Travelling With Kids? Don't Leave Home Without These
As a seasoned traveller, Amanda Blakely's wanderlust runs deep (from backpacking to business travel, she's circled the globe numerous times). Now as a mother of two, she's passionate about cultivating and passing along that love of travel to her children by placing an importance on collecting experiences, not things.
But to be honest, there are some things that happen to make travel a whole lot easier. To ease your pain, Amanda's sharing her top 10 favourite products that make travelling with tots a breeze!
Babyzen YoyoThe Babyzen Yoyo has changed the stroller game big time. Not only is it ideal for travel, weighing less than 13 lbs and folding up small enough to fit in an overhead compartment on the train and plane. It also handles like a dream, fits in narrow passageways or elevators, all the while delivering in the tetris-trunk packing department. For a family on the move, this could be the only stroller you need to own.
Babyzen Yoyo, $520.
Nikon Coolpix AW130Having the proper gear to capture memories and experiences is so important. Instead of fumbling with a complicated and clunky DSLR, or relying on a smart phone camera, entrust your family memories to this over-achieving camera. It's waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, which means you couldn't pick a better camera to accompany you on and off the ski slopes, at the beach and in the pool, or along those steep hiking trails. It offers one-handed dial action control so you can be sure to capture those memories easily while also juggling the chaos that is family travel. Plus you can keep track of your adventures thanks to the GPS that has built-in maps and point-of-interest technology. No more mom-brain lapses when trying to guess which historically significant monument you were posing in front of for next year’s holiday card.
Nikon COOLPIX AW130, $350.
Mereadesso Travel Ease KitThis kit should be part of every mother’s travel arsenal. Founded by a fellow mom who was short on time but skin-obsessed, she created multipurpose products to save time. The Travel Ease Kit makes skin care easy and effective. It comes with an all-in-one moisturizer, face and neck cleanser in resealable sachets, and a cleansing cloth contained in a reusable pouch.
Mereadesso Travel Ease Kit, $45.
Wheelblades XLFor the alpine family who doesn't want to skip a beat, look no further than Wheelblades XL— these ingenious universal stroller skis snap right on to most carriage wheels evenly distributing the weight in order to glide above the snow. With a simple clamp-lock that is easy to take on and off, they are shock-proof, ensuring a comfortable and convenient ride for you and baby.
Wheelblades XL, US $280.
Mifold Booster SeatA next-level booster seat, the Mifold folds up into a package small enough to fit into a child-sized backpack or your car glove compartment. Perfect for travelling or carpooling, the Mifold is determined to revolutionize the typical car booster seat, and with great success. They're incredibly successful Indie GoGo campaign has raised over $870,000 to date.
Mifold, US $39.
Foocot Travel BedFor sleepovers at Grandma's house or to add an additional bed to any hotel room, the innovative Foocot Child Cot is an inexpensive sleep solution that any adventuring family should own. Kids will love having their own special place to lay their little heads (no matter where they are) and parents will fall for how simply it can be stored, transported and set up.
Foocot Child Cot, US $50.
Gro Anywhere BlindBecause sleep is precious, we don't like to leave it to chance while on the road. We love the Gro Anywhere Blind for its ease of use and ability to turn any room with a window into a dark and sleepy cocoon. Time changes and tropical sun be darned, this product is a must!
Gro Anywhere Blind, $65.
Lotus Everywhere CribSafe, simple, comfortable and light, the Lotus Everywhere Crib packs easily into its very own carry-on backpack, leaving your hands free to hold (or chase) your little one through the airport. Recipient of a GreenGuard Gold certification, this product is free of Phthalates, lead, heavy metals and PVC-- so everyone can rest easy. And speaking of easy, the access via a zippered wall makes the dream feed just that-- dreamy!
Lotus Everywhere Crib, US $250.
Helios Travel KitBe prepared for anything while on the road with the Helios Travel Kit. The carry-on-sized travel kit contains 36 homeopathic remedies for the whole family that can help with anything from insect bites to diarrhea or sunburns.
Helios Travel Kit, £39.
GogoBabyZ TravelmateThe GogoBabyZ Travelmate is a rolling suitcase for your heavy and cumbersome car seat that will have you whizzing through terminals and car rental agencies like a jungle cat. It easily mounts and detaches in mere seconds and enables you to push or pull your child while they sit comfortably in their familiar seat.
GogoBabyZ, US $90.