Toddler travel essentials we couldn’t live without in 2017 

Toddler travel essentials we couldn’t live without in 2017 

2017 has been a year choc full of travels: we’ve been to the Maldives, Japan, Russia, Korea and Uk to name but a few. Everywhere we have travelled has posed its own set of challenges but at the same time been completely amazing. This year there have been a few products and gadgets that have made traveling with our toddler so much easier. One of the aims of the blog is to help other parents travel successfully with their littles and with that in mind, here is our round up of our toddler travel essentials that we couldn’t live without in 2017! Familidoo air stroller 

Without doubt one of our top pieces of kit for toddler travel in 2017 was our Familidoo Air Stroller. I love the fact that this stroller can be put into an airline overhead locker which is a godsend when you have a layover and eliminates the worry about your stroller getting damaged in the hold. We put this stroller through some serious tests when we travelled through Japan and it took everything we through at it!

Annie baby monitor 

We love traveling with our little one and like to travel in a variety of accommodations. Our favorites this year have had more than one room as it makes life so much easy when you have a sleeping little one. But this brings up challenges of traveling with a baby monitor. We have loved the Baby Annie App as it works on iPhones and iPads over wifi. Working on these gadgets means that you are not adding any extra luggage as if you are like us you will be traveling with these items anyway.

Splashabout toddler swimwear

Splash About - Nappy Costume

The one thing my little one loves when we are traveling is having access to swimming pools and the sea. There is nothing more she loves than having a good splash about! The toddler splash about swimwear range has definitely helped make this easier for parents. The range includes UV suits, swim nappies, and swimming costumes with inbuilt swim nappies meaning your toddler will have the best swim wardrobe on the beach!

Toddlepak reins 

Now our little one is up and moving we have found her Toddlepak reins invaluable. I know reins are really polarizing, some people hate the idea of them but the truth is in crowded places or near rivers and open water we have found them to be a lifesaver. Giving us control while letting our little one have freedom. I love the designs they come in too which have proved a hit with our little one.

Travel Car Seat

Sit and Stroll Car Seat Lily Gold

One of my biggest worries when traveling with my little one is car safety. This year we have travelled with our Sit and Stroll travel car seat. It works refacing and front facing and doubles up as a stroller aswel which is useful at the airport if your toddler falls asleep in the car.

Baby Carrier

Parents often have a favorite when it comes to stroller or carrier when traveling. We are personally stroller people, but there are certain places where carriers are needed. If you are looking for a toddler friendly traveller I found this review by our friends at Tinbox Travellers very useful.

Baby dan baby backpack

When going on long hikes, we have found the Baby Dan Baby Backpack to be a lifesaver. The straps are so much more robust and comfortable compared to other types of backpacks and have room for all your other hiking essentials. If you are planning some more adventurous travel then this is a definite must have.



One thing we have noticed when we travel is that not every restaurant will come equipped with a high chair. That being said we have found our TotSeat is an essential. The totseat fits over any seat and finds a portable high chair. Washable and compact, it is a really useful addition for any parent traveling with a toddler.

Toddler headphones

We are at that stage now where Frozen is a cure for everything. Plane journeys are easier with frozen on so a pair of toddler headphones are essential. Most come up a little large but the best we have tested are these. The bunny ear design also help with children keeping them on.

So the next two are a bit more practical and parent focussed but have made our life easier traveling with our little one

Packing cubes

I hadn’t used them until this year but now wouldn’t live without them. I find packing all our clothes into color coded packs useful when scouring for things and the sizes help pack different types of clothes together.

What are your essentials for traveling with a toddler?

Disclaimer: we were given some of these products for review purposes but all views our own


  1. November 21, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Great post this. The tot seat is a fantastic idea as that’s a problem I know my sister has hit quite a few times when going for meals out with the kids

  2. November 21, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Wow I’ve not come across most of these items, which I have no idea why! My top travel item is a baby carrier because it means I have two hands free for everything else 🙂
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  3. November 21, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Going to be a to Pin this. Some can reviewers, and you thought of things that I hadn’t!

  4. November 22, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I’m not sure what I would do without our carrier when travelling. I’ve found a stroller is good for road trips and time away here and there, but I think we would struggle carrying one around for long term travel. We definitely need to invest in some reins before our next trip.

  5. November 22, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Great post. I wish I had some of these things when mine were little. x

  6. November 23, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I love all these ideas. We travel A LOT as a family and I’ve never thought of taking a fold down car seat, little chair or using a monitor! I’m 100% taking on board all of those ideas for our next trip away. x

  7. November 25, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Great ideas! The travel high chair is the best. We had one and was so useful!

  8. November 28, 2017 / 9:32 am

    We had a Totseat when my daughter was younger and it was absolutely invaluable – I did find a carrier really helpful as well for planes, as I checked my buggy at the gate but travelling alone it meant I had my hands free to sort everything out when we boarded.
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  9. November 28, 2017 / 10:53 am

    The splash about swimwear is gorgeous. It is so hard to find cute stuff that’s sun smart!

  10. December 1, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Some great items. We love our Boba4G carrier (still use it now and our youngest is nearly 3) and our Totseat came in handy when we needed it. #familytraveltips

  11. December 7, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    We’ve used various items from here the last few years. I think packing cubes have been revelationary for us! #familytraveltips

  12. December 11, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Brilliant tips, perfect for anybody who is unsure as to what to take on a trip. That Totseat is a game changer, wish I’d seen it when ours were small enough to use a high chair. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips
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