Traveling with children can be a daunting task, especially if that trip includes a long flight or several flights with lay overs.
There are many factors to consider including: The age and needs of your child. How many kids you have. Whether you are flying to see family or friends or just traveling on vacation. What kind of travel plans you have in mind.
With those questions in mind, here is our top 10 list of travel accessories for your kids.
1 Go Vinci Hard-Shell Luggage
If you have quite the little Da Vinci on your hands, let them show off their artwork to the entire world. With the Go Vinci hard-shell luggage your child can put pictures in the translucent slot on the front of the bag—and they’ll be extra excited when they spot their own masterpiece on the luggage carousel. Your child will love how customizable their suitcase is and you’ll love how everything on your packing list fits easily inside.
2 Travel Friends Dog Travel Pillow
This travel pillow is not only a functional travel accessory, but is also doubles as a fun toy to keep kids company while traveling. The neck pillow provides support for small necks to keep them comfortable on long car rides or while riding in the stroller. Double-sided fabric (warm fleece on one side and cool summer material on the other) provides comfort for your child year-round.
3 Panda Headphones
Siblings seem to find a way to fight about anything. Keep arguments at bay while traveling by providing children with different ways to entertain themselves. If one wants to watch a movie or play a game on the tablet, they can plug into their show or app with these super-cute headphones without disturbing others in close proximity. Trust us—you’ll be thankful for this when your kids aren’t asking “are we there yet” the entire trip.
4 Kid-Tough Digital Camera
The Kid-Tough Digital Camera was made specially for your little photographer who isn’t quite ready to graduate to the family camera. This camera is built to withstand those too-familiar “oops” moments kids have so you don’t have to worry about accidental drops. Not just a toy, this device is a real digital camera that comes with built-in storage, enough for 2,000 pictures!
5 Doodle Sketch
This pocket-size Doodle Sketch is perfect for any cool kid with places to be. A mini version of the classic toy, the Doodle Sketch is easy to clip on to a backpack or suitcase so they’re never without a place to draw. Even better— you don’t have to worry about them making a mess in the car.
6 Travel Blanket and Pillow
A travel blanket and pillow are a must-have for red-eye flights and long car rides with your little one. The blanket’s super-soft fleece material keeps them cozy, and when it’s folded it can be used as a travel pillow. Pack it in your child’s carry-on so it’s always within easy reach.
7 Travel Tots Luggage Set
This hard-side luggage is not only cute, but it’s also practical. The suitcase and matching backpack are made from polycarbonate, which is lightweight enough for your child to carry without help, and when they inevitably drag their suitcase through a muddy puddle it’s easy to wipe down. Bonus: The fun owl shape will never have you standing at baggage claim asking, “Who’s luggage is this?”
8 Go Happy Travel Tray
If you've ever watched your little jet-setter try to play with her toys on an airplane, you know all too well the pain of collecting LEGO or crayons from a dirty plane floor. Enter the Go Happy Kids Tray, a strap-on tray that keeps tray tables covered and toys (hopefully) off the ground. The tray has a raised border on all sides to keep sippy cups, LEGO, crayons, etc., from rolling right off mid-flight, and the grippy tray bottom keeps the whole thing from sliding. The Go Happy tray also solves the problem of your child eating snacks straight from the dirty tray table. It can also be used on laps, which means it's just as useful at your final destination as it is on the journey.
9 Zinc Flyte
Is it a suitcase or a scooter? It’s both! For any parent who has ever had to lug their own child’s suitcase because he is just “too tired,” and for any parent who has felt that fear of missing the flight because of the snail’s pace of airport walking: the Zinc Flyte is your new favorite thing. It comes in three sizes: the mini for ages two to four, the midi for ages four to eight and the soon-to-be-released maxi for ages eight and up. The best part? It actually makes travel even more fun for kids! We can actually see this becoming a thing for kids who walk to school each day.
10 SterilStay In-Flight Essentials Kit
You probably know all about all those microscopic yuckies flying alongside you in an airplane, and all we can say is—Ew. You can make things a little less icky by keeping the surfaces around you clean. These handy little kits include three antibacterial wipes for hands and surfaces (armrests, tray tables, air vents, etc.), a seat pocket/tray table protection bag (to cover the seat-back tray before you eat on it!), and a headrest cover. Toss a few of them in your carry-on bag and hope that all you'll catch is your flight.