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Traveling with kids is an absolute pleasure – if you lay the foundation and have the right supplies! Try our favorite travel gear for kids on your next trip with the family.

From day one, our babies come with us on travel adventures. They’ve covered thousands of miles on flights and road trips with us, and the memories we’ve made are absolutely priceless.

And over those miles, we’ve learned through trial and error the best tips, tricks, and must-have travel gear for a successful trip.

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I’ve divided our favorite travel gear for kids into several categories. Read on to see each one, and be sure to pin or bookmark the ones that look like they would work well for your kids.

Note that these recommendations are for school-age children who are old enough to carry a backpack and roll their own bags.

When our kids were babies and toddlers, our menu looked a little different! But this list serves kids well from kindergarten through pre-teens.

Best packing essentials to include in your travel gear for kids

Hardshell spinner bag. Since our children are old enough to carry their own bags, we have been traveling with one carry-on bag per person.

I find that the hard shell travel case with telescoping handle works well for kids so they can maneuver around. They also like to feel like they are in charge of their own belongings.

Color-coded toiletry bottles. A set of color-coded bottles suits kids perfectly, because they know the color of shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.!

A set like this is also great because it’s TSA approved and just the right size to hold everything they need without exceeding their liquid limits.

Transparent zip bags. We use clear zip bags to organize everything when we travel! Snacks, small toys, books, coloring, toiletries and more each get their own bag.

The clear exterior helps kids easily access the items they are looking for.

Convenient travel gear for kids

Child size neck pillow. For road trips or long flights, the kid-sized neck pillow is the carry-on. I prefer the kind that have snaps so they can clip them to their backpack or bag while we’re out and about.

Travel shawl and wrap. This is something that I pack in my own bag but often use for the kids.

We’ve used them to stay warm on a cold ride, as picnic blankets, or even as a beach towel.

Earmuffs to reduce noise. We have one child who has hearing sensitivity so if we’re headed somewhere loud we bring earmuffs which reduce the noise and make it more comfortable.

They’re great on noisy flights, at concerts, or in the parks during noisy excursions.

Children’s leisure travel equipment

Basic tablet. We don’t often let our kids enjoy their time on tablets at home, but when we travel it’s like a game. (No pun intended.)

I like these tablets because they are affordable, powerful, and have all the capabilities a child could need.

Children’s headphones. The bluetooth headphones are great so there are no tangled wires. I also love kid-friendly headphones because there is usually a decibel limit to protect little ears.

Play packs are easy to use. I’ve been bringing these playsets with us to restaurants for as long as I can remember. My kids mostly love the coloring and activity books, and I bring extra crayons with them.

I really don’t like sitting in a restaurant giving my kids a screen for their entertainment, so this is what kids do while waiting for food to arrive. I also pull it out in other situations where we might be waiting a while.

In addition, I will bring some other items such as stickers for younger children, or sudoku books and crossword puzzles for older children.

small pens. These mini pens are easy to travel with and take up almost no space.

Mesh Zipper Pouches. Bring our coloring or art supplies with me in these zip-top bags and put them straight into my purse or suitcase.

Sterilizing wipes. I’m that mom who wipes everything off when we travel! Airplane armrests, restaurant tables, you name it. This smells great and does not dry out your hands.

Hand sanitizer spray. I love the spray because i feel like you don’t waste a lot of gel cleanser! And these happy faces make me smile.

charging tool. This power bank is a game changer! If you’re going to be traveling on a long day, or out all day, this will charge multiple devices. It also comes with its own cords that screw directly into the power bank, with three different socket options.

We hope these recommendations make your travel easy and enjoyable! xoxo

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