Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Toddler Travel Essentials

We've been fairly busy with travel this month, and it seems like it's that way for most people in the summer. But now that Henry is getting older, I'm finding it takes a little more effort to entertain him when we're on the go! The struggle is finding things that will hold his attention and are actually worth the space they take up in your bag, as it seems like traveling with kids means always having to pack a ton anyway, without lugging along a bunch of extra stuff. That's why I thought I'd share some things that (I think) can be helpful when traveling with a toddler in tow!

(Also, full disclosure, some of these things are very recent purchases, meaning that I can't necessarily say that they are totally tried and true for us quite yet. But based on my first impressions, I'm a fan so far and I see them being super useful for future travels!)

Toddler Travel Essentials

1. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Tablet - Henry has had this toy for awhile now, but he still seems to enjoy it. It has a few different modes, two volume settings, and it's not too loud or annoying, meaning you can pull it out on the plane without people hating you. It's also fairly small and so it's one I usually try to keep in my bag when we're going out because although it doesn't hold his attention for hours, it's a great one to pull out to distract him when he's getting antsy.

2. iFrogz Little Rockers Headphones - I picked these up at Target before our flight to Michigan, mainly because I thought they were cute and they were under $20. I wouldn't necessarily say that they're they're the most high quality headphones in the world, but they seemed to fit on Henry's head pretty well and they do have volume limiting so they can't get too loud. They have these interchangeable plates to go on the earbuds with different designs and Henry was really excited that there were "panes" and "choo-choos" :)

3. Target Dollar Spot - I am a huge fan of the Target Dollar Spot in general, I can never resist checking it out when I walk into the store and I've found some great things there. But it's also an awesome place for grabbing some small, inexpensive toys before you leave on a trip that you can pull out on the plane or in the car that will be new (and hopefully exciting) to your toddler. I found some really cute little books there before our Michigan trip, and it's just nice to be able to pull out something that your kiddo hasn't seen before once you're en route.

4. Skip Hop Monkey Zoo Safety Harness Mini Backpack - I picked this up while were in Michigan and I think it's so adorable! Like most Skip Hop items, it's very whimsical and cute while not being overly cartoonish. The reason I wanted to get this is because Henry loves to run when we're in public and since I'm pretty pregnant, I have no shame about trying out a leash for him...ha! But the harness is removable, so I like that it gives you the option to use it just as a cute little backpack. However, when I tried to use the backpack with Henry at the airport for our flight home, he was in a pretty unhappy mood (thanks to teething and a cold) and he wanted NO part of wearing it. So while I can't personally say yet that it's great for travel, I have multiple friends that have it and love it, and I'm hopeful that we'll get use out of it in the future! (Also, they have lots of other animals too!)

5. Melissa & Doug Water Wow! - I picked up a few of these at Target before our Michigan trip and man, they are such a genius idea! They come with a little brush that you fill with water and kids can use it to reveal the colors in this "coloring" book. Henry isn't super into coloring yet, and trying to bring a bunch of crayons on the plane and having them roll everywhere is annoying. The way the water instantly reveals the colors is more immediate gratification and the fact that there's no mess is amazing. The little brush is easy to fill with water on the go and it's just a fun activity to pull out while traveling!

6. Summer Infant 3Dflip Convenience Stroller - I've talked about this stroller before, but we're still using it and loving it! It's an umbrella stroller, so it's obviously not as sturdy or easy to maneuver as the BOB stroller we use at home, but we've taken it on tons of trips at this point and it's still in good shape! My favorite feature is that we can face Henry towards us and recline him almost flat, which has been amazing for situations where he has fallen asleep on the plane because we can just transfer him to the stroller when we get off the plane and he can keep sleeping. (However, the rear-facing option does have a maximum recommended weight of 25 lbs, so he is technically getting a little too heavy for that now!) It's easy to fold and unfold but it's also not crazy expensive, so if the airline does lose or break it eventually, it wouldn't be the end of the world.

7. Camelbak Eddy Kids' Water Bottle - Summer travel can be hot so you want to make sure your little one stays hydrated, and this is our favorite water bottle as of late. It seems pretty leakproof, it holds a good amount of water, and Henry loves it!

8. Amazon Kindle Fire Kids Edition - We ordered this for Henry on Prime Day earlier this month and it was a great deal! I love that it's a normal Kindle Fire that Cam and I can use, but we can switch it to kids mode for Henry. What really pushed me over the edge to order it was that it comes with a two year warranty and Amazon will replace it no matter what your kid does to it, that was basically a no-brainer! However, I haven't really played around with it a ton yet and haven't downloaded many apps, so Henry hasn't spent too much time on it yet. I'd love app recommendations if anyone has them, and I know we'll be getting a lot of use out of this in the future!

These are the things that have come in handy for us on our last few trips, but I'm always open to suggestion on how to make travel with a toddler go more smoothly so feel free to share if you have any!



PS - This post was not sponsored, these are all things we really use! :)

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