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Kid-friendly travel gear you won't want to leave behind

Keep them safe, busy and comfortable on your next vacation

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MAP IT Taking in the big city sights with the whole family? Let the kids navigate with the help of the Crumpled City Map. Made from 100 per cent waterproof Tyvek (the same material that goes into car covers and priority mail envelopes) the virtually indestructible map is designed to be used and abused. Consider it a rebellious cousin to the prim, foldable Michelin road atlas. Consult the index of monuments, museums and historic landmarks, then scrunch the Crumpled City Map into a ball and toss it in your bag. Currently available for London, Rome, Paris, New York, Berlin and Hamburg. $19 (€12);

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PACK IT Make sure nobody loses sleep on your next vacation with KidCo’s PeaPod Plus. This portable crib, with its own sleeping bag/pad, inflatable mattress and air pump, and adjustable wind screens, is easy to set up whether it’s nap time or nighttime. It’s also very light – just over three kilograms – and lugging the PeaPod Plus around airports is hassle-free: It folds into an over-the-shoulder carrying bag. $109.99;

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WEAR IT Before you hit the rides at Disney World, arm the little ones with a SafetyTat. The temporary tattoo is best applied on the hand or wrist and reads “If lost, please call” followed by a parent or guardian’s mobile phone number. Specialty versions include information about food allergies and other medical conditions. Designed to last several days, the SafetyTat may also come in handy on bachelor/bachelorette weekends in Vegas. $19.95;

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