Traveling with children can be hard work. We’ve found a few items that can help make traveling with a kid in tow easier and sometimes safer.
A blend of fun and function, this wheeled luggage serves as a toy, a resting spot, and a suitcase for clothes, games, and more. Kids can ride around using the horns to steer, pull the suitcase by its strap, or get a tow from Mom and Dad. Choose from several styles, from a bee to Hello Kitty.
Trunki, $49.99, www.trunki.com
Baby B’air Flight Vest
This comfortable cotton vest, which can be put on after takeoff, keeps your baby secured to you in case of turbulence. Your seatbelt goes through the loop on the back of the vest so baby can be safely held, changed, and fed while you remain buckled. It is available in infant and toddler sizes.
Lightweight Baby Carrier
Baby carriers always come in handy—especially when they’re this portable and weigh less than a pound. Comfortable and ergonomic, the lightweight Boba Air stows easily in a diaper bag or carry-on luggage and unfolds in seconds when you need it.
Boba Air, $65, www.boba.com
UPPAbaby G-LITETravel Stroller
Tipping the scales at less than 11 pounds, this lightweight stroller is easy to take anywhere. It folds easily using fingers only (no feet needed), stands on its own for convenient storage, and can be carried with one hand thanks to the strap. Spill something? The removable fabric is machine washable.
$159.99 to $179.99, uppababy.com
BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat
Leave your bulky booster at home but still have a way for your child to travel in safety in taxicabs and rental cars. The first-ever inflatable car booster seat weighs less than one pound and deflates in minutes. Bring it along for children ages 4 to 11 who weigh 40 to 100 pounds.
Diono® Car Seat Travel Bag
Waterproof and durable
Has backpack straps for easy use
Make transporting all Diono® convertible car seats easier with the Diono® Car Seat Travel Bag. Simply adjust the padded straps to comfortably wear as a backpack, or use a single strap to carry like a duffel. The reinforced internal seams, waterproof fabric and durable hardware support the weight of the car seat. Easily store the car seat in the main compartment that is designed with a two-way zipper and pull tabs. Stash loose items in the outside zipper pocket. A personal identification card is also included.
Diono® Monterey High Back Booster
Fits children 40 lb to 120 lb
Forward facing and can also be used as a backless booster
Adjustable height and width capabilities
Overprotective in all the right ways, the Monterey is a full-featured, expandable high-back booster seat designed to fit growing children 40 lb to 120 lb. The adjustable head rest and deep, aluminum reinforced sides are lined with energy-absorbing EPS foam for side impact protection and the reinforced seat bottom provides extra lap belt safety. This significantly strengthens the Monterey and provides superior defense against crash forces.
A simple-to-use dial on the back adjusts the width of the seat to fit a child’s shoulders up to 20″ wide. The 11-position headrest gives ultimate flexibility and adjusts up to 6.5″ in height with one hand for an easy, precise fit. As a fixed-position booster, integrated LATCH connectors and front adjusters allow for a safe and secure installation in seconds (LATCH use is optional) and keeps the seat in position when not in use.
The seat bottom has extra length for leg support and features thick AirTek™ foam and tapered sides for total comfort. Retractable, dual cup holders are extra-deep and angled to keep drinks upright.
Monterey can also be used as a backless booster and packs flat for travel and storage.
BubbleBum Junkie– Organizer
Goodbye, messy backseat. This clever organizer features a sharing mount for tablets, handy activity trays, and a compartment with a removable tote bag to carry gear.
BubbleBum Sneck, seat-belt pillow
Car rides just got more comfortable. This pillow system attaches to the seatbelt shoulder strap for kids who want to get cozy during long drives. It also converts into a big pillow and has a pocket to hold a phone.