Our picks for a more peaceful trip with baby.
Booking a flight or planning a road trip with your little one this summer? Get ready to discover a whole new world – of gear. With so much to pack, it can be tough to decide what you really need to include in your luggage. Thanks to innovative design features and thoughtful, organic ingredients, some of our favorite new products really can make life on the go easier with an infant or toddler. Here are our top picks for a happy and safe trip with baby.
Natural Baby Care: Bath Time, Skincare and First Aid
Bath time is an important daily ritual for baby, especially in an unfamiliar time zone. A portable tub can help make your stay in a hotel or family vacation home more welcoming. Choose one that’s lightweight but folds flat to fit in a suitcase or car.
Earth Baby On-The-Go Travel Kit
When packing your diaper bag, keep skincare essentials on hand with the Earth Baby On-The-Go Travel Kit. It’s stocked with travel-sized Diaper Rash Cream, Aromatherapy Calming Mist, Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen and Hand Sanitizer Gel, for everything you need for a long flight or sightseeing tour. Like Earth Baby Shampoo + Body Wash, these non-toxic, hypoallergenic formulas are thoughtfully crafted from natural, certified organic ingredients, and are free of parabens, artificial colors, sulfates and other known skin irritants, for travel skin care that’s convenient, effective and safe. Earth Baby also offers a Bath Time Essential Kit. It includes Earth Baby Shampoo + Body Wash, 2-in-1 convenience, with certified organic ingredients like chamomile, honey and apple to gently cleanse. Both kits come with an adorable organic zipper bag to help stay organized while on the go.
For Your Flight or Road Trip
A new travel stroller can seem like a big investment. You’ll be glad you made it when you don’t have to carry a baby and all of your checked bags through a busy airport. Choose a stroller that weighs less than 20 lbs., and you’ll be able to check it at the gate instead of at the ticketing counter. Our favorite model combines a lightweight, durable frame with multiple reclining positions.
If your vacation destination requires a flight and car rental, consider purchasing a travel car seat. There are many inexpensive options that can weigh up to two thirds less than a regular car seat, while still offering the safety features your baby needs.
Give yourself the gift of hands-free travel with a diaper backpack and baby sling or front carrier that leaves both hands free to snap the perfect photo or rummage through your carry-on. Don’t forget to bring an extra blanket and stroller clips to keep baby sheltered during naptime, or snug on a chilly flight.
Travel cribs that double as playpens are another safety essential for a hotel, resort or family vacation. Look for versions that combine easy assembly with a comfortable mattress and convenient carrying case.
No high chair in your vacation rental? No problem. With a travel high chair or chair harness, your baby can enjoy mealtime in safety, whether you’re in a restaurant or hotel room.
You can also cut down on mealtime messes by packing a silicone bib. They’re easier to hand wash than fabric versions, and our favorite picks include a molded pocket at the bottom to catch crumbs and drips.
Insulated food thermoses, resealable snack bags and travel-sized bottles designed with a pre-mixed formula chamber are ideal for pint-sized picky eaters. For breastfeeding babies, nurse in comfort with an inflatable travel nursing pillow that conveniently folds flat to fit in your bag.