If you’re planning a night, weekend, or week away with your baby or toddler it can be really hard to know what to pack, especially if it’s your first trip away from home. So we’re here to help and make your time away stress-free, with our top travel must haves for your family getaways, from portable highchairs, to travel cots, baby monitors, sleep aids and more.
1. GB Qbit Plus Stroller
When you’re packing for a family getaway, boot space is precious, which is why we love the GB Qbit Stroller. This super compact stroller allows you to fold it with just one hand and it’s really lightweight too. It also features a reclining backrest, which has a lie-flat position, making it suitable from birth and perfect for naptime. We have taken it on a plane too and it’s so handy for navigating busy airports and fits easily in a hire car.
Price: £139.95 (RRP £230)
Available in 4 colours
2. Joie Kubbie Sleep Travel Cot
If you’re not using a carrycot for overnight sleeping, then a travel cot is really handy to have for trips away. The Joie Kubbie Sleep Travel Cot folds compactly and comes with a handy travel bag. It also features a full size bassinet, which can be removed and attached easily, perfect for young babies and the lift and lower side panel keeps your little one within reach for feeding, changing, or simply peace of mind during the night. The Travel Cot can also double up as a play pen and has mesh lining for ventilation on all 4 sides.
2 colour options available
3. Phil & Teds Lobster™ Portable Highchair
A portable highchair can come in handy if you’re staying in rented accommodation and is also perfect for family camping trips. Phil & Teds Lobster™ Portable Highchair won silver at the Made for Mums Awards 2018 and is suitable from 6 months old to up to 3 years. It weighs less than 2kg and flat packs into its own compact carry bag, making it an ideal travel companion. It can also be clipped safely onto almost any table or benchtop, so it’s perfect for dining out. A 5 point safety harness with padded shoulder straps keeps the wriggliest of babies and toddlers safe and secure and we love the fact that the fabric is wipe-clean.
2 colour options available
4. Safety 1st Newborn Care Vanity Set
A vanity set is always handy to have whether you're at home or away. The Safety 1st Newborn Care Vanity Set contains all your baby essentials: thermometer, nail clippers, baby-safe nail scissors, nasal aspirator, spray bottle, gum soother/toothbrush and 5x emery boards. It’s all packed nicely in a compact travel bag, which features two parts that can be zipped together.
5. Angelcare AC337 Baby Movement and Video Monitor
When you’re away from home you want peace of mind that your baby is safe and that’s why we highly recommend the Angelcare Baby Movement and Video Monitor. As far as baby monitors go it’s top of the range, but it comes with a whole host of premium features. The monitor’s movement pad monitors all your baby’s slightest wriggles and activity and the alarm from the parent unit will only sound if no movement is detected after 20 seconds. The parent unit features a large 5” colour touchscreen with infrared night vision. It also has a temperature indicator and two way talk back, should you wish to give your baby comfort during the night. The camera itself has an impressive digital zoom and pan camera, as well as a temperature indicator. You also have the option of adding an extra colour, particularly useful if you have more than one child.
Price: £179.99 (RRP £219.99) https://discountbabyequip.co.uk/products/angelcare-ac337-baby-movement-and-video-monitor?_pos=2&_sid=ef9657647&_ss=r
6. Snuz Cloud Baby Sleep Aid
The Snuz Cloud Baby Sleep Aid is stylish, portable and is super-cute too! Suitable from birth, it helps comfort and settle your baby, which is why we recommend it for trips away, as your baby may feel unsettled in a new environment. The Snuz Cloud features 4 soothing sounds including pink noise, (the new deeper sounding alternative to white noise), and a heartbeat that mimics a pregnant mother's womb. You can also choose from two light options - a calming pink glow, or a brighter, soft white light, which is ideal for nighttime feeds, or as a nightlight as they grow older. You can attach it easily to a cot, pram, or car seat.
Price: £24.95 (RRP £29.95) https://discountbabyequip.co.uk/products/snuzcloud-baby-sleep-aid-grey?_pos=1&_psq=sleep-aid&_ss=e&_v=1.0
7. East Coast Say Hello - Friends Double-Sided Activity Mat
We love this Activity Mat, which is part of the “Say Hello” range of intelligent toys, developed by East Coast in partnership with Baby Sensory. It’s suitable from birth and is great to take with you on your travels because it doesn’t take up much space and provides so much fun and stimulation for your baby. It’s perfect for your hotel room, or rented accommodation because it has so much for your baby to discover, with different textures, crinkles, mirrors, ribbons, a teether and peek-a-boo flaps. It’s double the fun too because one side features a high-contrast black and white print with hints of red and detailed brightly coloured print on the other.
8. Baby Sleeping Bag
When you’re on holiday (and at home) a good night’s sleep is essential for both parent and child. The SnuzPouch Baby Sleeping Bag range is perfect for keeping your little one at a constant temperature during the night. The baby sleeping bags are made of super-soft OEKO-TEX 100 certified cotton and are available in a range of different designs and togs, depending on your baby’s room temperature. They also feature a nappy change zip for easy and quick changes during the night.
Prices start from £27.95
9. Shnuggle Baby Bath with Plug
If you have room in the car then a baby bath is definitely worth packing for your family holiday. They create a fun, relaxed and stress-free bathtime thanks to the bum bump, which keeps even the tiniest of babies in the upright position, and the foam backrest provides added comfort. Due to its compact size the water stays warmer for longer and it takes hardly any time to fill. The bath also features a handy plug, so you can easily empty it, or refresh the water. The Shnuggle Baby Bath with Plug is suitable from birth to 12 months +.
Price £21.95 (RRP £24.95)
10. Safety 1st Flat Fish Thermometer
A bath thermometer is a great travel companion and better still, takes up no space at all in your bag. It’s fun design makes it the perfect floating companion for your baby during bathtime. The thermometer is accurate to within 1°c and has a highlighted 'safe-zone' temperature range, so you can clearly see if the temperature of the water is too hot or too cold for your baby. It's super simple to read, waterproof (of course!) and brightly coloured, so you can’t miss it!Price: £3.49