Travel Crib

Ensuring your infant or toddler gets adequate rest is crucial to successful travel. Being able to replicate your little love’s at-home sleep routine is key to restful naps and a full night’s sleep when on vacation. Utilizing the same cozy travel crib or bed every time you travel will help establish comfort and familiarity, making those Zzz’s much more attainable. And let’s not forget, whenever possible, opt for gear that’s multi-purpose – this saves time, packing space and a bit of your sanity!

We’re loving the Pamo Babe Lightweight Foldable Travel Crib. This used crib isn't really used at all as it’s available factory sealed at a fraction of the regular retail price! It's well-ventilated, features a luxurious, breathable mattress, and is designed with sturdy mesh siding so you can keep an eye on your little one as they sleep or play. Featuring a zipper door for easy accessibility, this foldable travel crib also comes with a travel bag, mattress, and fitted sheet.

Baby and Toddler Carrier

Depending on your type of trip, having your baby or toddler’s preferred way of being transported, is a must. While many may opt for a stroller, don’t rule out carriers! While there are some conveniences that come with a stroller, they also can be quite a pain, and space restricting! Plus, let’s face it, more often than not your little love will want to be carried anyway. There are so many options for carrying – whether that’s a baby wrap for those infant months, a comfy baby sling, structured carrier or active child backpack carrier – determining the best solution for your stage of life will be important. 

For our toddler, we are loving the Deuter Kid Comfort Active Child Carrier Hiking Backpack. The lightweight carrier offers a unisex fit, is outfitted with shoulder straps, hip fins, and various back length adjustments, ensuring that any adult can carry it comfortably. This hiking backpack carrier also boasts a child's side entry and a kickstand setting. Use from 6 months up to 48 lbs means you’ll get a lot of life out of it too!

Don’t forget that carriers of all types can easily be shopped second hand. From used baby wraps, used baby slings and preloved structured carriers, you can find a fantastic deal on verified, tested and guaranteed products from premium brands you trust. At Stork Exchange, we inspect and clean every item before it's listed on our site, giving parents confidence that only items in good condition and from brands they love will be on the site. Our online second hand baby shop makes it easy to find and purchase the items parents like you want!

At the end of the day, don’t fear toddler travel! Although these are just a few of our preferred travel essentials, we guarantee that with a bit of pre-planning and preparation, you too can enjoy a hassle-free family vacation. Want to share a must-have travel item you never leave home without? Be sure to share your thoughts with us over on Instagram at @stork_exchange, we can’t wait to chat with you!