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Whether you’re traveling for the first time with your first child or for the 25th with your five kids, it’s always a daunting feat. Which is why we’ve crowd-sourced 12 parent-approved items to make it a little bit easier on you—from one mom to another.

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Wet/Dry Bag

So that all odors—no matter what kind—stay locked in.

Planet Wise ($26)


Tip for toddlers: Take them to the drugstore and help them assemble a Dopp kit of sorts. Fill it with the necessities (mini earplugs, tissues, disposable toothbrush) and also a few surprises. Not only will this help you to feel organized, but it also gives them something to look forward to.

Skip Hop ($20)

Play and Learn Soft Book

About those mid-flight surprises: Books always ensure, at the very least, a solid ten minutes of silence.

Kids Preferred ($13)

Unspillable Snack Containers

Every experienced mom knows you never travel without snacks. Lots of snacks. 

Oxo Tot ($6)

Travel Busy Board

This sensory toy features a ton of fidget-friendly activities and can easily be slipped into a backpack.

Fox Family Boutique ($49)

No-Mess Painting Books

Activated by water, the genius paint only shows up on the designated paper. Plus, once the water dries, the paint disappears and your kid has a brand-new canvas.

Melissa & Doug ($13)

Baby Carrier

Hands-free and eliminates the need for overhead stroller storage.

Ergobaby ($130)

Bunny Soothing Blanket

After all, you don’t really know where those airplane blankets have been...

Jellycat ($20)


A kid-friendly way to cure plugged ears.

Dum-Dums ($8)

Calendula Calming Cream

This gentle, all-natural body lotion will soothe any irritated skin and prevent eczema or dryness. 

California Baby ($13)

iPad with Pre-Downloaded Shows

In case of emergency.

Apple ($489)

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A Change of Clothes

You can never be too prepared.

Splendid ($44)

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