Don't Start Your Trip Without These

Mothers pushing her daughter in a travel stroller

There's nothing easy about being a mom on the move—it's fun, yes, but rarely is it simple. However, there are a few accessories out there that can help your travel-prone life run more smoothly:

1. Activity Tracker

You can get in a lot of steps just by chasing kids around, and you'll log even more once you throw travel into the mix. Invest in an activity tracker that'll hold you accountable without killing your vibe—something you can slap on your wrist and forget about while it tracks your heart rate, sleep schedule and distances traveled. Some trackers will vibrate to remind you to get moving if you've been sedentary for a while, and some will offer tips for improving your sleep patterns if you've been waking up frequently during the night. But best of all, activity trackers act as motivators—if, at the end of an exhausting day, you can boast that you got 25,000 steps in, maybe that makes the exhaustion a little more well worth it.

2. Pocket Blanket

Seriously, this will come in handy more often than you know. Once you work kids into the travel equation, there's really no telling when your clan might need to stop for a snack break or even a quick power-nap. And when those times surely come, you can whip out your pocket blanket and have an instant seating area at the ready.

It also comes in handy for dozing on airplanes and bundling up at baseball games, so make sure you've got one stashed in the bottom of your purse at all times.

3. Travel-friendly Stroller

Get your hands on a stroller that flies. In recent years, strollers designed specifically for air travel have hit the market: They're lightweight and fold compactly enough to fit under the seat in a plane or in the overhead bin, meaning you may never have to gate-check a stroller again.

4. Portable Charger

Admit it: You need your phone. How else would you successfully navigate anywhere, or call your hotel when your kid forgets something there, or locate the nearest Starbucks when you're in a strange city? But unfortunately, phone batteries have limits—and you don't want those limits to ruin your day.

For that reason, make sure to have a mini portable charger on-hand. It can be as small as a tube of lipstick, and even then, it just might save the day.

5. Foldable Tote Bag

Every trip is different, but each seems to have one theme in common: You'll come home with more stuff than when you left.

That said, a foldable tote bag can really come in handy. Keep it nice and compact at the beginning of the trip, slipped into the corner of your carry-on and giving you one less thing to worry about when you're just trying to get everyone packed and situated and at the airport on time. On the way home, bust out the tote to carry all the extra stuff you and the family magically accumulated over the course of your trip.