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    29 Travel Products Other Parents Swear By, So It's Time You Tried Them

    Like a collapsible stroller, a spill-proof snack spinner, and a six-port charging station to keep everyone's devices powered up.

    1. A very thorough travel checklist so you can avoid having a Kate McCallister moment of panic as your plane's about to take off. It's already done all of the work by listing pretty much any travel need you could think of, so all you have to do is cross items off as you pack!

    The pad has 60 sheets, so it'll last a long time — even for frequent fliers!

    Promising review: "We travel frequently and have two children. As any parent knows, packing for yourself and your children can be overwhelming — especially for trip longer than a few days. I have found this list to be a lifesaver and I also give it as a gift for other traveling families. It is easy to plan, organize, and list out items that are easily forgotten. You can also list the quantity of each item needed. Variety of clothing options and space to add more. As my children reached their pre-teen years I have been able to make them their list on these sheets and then they can use it to do their packing. I just show them how to highlight each item after it has been packed so it is easy to see you took that one off the list. Overall, wonderful purchase and has likely saved me many forgotten items!" —I-really-bought-this

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in three styles). 

    2. A travel-size pack of resealable antibacterial wipes, which will make you feel better about letting your family sit on some rather ~questionable-looking~ airplane seats. Give 'em a quick once-over and breathe easier knowing these kill 99.99% of germs. 

    reviewer photo of a pack of travel wipes
    reviewer lifting up the flap on one of the packs to show the opening that the wipes come out of

    Promising review: "Perfect for parents. We use these constantly and they work so much better than hand sanitizer. You can actually 'clean' with them. And they are great for wiping down restaurant chairs and tables, too. So glad we can get them monthly on a subscription." —Ray

    Another promising review: "As a flight attendant I always need wipes. These small packs are great for putting in your purse and having on the go. The bundle pack is a great value." —SJ1326

    Get 20 packs of 10 wipes each from Amazon for $15.69 (also available as a subscription). 

    3. And a set of portable soap paper sheets that'll ensure everyone's hands stay clean, even en route. They instantly foam up when you rub your wet hands together, so don't fret the next time the soap dispenser is empty in Terminal D's b-room — tsk tsk, Terminal D!

    Promising review: "I got these for my kids to have on them during our trip to Mexico. It turned out to be one of the most useful things to have, since public bathrooms didn't always have soap and you can keep this in your pocket. Just make sure to pull a leaf of soap out with dry hands before you start washing your hands. Otherwise they will start to stick together. Very...HANDY." —Beatrice E Beardworth

    Get a four-pack (200 sheets total) from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. An Apple AirTag, which, yes, is often used as a luggage finder, but can also give you peace of mind if you have young, adventure-seeking kids. Attach it to their clothing or have them wear it on a band, and use the Find My app to track them if they happen to leave your sight. 

    reviewer's children wearing wristbands containing airtags
    reviewer photo of the find my app showing their luggage on a map via the airtag

    You can put the AirTag on Lost Mode to receive a notification when it's been detected by the Find My app. Here's an AirTag keychain and AirTag bracelet for easy attachment!

    Promising review: "These are fantastic for trying to keep track of things. Keys, purses…you can put them on your dog's collar. Personally, I have a flight-risk child of six years old. Since we are visiting Disney and I will be the only parent attending with her for the specific trip, I bought one to literally attach to the inside hip of her clothing so I can keep track of where she is. I am literally tracking my child lol." —Alyssa Burns

    Another promising review: "I bought a pair of these AirTags for a trip to France, and I’m so glad I did! First of all, the setup is super easy; I had zero problems and both were done in like five minutes. I put one in my purse and one in my suitcase. On the way back home, the airline lost my luggage. Checked the Find My app where the AirTag is tracked, and I could see that it never left the Charles de Gaulle airport. I felt more assurance being able to track my bag through the app as it made its way across the world back to me. 10/10 would recommend!" —Lindsay Kirby

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    5. collapsible stroller that folds up so small, it'll fit in most overhead compartments — no more waiting around at baggage claim! Plus, it weighs less than 10 pounds and comes with a handle for easy carrying when it's not in use. 

    gif of reviewer showing how quickly and compactly the stroller folds up
    same reviewer's photo of the black stroller folded up next to the stuffed bunny for scale

    It's designed to hold kids who weigh up to 55 pounds and has a UPF 50+ canopy!

    Promising review: "Best stroller ever! WE LOVE THIS STROLLER! My husband originally purchased it because I was afraid to take our big stroller on the plane to gate check. I was traveling alone, so ease of use and portability was really important. I was amazed at how convenient it was to collapse and slide under my seat on the plane and it maneuvered well through the airport and throughout our trip. I received multiple compliments and a few moms even asked me where to buy one. Since then, we have been on a few more flights and many excursions and are still in love with this purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $259.99 (also available in two other styles). 

    6. And a JetKids carry-on suitcase your little ones can actually ride throughout the airport, meaning you'll know exactly where they are at all times. Not only will your kids enjoy being wheeled around on it, they can also use it as a foot rest so they'll have a more comfy flight!

    child model being pulled while riding the rolling suitcase
    child model sitting in a plane seat and using the suitcase as a leg rest
    JetKids, Amazon

    It's recommended for kids ages 3–7 and fits most standard economy seats. Plus, it has an adjustable strap so you can carry it over your shoulder, a top handle, and a mattress inside that can be removed and used while in the air. Parents have even used this product while waiting for their flight to keep kids comfy and content. 

    Promising review: "I dragged my feet on this purchase because of the price tag, but I have zero regrets after traveling solo with my 2-year-old and 5-year-old. This thing was so easy to maneuver through the airport and through the plane aisles that my 2-year-old pulled it herself for most of the trip. It was slightly too big for her to ride on, but my 4-year-old loved riding on it. The bed feature was super easy to set up and we used it to and from our destination. I was able to pack clothes for a five-day trip, the bed, a blanket and stuffie. I will definitely be dumping more money into this company for our next trip. Happy customer!" —Casie Wilds

    Get it from Amazon for $229.

    7. six-port USB charging station, which is a game-changer when you're at the airport and need to charge your phone, and tablet, and your kids' tablet, and your SO's tablet...and there's only one outlet at your gate. 🙃 Oh, and if you get to your destination and realize your hotel room is short on outlets, this bb has you covered. 

    the outlet with five chargers plugged into it
    the outlet placed in a suitcase
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This wall charger is fantastic. It isn't extravagant, but does the job I need it to do. We use this while traveling and it has come in so handy, as I have three kids all with their own specific technology that needs charging. The speed at which everything charges is comparable to it being plugged into the wall on its own. I would highly recommend this for any application where you have a lot of tech to charge and take care of at one time." —Joel

    Another promising review: "This is a great product! I travel frequently, and I am always challenged with the number of USB ports I can get with the number of outlets available (and where) in hotel rooms. With this product, the number of ports problem goes away, and what's great is that it extends the charger interface out from behind a bed or nightstand, or other inconvenient receptacle location, up onto a work surface for easy access. As far as power, I have had an ASUS transformer, two iPads, HTC One M8, and two iPhones connected to it at the same time, charging for hours with no heat on the device whatsoever. It works great at home too. I have always had good luck with Anker products, good quality." —bishop

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in black or white).

    8. A five-compartment snack spinner perfect for long trips, since it'll keep young kids content while they play with their food! Plus, you'll breathe a sigh of relief knowing it's spill- and leakproof, meaning no surprise messes in the backseat.

    Reviewer spinning the container to reveal the snacks in each compartment
    reviewer photo of the snack spinner filled with things like skittles, pretzels, goldfish, and dried fruit

    Promising review: "A must-have for kids! I rarely leave reviews, but this product is so amazing, I felt the need to share it with as many parents as possible! As a mom of three young children, the GoBe Snack Spinner has been truly life-changing! Seeing as how we are always on the go, packing snacks is a constant for my family. The problem was I was wasting so many bags and containers, in addition to the fact that my kids were always spilling their snacks. The GoBe snack spinner has changed everything!! Now I can pack multiple snacks for each of my kids in ONE safe and convenient place. Not only do they find using the snack spinner to be entertaining, but there are no more spilled snacks! I also love how easy it is to clean! An amazing product for any age!" —Ellen S

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in three colors).

    9. An AirFly Pro transmitter so you can connect your wireless earbuds to the plane's entertainment system and (try) enjoying a movie. When you're traveling with little ones and constantly having to grab snacks, wipes, and activities from the bag at your feet, you don't want a bunch of cords in your way!

    reviewer photo of the AirFly Pro plugged into the headphone jack on the back of a plane seat
    reviewer close-up of the AirFly Pro plugged into the headphone jack on the back of a plane seat

    It just plugs into the headphone jack! You can also connect up to two pairs of earbuds at a time, and it has 16+ hours of battery life for suuuper long flights. 

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    Promising review: "Y'allll! This is a travel must! I don’t know how many times I look at my AirPods and realize I cannot connect to the (plane's) little screen and need some wired headphones. I have two toddlers and let me tell you, my husband and I can be hands free and are able to watch our shows on a long flight without wires all over the place. We can connect both of our AirPods. It is required for travels!" —Anny

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (also available in two other styles).

    10. And an in-flight phone mount that'll turn your kid's phone into a viewing screen in case whatever airline you're flying doesn't have any good entertainment options — if they even offer them at all! Clip it onto the seat-back tray and let your child watch movies and TV shows while you enjoy some peace and quiet.

    reviewer photo of the phone mount attached to their stowed away tray table
    same reviewer's photo of the phone mount attached to their folded down tray table

    Promising review: "Recently traveled with my two boys and I bought all three of us one of these. They worked great! They're a little clickety-clackety, but you'll get the hang of it. We even had an airline steward tell us how cool they were! Compact, great price, sturdy, multiple positions/clamping ability. Totally worth it for not hearing your kids complain about their wrists hurting from holding their phones or that their homemade phone prop wasn't working great. Tack this onto the back of the seat in front of your or even on your tray table, easy peasy!" —alisathegirl

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 (available in three colors, as well as a pack of two).