• Bambina Diaries

Summer Travel Essentials

Updated: Jun 29

When traveling with the whole family it is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially when packing. After posting a few stories about how Maddy and I pack for road trips we received a lot of feedback so we decided to put all our knowledge and what works best for us in a blog post.


Below is a quick overview of a few of our favorite products:



  1. BLOP Bags: Maddy and I both agree that BLOP bags make traveling with little ones so much easier. They are easy to clean, come in so many sizes and colors and you can personalize and label each, that way everything stays organized. Those days of storing items in zip locks are long gone! We noticed that our suggested rest stop bag was a big hit! Using a travel BLOP cube bag, we placed our masks, hand sanitizer, small wallet, keys, and any true essentials we know we'll need when we get down by ourselves or our child(ren).

  2. Easy Access Bag: For us, our Twelve Little bags are a must-have when traveling or going anywhere. They help keep all the essentials handy at a moment's notice. Plus, they have a variety of options for both women and men! Use the code 12LITTLE20 for 20% off your order.

  3. Toddler Busy Back Pack: Having a toddler in a car for so many hours can be tricky and making sure they are busy is KEY. We always put together busy bags for our girls. Usually, for road trips, we put their favorite snacks, grab and go packs, water bottle, their tablet, activities books, and any other items (not messy or problematic) that the girls would like to take. Check out this blog post where we talk about busy bags: https://www.bambinadiaries.com/post/toddler-tuesday-special-guest-blop-shop-essentials-for-the-everyday

  4. Sun Bum: Let's face it, the sun can be killer, and finding the right sunscreen for beach days or any outdoor activity can be hard when you or your little one have sensitive skin. That's why we LOVE Sun Bum. Using earth's most treasured ingredients, Sun Bum protects your precious little ones and friends with super sensitive skin. Use code BAMBINA20 to receive 20% off your purchase. Plus they are great for us too!

  5. Snacks: When you're in a car, tummies start rumbling, and what better way to solve that than with a delicious healthy snack. Creative snacks have a variety of snacks that is sure to please every member in the car. Best part? The bags are extremely easy to open and close, making sure nothing spills or goes bad. Here is where they are sold - http://creativesnacks.com/retailers

  6. Pictures: If you're anything like us, you love to capture special moments from your vacation. Our personal favorite is the Canon Rebel T6 and our trusty iPhones.

  7. Tablet: Having the tablet is a great tool for movies but for learning games too! Our favorite is the Homer Learning App. Tip: Make sure to turn on your cellular hotspot OR download the movies/shows you want because most tablets only work on Wifi. To purchase our favorite click here!

  8. Good Read: For us, a good read is a must for long car rides or even a plane ride. Click the following link for our top picks this summer: https://www.bambinadiaries.com/post/suggested-reading-list

  9. Playlist: Spotify is our best friend along with some playlists that keep not only our little ones entertained but us! Disney Hit Playlist RoadTrip Sing-Along Pool Party Summer Playlist

  10. Getting Your Little Ones Around Town: Sometimes you don't need either of these products but if you do, these are our two favorites. Zoe Strollers (use code Krys20 for $20 off any order of $200 or more) or MacSports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon.

  11. Hiccapop Omniboost Travel Booster Seat: This seat has been a lifesaver with a little one under a year old. It's compact and easy to open and close. We've used it at the beach and in our apartment. The rear pocket is great for bibs & spoons, plus a shoulder carry bag offers sanitary storage. The cover is machine washable too!

Plus we have an amazing company called BabyQuip, offering baby gear rentals throughout the US! If you prefer not to lug with everything they are the go-to company to help you pack light and travel happily. Click here to learn more and use the code BAMBINADIARIES for a special discount.