Take Less and Do More: The Essential Pack List for Family Travel


As a company founded on innovative design and empathy for moms, we at Mamava appreciate well-designed products that help you simplify. Here, we round up all the things you need to help your family pack less, travel lighter, and free up space—in your luggage and your life—for more adventures.


An easy-to-carry car seat

We know this sounds like an oxymoron.  But that was before we discovered the WAYB Pico—a super light portable car seat (weighs 8 pounds!) that’s easy to fold and carry and fits easily in the overhead bin. Designed by parents who love to travel, you can kiss those bulky car seats goodbye. (Recommended for ages two and above.)


A simple stowable stroller

When you’re traveling with babies, being able to collapse a stroller with one hand can make a big difference. So we’re loving the Colugo Compact stroller, which touts “one-handed, two-second fold” ability and easy-to-wash fabric. Another great option is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller, which weighs only 13 lbs.


A capsule wardrobe for kids

Want a capsule wardrobe for the small humans in your life? Check out Primary for simple 100% cotton mix-and-match clothes in fun, bright colors. The designs are simple, but are made without any tags, slogans, or child-labor, so you can feel good about the outfits they choose. Even when you don’t.


Comfy shoes that can go the extra mile

If you’re looking for a one-and-done shoe—for you and your kiddos—you can’t go wrong with Saltwater Sandals, which go in and out of the water and are comfortable for long walks.  Sizes start at 0 for baby and include all sizes for kids and moms. Or try TOMS classic go-with-everything cotton flats for moms and tiny TOMS for babies. With every purchase, TOMS donates to “issues that matter,” including ending gun violence and supporting impoverished children around the globe. Look good, do good!


Collapsible water bottles that don’t leak  

Whether you’re hiking, sight-seeing, or spending a day at the beach with your family, stay hydrated with a smart collapsible water bottle that can fit easily into your pocket or bag. Check out this one from ONTA made out of durable BPA-free silicone or this compact fold-up version with wrist loops for easy carrying from Nomader’s.


A baby carrier for hands-free living

Free up your arms and let your babe see the world with a baby carrier. We especially like Ergobaby’s multi-position (and ergonomically designed!) baby carrier for its consideration of comfort for the carrier (lightweight mesh and a lumbar support waist belt) and the carried (adjustable bucket seat and a SPF 50 baby hood).


A convertible bag

Part of packing light is taking less stuff. But having the right bag can make that a lot easier. Patagonia’s Lightweight Travel Tote checks all the boxes: it’s durable, light, and stylish (and fits handily underneath the seat in front of you on long flights). It's easy-to-hide convertible straps means it can do double duty as a sleek shoulder tote or as a daypack to stash snacks and sunscreen for your next outing.

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