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13 Must-Have Items For Your Next Trip with Your #MiniJetsetter

Let’s not sugarcoat it: traveling with kids is hard. In truth, handling all that gear, keeping the right stuff on hand, and—god-forbid—dealing with a meltdown can be painful. That said, streamlining with gear that is light, thin, and uncomplicated goes a long way towards ensuring a smoother trip for the parents of #minijetsetters.
GB Pockit Lightweight Stroller
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GB Pockit Lightweight Stroller

Weighing in at under 10 lbs, the GB Pockit literally lightens the load. It slides easily under an airplane seat or fits in an overhead compartment. The newer 2018 Pockit+ is heavier at 13 lbs, but is just as compact and can also recline and hold a carseat. 
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Dockatot Deluxe+

The Dockatot Deluxe+ is the ultimate portable baby travel bed. Lightweight and portable, it can be used both on a plane as well as at the destination. Choose from two sizes: the Deluxe (for 0-8 months, and which can be carried on), and the Grand (9-36 months, to be checked in).
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BabyBjorn New Baby Carrier One Air 2019 Edition

Whether it’s navigating an airport or taking a leisurely stroll in a new city, any opportunity for a parent to go handsfree is a boon. We love that this model is lightweight and can smoosh down into a carry-on. Plus,  we don't need an insert for newborns.
 
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CARES Child Airplane Travel Harness
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CARES Child Airplane Travel Harness

Traveling with a carseat is cumbersome and annoying. For kids weighing 22-44 lbs, opt for one of these instead.
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Go-Go Babyz Travelmate Car Seat Travel Stroller for Toddler CarSeats

They’re often unwieldy and heavy, yes, but also sometimes necessary. Pop the car seat and baby or child (up to 50 lbs) on to this compact 5 lb travel stroller and cruise through the airport easily. 
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DadGear Backpack Diaper Bag

Throw all your baby paraphernalia into this top-rated lightweight diaper bag backpack. Hooray for handsfree!
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Jetkids by Stokke Bedbox
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Jetkids by Stokke Bedbox

 Word on the street is that the Bedbox is a game changer for long-haul flights. For kids up to 6 or 7 years old, it serves as hand luggage, bed, and scooter in one. Just make sure to check your airline’s policy on kids’ travel sleep aids.
 
 
 
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Babyzen Yoyo + stroller and frame set

The Yoyo was the original compact stroller and continues to have many devotees. It’s on the pricier side for lightweight strollers, but the Yoyo+ is sturdier than its competitors and could also function as a primary stroller.
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My Little Seat Travel High Chair
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My Little Seat Travel High Chair

Highchairs aren’t readily available all over the world (gasp), so depending on the destination, this portable number could be super useful. It’s light and folds down tight so won’t take up any precious room.
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Aden and Anais silky soft dream blanket
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Aden and Anais silky soft dream blanket

The dream blanket is this snuggly Aden + Anais option--it's still lightweight, but a perfect extra layer for those chilly airplane cabins. (If you couldn’t tell, we love this brand.)
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Petit Collage Sticker Activity Winter Wonderland

We're huge fans of Petit Collage’s sticker and magnet sets. Everything is packaged together in small tin containers, so it’s easy to keep tidy and is perfect for travel.
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Apple iPad

On long haul flights, your precious baby is bound to get a little grumpy.  When she/he does, we’re not adverse to pulling out the big guns: the iPad. (We do what it takes. Survival is survival.) There are tablets out there geared specifically for kid-focused content and use, but Apple’s latest (6th generation) iPad has the best combination of performance, ease of use, and app selection. Spring for a shatter-resistant case, too.
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AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set
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AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set

Organization is essential, parents, and these packing cubes go a long way.
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Aden + Anais Indigo Shibori Silky Soft Swaddle muslin cloths and blankets
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Aden + Anais Indigo Shibori Silky Soft Swaddle muslin cloths and blankets

Provide warmth, give shade, wipe spills, and so much more with these muslin cloths. The prints are cool, too. 
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