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. 

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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!

Our Toddler Travel Essentials from 2017

Toddler Travel Essential: 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!

You can read our full review here! 

Toddler Travel Essential – 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.

Toddler Travel Essential – 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!

Toddler Travel Essential –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.



Toddler Travel Essential -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. Despite being able to use from a young age I think your baby needs to be at least a year before you start using.

We have recently started using the Urban Kanga Car Seat – and is what we recommend for your travels in Europe!

We love the Urban Kanga as it is lightweight and compact and we have found this to be the easiest car seat to travel with with our toddler!

Toddler Travel Essential – 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.

We have found the most versatile to be the Ergo Baby Carrier! It can be used with young children and can grow with your toddler!

For more hardcore out door activities I would recommend looking to invest in a toddler back pack ! We found that for when we go hiking in National Parks and when we were on the Great Wall of China etc, this heavy duty back carrier made life much easy!

Toddler Travel Essential – 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.

Toddler Travel Essential – Totseat


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 Travel Essential – 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

Toddler Travel Essential – Packing cubes

Not for toddler specifically  but packing cubes are a great way to organize everything especially all of those new things you are packing with a little one in tow! These are are most important travel equipment since becoming a traveling family!

These are the ones we recommend!

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? We have rounded up our best toddler travel tips here for more advice on toddler travel! 

If you are looking for other travel gift ideas for kids then this is the roundup for you! 

If you are interested in kids luggage this guide is super helpful!

And why not consider getting a neck pillow for all the family!

Or perhaps you want the best Travel Apps 

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

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  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

    • November 21, 2017 / 9:53 am

      It is a brill solution to a very common problem

  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 🙂

  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!

    • November 21, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Apologies for the awful typos there! I meant it was a fab review, and I going to Pin it. ?

  4. November 22, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Going to pin this and send to my brother’s… they’re the one’s with the babies! hehe x

  5. November 22, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Some great tips here. I remember when mine were little and how many things we needed for them.

  6. 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.

  7. November 22, 2017 / 9:02 pm

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

  8. November 23, 2017 / 7:38 am

    We had a Tot Seat and Toddlepak for Sebby when he was younger and they were lifesavers on many an occasion

  9. 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

  10. November 23, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    That stroller that fits in an overhead locker is genius! No long treks to baggage reclaim juggling hand luggage and child

  11. November 25, 2017 / 1:56 pm

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

  12. November 26, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I would have said the baby carrier for sure. Love the app and the car seats – wish they had had those a few years ago!

  13. 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.

  14. November 28, 2017 / 10:53 am

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

  15. November 28, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    These are great ideas and I hadn’t heard of a lot of them before! The Sit’n’Stroll looks awesome!

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. January 1, 2018 / 10:04 am

    Such a helpful post!!! I’ve learnt through trial and error some of the musts and must not have’s when travelling with a toddler… this would have saved me a lot of stress! Very useful. #FearlessTravFam

  20. January 1, 2018 / 11:49 am

    So great to see how far travel toddler products have come since my kids were that age. I have to say I don’t miss the days when we had to travel with all that additional gear! #fearlessfamtravel

  21. January 1, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    That travel car seat looks amazing! I totally agree about the swimwear and toddler reins – they are essentials that are always in our bag. I must admit that before I had a toddler I thought reins were a bit odd, but I never go anywhere in a city without them – so much safer when traffic is busy #fearlessfamtrav

  22. January 1, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    You have totally reminded me what a fab idea and totally essential reins are, we never used them for our girls but they are definitely needed for our little man! #fearlessfamtrav

  23. January 2, 2018 / 2:51 am

    Some great ideas here! We recently travelled with an Onya Nexstep carrier which has the ability to convert to a travel high chair as well! Just one less thing to bring 🙂 #fearlessfamtrav

  24. January 3, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    What a fab list! The Baby Annie App is genius! Do you know if there’s a similar app for Android? #fearlessfamtrav

    • January 3, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      It is a brilliant app! Afraid I don’t know of an android app. We are an apple household but I will ask Wandermust Daddy as he is the travel tech person in our house.

  25. January 3, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    What a fab list for anyone with babies or toddlers #fearlessfamtrav

  26. January 4, 2018 / 7:23 am

    I wish I had a toddler so I could use some of these great travel aids!!!! #FearlessFamTrav

  27. January 5, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    The reins are such a Britsh thing. very common in the UK, but I have never seen anyone using them in other countries. I love the idea though, the other day my little one ran away in a shop and I had a total mini panic attack. Packing cubes and a totseat is also part of our travel essentials. #fearlessfamtravel

  28. January 6, 2018 / 7:17 am

    Some great tips here! There’s so much that you need when you travel (and so much that you take with you just in case and end up not needing lol). #fearlessfamtrav

  29. January 8, 2018 / 10:13 am

    Our Toddler Tule has been critical for hiking trips like El Chalten, Argentina!

  30. May 6, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    So many good ideas in one place, brilliant! I like to travel with my family. I have a son and he is 5 years old.
    Every parent wants the best for his child. So, I’m not sure what would I do without our carrier. It is so useful. What else are you using while traveling?

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