The Complete Guide to Baby Travel Gear

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Baby Travel Gear: An Overview

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Since 2007, Have Baby Will Travel experienced some awesome, excellent, great, and sometimes not-so-great baby travel gear. Whether it’s a travel crib or a travel stroller, or which is the best car seat to travel with, we’ve likely tried it. In most cases, we shared what we know. Except for the bad stuff, because my mother always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say…

Baby Travel Gear Essentials

Just getting started? Prepping for your first trip with baby? These baby travel gear essentials will give you an idea of what you need to bring, and what you can leave behind.

Baby Travel Gear Guides

All the latest and greatest gear for Eating, Sleeping, Playing, and Getting Around with your baby in tow.

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Travel Strollers

I have a bit of a stroller problem, so we’ve traveled with a number of different strollers. I don’t necessarily believe you need to purchase a separate stroller for travel, but if traveling is going to be a big part of your lives, you might want to invest in a daily stroller that travels well. Check our all our travel stroller reviews and our picks for best travel stroller.

Car Seat and Stroller Alternatives

Not everyone has the space or money to keep adding to their baby travel gear stash. If you’d like to avoid buying a second car seat for travel or a specific travel stroller but these are two items you know you might need, here are some LEGAL and SAFE car seat alternatives and stroller alternatives for travel with toddlers and small children.

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Travel Car Seats

Flying with a car seat is not a picnic, but for better or for worse (and for used and for not) we’ve always traveled with ours. And we’ve never regretted not having it with us.

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Toddler Headphones

When something is this cute, functional, and reasonably priced – you tend to shout it from the rooftops. We adore these headphones for toddlers, and think you will too.

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Baby Travel Beds & Sleep Gear

Whether you’re visiting family or friends or jetting off on a much-deserved vacation at a swanky resort, the question of where baby will sleep is bound to arise. Even if you co-sleep at home, chances are that where you’ll be sleeping while you’re away will not have your baby’s safety as their main priority, so obviously you need to make it yours. Make sure you consider all your baby travel bed options.

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Portable Travel Beds for Toddlers

The Best Toddler Travel Bed Options Sleep usually is easier to figure out once your baby becomes a toddler. EXCEPT when you’re traveling. Chances are they will outgrow their travel crib or portable cot much sooner than their crib at home. If you’re shopping for a portable toddler bed for travel, you will want it to be big enough and last long enough to justify the expense. Check out our recommendations for the Best Toddler Travel Bed.

Best Travel Bassinet and Portable Baby Bed Options

The Best Travel Bassinets & Baby Travel Beds

If your baby is older with an established sleep routine, a travel crib that can be set up elsewhere as a second bed might be the right choice. Or, if your baby is older and more active, you might be better off with a more sturdy portable toddler bed instead.

But if you’re planning to travel with a newborn or young baby and/or co-sleep, a travel bassinet or portable baby bed might make the most sense and get you greater value for your money.

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Baby Beach Tent & Beach Travel Umbrellas

Shade is absolutely the most essential piece of baby beach gear required if you’re planning a family beach vacation. And if you’re not 100% sure your resort will have appropriate palapas or beach umbrellas available, your best bet is to bring your own. YES, I’m suggesting you add One. More. Thing. to your already massive pile of luggage. But if the beach is where you’re headed with a baby or toddler in tow, you NEED shade.

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Car Reviews

We road-tested 10 small and mid-sized SUVs to see which one would fit our family best… For our busy daily life in the city, and for road trips with the family.

Baby Travel Gear Rentals

Sometimes it’s just easier to rent, rather than ship it all with you. Check out our extensive list of baby travel equipment agencies – and please let me know if you have or know of a business that belongs here.

Baby Travel Gear Shipping

Depending on where you’re going, and for how long, it just might be easier to have your baby necessities shipped in advance. Here’s a list of places that will do just that.

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16 Responses to The Complete Guide to Baby Travel Gear

  1. Hi There-

    I hope this message finds you well! I love your site; such a great resource for families. I wondering if it would b possible to get my business Mainely Babies listed in your guide of baby gear rental companies. We serve the Greater Portland, ME area and beyond, and are the areas first and only baby gear rental company. We pride ourselves on offering top notch gear and superior customer service. Our goal is to alleviate the stress of families traveling to our great state with little ones in tow. Let us know if you have any questions at all. We’d love to be listed on our site.

    All the best,

    Rebecca Spear & Cari Turnbull

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    • John at #

      We have used BeBeGear in the past with disastrous results. Check out their Yelp reviews. Just terrible. They changed their name to Baby’s Vacation. Same terrible service. Avoid this company at all costs.

  3. Hello Corinne,
    My name is Andrew Kucera and I am the founder and owner of VeaKids.
    We are an innovative company specializing in renting family travel gear right at your destination airport.
    We have just launched the company and are into our second week of operations at Denver International Airport. Now you can fly in or fly out of DIA and not have to carry all of that equipment: (strollers-single and double, carseats-infant,convertible,and booster, playard cribs and kid carriers) you simply just leave it all at home and pick up everything here in Denver. We meet the customer when they arrive at the baggage claim or at our offices right off the concourse trains.
    I am writing to you today to see if we can partner with you to get the word out about this service. Let’s face it, the travel industry for travelling families is decades behind and the services they provide are inconvenient and expensive. We are trying to ease that burden and provide high quality, immaculately clean gear for families. We are planning on expanding across the country so this service can be enjoyed by the majority of families travelling in the United States and eventually, the world.
    We are also the only supplier of sundry items at DIA specifically for kids, i.e. diapers, wipes, formula, squeeze food packs, pacifiers and snacks of all kinds.
    We are so excited to serve families and make their vacations easier.
    ‘The Journey can be as Rewarding as the Destination.’
    I am attaching our press release at Denver International Airport.
    Please check out our website at or on

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or on my cell phone: 763-221-3834

    Andrew Kucera, COO, VeaKids, Inc.

    • Corinne at #

      Hi Andrew! Please email me at Corinne (at) havebabywilltravel (dot) com. Thanks!

  4. Chris at #

    Hi Corrine, love your site. My daughter has been on 3 return flights before the age of 1 – and then we learned that she has a severe tree nut allergy (analphylactic) and Air Canada’s allergy policy is almost non-existent. We’re flying again in Feb and March, so, I have been trying to think of the best ways I can protect my toddler from the cashews (and other nuts) that Air Canada insists on serving and selling on our flight and previous flights.

    I found these seat covers, which are great for kids with allergies!!! The airline lets you board first to wipe down the seats and put these nifty covers on (that thankfully come in black and grey).

    Thought I would share!

  5. Ayelet at #

    Hello Corinne,
    Love your site and the work that you do!

    I’ve recently founded a whole new approach to baby gear rentals, we are democratizing kids gear, giving parents who own baby gear at home, have it stored away or just laying around unused, an opportunity to earn from the items they already own!

    So parents can list their items for rent to parents traveling with infants in their area. Think of it as Airbnb but for kids. That way local parents and family travelers benefit on both sides, saving costs, making global connections and is benefiting from a sustainable lifestyle.

    It would be great to get your feedback and thoughts on how we can collaborate to spread the word about this sharing economy website for parents!

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  7. Amy at #

    Hi Corrine.
    Would like to be listed on your directory and get some information on advertising

  8. There are many baby travel gear available on the market. Choosing best one is really tough. Thank for help to choose best one for my kids. Really helpful to choose best baby travel gear.

  9. Marria at #

    Traveling with a baby really taught. I think every mom agree with me especially for the new mom. Baby travel gear really essential for mom. I have to travel with my baby most of the times. I am searing best one for my baby. Thanks for sharing best baby travel gear. It’s really helped me a lot. I recommend every mom to use it to make traveling easy and comfortable with the baby.

  10. OMG! Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative page about Complete Guide to Baby Travel Gear. I have read your valuable page and gotten much information. I have learned a lot from you that I did not know before. I confused for choosing the Baby Travel information what would be the best for everything but now my confusion has cleared by your review. I hope your all information will help me and my elder sister’s daughter. Thanks again Corinne and Keep it up………..

  11. Christina Clanton at #

    Thanks for sharing this helpful information. You are inspiring me to travel with kids. I love traveling to different places. But I was worried about choosing the best baby travel gear? Which one is the best for everything? Actually, I got a lot of information from your blog.

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