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Our Foolproof Packing List for Family Vacation Success

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This essential gear for a globetrotting clan makes family travel a breeze – at the airport, in the air, and while spending time together at your final destination.
 
1
EZPacking Packing Cubes
Many travelers already know the brilliance of packing cubes, which come in handy when sharing a suitcase. These transparent sets let you assign everyone their own color, but eliminate any mix-ups should someone forget their hue. $50, amazon.com.
2
Que Collapsible Water Bottle
Colorful, lightweight, and nearly unbreakable, the silicone, plastic-free Que is a solid choice for thirsty travelers of all ages. $25, quebottle.com.
3
Weatherman Collapsible Umbrella
This meteorologist-designed umbrella is coated with water-repelling Teflon and has a Bluetooth tracking feature so you’ll always be able to find it. $59, weathermanumbrella.com.
4
Kids Pink Kitty Cozyphones
Skip the airline-provided earbuds for the little ones: These fleece headband-style headphones come in an array of cute, kid-approved styles. $25, cozyphones.com.
5
Belkin Rockstar 5-Jack Audio Headphone Splitter
One device, multiple kids? Up to five sets of headphones can plug into this splitter, which makes sharing the tablet on the plane a little less stressful. $15, belkin.com.
6
Anker PowerCore 10000
 
Every teenager (and adult, for that matter) needs their own portable phone charger for long days away from the hotel. (That said, it’s OK to put the phone away for a while!) We like this one because, at six ounces, it won’t weigh down your bag. $32, amazon.com.
 
7
TrayGuard Kids Seat Tray Cover
 
The hygienic tray-table cover also doubles as a coloring activity pad for kids, keeping germs at bay and little ones amused – at least for a little bit. $9, trayguard.com.
 
8
Jet Kids by Stokke BedBox
 
This sleek, versatile suitcase is designed to pull triple-duty for kids age 3-7: They can ride on it through the airport, then use it as a leg rest or mini bed while in the air. Pro tip: Check with your airline (or on the Jet Kids website) before flying to make sure the bed configuration is allowed in flight. $199, jet-kids.com.
 
9
Uppababy Minu Stroller
 
Widely rated as one of the best travel strollers currently on the market, this portable piece weighs only 15 pounds and folds up in a flash – and it’s stylish to boot. $400, amazon.com.
 
10
Bubblebum Backless Inflatable Booster Car Seat
 
Recommended for children who weigh between 40 and 100 pounds, the inflatable Bubble Bum is a compact, convenient, and highway-tested alternative to bringing a bulky car seat on vacation. $60 for two, bubblebum.com.
 
11
Personalized Faux Leather Passport Covers
 
These handmade passport holders make fun matching travel accessories for the entire group, and they’re available in an array of custom colors and designs. $25, etsy.com.
 

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