Essential Products for Travelling with Kids
At Kids in Adelaide we love to travel when and where we can. We did lots of camping and visiting relatives around the State and country when we were kids and now we have kids we would love to make sure they get the same opportunities… BUT add in two or three kids… suddenly things get a whole lot trickier, bulkier and more expensive! But it’s totally still worth it, and below we review some of the great products for travelling with kids we love!
If you’re going to be travelling on a long haul flight, then it’s well worth purchasing Fly LegsUp. We recently travelled to Europe and used the hammocks so that our two older children (aged 2 and 4) could have their legs out straight and get a proper sleep. Both kids slept almost the entire time! The product packs up very small (we fitted them easily into our backpacks) and they are quick and easy to inflate. There are three inflatable pillows- one small and two large. We inflated all three pillows, which literally took under a minute. The actual set up took a few minutes, but not long, like probably 3-4 minutes. Even if the kids don’t use it for sleeping, it’s much more comfortable for kids when they are drawing, watching the ipad etc. Super simple- we highly recommend this product! There are also adult ones available. The kids ones are best for up to probably age 5. To find out more check out my review or head to their website.
Maxi Cosi Euro car seat with ISOGO fittings
The amazing folks over at Baby Junction recently helped me add the new Maxi Cosi Euro with ISOGO fittings to my car seat family and I’m really pleased. In short – the Euro is super quick to fit to a range of cars we have used in the initial test – both using the ISOGO fittings and the traditional seatbelt installation. In addition, I really like the feel and features of the seat and my son seems to really like it – most of the time he falls straight asleep when he gets in! The Maxi Cosi Euro suits babies from birth to approximately 12 months in the rearward facing mode, and then easily flips around to cater for toddlers up to 4 years (approx) in the forward facing mode. For the full review of the Maxi Cosi Euro with Isofix check out https://kidsinadelaide.com.au/maxi-cosi-euro-with-isogo/ If you are in the market for a car seat, pram or any other nursery needs, the customer service and advice at Baby Junction is the best I’ve ever had and I definitely recommend checking them out.
I’m pretty grumpy in the mornings when I don’t get much sleep, and keeping my kids warm and safe at night makes for a better night’s sleep for them and me. So, enter my new favourite travel and sleep item – the GroBag! I LOVE this product! The Grobag is like a warm, safe sleeping bag for babies and toddlers. I have the 2.5 TOG rated Travel Grobag, which is suited to 16-20 degree rooms overnight and suits our family well. Little Mr H was waking up a lot during the night prior to getting this new baby sleeping bag with his blankets all over the place – I assume he was getting caught up or cold with all his wriggling. But once we moved to the Grobag, he has been sleeping much more soundly and we now use it for daytime naps too! As a great travel feature, my awesome new Travel Grobag has a neat double zip feature, so it is able to keep your child both warm AND secure by enabling the use of a 5 point harness in a car seat or pram. We used it on a practise run before our travels on a particularly chilly and windy March evening and our little guy was still toasty after 2 hours outside – unlike the rest of us! They come in a range of sizes, temperature ratings for different seasons and are fully machine washable – plus come with a FREE super lightweight room thermometer to take with you to help work out your best suited sleeping attire on the go! For more information on these great Grobags, check out my full review of mine over at: https://www.kidsinadelaide.com.au/travel-grobag-review
If you are like me, when we head out and about, I like to put on some piece of jewellery to complete and outfit. But if your child is like mine, you have no hope of that piece of jewellery being delicate so your child pulls and tugs until it breaks! Enter the amazing Knotlace Necklace! The Knotlace is an accessory or jewellery that can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, hair accessory, brooch or belt. Knotlace is made from lightweight metal (iron or stainless steel, depending on the colour) and is very bendy and does not stain. You can bend it to sit around your neck, wrist, almost any part of your body and it just stays there!
One day I wore mine as a necklace and the next day I wore it as a bracelet. I have had so many people ask me where I got mine from! And the best thing about it, is that it super strong and bendy, that a small child can’t break it. In fact, it made a good distraction “toy” for George when I was trying on some clothes in a store the other day. He loved playing with it, bending it and trying to make his own bracelet. We also have the shorter mini Knotlace and it’s equally as good – makes a fantastic bracelet, the kids love playing with it while traveling and its a handy, wearable distraction when needed too! Check it out in a range of colours too! This piece of jewellery would make a wonderful and affordable gift for someone. To see the full range of colours and sizes, head on over to their website http://knotlace.com.au
Keeping Track of the Kids
If the thought of loosing your child in a crowded place while traveling or just at Rundle Mall makes your gut turn inside out then, you’ll LOVE these awesome ways to help make sure your child can always find you again! We have recently trialled two amazing ways to keep track of your kids and can thoroughly recommend them both:
The Infoband is a neat, wearable ID bracelet that you can get permanently marked with your child’s name and your contact number, or as a blank band so that you can change the details depending on who is wearing it or if you have an overseas contact number etc. This great idea from Name My Stuff was well received by my toddler thanks in part, to his dad wearing a similar ID band when he goes running or riding – so the mini-me thinks he is just like dad when he wears his! The Infoband is super light weight, has a nice feel and a great clasp that is easy for adults to open and close, but quite difficult for kids to get off themselves! We just took this band to the Eiffel Tower and I felt a lot better knowing my son had some ID in the large crowds – just in case! I feel like it is highly visible so should be seen easily by an adult noticing the name and contact number in an emergency. Name My Stuff also stock a full range of awesome gear including personalised drink bottles, lunch boxes and heaps more.
TRENDe-tatts are another awesome idea for taking traveling with kids to make sure they keep safe. You can order personalised tattoos with your child’s name and a contact number, but they also stock some other great options that you can write on with different details each time or ‘allergy awareness’ Tatts in case your child has a serious medical matter that others should know about. They come in a range of bright colours and fun images so you kids will be sure to love wearing them and are durable so won’t wash off in the pool or at the beach etc. I found them super easy to apply and write my contact number on (in the case of the non-personalised ones) and the kids loved getting them and asked for more! I had to cut a little square of the clear area out and stick them to draw smiley faces on! These are great if you’ve got a few kids or take groups of kids out for the day etc and we used hem in the huuuge crowds at the Paris marsthon – insane, but glad we had these awesome TRENDe-Tatts with us! We also used the Personalised TRENDe-tatts recently on a trip to a big music festival and they worked perfectly for this multi day event (we used a couple!)
The good folks over at Playground Princess have some awesome travel and other products (mostly for girls but my son loved some of them too!) including one of our current favourite travel items – the rollup chalk mat. I waited until I really needed my 2 year old to stay calm and occupied in the car while driving in Paris last week and then brought out this awesome chalk mat for him – kept him quiet and entertained for over 30mins which is unheard of in our family! It comes with its own chalk (but we brought extra!) and a cute little eraser that I think he loves more than drawing!
The trunkie is a great item to have when travelling. It packs up loads of stuff and can easily fit in the overhead compartment. It’s very convenient when travelling long distances. We put a change of clothes, snacks, games, books and toys inside and there was room to spare! The kids enjoy pulling them along behind them, but it’s also beneficial to have them when waiting in long lines to check in. They come in loads of great colours and are very durable. Check out our review!
These are great for feeding little ones while reducing mess! Easy to use and clean, great for travelling interstate or overseas.
Blue Tooth Headphones
You can buy these at all sorts of places. We love JBL, Skullcandy and Moki brands, but there are others you can purchase too. It’s worth investing in good quality ones though, so be prepared to spend a bit more. This makes life easier as the cord won’t get tangled up in your bag, or while your child is using them.
These are a great tool if you have one device and two sets of headphones (not Bluetooth) as two children can watch/use the device at the same time. They are super cheap to purchase and will make life much easier!
- Plastic bag or Zip lock bag for soiled clothes
- Colouring books
- LOTS of snacks
- Bubble blower (small)
- Balloon for playing with if you have a long layover
- Change of clothes for EVERYONE (we actually take two changes of clothes for our kids)
- Travel game (eg. Spot It)
- Baby Wipes
- A couple of small wrapped presents just in case you are desperate and need something extra amazing to get the kids through!
For great tips on travelling with kids you can also check out our Travel page and there are also some of our blogs below that might be helpful…