Family travel essentials
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We travel as a family of three and have learnt by actually travelling and experiencing situations what items we consider family travel essentials. We are making this post to help other travel families make the right choices for equipment, gadgets and gear from the get-go.
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Luggage is a hot topic for any traveller. We all want to get the right backpacks from the start because we pay a good price on them and don’t want to have to re-buy in the future. We spent a lot of time testing backpacks in person before deciding on our two. We have backpacks like the two below but in different colours. We found them comfortable and big enough to hold everything we wanted and more. To find out the best toiletry bag to have click here.
For our toddler we settled on the JetKids case. This case has so many features it is almost shocking how useful it is – we will do a full review on the case soon. First off it is a case. You can pack stuff into it. Essential right? Great. Now imagine that this case is hand luggage size. You can use it on budget airlines as a small bag. We put it in front of the seat in front of us, but it also fits in the overhead compartment too.
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Now here is the fun part. The case top flips, slips and fits into the space in front of your kids seat. This stops them being able to slide off and try to escape (is this a huge problem for other travel families?!) but the great part is the case some with a mattress to turn this area into a bed. That is right your baby or toddler can laze about and sleep the flight away. More peace and a more relaxing flight for Mum and Dad. On top of this it is easily pulled along and is a ride on too.
We use packing cubes to neatly organise our luggage. This way we can keep all things that are related in one cube and grab it without searching a full backpack for it. This is super handy if you do not want your underwear falling out in front of a street of people.
We also collect little bags and things we get given as hotel gifts or that come on household items. We can use these to bag up little items to keep things well divided.
A waterproof bag
If you are going somewhere hot you are going to need a waterproof bag. The same goes for if you have a kid. They spill a lot of stuff. We have this Hippychick Bumkins one and love it. It has two sections so you can keep things separate. It also has a taggy handle so you can attach it on the outside of a bag or strap it to the buggy instead of having it inside your bag. Extra storage if you need!
We swear by the GB Pockit stroller as one of our favorite family travel essentials. This thing folds us small enough to go into a large handbag – no joke. Every single time I have travelled with this I have had Mums come up to me asking about it and commenting on how awesome it is. It comes in a range of colours so you have lots of choice with that too. The buggy has a lot to it, and we will do a full review of that too. For now what you need to know is it is light, folds up tiny and can go as hand luggage (yes we were the only parents not carrying their sleeping baby off a flight in the cold into Edinburgh , ours was wrapped warm and comfy the second we stepped off the plane.)
We swear by these USB chargers even at home. It eliminates the need for multiple sockets and instead you can add up to six USB cables into one. This one is our all time favourite and has been in our travel bags from Iceland, to Koh Samui to Ibiza. It has never failed us. You can take all the sockets and have the one device suit you for the full trip.
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We have this headset for Travis because we take an iPad with movies on the plane. Its specifically for little ones so fits nice and snug as its name suggests.
The headphones actually fold up super small, and you can disconnect the jack cable from the headset to make it safer to transport them. This also means you can replace the jack if it gets broken without needing a whole new headset.
There are a few extra family travel essentials we take for Travis that not just any traveller would need.
We have this mosquito net and have had it since Travis was born. It is going to be an essential part of our travel kit in South East Asia.
If you have a kid you probably already own one of these. If not you need one. Kids get sick, that is normal. You need to be able to know when their temperature is too high especially in a foreign country. We had a close call with Travis last year where his temperature spiked but luckily we had this and had kept track of it. He was taken into hospital and they admired our efforts to keep track of his health so closely.