Family Travel Must Haves

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Our family has a summer filled with travel ahead of us, as I’m sure many of you also have planned, so I’ve started to gather together some must have gear and goodies for our trips. We have beach and mountain vacations on the books, both being road trips, so it takes a good amount of gear to make trips like these a more seamless process.

First up, let’s talk safety…We certainly won’t be leaving home without car seats, like the Cosco Scenera Next, and although my almost seven year old isn’t exactly in “car seat” territory anymore, one that converts to a booster is most necessary and we’re loving the Diono Rainier convertible booster for just that reason. With safety features like extra deep side walls for side impact protection, and an uber comfy seat, that comes straight from le dude’s mouth by the way, the Diono Rainier is perfect for long road trips. Plus, it has my kiddo’s favorite feature…cup holders. That means I don’t have to turn around every five minutes to hand him a drink. Haha! And also travel friendly is the Cosco Scenera Next car seat as it's nice and compact. It doesn't take up a lot of room, yet keeps my toddler safe, which is the most important feature of a car seat!

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And the Tiny Traveler baby monitor will let you see your kiddo in her car seat without you even having to turn around. Motion sickness is an issue for me, so any time I can avoid turning around helps. Plus, it's great for in car entertainment. Kids love to see themeselves and my daughter couldn't get enough of watching herself on camera. She even asked for that over a movie! True story.

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Next, we have strollers. My almost three old might fight riding in a stroller sometimes, but even a strong willed little lady like her needs a nice ride when she gets tired. We fill our vacations with loads of fun experiences and she can’t race through them all without taking a break every now and again. So, we bring at least one stroller with us on our trips, whether it’s one with all the bells and whistles like the Chicco Bravo or a lighter weight option like the Summer Infant 3DZyre.

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The Chicco Bravo is perfect if your little one is going to be spending the bulk of her vacation in a strolller. While full featured, it still travels quite nicely. We easily stowed it in our trunk and still had plenty of room for our bags and everything else we bring on a road trip. You know…toys, snacks, drinks…the works! I also love the large and in charge canopy. Mama needs to keep her baby girl’s skin protected! And I can't say enough about the large and in charge basket and cupholder tray. It holds two, count 'em two, drinks. That means I have a place for my water AND my coffee. Haha!

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The Summer Infant 3DZyre is a true lightweight stroller, the frame weighs less than 14 pounds, but never fear…you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for convenience. The seat, for example, has a one hand recline feature, which isn’t always the case with traditional umbrella strollers. If you’ve ever seen a little one attempting to nap while sitting straight up, you know what a lifesaver that reclining seat can be! This stroller also has a generous canopy. I’m all about that canopy. Haha! And the break can be set and unset easily with one foot. I worked it with flip flops no problem. I’ve had strollers that were murder on my pedicures. Just sayin’.

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So, now that we’ve covered the big gear…let’s discuss comfort items. Things that bring your children comfort are definite road trip must haves. Loveys, for instance, were always popular in our house when my kids were babies. They just loved clutching those teeny blankets. Throw a couple Pandaloo Lane Biga loveys in your bag for when your baby just isn’t loving life on the road!

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And there is nothing more comforting for a breastfeeding baby than a little feeding sesh which the Ergobaby Natural Curve nursing pillow is perfect for. Whether you're on the plane or taking a break on a road trip, the Ergobaby Natural Curve nursing pillow means comfort for mom and baby. Its unique tummy to tummy position is perfect for breastfeeding and the firm foam provides a nice armrest for mom. Our breastfeeding tester gave it two thumbs up!

I’m also a big fan of Glow Away glow in the dark duvets. You can take one with you to the hotel and instead of being scared about sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings, your kiddos will marvel at their glowing blankets! Just don’t blame me if they’re up giggling past their bedtime! Hey, it's vacation!

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And finally, we have a couple mom must haves. I must have great diaper bag that's chic, yet stores diapers, wipes, food pouches, and the multitude of other necessities that go along with traveling with a toddler. The Petunia Pickle Bottom Mod Satchel is just what the doctor ordered. Not only does it come in a fun mod print, but has great storage potential with plenty of pockets, plus a water resistant lining. No more freaking out if the sippy cup leaks. Haha!

I’m usually the passenger on our road trips as the hubs drives most, if not all, of the way, so off my shoes come. But as a condition of being our chauffer, my better half requires that the air conditioning be cranked way up, so my tootsies get cold. Enter Kushyfoot Flats to Go travel flats. They’re foldable and fit quite nicely in my bag making them very travel friendly!

So, what are some of your family travel must haves lovelies? Inquiring minds want to know!

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