Travel Gear We Can't Live Without
Updated: Mar 4
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With our traveling experience with kids, I wanted to include a spot to find ALL our favorite and highly recommended items when traveling. This includes anything from travel accessories to cameras and recommended items that you and your family will also come to love!
First up The Ride Safer Travel Vest - A Must have if you will be traveling by car or taxi at all. These Harnesses are easy to use and allow for the shoulder strap to be in the correct position, so you don't need to carry around the car seats. The Ride Safer Delight is a legal child restraint when used according to manufacturer's instructions for ages 3+ and 30lbs and over.
Ergo Baby Carrier - This has been our favorite carrier, which we've used for all 4 kids. Our kids are all about 2 years or less apart, so we've had 2 carriers since our second was born and they are both still in working order even though we don't really need them anymore due to the kids ages. Not only are they great for carrying the kids, but when we would be riding in a tuk-tuk in Thailand these helped secure the little ones to us! See my post about how I was able to breastfeed on the go while the kids were young even while they were in the carrier!
Packing Cubes - I wish I have known about these forever. They compress down to save space and will keep your clothes and your kids clothes much more manageable when you travel.
Neck Pillow - I've tried so many different kinds, and this has so far been the best. I love that it is inflatable and has full support of my head.
Melatonin - If you will be traveling somewhere with a big time difference than your home, please consider Melatonin. We use Gummy Melatonin so that both the kids and us can easily use it. Test it a few nights as your children may require a higher dose than you expect depending on how their body processes it. If the dose is too low they could end up waking in the middle of the night and being wide awake (not cool). The first few nights in a new time-zone take it when you should be going to bed (and then try not to sleep during the day!)
Sound Machine - We never leave without this sound machine! Built in night light and so many sounds to choose from, along with an auto-off option.
Pillowcase - You may wonder "Why?" Because if your kids have a special pillowcase they sleep with, when it comes to traveling, instead of packing ALL the stuffed animals, make it a habit to just bring their special pillowcase. It is one of our favorite travel hacks.
Transformers - You don't want to ruin your electronics by forgetting a transformer. This adapter/converter combo is good up to 2000 watts. By adding this to the transformer you will have many plugs and USB ports to use for all your charging needs.
Camera & Gear
Traveling is amazing, but you also want to be able to capture all the beauty you see for memories sake. All of these items we have and love!
Camera + Lens - We have a Canon Rebel along with a few different lenses. No matter what camera you go with, I would highly encourage you to purchase a DSLR camera and learn how to use it! You will get so much better photos compared to your phone only.
Camera Bag I have 2 very different options I'd recommend for different needs.
1) I used this leather, adorable over the shoulder camera bag for years. It has held up great, looked enough like a purse and was able to hold my camera body, several lenses, the GoPro and a selfie stick while having ample zippered storage and pockets. This bag is a few years old, but I'd definitely recommend anything by Jo Totes as they have high quality camera bags that have lasted.
2) Once we purchased a drone, I knew we needed something larger and easier to carry all of the equipment at once. So, I opted for this camera backpack and am so thankful I did. It is large, can fit all of my equipment at once and is comfortable enough to carry for long periods of time.
GoPro Hero 11 If you will be snorkeling, or doing any type of activities that have a lot of movement (even riding in a boat), the stabilization from a GoPro is unmatched. We initially tried to save money and buy a (much) cheaper off-brand GoPro, and it was a waste of money. Don't do that. Just invest in a GoPro and it will last you years.
Drone - We love our DJI Mini 3 as it records in 4K, shoots vertical and horizontal and has its own controller instead of using my phone to fly it. This is one of the newest models put out by DJI, so if this price point is higher than you like, DJI has many other options as well. This is drone footage the first night we took it out in Tucson, not edited at all. Just beautiful!
Selfie Stick - This has been a great compact selfie stick. It will also act as a tripod for your phone, although it can be tippy if the ground is not perfectly flat or if it is windy at all. But for the sake of a selfie stick, it works great!
Selfie Stick Tripod - This is sturdier and larger than a true selfie stick as this is designed to be a tripod for your phone or GoPro. So, it's bigger than a normal selfie stick, but if you'll be traveling on your own and will want to be able to capture photos of yourself without the concern of your phone tipping over, this is the one.
Sun & Fun
50 SPF Face Sunscreen - I've loved this Colorscience Face Sunscreen. It's light, and rubs in easily. A little goes a long way.
Sunscreen - I've tried it all (well not things high on the EWG score) and most non-toxic sunscreens often leave a very white residue. That's why I love this Sun Bum Sunscreen all the more. It rubs in completely and works great too! Better yet, its EWG rating is a 4, which for sunscreens that rub in, I'll take it!
Aloe Vera - For when you forget to reapply that sunscreen, we always travel with this when we're chasing the sun!