Top 10 Travel Products for Families

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Top 10 travel products for families

Time for another Traveling With Kids post. This time I thought I would share some of my favourite family related travel products. For the most part the following items can be used over and over again and they help to make traveling with kids a little easier, more enjoyable and even a tad more stylish. These are great products to buy your own kids before a trip but also fantastic gifts for any little travellers in your life.

cool passport holders

You wouldn’t have believed the excitement my kids felt when I gave them their own passport holders. I think it was a mix of feeling independent and in control over something that was 100% theirs and the fact that the holders were brightly coloured and beautiful. In any case, it was a huge hit. These holders above are by the super talented designers at Ozzy and Lulu and are very reasonably priced (approx $8 including shipping from Singapore). I’ve also seen a lot of great handmade passport holders over on Etsy (I love to support small scale designers of any kind!).


I bought our first Infobands almost a decade ago when my I had twin toddlers and a little baby. I put these identification bracelets on my kids whenever we travelled or even went out in crowded places just in case I lost sight of one of the little ones (and it did indeed happen a few times). These Swedish made bands allow you to write a contact telephone number or whatever other information that might be important in case your kids get lost (allergies, medical conditions etc). And they’re cute!

luggage tags by tepper jackson

Traveling with kids usually means losing things. My kids leave behind and lose items on a daily basis and it seems to get even more frequent when we’re traveling. So after losing more than one backpack we decided to hang luggage tags on every bag that we have with us. You can find some really beautiful luggage tags out there nowadays or even make a personalized one with photo and text over on Zazzle. Tags above are from the Tepper Jackson Travel Collection.

great travel utensils for kids

These fork-knife-spoon combo utensils are one of our all-time favourite travel purchases. We bought this “hybrid cutlery” (as it’s known) years ago before heading to China with our 4 year old son and 6 year old twins who didn’t know how to eat with chopsticks. We threw them in our backpacks and carried them everywhere we went. Even if the kids, surprisingly enough, learned how to use chopsticks within days of arriving they were still used many times on our trips to Asia but as well on our other travels and hikes in the mountains. Sold here.

Silicone Collapsible Cups

Kids are always thirsty (how many times a day do you here “Mama, I’m SO thirsty”?). So obviously having a collapsible cup that takes up as little room as possible in your purse or bag is absolutely necessary when traveling just about anywhere. These high quality silicone cups come in a snap shut container and in the most fantastic colours. Sold here.

sigg water bottles

In addition to the collapsible cups we also always travel with our collection of Sigg water bottles. These high quality Swiss made bottles never seem to break and are easy to find in just about every country nowadays. We’ve had ours for over a decade and even though they’ve travelled the world they still look brand new. They are a bit on the pricey side but once you invest in one of these for each child you should be good until they leave home for university. Plus, imagine all the disposable water bottles you won’t have to throw out!

these earplugs are a life saver for flying kids

I don’t know if any of you have every flown with a kid with an earache or ear infection but I can assure you it’s absolutely horrible. And loud. It’s not only a painful experience for the child but also the fellow passengers and especially the parents. So to avoid these situations at all costs I always fly with a box of these special ear plugs for kids called EarPlanes. They’ve saved our lives on more than one occasion.

best luggage for kids
And of course you have to think about getting a miniature sized suitcase for your miniature sized travellers. I’ve written in the past that I’m not a huge fan of doing long haul trips with the kids and their little cases due to the fact that we usually end up carrying them after five minutes. But for small trips, overnights and sleepovers these little suitcases are perfect and kids love them. My favourite brands are Oilily, Room Seven, Sammies (by Samsonite) and the famous Trunki (which has wheels and allows tired kids to sit on them and be pulled).

games for traveling

These miniature versions of everyone’s favourite board games are ideal for traveling. They are small and take up minimal space in luggage and carry-ons and will keep kids amused for hours. These Drumond Park games are available on Amazon. And don’t forget to pack a deck of cards as well!


After talking to a lot of traveling families one of the most frequent “top purchases” was a Kindle (or e-reader) for their kids. The amount of room that you save by not taking stacks of books is huge. For us having three very avid readers we usually have to take about 2 novels per kid for a two week vacation. That’s 6 books that have to fit in the already over-packed (and often over-weight) cases. So by having the kids download their books to the Kindle it would save a lot of space and weight from suitcases and backpacks. This would be a great Christmas or birthday gift for any little traveller in the family (or big traveller!). Sold at the Kindle Amazon store here.

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13 Responses to “Top 10 Travel Products for Families”

  1. Sally from Little Hiccups Says:

    June 27th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I can vouch for how well those Earplanes work. They are fantastic. I used to get a lot of pressure pain when flying and these little plugs just made it go away. I used to fly twice a week for work and during this time they really came in handy. Luckily my kids don’t seem to have inherited my bad ears and have never suffered from pressure pain when flying. I like to keep some Earplanes on hand for them when we fly, just in case.

    My must have kids’ travel product at the moment is the Potette Travel Potty. My 2 year old is toilet training at the moment and this fantastic travel potty has saved us from quite a few messy accidents! It’s great for road trips but I also find it handy for every day use when we’re out and about in the city. It folds flat so I just keep in under the stroller and it’s always ready.

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    Ear plane while flying is one of the most tortuous things ever! Sorry to hear about your bad ears but happy your kids didn’t inherit them!

    I’ve heard many great things about the Travel Potty. It’s awful when you’re trying to potty train your kid then have to abandon it all due to being away from home. When I had wee ones this didn’t exist or at least I hadn’t heard about it!

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    I obviously meant to write ear pain!

  2. Traveling With Kids: Top 10 Travel Products for Families | Jillian In Italy Says:

    June 28th, 2013 at 6:58 am

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  3. Giova Brusa Says:

    June 28th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I need the thermos asap, and the mention of the portable potty, reminds me I need one of those too.
    The passport cover are super cute, but being that we have 2 passports, then papa bear is the one in charge of them, so no cool cover for us ;(
    Road trip here we come! Thanks Jillian for all the cool gadgets!!

  4. Andrea Moreno Says:

    June 28th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    My favorite travel product for kids is this Trunki Boostapak, it is a backpack that turns into a car seat! My sister in law gave it to us as a gift like 3 years ago, and it is soooo practical and useful! I highly recommend it!

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    A backpack that turns into a carseat! Genius!

  5. Hana Says:

    July 7th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Hi Jill, after reading this, I went straight onto the infobands website and bought three – I have been waking up at night in a sweat terrified that I’m going to lose my girls in a Chinese city – so this might help my slightly irrational fear! Thanks for the great list! H xo

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    I thought of you and your trip to China when I wrote about these. I had all 3 kids wear them the entire month we spent there a few years ago. I wrote our numbers, the numbers of our Chinese friends and our consulate numbers on them. Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  6. Nicki Says:

    November 1st, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I love the collapsible cups (would love to avoid using a million disposible cups on the plane) but the link that you posted doesn’t seem to be working. Do you know of any other place that they’re available for sale?

    Melissa L. Reply:

    I have been trying to get these, too, since first reading this post. Initially the link worked, but the site said they were out of stock and I e-mailed the retailer but didn’t get a response. Somehow I finally located these exact cups on a Chinese wholesale site. Anyone know if there’s a way to use this information to locate another retailer?

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Hi Melissa,

    Bummer about the site being out of stock :( I found some that were comparable but not exact. Hopefully they help:,-blue?preferredSku=8407980002&cm_mmc=cse_PLA-_-pla-_-product-_-8407980002&mr:trackingCode=0719A8D7-93DD-E111-8DC4-001B21631C34&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pla&mr:ad=36518385160&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:filter=39033398800&msid=vWI9B4h2_dc|pcrid|36518385160|&{copy:s_kwcid}

    and this one (in case your in the UK)

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    Sorry about the link not working anymore! I found this option on Amazon.

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