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Stow it all — wet or dry — in the Itzy Ritzy wet bag. (Photo: Courtesy of Itzy Ritzy)

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Traveling With Kids? 8 Staples That Jet-Setting Parents Swear By

Between TSA lines, flight delays and forever-long walks to terminals, let’s face it: Traveling with kids in tow isn’t always an easy feat. Couple that with hefty luggage and an urgency to stay on schedule, and you’ll want to pull together a packing list that requires only the most crucial items for you and your jet-setting little ones.

From packing cubes to paper goods, here are eight of the best products out there now for parents and children on the go.

Itzy Ritzy Travel Happens Wet Bag

Plan ahead for on-the-move, missed-the-potty accidents with this eco-friendly wet bag. Made with a BPA- and PVC-free lining and available in a handful of vibrant patterns, consider it the perfect on-plane accessory for you and the fam.

Be sure to stock extra dry-clothes options for when mishaps do strike, like any of these nautical-inspired outfits from Lakeshore Baby.

Doona Infant Car Seat and Stroller

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Transporting your wee one just got easier. (Photo: Courtesy of Doona)

Flying just got loads easier with this made-for-travel must, which transforms from car seat to stroller (and back again) at the push of a button. Protective padding and a five-point harness provide extra-safe rides, and its aircraft-approved status means you can push it all the way to your seat before collapsing its wheels pre-takeoff.

Westin Heavenly In-Flight Blanket

Keep kids toasty warm on chilly flights with this ultra-soft blanket originally designed for Delta Airlines. Featuring a woven, tone-on-tone grey herringbone pattern and made of only the most luxe materials, this en-route cover is as pretty as it is practical.

Sondre Travel Voyage Pillow

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Rest easy on the flight with this travel pillow. (Photo: Courtesy of Sondre)

This company raised more than $125,000 through crowdfunding to launch its Voyage Pillow — and for good reason. The U-shaped sleep essential is half the size of the traditional travel pillow and comprised of plush microbeads, ensuring it’s both easy to pack and wildly comfortable.

What’s more? A multipurpose, poly-spandex band means you and your older tykes can use it any way you like during your mid-air nap, from an eye pillow to an against-the-window prop.

Icepops Cool-It Caddy

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Chill out with this cool caddy. (Photo: Courtesy of Cool-It Caddy)

Keep water, formula, snacks and medications icy cool with this caddy, a surface-washable cooler that comes complete with removable freezable coolant packs. Available in four colors and small enough to pop in the freezer or in any carry-on, this one’s a go-to for tot activities year-round.

TravelWise 5-Piece Packing Cube Set

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Stay super organized with these packing cubes. (Photo: Courtesy of TravelWise)

This suitcase saver helps parents to stay organized while they travel, thanks to five different sizes of lightweight, durable nylon cubes that function similarly to small drawers. An open mesh top ensures easy-to-find garments while five different color options means there’s a set for everyone in the family.

Eagle Creek Travel Towel

Clean up spills fast with this super-soft and absorbent towel, which is made of quick-drying poly-nylon microfiber. Feather-light and a cinch to compress and stow in its own mesh bag, this is the ultimate travel accessory for any youngster-accompanied travel.

W Hotels Backup Plan Toilet Paper

The parent who thinks of everything will surely want to stow this backup plan in the travel bag for any in-transit surprises. Forget any mishaps with it unrolling mid-commute — a white cotton drawstring bag ensures that you can pack it worry free.