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The Best Baby Travel Gear

Traveling with baby can be a headache—but these packable, portable, super-lightweight items help make trips a breeze.

As any parent knows, bringing baby anywhere pretty much guarantees a bag (or two) brimming with gear—and when you’re packing for an extended trip, the prospect of schlepping everything around can be downright daunting. Thankfully, there’s plenty of sanity-saving baby travel gear out there, all designed to lighten your load. From on-the-go changing and feeding accessories to feather-light strollers and packable playards, these trusty travel items will get you through anything.

1

Doona Infant Car Seat

Talk about on-the-go: This car seat literally becomes a stroller. Wheels unfold from the base and the handle extends to a push-friendly level, slightly over 3 feet. While it’s intended for infants and functions only as a rear-facing car seat, it’ll last up until baby reaches 35 pounds.

Buy it: $499, AlbeeBaby.com

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gb Pockit Stroller

Meet the Pockit, the Guiness World Record holder for most compact stroller. In two simple steps it folds down to nearly nothing and weighs just 9.5 pounds, making it easy to store in any trunk or overhead bin. And you don’t have to sacrifice sturdiness for the small size—the stroller can be used from 6 months up to 55 pounds.

Buy it: $180, Amazon.com

3

Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier

A carrier will let you walk around with baby without having to work hard—and still have the freedom to use both hands. A longtime mom-loved brand, Ergobaby stands out for form and function, giving you the option to wear baby in multiple positions.

Buy it: $84, Ergobaby.com

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KidCo Travel Pod

There's nothing complicated about this play yard. Sure, it doesn't open in one motion, but the easy transport makes up for it. And at just 10.5 pounds—among the lightest on the market—this one's great for overnight travel.

Buy it: $149, Amazon.com

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Summer Infant ChangeAway Changing Kit

The ChangeAway Portable Changing Kit unfolds into a waterproof, fully padded, extra-long changing pad, with large mesh pockets to stash diapers and wipes and a clear plastic pocket for easy storage. It even attaches to your stroller—how’s that for diaper duty?

Buy it: $10, BabiesRUs.com

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Storksak Travel Shoulder Diaper Bag

Road, train or plane trips with tots are what this lightweight weekender bag was made for. It features a fold-out laminated changing pad, two bottle holders and loads of pocket and storage space. Sling it over your shoulder or onto your stroller with the integrated attachments.

Buy it: $185, Buybuybaby.com

7

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Sly Diaper Tote Bag

What to do when you’ve got a handful of dirty cloth diapers and soiled clothes—and you’re nowhere close to home? Grab one of these totes, which separately store wet and dry items in the same bag. Sealed seams prevent wicking and leaking, and a snap handle makes it a cinch to carry.

Buy it: $22, Amazon.com

8

OXO Tot On-the-Go Wipes Dispenser

When it comes to on-the-go diaper changes and post-meal cleanups, you’ll likely have your hands full. Which is why OXO designed a dispenser that, with a one-handed push of the button, reveals a large opening for easy access to wipes. The handy strap and slim shape mean you can hang it from your stroller or tuck it neatly into your bag.

Buy it: $8, ToysRUs.com

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My Brest Friend Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow

Nursing pillows are the perfect companion to long breastfeeding sessions. And thanks to an inflatable design, you won’t have to leave this one home. It provides all the same support for you and baby, with the distinct advantage of packing flat to fit into a diaper bag.

Buy it: $24, Amazon.com

10

Mixie Baby Formula Mixing Baby Bottle

Mixing formula anywhere but your kitchen can be a total pain—but with Mixie, serving up baby’s meal is a cinch. Store your pre-measured powder formula in the air-tight compartment and pour water into the bottle. Once you're ready to feed, press a button to release the powder into the water, shake and serve.

Buy it: $20, ToysRUs.com

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phil and teds Lobster Portable High Chair

Clip it on, clip it off; the lobster creates seating where there otherwise is none. Suitable for up to 37 pounds, it's sturdy and durable enough to last through the toddler years. Best of all? It packs flat for easy travel.

Buy it: $90, philandteds.com

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Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Food Jar

If your little one has moved onto solids, this insulated food jar is the perfect way to keep her food fresh while you’re out and about. The container keeps food warm for seven hours and cold for five, and even comes with built-in utensils for an on-the-move meal.

Buy it: $18, Buybuybaby.com

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Zoli On the Go Formula & Snack Dispenser

Keep snacktime contained with these stackable 4-ounce dispensers. Each individual container seals shut for ultimate freshness and lets you pack different snacks all in one place (blueberries for you, Goldfish for baby—win-win). A spout makes formula storage and transfer a breeze.

Buy it: $18, Amazon.com

Photo: Zoli Baby
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Stokke Flexi Bath

Baby is practically guaranteed to make a mess wherever you go—but a portable tub will help you deal with the aftermath. This lightweight one by Stokke folds completely flat.

Buy it: $40, Amazon.com

Updated October 2017

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