Whether you're hitting the road or island hopping, traveling with the family can be both exhilarating and exasperating. Fortunately, there are some products that can help eliminate a lion's share of travel drama.
Remember, prices and availability are subject to change and you'll want to make sure any items you buy are in your budget. You don't want high credit card balances hurting your credit score. (You can see where your credit currently stands by viewing your two free scores each month on Credit.com.)
Here are 12 travel essentials to consider purchasing for you and your children.
Baggallini Weekender | Price: $148 at Baggallini
Every great trip starts with a killer bag. This Weekender is big enough for a long weekend, but will also fit under a seat on the plane. It has lots of inner and outer pockets (with zippers and without). One of the pockets even becomes a sleeve that your suitcase handle can slide through, which is very handy for running to the airports. The bag is available in 10 color schemes.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Starter Set | Price: $55.95 at Shoebuy
Avoid suitcase chaos with these light zippered organizers. The set contains three pieces, including a garment folder to prevent that disheveled traveler look. It's available in three colors.
RestoPresto | Price: $39.99 at RestoPresto.com
Measuring 55"x 31" when open, the clever RestoPresto functions as a picnic/beach blanket, a changing pad or even a scarf. It comes with little stakes that attach it to the ground and you can snap multiple RestoPrestos together to create a larger surface. It packs down to a small pouch that you can attach to any bag via the carabiner and is available in four colors.
Perfect Bands Kit | Price: $19.95 at PerfectOnline.com
Just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to neglect your fitness routine! This portable kit contains one 10-pound and one 15-pound resistance band, as well as handles, a door anchor and a storage bag. There's also a workout guide you can download.
Discovery Trekking Ultra Fast-Dry Towel | Price: $12.95 and up at DiscoverTrekking.com
Perfect for jetting from beach to beach, this towel dries in no time and barely takes up any space in your bag. It'll do double duty as a light blanket on the plane or in the car and is available in four sizes and 13 colors.
Mustela Broad Spectrum SPF 50-plus Mineral Sunscreen Lotion | Price: $16 at MustelaUSA.com
If you're traveling with babies or toddlers, toss in this 3.4-oz tube of water- and sweat-resistant kids' sunscreen. It's perfect for travel, but big enough to last. It's also easy to apply on squirmy kids!
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