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Baby and kids travel gear

We all know how much easier it is for us to cope with a long road trip or plane ride if we have the bits and pieces we need. Well, the same goes for the kids. Here's a few suggestions for babies through to older kids to make travelling just as fun as the destination.

Top picks for babies and kids travel gear

Give the kids their own digital camera and view your holiday through their eyes. Fisher Price make a real-life, kid-tough, digital camera designed for chubby hands. Naturally it comes in blue and pink, cleverly has two-eye viewing (ever seen a child try to wink?), and works just like a grown-up version, allowing you to store and print the pictures. Also, it’ll serve as a sturdy back up when the kids lose yours.

Support little necks from flopping with a Squidgy Neck Pillow for kids.

Kids will be more likely to want to carry their own bag if it's a cute pull along Trunki. And you'll be more likely to want to buy your kids a Trunki because when they give up after a minute, they can ride it while you pull them along. Attach a cute My Name Bag Label so they can easily spot there Trunki on the baggage carousel.

Cute Kipis Bib Clips allow you to turn anything into a bib - a napkin, a placemat, a cloth nappy -all with just a clip around the neck (no, not that kind of clip!).

Buy a Harry Potter audio book to play in the car for the older kids, Air Baby Music For Dreaming for the baby and What's The Time Mr Wolf for the ones in between all from Soundbooks.

baby sling or toddler carrier is essential for travelling away from home.  It is so much easier to move through the airport with your luggage and more compact to pack and carry while out and about as well.

An in-car bottle warmer is like manna from heaven, for everyone.

Hiring your baby equipment once you arrive at your destination makes sense when you realise you've got the porta-cot, highchair, baby backpack, stroller, pram, baby capsule, toddler car seat and bassinet all lined up at the front door and nobody has started packing yet.