Last summer, a few weeks after my daughter was born, my husband and I made a trip to Block Island. Deciding to travel as we had pre-baby, we opted to go car-free, as lightly-packed as possible. We wound up requiring a few oversized dollies to carry armfuls of baby gear on and off the ferry—and the help of uncles and ferry attendants alike to do so.
The lesson was learned the hard way. Traveling with a baby requires a lot of stuff—no matter the means of transportation.
Fortunately, the baby gear industry accommodates to the particular needs of traveling families: There are strollers that maneuver down airline aisles with ease, baby carriers that transform into six different positions when strollers aren’t allowed, strollers that double as car seats, sweet animal-inspired sound machines that clip on to car seats. You get the point.
But the objective remains the same: When traveling with a baby, bring as few things as possible and have as seamless and as easy of a trip as possible. The items below—from diaper bags and food mats to strollers and traveling high chairs—help you meet that goal.
This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Additional reporting by Noah Kaufman.
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