When you become a parent travelling with a baby involves a lot of preparation and a lot of gear.

Forget the days where you and your partner could throw a few things in a bag and head out the door in holiday-mode, now you need to think of everything from nappies to travel cots and car seats to prams.

While your holiday plans may no longer be as straightforward as they used to be, there are plenty of tips and clever travel items to make your time away a lot easier.

Research and plan your itinerary  

As borders open and people take advantage of travel, destinations will be busier than ever. Therefore, it is important to do your research before planning and locking in your itinerary.

When doing your research, be sure to understand the paths and accessibility routes so you can appropriately prepare yourself and your family. For example, does the zoo you are planning to attend have narrow winding paths, where a light and ultra-compact travel stroller could be better suited? Or will you be staying at a farmstead or by the beach, where the terrain is trickier? A stroller with more robust tyres and suspension would be most suitable here.

Choose a stroller that is designed to meet your holiday needs.

Stroller and travel systems like Joie’s literax 4 DLX Travel System ™ helps parents move from A to B with ease. With its included Gemm infant capsule and base, and a one-hand, quick compact fold, it’s the perfect travel system for quick trips and long-hauls.

Bringing together the best of both worlds, the litetrax 4 DLX stroller features a flat-recline seat for much-needed naptimes and includes thoughtful perks for parents including a cup holder, soft-touch handle, and an extra-large basket for toys, treats and more.

Whether you’re going on a quick trip or enjoying a staycation, the perfect travel system will help parents move around with ease.

Think and pack light (if you can) 

Travelling light is a difficult task at the best of times, especially with tiny tots in tow. Have you found yourself completely jam-packing one suitcase for you and your partner, and a single entire suitcase for your little one? You’re not alone.

Saving weight and packing light where you can, can mean the difference between paying big bucks for additional baggage or budgeting for a larger rental car to store your full-featured pram.

Weighing in at just 5.92kg, the lightweight, self-folding tourist™ stroller is the perfect partner for effortless excursions. Packing a punch in a tiny package, tourist is infant capsule compatible with the included adapters, features a full-size basket, UPF 50+ canopy, and integrated carry strap ready for any and every adventure.

With a one-step, self-folding system paired with an incredibly flat fold package, the Joie tourist™ is one of the sweetest to collapse and one of the smallest when collapsed.

Turn any room into a nursery with thoughtfully designed products 

When travelling with little ones, it can be difficult to find accommodation that caters to the specific needs of your child. Are they used to sleeping close by in a co-sleeper? Or do they love their rocker at home, which would be simply impossible to bring?

Many hotels do provide cribs at your request, however, to skip the uncertainty and safeguard you and your little one’s holiday experience, pack a travel-friendly and thoughtfully designed porta cot. The complete baby centre sure to turn any room into a child-friendly haven, Joie’s excursion™ change and rock is the perfect travel porta cot with included change table and removable rocker.

With a simple, fold and go set up, the excursion™ change and rock features a high-rise bassinet insert for bitty babies, a wipeable and removable change table, and cosy rocker with a canopy, all within a travel-friendly carry bag.

The Joie excursion™ change and rock is quick and easy to set up and folds down in seconds.

Choose a car seat you can trust

With the continued uncertainty around interstate borders, many families are opting for staycations or travelling within their home state. With more families on the road, getting out and about to visit family and friends, the right car seat is an important tool for parents to keep their minds at ease when travelling.

The Joie family of car seats covers children right from birth, up to big kids.

In line with Australian Standards and car seat safety best practices, the Joie family of car seats covers children right from birth, up to big kids. The i-Gemm™ infant capsule armour™ fx convertible car seat, and the trillo™ booster ensure a safe ride, every time for every age.

Joie takes its car seats and safety seriously, and even more serious is how much it tests its seats before they hit shelves. All Joie car seats are tested over and over again so parents can rest and ride easy. With ISOFIX latches, harnesses and buckles tested over 10,000 times in factory, Joie car seats are also crash speed tested to 70 km/h and include only the best high-quality materials, including aero-grade aluminium, super-strength steel, and undiluted plastics.

Choose the right car seat to ensure a safe ride, every time for every age.

Brought to you by Joie Baby.