12 Travel Essentials Every New Parent Needs

Check out our top 12 travel gear essentials for stylish parents and babies on the go.

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May 03, 2019

Monogram Diaper Bag

Elevate your on-the-go style with a customizable and convertible diaper bag. The high-quality design is crafted from easy-to-clean nylon, features an embroidered monogram and comes in five color combinations. Each bag is equipped with a zip-top closure and roomy interior compartments for everyday baby essentials.

Buy It: Mark and Graham, $144.99 (Originally $189)

Dapper Diaper Backpack

This handsome diaper pack features a modern embroidered monogram and a preppy stripe embellishment on the front zip pocket. Padded straps, moisture-resistant lining and zipped compartments ensure the backpack is as practical as it is stylish.

Buy It: Pottery Barn Kids, $99.00

Chic Changing Pad Clutch

Diaper duty stinks, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be stylish. Function meets fashion with this changing pad clutch. The compact design easily fits in your bag and transitions from a trendy clutch to a cushioned changing pad (with storage!) in seconds. Choose between five colors and a modern monogram for an extra-polished look.

Buy It: Mark and Graham, $59.99-$79 (Originally $79)

Unexpected Wet-Dry Bag

This classy pouch proves all wet-dry bags are not created equal. The classic design is constructed with a cotton twill exterior and a water-resistant and a wipeable nylon lining. Snag some personalized for your kiddos, and grab a couple for the adults in the family, too. The lightweight pouches work just as well for swimsuits as they do for dirty diapers.

Buy It: Mark and Graham, $24.50

Smart Travel Organizer

Pick up these clever backseat organizers to bring order to the chaos that is traveling with children. The savvy design features several compartments to store snacks, juice, activity books and even a transparent pocket to safely hold their tech devices for inflight entertainment or a roundtrip movie.

Buy It: Pottery Barn Kids, $15 (Originally $19.50)

Playful Travel Pillow + Book Pocket

Cute and clever, this travel pillow is a must-buy for your next family trip. The playful pillow sports a vibrant plaid and floral cover and has a built-in pocket for your kid's favorite fairytale or coloring book. Little ones will find comfort for in-flight naps or look forward to using it as a makeshift road trip activity tray.

Buy It: Etsy, $24.00

Personalized Adventure Pouch

Keeping your kid entertained and/or enthusiastic about long travel days is no easy feat. Snag this zipped pouch and personalize it with their name to build excitement around the adventure that lies ahead.

Buy It: Etsy, $16.82

Mobile Sound Machine

Soften the blow of new environments (and time zones) with this soothing, portable baby sound machine. Toss the tiny device into your backpack and bring it out at naptime to ensure your babe has a consistent sleep schedule. The innovative machine cancels out disturbing noises and replaces them with a steady stream of calming, gentle sounds. Oh, and did we mention that it doubles as a portable LED nightlight?

Buy It: Crate and Barrel, $29.95

Pack + Go Playard

Bring your baby to the beach or enjoy a picnic at the park with this protective and portable playard. It's a prime buy for travel because it's suitable for indoor and outdoor use and serves as a space for sleep and play while away. The lightweight structure folds flat for easy packing and features a canopy that protects against harmful sun rays and pesky summer insects.

Buy It: Target, $69.99

Portable Play Mat

Bring along this plush, portable play mat to ensure your baby has a clean space to play or sleep. The soft pad folds into itself and secures in place with a snap closure system. Toss it in your carry-on or weekender, and enjoy tummy time throughout your travels.

Buy It: Crate and Barrel, $120.00

Lightweight Travel Crib

This high-quality travel crib is a must-buy for families who travel regularly. The bundled kit provides everything you need, with a lightweight and foldable crib, a carrying case and an attachable mattress. You'll love the one-step setup and appreciate the security that this crib brings to your upcoming trips.

Buy It: Crate and Barrel, $300.00

Secure Sleeper

Ensure your baby sleeps soundly and safely while away from home with this linen baby nest bed. The lovely design serves as a carry-along cot and features a soft, hypoallergenic filling and a high-quality, stonewashed linen fabric. The eco-friendly linen is great for babies because it features antibacterial properties and aids in regulating body temperatures. Plus, each nest is adjustable and designed for babies up to seven months.

Buy It: Etsy, $84.15 (Originally $99)