Traveling during the holiday season can be a total drag or merry and bright, depending on what sort of gear you’ve got in your travel toolbox. There’s so much to organize during the holidays, so it can be tempting to skip a packing list and just toss everything you own into your bags. Since your kids have their own travel essentials, you need to pack smarter, not more, or you’ll be lugging oversized luggage around the country. From layers to help you stay warm to can’t-miss electronics accessories, we have your must-have travel gear for winter.
Babymoov City Bag, $110
A sleek bag that looks fabulous and holds everything you need is key, whether you’re traveling by car or stowing away your personal items under an airline seat. We love the zinc color because it’s a beautiful neutral that pairs beautifully with anything you’re wearing while keeping all your baby changing essentials under wraps.
S’Well Sparkling Champagne Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $25 and up
Staying hydrated while traveling helps us feel alert and refreshed, and insulated stainless steel means your water stays icy cold for up to 24 hours. The metallic bottle fits perfectly into your holiday style, and we won’t tell if you actually fill this festive bottle with the Champagne it’s named for!
Kate Spade Glitter Slim Portable Charger
Besides a delayed flight, a dying battery on a phone or tablet might be the holiday traveler’s greatest nightmare. Keep your favorite electronics charged with a portable charger. We love this one both for its slim profile — easy to slide into any luggage pockets — and it’s a sparkly reminder that the holidays are all about magic and excitement.
Mermaid Maternity Polka Dot Rashguard, $58
Even if your travel destination boasts sky high temperatures normally, holiday weather can change at a moment’s notice. Toss this adorable rashguard into your luggage for a little extra warmth over your suit or just a little more coverage. The drawstring design means you can use this before, during, and after pregnancy, which means you’ll be packing it this holiday season and for future vacations.
Smythson Live Laugh Love Panama Pocket Notebook, $60
Jotting down a few memories each evening helps keep your favorite parts of your holiday travels fresh in your mind. Keeping a travel journal all year long will remind you of what you enjoyed, what you didn’t, and which memories you’ll share with your family for years to come. You’ll love the special touch of the pale blue paper in this simple notebook.
Samsonite Omni PC 20” Spinner Luggage, $79
Traveling with kids means juggling more pieces of luggage than you can really handle. A spinner bag can save you from getting frustrated with your bags, because the turning wheels go exactly where you need them to go, even when you’re navigating tight spaces or abruptly changing direction to chase down a toddler. The radiant pink doesn’t function any better than basic black, but it absolutely cheers us up whenever we see it.
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Cami, $55
Pregnant and nursing mamas alike will love this layering piece from Bravado. You can nurse discreetly, because a Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is knitted into this smooth, comfortable layering piece.
Belabumbum Before + After 3-Piece Bundle, $126
Your comfiest jammies work just fine at home, but when you’re traveling it’s lovely to have loungewear that lets you feel comfortable and put together. The 3-Piece Bundle includes a cozy robe, nursing-friendly nightie, and the cutest headband to keep your bedhead under control.
Red Twist Cashmere Wrap, $195
The Red Twist wrap is luxuriously soft and lightweight, so you can use it like a small blanket on planes, a nursing cover if necessary, or a wrap to keep warm in overly air-conditioned restaurants. In addition to being the perfect travel essential, Red Twist makes a donation to Room to Read with every purchase, helping Asian girls receive an education.
ZAQ Mini Essential Oil Diffuser, $15
Sleeping away from home can be elusive, but your favorite essential oils help any room feel more familiar and relaxing. This mini diffuser fits easily into your luggage and runs on batteries, so you don’t have to worry about finding an extra outlet when you’re ready for bed.
Find more holiday must-haves, including our list of holiday travel gear for kids, in our 2016 Holiday Guide.
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