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10 Reasons to Rent Baby and Toddler Travel Gear for Your Family Vacation

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Traveling with a baby or toddler can seem overwhelming. What if your little one has a fit on the airplane and all of the passengers hate you? How will you keep junior content during that 10-hour road trip? You've got enough to worry about. Here's one way to simplify your travels: rent baby travel gear. Before you pack up all of your parenting paraphernalia, check out these 10 reasons to rent baby and toddler travel gear to save your sanity on your next family vacation.

10 Reasons to rent baby and toddler travel gear for your next family vacation!

1. You'll have less to lug when you rent baby and toddler travel gear.

Flying with a baby or toddler is overwhelming enough without toting around a travel crib, car seat, travel swing and anything else your little precious needs. Lugging less stuff through the airport means less stress and fewer baggage fees for parents.

2. A full-sized crib means better sleep.

Many babies and toddlers sleep better in a full-sized crib than in a pack-n-play. Little ones like routine so try to make your vacation digs as similar to home. A full-sized crib may feel more familiar and more comfy to young travelers. Renting a travel crib especially makes sense when you are staying in a loved one’s home or rental property where you have room to spread out. Most baby equipment rental providers even offer complimentary set up and take down of full-sized cribs.

Rent baby and toddler travel gear for kids who prefer a full-sized crib

Does your baby prefer a fill-sized crib for naps and bedtime? (Photo credit: Christin_Lola, Depositphotos.com)

3. Car seats are needed by law and for safety.

Most likely, you will need a car seat at your destination. Even if you don't plan to rent a car in your destination, if you will be using taxis, Ubers or Lyfts on your vacation, many states require a car seat. Plus, it's the safe thing to do. With most airlines, you can gate check car seats at no extra cost, but you will still need to carry the car seat through the airport. Especially with heavy toddler seats, this can be quite cumbersome. If traveling with toddlers, I recommend buckling kids into their airplane seats with a compact one-pound CARES safety restraint. (Read my full review of CARES safety harness.)Then rent a car seat to use at your destination. Most baby equipment rental companies are happy to meet you at the airport.

4. Rental car companies sometimes run out of car seats.

If you will be renting a car, you may be tempted to just rent the car seat from the rental car company. Beware, though, that sometimes the car rental agencies run out of car seats, even when you've reserved one in advance. I know, this happened to my family once!

Rent baby and toddler travel gear like car seats on vacation

Rent a car seat from a baby equipment provider for your next family vacation (Photo credit: IgorTishenko, Depositphotos.com)

5. Baby equipment companies thoroughly clean and sanitize their gear.

From my personal experience, car seats rented from baby equipment companies have always been meticulously cleaned whereas those from rental car companies are a little unkempt. The same thing is true of travel cribs offered for free at some hotels versus cribs rented from a baby equipment specialist.

6. Make room in the trunk on road trips.

Even if you're planning a road trip with kids, you might want to consider renting at least some of your baby and toddler travel gear. After cramming all of your suitcases into the trunk, you may not have room for that stroller or baby jogger.

Rent baby and toddler travel gear like a bouncy seat for a more enjoyable vacation

A rented bouncy seat may make your vacation more enjoyable (Photo credit: FamVeldman, Depositphotos.com)

7. Some babies simply can’t part with a bouncy seat or baby swing!

I thought my baby could handle a week away from her bouncy seat. I was wrong! Halfway through the trip, I gave in and purchased a bouncy seat at the local Target. It was worth the extra expense so that I could make it through meals and visits with friends without constantly bouncing and appeasing my daughter. The same holds true for some babies who need a baby swing to settle down for naps.

8. A high chair makes meals easier.

If you’ll be eating-in quite a bit at your destination, a high chair will make meals easier. This is particularly true on longer trips. When planning to stay with family and friends who don't have a high chair, you'll be thankful for that high chair when meals are easier and more enjoyable for all.

Meals are easier and less messy with a baby and toddler travel gear like a high chair

Meals are easier and less messy with a rented high chair (Photo credit: pikselstock, Depositphotos.com)

9. Save space for other stuff.

If traveling with more than one young child, you just might have too much stuff to bring along. Parents of multiples or a bunch of young ‘uns of various ages may simply find it impossible to pack three travel cribs, a double stroller, and a slew of toys.

10. Try out new baby and toddler gear.

Not sure if you want to purchase that expensive baby carrier, video baby monitor or inflatable toddler travel bed? Rent one instead! It costs less and you can test it out before making a big purchase.

The bottom line is renting baby travel gear makes it easier to care for your brood while away from home. Planning a trip with a little one? Take a look at the Travel Mamas Directory of Baby Equipment Rental Companies, with listings from baby and toddler travel gear companies around the world. Do you have extra baby and toddler travel gear at home? Find out how to make money renting your gear out to other traveling families.

Would you consider renting baby and toddler travel gear for your vacation? Let us know your questions and comments below!

Top photo by AndrOleksiienko, Depositphotos.com.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.


  1. I would have TOTALLY done this back when my kids were that age. It would have made life so much easier than having to cart that stuff around during the trip.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      So glad I discovered baby rental gear back in the day – it made things so much easier, especially when traveling as a solo parent!

  2. I did not know you can do this now. How convenient this would be for families who love to travel. When my kids were babies, it looked like I had the whole house in the trunk of my car! I will let my family and friends know about this. Thanks for the information.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Thanks for spreading the word to your family and friends – I’m sure they’ll appreciate being able to travel with less stuff and less stress!

  3. Catherine Sargent says:

    Renting the gear sounds like a great idea. I wish I had that option when my son was little. It would have made traveling so much easier.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Too bad you couldn’t take advantage of baby gear rentals when your kids were wee! 🙁 Hopefully you can make use of this service when you have grandkids someday! 🙂

  4. I don’t think renting gear was an option when my girls were babies. I love that it is becoming more widely available now. Traveling is already stressful as it is, so it’s nice to have peace of mind to know there are options to get baby gear while you are traveling.

  5. I never knew you could do this! This is so smart and every parent should have their number. It will make traveling so much easier!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      There are lots of different baby gear rental providers. We list LOTS of them on our directory! 🙂

  6. This should make traveling with babies and kids easier. You can’t really lug a crib through the airport.

  7. Excellent things to keep in mind! I honestly had no idea that so many necessities were available to rent. I sure wish I would have known about this when my kids were little, especially during those chaotic cross country trips.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      It’s more than just cribs, car seats and strollers, too. We rented a humidifier for when my asthmatic son was sick on a trip once.

  8. Great tips! It can be such a pain to lug around all the stuff that babies need when traveling. Renting would definitely free up a lot of room and help ease frustrations!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      So true! Renting baby gear is particularly helpful when traveling solo with little ones – there’s just so much to manage!

  9. I think this is such a brilliant idea. I can remember dreading going on trips with all of our gear!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I’ve got to admit that I’m glad to be free of the days when traveling with kids meant dealing with SO MUCH STUFF!

  10. The less to lug around is what got me. It can be such a pain to haul that stuff from place to place and all around.

  11. I never thought about renting baby things before. It’s actually quite a great idea!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I’m so glad I discovered baby gear rentals when my kids were wee. It made our travels so much easier to manage!

  12. You had me at less to lug. I have had too many bad experiences either losing stuff or being slow because of all of my luggage.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      And it can be so hard to juggle it all, especially if traveling alone with a baby or toddler!

  13. I love the idea of trying different toddler gear What better way to try new stuff than to actually use it!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Totally! Who needs the hassle of buying an expensive baby or toddler item only to discover it’s not for you. This way you could even try out a variety of brands before making a choice!

  14. Renting is definitely better than purchasing baby gear for a trip especially if you’re not sure if you’re going to use it often or if you can use it at home. These are great tips! It’s really going to help parents who are traveling with their babies for the first time.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Thanks for your comment, Carol! I hope new parents benefit from this easy way to lighten their loads while traveling.

  15. I had no idea you could actually do this, but such a smart idea!!! Perfect for traveling this holidays!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Yes! Renting baby and toddler travel gear is especially handy during the holidays when parents need to lug not only suitcase but gifts, too.

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