Ok, so in the last 18 months I’ve done my fair bit of traveling with my baby, Luke. The majority of it has been solo (without my husband) back and forth between Calgary and Toronto (3.5-4hr flights). Today I’m sharing my top toddler travel essentials (aka lifesavers) that work for us!
Luke and I have had a few trips, more than I’d like to count, where the person (ahem…female traveler) beside us on the flight has been less than impressed that we are allowed to occupy the seat beside them. The woman will sit there staring at her phone, Kindle or magazine and pretend we don’t exist for 4hrs. Woman to woman…you think they’d help a girl out!?
From my experience it’s always the man across the aisle or in the never-ending lineup who offers to hold Luke for me, tries to make him laugh and keep him entertained, helps me with the stroller or carries a bag for us. Such nice gestures considering the anxiety and pressure we as mothers go through gearing up for solo travel.
The thoughts that run through your head on repeat…please don’t scream, please don’t have a blowout mid-flight, please don’t projectile vomit, please sleep…
I really hope the items below help out a first time parent the next time you’re on the go.
- Aden & Anais Silky Soft Dream Blanket – We can’t seem to go anywhere overnight without this blanket in tow. It’s so cozy and soft; the perfect blanket for your bebe to curl up to for hours. When you travel you need to be prepared to sleep anywhere and this blanket provides warmth and security for your tot.
Shop Smart Tip: I always buy Aden & Anais products either on sale through Chapters Indigo or Well.ca. You can also get lucky sometimes scooping A&A products at Winners, Marshalls, & HomeSense for way less.
2. Summer TinyDiner Portable Placemat – I’m discovering I’m more and more of a germophobe every day. This placemat is so smart to roll out onto different surfaces while you’re traveling.
3. UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller & 4. Travel Bag – I have tested many travel/umbrella strollers and this one is by far the winner. It’s lightweight, easily collapsible, smooth to roll, soft fabric, a nice large canopy, and reclines far back. It’s definitely manageable to operate when you’re a one woman show. I’m also big on purchasing the matching travel bag for strollers so that you keep them protected and clean. When you drop a few $$$ on these strollers it’s worth it to have the right case too.
When my husband flies with us we take the City Select Double Jogger everywhere. When I’m alone in the airport I find it too large to manage when I have to take it apart and fit it in the case before we board.
5. iGuy Protective Case – This is a brand new item for me that I’m really excited about. I haven’t introduced Luke to the iPad yet so we are cracking this bad boy out for our upcoming trip. I love the handles, the fact that it’s rubber, and stands upright alone.
Shop Smart Tip: If you live in Calgary you can grab one from CaseMogul at the mall kiosks or shop it on Amazon.ca.
6. SIGG Classic Traveler Water Bottle – This stainless steel water bottle is the perfect size for travel and leak proof. (Side note: I can’t get over how expensive kids’ water bottles are! I try to buy them on sale…but still.)
7. L.L. Bean Rolling Adventure Duffel (medium) – I love this little duffel bag for Luke because it’s MONOGRAMMED and I’m a sucker for anything monogrammed. It just adds a little something special, don’t you think? He is too small to roll it by himself but it’s the right size for carry on so I use it as my “overflow” bag. Some might say one disadvantage is that it doesn’t stand upright on it’s own…if you care about that. It’s not a deal breaker for us so I plan on getting another one for bebe no. 2.
8. Wiggly Giggler Rattle – This $6.99 rattle makes the funniest noises and provides the best entertainment when you’re traveling. Whether you shake it or your toddler spends time shaking it…it’s really the perfect distraction and bound to make someone smile around you. Obviously you can’t travel without toys (and books) so I gravitate towards picking little ones that provide a laugh or two. My husband calls it – The Baby Shake Weight.
9. Mini Mioche Romper – I always pack a backup outfit for Luke in my diaper bag just in case there is an incident or delay. I love a cozy and trendy little romper instead of jammies or carrying multiple pieces of clothing around.
10. Herschel Supply Kids’ Heritage Backpack – I got this backpack as a distraction for Luke to take things in and out of on our trips. It’s a bit big for him to carry on his back but he likes to drag it around and fill it with things. I find some of the other baby/toddler backpacks way too small that they’re almost useless.
Hope this helps. Good luck traveling solo or with your crew!
Would love to hear what items work for you and your family or as kids get a bit bigger