FAMILY TRAVEL: GEAR TO GET

9 Essential Travel Products For Kids

  1. Traveling with tots can mean more gear than a lunar landing. These ingenious finds will lighten your load—and inspire a whole new generation of globetrotters.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  2. At 8.3 pounds, the UPPAbaby G-Lite is the lightest full-size stroller on the market. It even stands on its own when folded up, keeping your hands free for the 1,001 other things you have to do. babyearth.com, $130.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  3. Leave that bulky Pack 'n Play at home. The KidCo PeaPod Plus travel bed -- a pop-up tent with blow-up mattress perfect for kids up to age six -- weighs just 6.9 pounds and folds up into a carry-on case. It even has UV protection and a windscreen for naps on the beach. target.com, $90.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  4. When your baby's roar rivals the jet engines', you might toss him your iPhone to calm him down. Keep everyone happy—and your expensive toy safe from drops and dribble—with the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case. Best of all, it covers your home button, which means no accidental baby-burble calls to your boss. fisher-price.com, $15.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  5. Explore a new city—or your own—with City Walks with Kids cards. Each set of 50 (available for London, Paris, San Francisco, New York, and D.C.) charts family-friendly routes, mixing classic sites with tot-friendly eats, playgrounds, and tales to keep little ones engaged. chroniclebooks.com, $15.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  6. Fast food doesn't exactly do a growing body good. On your next road trip, serve GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Meals. These healthy riffs on lunchbox classics—like turkey pepperoni or 100% fruit snacks—have no trans-fats, high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavors. gopicnic.com, from $12.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  7. Kids love gear that makes them feel grown up. The Play Visions LEGO Headlamp, complete with posable LEGO-Man, lets them light their own way on camping trips, backyard adventures, or nighttime reading. rei.com, $15.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  8. The FAA recommends that kids under 40 pounds fly in a car seat. The means lugging one through security—and all the way to Gate 99. The gogo Kidz Travelmate sets your seat on wheels for easy in-airport maneuvering after you've checked your stroller. gogobabyz.com, $90.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  9. Sure, you'll find high chairs at any theme park restaurant. But what about the hip Tokyo sushi bar? My Little Seat, a washable fabric harness, turns nearly any chair into a safe baby perch. And at 8 ounces, it folds into a diapersize pouch. mylittleseat.com, $30.

    (Sam Kaplan)
  10. Even a luxe hotel room can feel more minefield than Michelin when outlets, drawers, and closet doors beckon little fingers and toes. Pack peace of mind with the Travel-Tot Childproofing Kit, which includes foam corner guards, outlet covers, cabinet locks, finger pinch guards, and more. travel-tot.com, $35.

    (Sam Kaplan)

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