Hitting the road for the long weekend? Three-day getaways were a whole lot easier before you were toting kids (and all their stuff) along. But we know the best on-the-go gear to make traveling with kids a breeze, even if you’re only going away for a short trip.
1. KidCo Travel Pod Portable Playard ($170)
At 10.5 pounds, this pack and play edges out the competition for most lightweight and most portable. Toss it in the trunk (or a large suitcase) and quickly set it up wherever you go. There’s no bell-and-whistle attachments to slow you down.
2. Evenflo Advanced Milk Storage Bags ($12/40 ct.)
These little guys take the mess and hassle out of storing and transporting your milk. Pump right into the pouch, zip it shut for a tight seal and freeze until you’re ready to use. (Yes, you’ll need to bring a cooler along too.) When it’s time to feed baby, the tear-off top creates an easy pour spout.
We love this fool-proof diaper bag. Each compartment is labeled with an illustrated red tab — a bottle goes here, the pacifier attaches here…you get the idea. The over-the-shoulder style is perfect for an outdoor adventure. And the exterior wipes pocket is perfect for unanticipated messes.
Sort of like hand sanitizer-meets lotion-meets wipes, this multipurpose gel is the easiest way to keep baby’s delicate skin clean when you’re on the go, especially when there’s no sink nearby. Clean up sticky fingers or soothe a chapped face — you’ll probably even want to keep it in your purse for yourself.
5. Mixie Baby Formula Mixing Bottle ($20)
Mixing formula anywhere but your kitchen is a total pain. But this BPA-free plastic bottle seals your pre-measured powder formula in an air-tight compartment. Once you’re ready to feed, press a button to release the powder into water, shake and serve.