A Mom’s Guide to Travel

Five jet-setting women tell us how they take a trip with kids without losing their minds.

With the potential for layovers and lost luggage (not to mention the endless chants of “Are we there yet?”), traveling with kids can be a decidedly unglamorous enterprise. But—never fear— we’ve called in some experts in the form of our favorite road warrior moms. Their tips and tricks for stylish and sane family travel make us want to pack our bags stat. Layovers be damned.

Co-founder of Cover Clothing (coverclothing.com),
Mom of Holden (9), Gwyn (7), and Gretchen (4)

“We travel quite a bit with our three kids. In 2012, we took them to Carmel, Aspen, Santa Fe, New York City, Southampton, and Florida. My husband and I also go to NYC every couple of months and recently celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary with a European trip that included stops in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Frankfurt.”

“My sturdy Céline bag makes a great carry-on. I fill it with fashion magazines, my cream Valextra notebook, a big bottle of Evian water, my MacBook Air (so I can work on the plane), and my iPhone 5 filled with tunes from Bloc Party, Delta Spirit, Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, and The Beatles.”

Courtesy of Vendors

1. Cover Clothing UPF 50+ bandeau swim top and banded maxi skirt
2. Black boots by Fiorentini + Baker
3. American Apparel raglan pullover
4. Marni overcoat
5. T-shirts from The Row and Alexander Wang
6. James Jeans jeans
7. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 sunscreen
8. The Wet Brush hairbrush
9. Elastic hairbands
10. Mineral Fusion eyeliner powder in Raw and Lancôme Definicils mascara

Founder of Hail Merry snacks (hailmerry.com),
Mom of Evan (15), Quinn (12), and Dwyer (10)

“We go to Santa Monica several times a year for work and play. When it’s just play, we love Maui.”

“I love my new Urban Junket bag. It’s made with recycled plastic bottles and comes in chic colors. But the best part is that there is a battery pack inside for recharging my iPhone.”

Moleskin, Hail Merry: Elizabeth Lavin; All others: Courtesy of Vendors

1. Fresh Sugar lip balm with SPF
2. Mother jeans, a cashmere sweater, my Lululemon yoga jacket, and cowboy boots. “I guess I’m Texan to the bone.”
3. iPod loaded with favorite podcasts
4. MacBook and an extra battery. “I get my best work done on uninterrupted flights. Working on the plane allows me to be fully present when I return home to my family.”
5. Moleskine notebook
6. Fast Company magazine
7. Healthy, easy-to-pack snacks such as Hail Merry Grawnola and tangerines 8 Hand sanitizer and a scarf. “I use the scarf to open doors, especially the bathroom door on the airplane. I’m a huge germaphobe.”

Founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes(sprinkles.com),
Mom of Charlie (5) and Harry (2)

“My little one is still too young to attempt an overseas adventure, but
we love the mountains. Sun Valley and Jackson Hole are frequent

“I can’t live without my monogrammed T. Anthony luggage. Each member of the family has the same bag but in a different color. Mine is purple.”

MAC: Elizabeth Lavin; All Others: Courtesy of Vendors

1. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense. “It’s got an SPF of 50 but feels incredibly lightweight, plus it provides a healthy tint that stands in as makeup.”
2. MAC Cremesheen Glass. “It adds a great hint of color and stays on longer than the usual lip gloss.”
3. DevaCurl No-Poo and DevaCurl One Condition for curly hair
4. Oliver Peoples Benedict aviator sunglasses. “They’re the LBD of sunglasses, seamlessly transitioning from hiking to a ladies lunch.”
5. Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber cinnamon raisin bars. “I throw them in my purse when traveling to keep me from eating airport or airline food.”