Whether it’s a road trip to see grandma or a grand-scale European vacay with all the relatives, families everywhere are gearing up for fun spring and summer travel! If you, too, are getting ready for a trip with the kiddos, there are so many useful travel must-haves that will make the trek a breeze! Check out our round-up of the top family travel essentials that you should keep on your check-list for your upcoming trip.
Don’t Leave Home Without These Handy Gadgets For Road and Plane Travel
BubbleBum: Say “buh-bye!” to bulky, inconvenient plastic booster seats and “hello” to travel-friendly innovation! If vacation plans include visiting family, chances are they won’t have a toddler car booster seat in their vehicle. And you can’t necessarily rely on car rental agencies to provide them either, at least not without being charged a small fortune. Be prepared by bringing along a BubbleBum, the portable and inflatable car booster seat that won’t take up much space in your luggage. The BubbleBum is perfect for road trips, fly-ins with car rentals, and taxi cabs! Weighing in at less than one pound, BubbleBum can deflate in minutes, making it simple to throw in a backpack or large purse. BubbleBum includes belt positioning clips in place of arm rests, so it’s possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a car, minivan, or SUV. Available in purple, black, and just-released neon pink and yellow designs, the BubbleBum retails for $29.99 online at BubbleBum.us, Target.com, and BabiesRUs.com, and in Walmart stores and select Target stores nationwide.
Prince Lionheart backseatORGANIZER: This is a must-have for parents taking road trips with babies and toddlers this summer! Keeping the little ones occupied in the car can be a challenge, but the backseatORGANIZER stores toys and books to keep the kids entertained during long car rides. The organizer has been thoughtfully designed by parents to maximize function and, believe it or not, restore sanity! For example, in case of a car seat meltdown, the organizer’s top left and right pockets can hold distraction toys and feature an opaque design to capitalize on the element of surprise, giving the child a moment of intrigue and the parents a moment of silence. A necessity for all family road trips! Available in Black/Gray and Brown/Tan, the backseatORGANIZER retails for $25.00 at PrinceLionheart.com.
Prince Lionheart baby viewMIRROR: Another fantastic innovation that will keep baby entertained and content during your summer road trip! Safety is a prime concern when it comes to our children, which means they have to face backwards while riding in a rear-facing carseat. The baby viewMIRROR is a non-distorted mirror that fits perfectly on the headrest to keep baby interested and engaged while traveling in the car. In addition to complementing the upholstery, the baby viewMIRROR has attached carabineers that can hold additional toys to ease in baby’s playtime and road trip entertainment! Available in Black/Gray and Brown/Tan, the baby view MIRROR retails for $17.00 at PrinceLionheart.com.
Prince Lionheart backseat kickMAT: Your car is your second biggest investment and you want to protect it, especially during a long summer road trip with the little ones! As toddlers grow, they like to stretch out their legs while traveling in the car, which unfortunately means feet on the back of your passenger seat. The backseat kickMAT is the perfect solution for keeping the back of your seat free from foot prints and scuffs. Available in Black/Gray and Brown/Tan, the backseat kickMAT retails for $16.00 at PrinceLionheart.com.
Prince Lionheart Car Seat and Stroller Gate Check Bags: How many of you have been the last ones off the jet bridge waiting for the baggage handler to deliver your car seat or stroller? Prince Lionheart has been there and done that one too many times, so they thought they’d try to improve your chance of getting faster service from the esteemed baggage handlers with a personal plea. What’s sweeter than words from the mouth of a baby? The standout bags are large enough to fit most car seats and strollers. When not in use, the compact bags fold easily into the integrated drawstring pouch. Both bags retail for $24.00 online at PrinceLionheart.com.
Fun In The Sun Essentials
SnoozeShade Deluxe Plus: Ensure that baby maintains a healthy nap schedule and stays protected from the sun during all of your trip’s outdoor sightseeing tours! The SnoozeShade Deluxe Plus sun and sleep shade fits all “out and about” strollers so babies can find rest in a shaded place and keep their delicate skin safe from the sun, pests, and other weather elements while outside. Featuring smooth, silver exterior fabric and new safety-certified snaps instead of traditional Velcro, the SnoozeShade Deluxe Plus protects from 97.5% of UV rays. Its zip-up shade also encourages sleep by blurring visual stimulation that could keep baby awake. Snoozeshade Deluxe Plus also provides a “snooze mode” screen in addition to a “lookout mode” window, which filters UV ray lights but lets baby see what is going on outside of the stroller. Retails for $59.99 online at PrinceLionheart.com.
Cozy Sun & Bug Infant Carrier Cover: Before you go for your summer sightseeing tour with the little one, don’t forget to cover her infant carrier with the stylish EVC Cozy Sun and Bug Infant Carrier Cover. Available in cheerful spring colors and a fun, striking striped and polkadot design, it provides excellent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, weather elements like rain, and potentially harmful insects. Featuring an elasticized edge for easy use on all infant carriers, it also has a breathable pull-over flap that allows babies to sleep while on-the-go. The cover features a backless design recommended by car seat specialists, which won’t interfere with child safety straps. Recommended for children from 0-12 months, the Cozy Sun & Bug Infant Carrier Cover has a compact design for easy storage in a diaper bag or a stroller pouch—perfect for busy, traveling families! Made of 100% nylon mesh with 100% polyester fill, this travel must-have is available at Walmart stores and Cozy-cover.com.
Daddy’s Natural Bug Spray and Sunblock Lotion: New parents will want to keep bottles of daddy’s Natural Bug Spray and Sunblock Lotion on-hand at all times while outside! There’s nothing worse than swatting away pesky bugs while trying to enjoy the outdoors with your little one, and now they can be bug-free with daddy’s Natural Bug Spray ($9.95)! This 100% natural, chemical-free and Deet-free bug spray is strong enough to keep pesky bugs away while gentle enough to use on baby. daddy’s Natural Sunblock Lotion ($19.95) is chemical-free, water resistant, non-allergenic, paraben-free, and eco-friendly, and made using only natural ingredients. Dads and kids can play under the sun safely and confidently knowing daddy’s Natural Sunblock offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection! You can view and purchase these two products online at DaddynCompany.com.
Prince Lionheart’s Click ‘N Go Stroller Accessory Kit - The Click ‘n Go Stroller Accessory System™ is perfect for on-the-go families traveling around with baby in the stroller! This amazing stroller system includes 2 Adjustable Clips, 1 Swivel Cup Holder, 1 Snack Cup, 3 Bottle Holders, 1 BONUS mesh Carrying Bag and 4 BONUS “S” Hooks! Simply mount the clip to the stroller and “Click” any Click ‘N Go accessory in or out as needed. All accessories are interchangeable! Made in USA, this must-have travel accessory system retails for $20.00 at PrinceLionheart.com.
Daddy & Co.’s The Big Daddy Clip: The Big Daddy is built to be a traveling parent’s best friend. Made from aluminum, this useful clip it is not only created with quality in mind, but can be used for a variety of purposes. Hang it from the Daddy Diaper Pack, your stroller, or your travel bag and attach items to it when you need a free hand to hold the little one. The soft grip will allow it to remain in place and offer a better hold while carrying all of your travel necessities! Retails for $7.95 at DaddynCompany.com
The Daddy Diaper Pack Camo Edition: Daddy & Co.’s Camo Daddy Diaper Pack is the ultimate go-to travel bag for new parents looking for a stylish way to keep all of the baby essentials organized while on the go! Moms and dads can organize baby paraphernalia in durable side pockets for water/baby bottles and sippy cups, and it also includes a larger pouch for diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes (and mom’s tablet if she’s bringing it along). The front pocket will also keep keys, money, cell phone, pacifier, and small toys all together for convenience. There is even an insulated cooler pocket for snacks! For getting out and about during summer travel with the kids, whether it’s a hiking trip or a road trip to see grandma, the Daddy Diaper Pack will consolidate all of the baby stuff and make the trip a little easier. Retails for $69.95 at DaddynCompany.com.
Prince Lionheart Compact Wipes Warmer: The best way to keep your baby wipes moist while on-the-go! Prince Lionheart’s Compact Wipes Warmer sets itself above all other travel wipes warmers with its large capacity that holds 30 wipes, auto-lid for instant access to pop-up wipes, and EPA-approved additive that inhibits the growth of microorganisms. The Compact Wipes Warmer also includes two adapters and comes in Green, Grey, and Pink! Retails for $25.00 at PrinceLionheart.com.
Cozy-Cover’s On-The-Go Changing Pad: Parents traveling with their little bundles of joy this summer will love this compact padded changing pad, as it allows them to change baby’s diaper any time, any place. It features expandable pockets so you can have all of your necessities at your fingertips; there is even a zipped pocket to store your I.D, keys, and more! It can easily be stowed in a diaper bag or attached to the stroller with its Velcro handle for when baby needs a quick change. This stylish accessory is a must-have for your trip, as it allows you to always be able to give baby a quick change in germ-free environment. The water-resistant construction can also be wiped down after each use. Recommended age is birth to two years. Available in Mustard and Ocean Blue, this innovative baby travel essential retails for $11.99 at Cozy-cover.com.
Prince Lionheart Pacifier Rinser: Dropped pacifiers are magnets for dirt and germs, and that is why Prince Lionheart invented this product! Just place your the dirty pacifier in the spray shield and spritz the dirt away with clean water or antibacterial mouthwash. Its unique design will ensure that clean and dirty water separated. The Pacifier Rinser is also great for cleaning baby’s face while you’re on the go! Made in USA and retails for $8.00 at PrinceLionheart.com.
Daddy & Co. Disposable Diaper Changing Pad: These are a necessity for every new parent traveling with baby. During your summer trip, you never know what situation you’ll be in when your baby needs a diaper change. With Daddy & Co.’s Disposable Diaper Changing Pads, you can be ready for a quick and sanitary change no matter the location you are at! The pads are ultra absorbent to quickly lock in moisture while ensuring a leak-proof barrier that ensures no liquid will seep through onto the changing surface. Order a pack of Disposable Diaper Changing Pads for your upcoming trip today, as you’ll venture out with baby confidently knowing you’re ready for anything! A pack of 10 disposable pads retails for $7.95 at DaddynCompany.com.
Kinsights: Kinsights’ Personal Pediatric Health Record feature is a great way to keep track of your children’s health information electronically. Just print off a copy right before your trip (or access it on your mobile while on the road). The information can be easily downloaded and transmitted to a local physician or hospital on your trip in the event of an emergency. See online at Kinsights.com.
Making Meals Away From Home Easy Peasy
Cozy-Cover’s Portable Easy Seat: This innovative, portable easy seat is perfect for on-the-go families traveling with baby this summer. Whether you’re headed to grandma’s house or a social function, you don’t need to worry about a highchair or booster seat. With its adjustable back design, this product can convert any regular chair into a safe and secure high chair. Its compact design features its own carrying case for easy storage. Tuck it in the diaper bag and be prepared for any situation. It is machine washable to it can be fresh for every use! The five point safety harness makes it worry free to let your little one sit at the “big people” table. Recommended for ages 6+ month up to 35 lbs, this travel must-have retails for $18.99 at Cozy-Cover.com.
BooginHead’s Squeez’Ems and Pack’Ems: Squeez’Ems reusable and refillable food pouches hold healthy purées so parents can feed their infants and children while traveling on vacation. Squeez’Ems are a much Earth-friendlier alternative to disposable store-bought premade food pouches, because they are refillable and reusable. With their wide opening, Squeez’Ems are easy to fill, clean, and store, and they are BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free. Also, Squeez’Ems can be easily carried in a travel bag or purse to always ensure that the child has nourishing food while traveling! They released two new designs (Orange Flower and Chevron) just in time for Earth Day, so that can stay hip while fueling up on your trip! Both practical and cost-conscious at just $7.99 per duo-pack ($6.99 per duo-pack of the new designs), Squeez’Ems retail online at BooginHead.com.
For road trips and travel, people everywhere are looking for a healthier alternative to all of the sugar-loaded and preservative-filled premade snack packs available at the store. Pack’Ems Reusable Snack Bags are the simple solution! They give travelers a sustainable way to pack wholesome munchies for their trip! Pack’Ems are perfectly cute, clever, recyclable, and reusable (which beats flimsy and throw away any day)! They come in both large and small and feature a gusseted bottom for easy, stand-up design. They are easy to open and close with unique VELCRO brand Press-Lok™ patented material. The best part is they are made of extra durable, environmentally friendly plastic that holds up through multiple washes and keeps food fresh longer. They are dishwasher-safe, easy-to-clean, BPA, PVC and phthalate-free. Pack’Ems will soon be available at BabiesRUs stores and on BooginHead.com. The retail price is $9.99 for a 2-pack (1 large, 1 small).
PrinceLionheart theBOOST Plus: This item is specially designed for traveling families who are tight on space. The bebePOD Boost Plus has a 3 point safety harness and dual strap design that fits it securely on any chair. Featuring a scratch-free pad that protects high-end furniture from being marred, this item is versatile and can be used to promote good posture during play time in a safe environment for feedings. Remove the detachable feeding tray and it easily converts into a big kid’s booster chair. Its compact design makes it easy to take with you on all of your summer trips! Recommended for ages 9+ months, up to 50 lbs. Available in Berry Blue, Galactic Grey, Flashbulb Fuchsia, and Gumball Green, theBOOST Plus retails for $45.00 at PrinceLionheart.com.
Prince Lionheart’s On-the-Go Bottle WARMER: This handy device is a must-have for all new parents who need a way to keep their baby’s bottle warm during a long road trip! It provides heat at the push of a button to instantly warm all baby bottles and food jars. The reusable On-the-Go Bottle WARMER doesn’t require any batteries or electrical supply, and it stays warm for hours. Simply boil in water to reuse! Completely non-toxic, compact, and foldable, this innovative product features an additional heat cell added to the main body, an additional base heating cell to warm from the bottom up, increased peak temperature, and an enlarged bottle bag. Retails for $17.00 online at PrinceLionheart.com.
For The Traveling Mom
UrbanHalo’s Fashionable and Functional, No-Slip Headbands: UrbanHalos are the perfect accessory for active, traveling moms. When you’re on the road with your family, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair. Halos boast no slip, no headache, and no sweat, and they come in a vast range of colorful, fun patterns and designs and are made from a signature buttery soft fabric custom-printed in the U.S from sustainable inks. The headbands are stylish enough to be worn on all summer excursions, yet functional enough to stay in place without causing headaches. They can easily go from the amusement park outing or hanging out at the pool by day to dinner out with the family at night. It’s like a hug for your head! Each headband retails for $15 at MyUrbanHalo.com.
Fitness Flower’s Bathroom Begonia: This innovative exercise product will help moms stay in shape while traveling and staying in hotels! It’s a great way for mom to get a quick workout in while baby naps after a long day of sightseeing. The Bathroom Begonia is a series of six simple and effective exercises that fit seamlessly into your existing beauty routine. When you purchase the Bathroom Begonia, you receive the flower, which explains the exercises, a sand hourglass to time each exercise and attach the flower to your hotel bathroom mirror, and a brochure with a checklist you can use to get the most from your workout. As a bonus, included is also the Reading Rose Bookmark, which has six extra exercises you can do without getting out of bed! The Bathroom Begonia is an easy way to include a workout in any time-crunched travel day! Retails for $19.95 at FitnessFlower.com.View Slideshow »»