We think moms who travel deserve a medal (as do dads!) Not only do they pack for themselves but they also remember all the must-haves for the children too. We asked all the moms who travel in the FTB community to share their favorites, necessities and the things they are drooling over. It’s a pretty epic list!

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Katalin from Our Life, Our Travel

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My favorite item is our hiking carrier backpack. While we conquer (smaller than before) peaks, the little one sits comfortably and observes the amazing views. This backpack is our favorite one.

What can’t you survive without and why?

We can’t survive without our foldable and convertible stroller. It can be easily folded and packed into the trunk of our car and we still have space for the other luggage.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

I wouldn’t say no for a first-class travel pillow to ease our upcoming long-haul flights.

You can follow Katalin on her blog, Our Life, Our TravelFacebook and, Twitter.

Melissa from The Roaming Family

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My favorite thing to bring is my Kindle! I’m a huge reader and I’m trying to inspire my kids 11 and 8, to read more and it’s great for traveling.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Our Amazon Fire Tablets and random snacks. When we’re traveling, I really give up on trying to get the kids balanced meals and for the sake of our sanity, if they want granola bars and Skittles, so be it! I always pack nuts, granola bars, beef jerky and small bags of candy.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

The only thing on my wishlist is non-material….time for homeschooling! I would love to travel more, but don’t think I have homeschooling in me! I would love to travel for a year, but with one kid in middle school, I don’t think it’s happening any time soon.

You can follow Melissa on her blog, The Roaming FamilyFacebook and, Twitter.

Maggie from Milana’s Travels

Favorite thing to bring and why?

The 1st class kid travel pillow! This is by far our favorite travel item.  Any seat can be turned into a flatbed, letting kids sleep for the duration of the flight.  Because of this, my daughter sleeps for 9+ hours on long-haul red-eye flights!

What can’t you survive without and why?

Our iPad!  We find Apple products to be better than others and load ours up with movies, games, and apps before long trips.

You can follow Maggie on her blog, Milana’s TravelsFacebook and, Twitter.

Alina from The Happy Kid

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My Kindle! I love to read and this way I can carry a varied selection of books, to fit my mood and necessities. Plus it is a great option to read next to my sleeping toddler without disturbing him.

What can’t you survive without and why?

A baby carrier! It is a great helper if you have a baby or toddler. Much easier to carry around compared with a stroller and can be used on various terrain: stairs, hills or in the middle of nature. Not to mention you won’t need any workout after you carry a sleeping toddler for two hours!

What’s on your wishlist and why?

A small child backpack/luggage to start teaching my son how to take care of his belongings and how to make decisions about what he needs to pack. I’m not yet fully decided to buy this, as I don’t need another piece of luggage to carry around when my son is tired :).

You can follow Alina on her blog, The Happy Kid and Facebook.

Carrie from Flying With a baby

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My Mia Tui travel bag – it fits all the bits & bobs I need for the kids and me, I love all the organized compartments and it looks stylish if I’m travelling without the kids!

What can’t you survive without and why?

For my youngest, the Travel Snug has been brilliant to have. It is a large cozy cushion (designed for a plane seat) which surround them and comes with a blanket. It’s been very useful for late departures at the airport too.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

A new camera so I can take a better range of family shots. Maybe with me in some of them which is a rarity!

Here are some cameras FTB recommends if you’re looking for a new travel camera.

You can follow Carrie on her blog, Flying With A BabyFacebook and, Twitter.

Mary from Bambinos Without Borders

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My favorite thing to bring while traveling with my kids is these CozyPhones Kids Headphones. The earphones are nestled inside a soft fleece headband that comes in many different adorable animals personas and can double as a sleep mask. It’s washable, flexible, and comfortable so it’ll actually stay on their heads. Please, nobody tell my kid they come in Paw Patrol characters, mmk?

What can’t you survive without and why?

Hands down, I cannot live without the GB Pockit Stroller when I travel. I never worry if my stroller will fit in the trunk of the cab or how it will be handled by the gate check guys because I’ve never had to give it to the gate check guys. It folds up so small that I’ve rolled it right down the aisle of the airplane, folded it up, and stuck it in the overhead bin. The only downside to this puppy is that you do sacrifice some comfort features for its compactness. But if you’re looking for a stroller that is undoubtedly the most convenient stroller to travel with, this is it.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

Noise canceling headphones, Ambien, and a double whiskey. These will do if you’re looking to get me something for Christmas. I don’t think I’ve slept on a plane in… five years. Yep. Nighty night!

You can follow Mary on her blog, Bambinos Without BordersFacebook and, Twitter.

Mary from Mary Beth Sees

Favorite thing to bring and why?

This Osprey baby carrier for hiking saved our recent trip to the Grand Canyon (and several more parks since)! With an infant in tow, my husband and I were afraid our park experience might be limited… but we wanted more than to just drive through, with the occasional photo op at an overlook. The carrier made it possible for us to hike down into the canyon with our babe and get away from the crowds. It paid for itself the first use, and it’s the first thing I recommend to all parents-to-be.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Our Guzzie+Guss hanging travel high chair is a must-have when we take the baby on the road. It folds up so small, it easily fits into the suitcase, and the clamps can adjust to (almost) any table thickness. It’s been great for when we encounter a restaurant that doesn’t have high chairs (yeah, that happens), or for just feeding the kiddo in our room without having to worry about baby food getting everywhere. ‘Cause lemme tell ya, feeding a baby on a hotel comforter is a mom fail just waiting to happen.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

An Etch A Sketch magnetic drawing board is on my wishlist! How’s that for an ‘80s throwback?? Our little guy loves to color, but boy is it a drag to constantly pick up crayons thrown under airplane seats and restaurant tables… all. the. time. Recently, he got hold of my niece’s Etch A Sketch — her version had an attached stylus instead of turning knobs — and I had an “Aha!” moment. In my ongoing effort to simplify, I’ve been trying to find a way to not carry loose crayons everywhere we go, while still letting him color. Now, I’ve found it!

You can follow Mary on her blog, Mary Beth SeesFacebook and, Twitter.

Kathryn from Mommy Kat and Kids

Favorite thing to bring and why?

Our Nintendo 3DS systems. This gaming device is so perfectly portable and has tons of games that all work without wifi. My boys used to use them all the time and now don’t really use them at home at all, but they still love pulling them out on vacations during long plane or car rides.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Children’s luggage that kids can actually pull themselves! I can’t stress enough how much easier traveling is when your children are capable of taking their own carry-ons from place to place. I bought a set each for my two boys when my oldest was 8 and my youngest was 4. We went to Disneyland carry-on only and both boys managed their own luggage the entire trip.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

A toddler travel bed! My family of five does just fine in the standard hotel room with two queen beds, as long as the hotel had a crib available. But if they don’t, Baby is squished in bed with us, and we’re not getting much sleep! A portable bed would be the perfect solution.

You can follow Kathryn on her blog, Mommy Kat & KidsFacebook and, Twitter.

Lindsay from Carpe Diem Our Way

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My favorite thing to bring is probably my iPhone, for a few reasons. Firstly, we use it for Google Maps to get around and figure out what we are going to do that day! Secondly, we do not plan our whole trip in advance so I am always booking hotels on the go! Thirdly, Netflix is an easy way to keep my kids quiet and entertained on long bus or car rides, or while waiting in an airport or for a ferry. Lastly, it is our main camera and thousands of photos are taken on each trip!

What can’t you survive without and why?

I cannot survive a trip without my iPhone, but another essential for family travel is snacks! Hungry kids are cranky kids and I always have an arsenal of granola bars and familiar snacks from home on our trips. Whether it is something as simple as applesauce or ritz crackers, it is easy to throw in my suitcase and have them on hand when you are in a hotel room with nothing, or nowhere near a local store! On our last trip, I forgot to pack oatmeal, which is a great go-to hotel snack, and regretted it!

What’s on your wishlist and why?

What is on my wishlist is something that comes with time! The ability to travel without car seats or booster seats! My boys are now 7 and 5 and I see car-seat-free-travel in the future! In the meantime, we use this car seat travel bag.

You can follow Lindsay on her blog, Carpe Diem Our WayFacebook and, Twitter.

Jenia from Our Traveling Zoo

Favorite thing to bring and why?

Melissa & Doug’s Water Wow! pads take the first place. It is basically a reusable coloring book but you only need water (that you pour inside of the included brush). No mess, no lost crayons, no spills – it’s brilliant! And once the page dries, the color disappears and you can use it again! Wow! These activity pads have traveled the world with us for almost 5 years now and they are still a huge hit with the kids.

What can’t you survive without and why?

A quality baby/toddler carrier. We’ve been traveling internationally with our oldest since he was 2 months old and moved internationally several times as well. The last thing we needed to do was worry about a stroller. We swear by Boba Air for kids under 2 (it’s perfect for traveling because it’s super-packable) and by Tula Toddler Carrier for older kids (up to 5 years old!). They keep the kids happy and your hands-free, plus our kids have always slept well in them.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

An iPad Pro with a keyboard case. I need a computer for work but hate bringing one on the trips because of the weight. Having a good-sized iPad will give me all the capabilities I need but free up my bag and take some weight off my shoulders, which would result in my family has a much more cheerful mom 🙂

You can follow Jenia on her blog, Our Traveling ZooFacebook and, Twitter.

Shweta from Zest In A Tote

Favorite thing to bring and why?

I like to carry either a paperback or my Ipad for reading. This could also be a travel book for the destination we are going to. Even on travels with my family, I need my solo time where I am curled up in a comfortable position on a flight or in the hotel or on the beach, absorbed in an interesting book.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Books to read for my daughter (her selection keep changing so she decides for each trip), drawing books and coloring pencils. Absolutely essential to keep my daughter engaged in long flights and mornings in hotels when we don’t want to leave early for sightseeing.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

A smart backpack for city travel. I have a great one for outdoor trips and day hikes. I want a lighter, smaller one which can carry all the required stuff for the day. I am also always on the lookout for stylish flat footwear, can never have too many of those for comfort travel!

You can follow Shweta on her blog, Zest In A ToteFacebook and, Twitter.

Harmony from Momma To Go

Favorite thing to bring and why?

A Sound Machine (specifically we have the Homedics Sound Spa)

What can’t you survive without and why?

When traveling with real little ones, it keeps a consistent sleep atmosphere from home to away. With little ones, (Or big kids now as mine are 7 and 9 and we never leave home without the sound machine) the white noise blocks out noise from hotel hallways or neighbors in thin-walled lodging! Or when kids go to bed early and adults are still up watching tv or talking in small accommodations. This sound machine is also small, light and easy to pack. Plugs in or you can use batteries!

What’s on your wishlist and why?

Right now, I desperately need new luggage, but I am so indecisive!

Here are some cute luggage options FTB recommends!

You can follow Harmony on her blog, Momma To GoFacebook and, Twitter.

Cat from The Compass Is Calling

Favorite thing to bring and why?

Traveling can be stressful for children. New places, new faces, new routines. So we try to keep some semblance of a routine for our son by always having his favorite stuffed animal and jammies. When you’re on the go constantly, this small reminder of home or familiarity makes all the difference in the world. And it allows dad and I to get a full night’s sleep!

What can’t you survive without and why?

Snacks are critical, kids get hungry when you least expect it. And having something handy to give them can mean the difference between a nice afternoon or a full-on meltdown. I try to bring non-messy, healthy options that pack some protein and provide energy or other things that don’t need temperature regulation like these all-natural fruit bites.. However, as my son knows, there’s usually a treat or two in the bag as well for special occasions. Snacks SAVE OUR TRIPS (and sanity)!

What’s on your wishlist and why?

We don’t need much when traveling, but with a new baby on the way and no plans to slow our traveling down, we realize we will now need a stroller. We began traveling heavily when our son was two and never brought a stroller. We walked 20,000 steps a day on average, and he was game for it all. We occasionally needed to carry him for a nap in a sling, but for the most part, we have been lucky and able to travel very light. With a newborn, however, I know this won’t be the case. So, we are looking at the Mountain Buggy Nano – a favorite of traveling parents worldwide.

You can follow Cat on her blog, The Compass Is CallingFacebook and, Twitter.

Angharad from Mama Travels Earth

Favorite thing to bring and why?

The Trunki BoostApak is a nifty little kids travel car seat that doubles as hand luggage and can also be carried as a backpack by a little person. So, you can fill up the 8 liters of space for hand luggage as you would a normal rucksack, then pop it into the car and make any vehicle instantly child-friendly. Clever huh? It’s also great for making seats a bit safer on holiday coach transfers or if you’re just hopping in a taxi.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Having attempted a holiday without a baby sling – including the whole palaver of the airport, I have NO idea how we survived without some kind of baby-carrying device. It’s so much more practical if you’re herding several little ones or have a tiny baby as it allows you to have two free hands. Also, if the country you’re traveling in takes a more ‘blasé’ approach to seat belts, a baby sling can make your precious bundle feel a bit more secure. They’re also much more flexible for exploring, particularly on mixed terrain.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

I’ve also heard wondrous things about the BedBox by JetKids (I saw the famous Mother of Daughters use them for her twins on a long haul flight to the Caribbean) –  but am yet to try. It looks like the perfect device to help young kids sleep on flights instead of being draped all over you in an awkward position, preventing you from going to the toilet!

You can follow Angharad on her blog, Mama Travels EarthFacebook and, Twitter.

Natalie from Blissmersion

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My kids are now 5 and 6 and can sit fairly safely on airplanes without using a car seat. However, they absolutely need car seats at the destination. I’ve used the ride safer travel vests with success and I love them even more when traveling solo with the kids. They have a slight learning curve, but once you get it down, it’s easy. The safety is similar to a booster seat, so it is better for 5 years old and up, for short periods of time.

What can’t you survive without and why?

There are a few things I can’t survive without when traveling with kids, actually. The first thing I didn’t leave home without for the first 4-5 years of my kids’ lives was our baby carrier. Fussy baby or toddler? I put them in the baby carrier. When the baby wants to be held and you need your hands, baby carrier to the rescue! The other thing I don’t travel without now, besides snacks, snacks, and then even more snacks, are tablets. They saved my sanity during an unexpected two-hour delay due to weather on my first solo trip with them.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

I really want to try shampoo and conditioner bars, like this one. I use up the travel size shampoo and conditioners really fast OR I forget to pack them and it would be nice to have a go-to travel item always ready to go. I’d also like to have a few extra arms. That way, when I was running through the Houston Airport trying to get our next flight, with two kids and three bags, I could’ve held my younger child. We made the flight, by the way. Mostly because it ended up getting delayed for two hours!

You can follow Natalie on her blog, BlissmersionFacebook and, Twitter.

Umiko from Two Worlds Treasures

Favorite thing to bring and why?

DVDs and books. These 2 things helped my son a lot on our road trip. After all, how long can you play I Spy, find a shape in a cloud, and things like that? 5 to 10 minutes, he got bored already. But once we arrived at the places of interests, DVDs has to be off. Now he’s 11, he also brings his laptop with his favorite games loaded in it.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Snacks!! He seems hungry all the time. Besides, snacks helped him calm at the back seat. Haha…

What’s on your wishlist and why?

A lighter laptop with more memory so he can also download movies there.

You can follow Umiko on her blog, Two World Treasures, and Facebook.

Emily from Henry and Andrew’s Guide

Favorite thing to bring and why?

Our large rolling duffel bag (to check in) because it fits all of our stuff (for all 4 of us, mom, dad & 2 boys) in one bag. When we need both hands to handle 2 wild boys, it’s a must to only have one bag. Once we check it, we are hands-free except for our 2 carry-on backpacks and a stroller! We have the biggest bag allowed to check in, and we generally don’t go over the weight limit. It’s perfect.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Snacks. Woof, can’t even imagine a flight without snacks. We have at least 10 different kinds of snacks with us, all in a big Tupperware (individually wrapped in snack-size ziplock bags). We save the “for sure hit” items like gummies to chew on for take-off and landing to prevent ear popping and have a variety of other snacks, many of them they never see unless we are on a flight to pull out when things get a little dicey.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

A child that can sit still for more than 30 minutes. All joking aside, I’ve always thought family-friendly flight amenities like an area of the plane where kids can gather (they have them on trains in Europe) would be nice.

You can follow Emily on her blog, Henry and Andrews GuideFacebook and Twitter.

Natalie from The Educational Tourist

Favorite thing to bring and why?

Painter’s tape – we never leave home without it! It can be handy for things like shutting out the early sun through that crack between the curtains but it also great for all sorts of games. We create a ‘laser maze’ in the hallway and when the kids were little we made roads on the floor for their small cars and zoos for their little plastic animals. We’ve used it to turn the ‘on the fly’ plastic bag into a custom rain cover for all sorts of things including camera equipment!

What can’t you survive without and why?

Painter’s tape is cheap, easy, lightweight doesn’t damage things and is great for a million uses. Bored? Wad up pieces and throw them at the wall for points. Even more fun is to create a spider web of painter’s tape and throw wadded up paper at it to get points for where it sticks. Add a tissue to a little painter’s tape for a make do band-aid. Painter’s tape is the duct tape for a traveler.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

More holidays during the school year are on my wishlist. Now that the kids are middle school and high school it is harder to miss school days. Makeup work is a bear!

You can follow Natalie on her blog, The Educational TouristFacebook, and Twitter.

Margie from DQ Family Travel

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My packing cubes! Since we started using them a year ago, I have found it so much easier to pack for not only myself but to organize the kids’ clothes. The best part besides being able to fit more into your carry-on is that they know where to go to get their items and it stays relatively neat. Since they are 10 and 8, the packing cubes have been an organizational wonder! The kids learn which cube has what in it and while we are on the trip they get their things all by themselves.

What can’t you survive without and why?

My iPhone. It is my go-to entertainment while on a plane (listening to music or watching downloaded shows. I also read plenty of books on my phone as well and have Google Drive to organize my travel files. While on trips, I always make a video of our family vacation there and use iMovie. The kids love to watch me make the movie too and have started making their own.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

I think I would like a drone. It would be fun to fly it to get wide-scale or overview shots of where we are.

You can follow Margie on her blog, DQ Family TravelFacebook, and Twitter.

Kathryn from Kathryn Anywhere

Favorite thing to bring and why?

Sometimes we end up overpacking because we think we need everything, but hands down, our family’s favorite object to bring traveling with us is our GoPro Hero3 Camera and we don’t leave behind the waterproof case. Yes, it’s older and not as awesome as the newer models, but hear me out –  I have no fear of this rugged camera getting damaged with the kids taking it with them hiking or in the water at the beach. If they drop it in the lake, we can dive down and pick it up and it still works. Dropped on the rocks? No problem, saved by the casing. Memories intact.

What can’t you survive without and why?

I usually bring 3 portable backup batteries for my iPhone and would be lost without them. I am constantly using trail and map apps in our journeys and the battery power fades quickly when we aren’t in an urban or good coverage area. If it wasn’t for those back up batteries, of which I might go through two on any given daily excursion, I wouldn’t be able to tweet, Facebook or Instagram those pictures from the cliff.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

On my wishlist? Aside from wishing my kids would agree to be world schooled and take off for a year with me, I really want one of those comfy travel dresses from Arc’teryx – it has pockets, is quick drying and has an adjustable waistline!

You can follow Kathryn on her blog, Kathryn AnywhereFacebook, and Twitter.

Cassie from Mexico Cassie

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My favorite travel item is probably my Kindle. I never thought I’d be so in love with reading on a screen but it’s great as instead of carrying dozens of books for the book-obsessed kids and me, we now just chuck a kindle in my bag. We read together all the time – train stations, airports, hospital waiting rooms (sigh), beaches. And now the kids are getting bigger the older one (6) can use the Kindle to read on his own too.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Probably my kids’ amazing scuba-choice inflatable life jackets and Earol Swim (an oil you spray in your ears pre-swimming to prevent ear infections). We are all water obsessed and I wouldn’t dream of adventuring with my kids without these. We live in Yucatan, Mexico so my kids are regularly found jumping into 90m deep water. We need good life jackets in our lives!

What’s on your wishlist and why?

I’m coveting a GoPro although I don’t really know why.

You can follow Cassie on her blog, Mexico CassieFacebook, and Twitter.

Catherine from To & Fro Fam

Favorite thing to bring and why?

We got my kids Micro Scooters for their birthday this year, and now they’re my favorite thing to pack for family vacations! Whether we’re camping, visiting a new city or just heading down to the grandparents’ house for a weekend, we bring the kids’ scooters (and helmets, of course) along. They’re fun—and they’re perfect for letting the girls expend a ton of energy after a road trip.

What can’t you survive without and why?

A white noise machine or a white noise app. We use this one when camping (since it’s battery powered). Adjusting to any new place can be hard on kids, so we make sure the sleep environment is as close to home as possible—that way we all get more sleep.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

I want one of these battery pack luggage tags from the Oh Joy! collection at CalPak. They’ll recharge your phone or anything else when your battery’s about to die, but they’re pretty—and practical.

You can follow Catherine on her blog, To & Fro FamFacebook, and Twitter.

Kyla from Where Is The World

Favorite thing to bring and why?

It doesn’t matter where we’re going, we don’t leave home without my kid’s backpacks! At 6 & 7 they’re now incredibly independent and carry all their own gear. They’ve actually been doing it since they were 4 & 5 (I’m a slave driver!!). I love these Osprey backpacks because they fit really well, and can easily pack all their clothes and toys. Carrying their own things teaches them responsibility, and they feel proud and grown up carrying their own backpacks. I love it because then I don’t have to haul around all their stuff…and when they want to buy something new, they know they have to carry it.

What can’t you survive without and why?

I can’t survive without the TripIt App. All my flight and hotel itineraries are automatically sent from my email to the app, and it keeps everything in one place. I was going crazy trying to keep all my travels straight before I found it, and it’s been life changing for me!! The free version is great and is super user-friendly.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

I’m obsessed with travel gear and backpacks and am currently looking at replacing my trusted Osprey Kyte backpack with a Pacsafe VentureSafe 45L pack. I love my Osprey, but I also love the security features that Pacsafe offers. I also really like that it’s designed to fit everything, computer sleeve included, allowing me to only carry one bag (in theory!).

You can follow Kyla on her blog, Where Is The World and Facebook.

Anjali from Travel Melodies

Favorite thing to bring and why?

After traveling extensively with kids, we have realized that traveling light is the best. Replacing the DSLR with a good phone with features of the professional camera and great storage can do wonders. A great choice is One Plus 5T to get the memories saved.

For kids, our favorite is a travel journal to pen down/ draw their stories for those memorable moments and treasures that they can cherish for their lifetime.

What can’t you survive without and why?

Oh, the list can be exhaustive, but something we can’t survive would be a variety of stuff for keeping kids occupied and of course snacks. My husband keeps joking that I tend to get hangry, so not only the kids but I also need my regular bites. I generally pack mixed nuts, cereal bars, pretzels, crackers, candies, and yogurts. Don’t forget the wet wipes for those messy hands.

To keep things organized, we generally pack two backpacks for both kids. Since they get bored easily, so the assortment contains books, coloring/activity book, colors, card games like UNO and other compact travel games.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

My wishlist will always include fernweh for a new destination as not all classrooms have four walls.

You can follow Anjali on her blog, Travel MelodiesFacebook, and Twitter.

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Emma from small footprints, big adventures

What are your favorite things to bring with you on a trip with your family

There are many things that make travel a bit easier: iPads, online book subscriptions, plenty of snacks and a precious toy. We try to travel as sustainably as we can, so taking our own reusable gear like insulated, stainless steel water bottles and a water filter is important to us too (it’s best if these are leak-proof!). But no ‘things’ are as useful as a sense of adventure and a relaxed go-with-the-flow attitude, especially with kids. Patience, time and connection are the most important assets for parents we have found!

What is one thing you don’t know how you survived without when traveling with your kids?

I really wished we had our bamboo neck pillows on our trip through SE Asia last year. The kids always got to sleep on top of my husband and me on the bus or plane, but we got very little rest sitting up for many hours straight!

What is one thing that’s been on your wishlist for your next trip?

We are leaving for a road trip around Australia soon, in a 40+-year-old caravan. It has taken a lot of repairs and renovations which has delayed us by nearly 6 months, so all we are just wishing to finally get going!

You can follow Emma on her blog, Small Footprints, Big Adventures, and Facebook.

Sarah from CosmopoliClan

What are your favorite things to bring with you on a trip with your family

Whether we go on a road trip or a city break, a picnic blanket always comes in handy. It’s my experience that, no matter how much planning you do for a road trip, you’ll always come across an unexpected gorgeous view or a beautiful spot you didn’t anticipate. How convenient is it to take out that blanket and have a bite while enjoying the scenery. And when you’re exploring a city with kids, it’s often so much more fun for them to have a picnic in a park where they can play around and relax than going to a restaurant.

What is one thing you don’t know how you survived without when traveling with your kids?

That’s an easy one for a germ freak like me: disinfectant wipes. Yep, we’re that weird family that starts disinfecting the inflight entertainment system as soon as we found our seat on the plane. Those little hands are all over the place on a long haul flight so I feel so much better when the germs can be wiped off right before their meal.

What is one thing that’s been on your wishlist for your next trip?

Gone are the days when my husband and I entertained the kids during the entire flight. Now that they’re getting a bit older, they enjoy reading a book and watching a movie just like any other passenger. And just like that, traveling just got a whole lot more comfortable for us.

Since I’ve never ever slept on a plane before (not even on our latest trip from Europe to Hawaii), those noise-canceling Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II wireless headphones that I’ve always wanted, are long overdue.

You can follow Sarah on her blog, CosmopoliClanFacebook, and Twitter.

Melissa from Parenthood and Passports

Favorite thing to bring and why?

Traveling can be stressful, especially on kids. Which is why I always like to bring a comfort item from home. For my daughter, that comfort item is usually a favorite blanket or lovey. The comfort item should be packed in your child’s carry-on bag to ensure you have it on the plane. It will also help your child sleep better in a hotel, which many children struggle with because it’s a new environment. My daughter’s favorite comfort items from home have always been soft and relatively compact, so bringing one along on a trip is never a problem, even if we are traveling carry-on only.

What can’t you survive without and why?

I can’t imagine traveling during the early days of parenthood without my Ergo 360 baby carrier. The soft-bodied carrier makes going through airport security with a baby a breeze. You don’t even have to remove your baby from the carrier to walk through security checkpoints. Babywearing eliminates the need for a stroller and keeps your child close at all times. Best of all, our daughter loved it! As a baby, she would nap comfortably in the carrier as we would go sightseeing and exploring. You can wear your baby multiple ways in the adjustable carrier. Your baby can be worn facing you during infancy or forward facing as they get older and more curious about the world around them. Finally, even toddlers up to 33 pounds can be worn in a back carry position.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

Packing cubes! As my daughter gets older and her clothes get larger, it makes sharing a suitcase with her more difficult. I’ve always been somewhat of a minimalist when packing, but having a kid makes that hard. There is so much you have to pack for a baby or a child! Packing cubes would definitely help condense the amount of space that all of the clothes, blankets, and extras take up.

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Melissa from The Family Voyage

Favorite thing to bring and why?

My favorite thing to bring is a travel car seat. The lighter weight makes getting through airports a breeze compared to normal bulky seats, and there are tons of great options for every age.

What can’t you survive without and why?

We can’t survive without our Amazon Fire tablets! We love them because they’re affordable and durable and we can get tons of content without spending a dime – free apps for preschoolers, library books and Prime movies.

What’s on your wishlist and why?

We love our tablets, but we’d like to get a really lightweight MacBook for our son. Now that he’s entering the 1st grade and we’re continuing to travel for the foreseeable future, we plan to step up our world schooling program by signing him up for an online charter school.

You can follow Melissa on her blog Parenthood & PassportsFacebook, and Twitter.

Wow, what a list! We bet this has given you lots of ideas to add to your wishlist for your next trip but let us know if there’s anything we missed that’s a must-have for moms who travel!

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