Baby Travel Essentials – Top 10 Must Haves

This article discusses my must have baby travel essentials. When traveling with a baby it can be stressful on determining what to bring. I can tell you from first hand experience, I spent weeks on researching my “must haves” before we headed out for our 6-month long journey with our baby.

Here are my current Top 10 Must Have Baby Travel Essentials:

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  1. Doona Stroller Car Seat – Hands down, my absolute favorite travel item! But keep in mind it is expensive, but it functions very well as a 3-1 multi-device meaning you won’t have to buy a separate stroller and car seat. It seems pricey at first but compared to 3-1 strollers it is about the same and the convenience is worth it. From car seat to stroller within seconds – 5-point harness, adjustable handlebar – also acts as an anti-rebound bar inside the car, 3 layer side impact protection, highest safety & quality standards, TUV and FAA aircraft approved for travel, 2 years manufacturer’s warranty. Suitable for babies between 4 lbs. to 35 lbs. and max. 32 inches in height. Cons: The canopy doesn’t fully extend to cover legs. My baby needed sunscreen in Florida summer weather if using stroller on long walks. However, they do make a cover I learned just recently. Click this link for more information.
  • Doona Stroller Car Seat Basket – This is another great accessory from Doona that makes up for the lack of a basket below the stroller. When I first got it I thought, it looks small and I probably won’t use it. But once I got it onto the stroller it holds a lot! I have carried lotions, diapers, and other accessories, and there is room for more! I like how you barely notice it. It easily detaches so you can quickly remove it to convert into a car seat on a moment’s notice. *Keep in mind, you must detach when utilizing the stroller as a car seat.
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  1. Graco Pack N Play – Not a new product, but this device is sure amazing! They are reasonably priced and always kept my baby safe when traveling. I always needed to check the room for baby proofing. The Pack N’ Play was always the first thing I opened up, and let my child sit in until I determined the area was safe. It also was my go to for a travel crib, especially on road trips when I had a bit more room to pack his folding mattress.
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  1. Pack N Play Portable Foldable Sleeper Mattress – I loved this foldable mattress so much, I bought two of them! Sounds crazy? Well, if you have family or loved ones that watch your baby on a routine basis, this was a super cheap investment. We would have a comfy bed for traveling that was always the same, and didn’t have to depend on whatever the hotel or family could provide. I also had a bad experience with one particular hotel that gave me a crib with dried vomit on it. I couldn’t do it – especially with how much we were traveling with our baby. We were so glad when we found this mattress that fit our pack n play and that comes with a travel case. It’s easy to carry and super fast to install. Make sure you follow the directions provided on the product. It MUST fit snug, with no gaps to avoid any risk of SIDS. If you decide to purchase, you will definitely want to look at these fitted sheets on ” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Amazon that are the perfect size for the Pack N Play.
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  1. Hatch Sound Machine – I have two different versions of the Hatch and believe that it is key to consistent sleep for a baby. I keep the settings exactly the same at home and when traveling on the road. Consistency always provided a sense of normalcy and comfort with my baby. I prefer to use the standard Hatch with the light. My settings are orange, dryer sound, with minimal light and consistent sound starting at the same time every night. I love that you can program the device and save your favorite settings. I also own a Hatch Mini, which is more convenient for travel. I’ll link both below for you. The Hatch noise sound was essential when traveling in noisy locations or with other people.
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  1. Headrest Tablet iPad Mount – Let’s face it, long road trips need entertainment. This is extremely easy to mount and attaches to the car headrest for either back or forward facing seats. Whether you like to play music, films, or TV shows, this was absolutely AMAZING especially at certain ages. I have used it now for years, and can say that it has been hugely beneficial for easy car trips.
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  1. Summer 3Dlite+ Convenience Stroller – Looking for a traditional lightweight travel stroller? This one is has some very nice details as a less expensive option. The sun canopy is amazing, one of the biggest ones I’ve seen, it goes even further out providing full coverage to avoid sunburns. Storage is great. The cup holder and cell phone holder basket are all very useful and are removable. Even the zipper in the back can hold my wallet. The recliner is solid, and goes back further than most strollers. Overall, it’s very easy to open and close, and lightweight for travel.
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  1. Eddie Bauer Diaper Bag Backpack – There are multiple options when it comes to diaper bags. I wanted one that could be a good carry on, and also be versatile that it could be used for years after diapers and bottles are over. My husband loves this bag, and doesn’t mind carrying it (because it doesn’t look like a diaper bag). I like it so much, I often use it as a purse as well as a diaper bag. There are not too many pockets, just enough for the main essentials. It also comes with a changing pad and a insulated pocket for cooler items.
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  1. Travel Baby Monitor by Infant Optics – We used this monitor specifically for travel, but continued to use it daily at home. It is great for travel because it is small and compact, and doesn’t require a WiFi signal. When traveling, I always worry with a little one…and felt I needed to check in more frequently. This monitor was essential for check-ins. Having a self-contained system in the DXR-8 is absolutely the simplest and best option for a number of reasons. Also, you don’t need to have an app on your phone, because you can have the monitor and you can use your phone for other purposes.
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  1. Baby Eating/Dining Essentials – Here are my favorite after trialing several different brands when traveling:
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  1. Baby Travel Safety and Grooming Kit – When you are traveling, I highly recommend always being prepared for baby emergencies. This little kit is helpful for emergencies, and also some general grooming. It is small and compact, but I usually only bring the absolute essentials which depends on your baby or child’s age. I also travel with children’s Tylenol as well to avoid having to find a store in a new area or after hours. Click on the photos for links to both of these items.
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