Making Travel with Kids Easier with New Products

Even under the best of circumstances, when you travel with kids and babies you need patience, organization and a bit of ingenuity.  New items that debuted in March at the 2013 Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas, Nev. make traveling with kids easier for you and fun for them.

PlayAway case

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There are children’s travel games. There’s children’s luggage. Why not combine the two? That’s the concept behind JK Worldwide’s PlayAway carry-on.  The PlayAway case, a carry-on with integrated “pod” or entertainment center that keeps young travelers entertained with knowledge games and educational modules about planet Earth, including a stowaway board game, counters, dice, activity pad and crayons.

Every case comes with 12 high quality plastic crayons, a PlayAway Activity pad and free unlimited access is to the PlayAway online fun educational activities which you can download and print to take on your trips

The PlayAway case retails for $124 and is available immediately at the company website and in stores starting in July.

Go Anywhere Travel Feeding Booster Seat


It weighs 1.4 lbs., folds pinkespressodown messenger bag style with a handle and shoulder strap and is the only seat to comply with standards set by ASTM International.  The Go Anywhere Travel Feeding Booster Seat  features a five-point restraint harness, three sets of adjustable straps to secure to almost any chair and is ideal for traveling and everyday use.

Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, it folds up easily into a messenger bag style 12 inches x 4.5 inches x 11 inches (folded), 12 inches x 18.9 inches x 11 inches (open).  It holds a maximum weight 40 lbs. Recommended for 12+ months, it also is suitable for a child who can sit unaided.

Go booster, inflatable booster seat

gobooster2gobooster1Your child may be too old for a car seat, but still needs a boost.  Seat belts can be dangerous for children when they aren’t properly positioned, but ordinary booster seats are bulky, heavy and impractical for holiday travel.

Now, there’s the GoBooster, the world’s only inflatable high-backed booster seat. The easy-to-use inflatable GoBooster combines safety with convenient, travel-friendly features. The GoBooster comes with a drawstring travel pouch, so you can easily take it along in your handbag, suitcase, or backpack and even keep a spare in your glove compartment.

The seat is not designed to completely replace a normal child seat.  But if you have an occasional need for a booster seat or inflatable GoBooster is designed with six shoulder belt positions and adjustable safety clips, which position the shoulder belt safely over your child’s chest instead of dangerously close to the neck.

The unique lap belt guider keeps the lap belt position over your child’s upper legs, protecting her stomach. The lightweight, durable inflatable GoBooster weighs less than 2 lbs., inflates, and deflates in just seconds, so it’s ready when you are. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or a babysitter, the GoBooster is the fast, convenient way to keep children safe wherever you travel.

Miamica Lil’ Traveler baby on-the-go kit

Miamica baby on-the-go Kit GirlsHere’s one sleek baby travel item that does not come in pink or blue or covered in juvenile artwork unless you want it.

The Lil’ Traveler baby on-the-go kit from Miamica, provides all the essentials for the infant jet setter — and in a fashion-forward design that compliments the lifestyle.

An organizing dynamo, the bag’s compact design includes a 15″ x 18″ changing pad that folds down to about 4″ x 6″ and fits into the diaper compartment.   There are also labeled compartments for lotions, pacifiers, diapers, wipes and other baby items.  Measuring 9.6” x 6” x 3.75”, Miamica’s Lil’ Traveler baby on-the-go kit glams up the fashionable baby’s necessities.  The Lil’ Traveler baby on-the-go kit

Trendy Kids Luggage Collection

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For tweens, TrendyKid has CHAT and Danger Zone designs from its TravelKool line, Danger_1044x2000on-trend cases that appeal to fashion-conscience older kids who want their luggage to look as good as the clothes they carry.

Travel Buddies may be purchased as a set comprising a hardshell wheelie case and matching 13” backpack, or bought separately at Sets sell for $89.99 each; individual pieces are priced at $64.99 for the case and $29.99 for the backpack. The TravelKool cases retail for $69.99 each.


About Patricia King

Patricia King is a travel writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. A former reporter for several newspapers and wire services, she also writes about budget and best value travel and North American travel destinations topics in Indianapolis, across the country and around the world at Feel free to drop her a line at with suggestions for future stories. To get her stories delivered to your inbox, click the RSS feed or the “Subscribe” button above or follow her on