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TykeMart bloggers are world class travelers.  They’ve traveled with kids on planes, trains, automobiles, and cruise ships.  They share tips to help you find the best travel deals to stretch your vacation dollars.  They write about popular travel destinations; where to stay and eat, and what to see and do with the kids once you get there. Road trips to shore trips, our bloggers are talking about it. Infants to teens, our bloggers share budget friendly ideas to keep kids of all ages entertained on the road.  Feel free to join in the conversation, tell us about your favorite vacation ideas and share your travel tips.

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Cruising - Tykemart

TykeMart bloggers are seasoned cruisers.  They have cruised with kids on many of the major cruise lines that cater to the North American market.  
They share tips to help you find the best cruise deals.  They share tips to help you get the most out of your cruise and stretch your vacation dollars.  
From Alaska to Asia and points in between, our bloggers have cruised there.  Learn little secrets that make your family cruise memorable.  
Feel free to join in the conversation, tell us about your favorite vacation ideas and share your cruise tips.

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Your plans are set, you’ve got your tickets, rental car, and hotel; you know what you want to see and do.  It’s time to pack!

When I travel alone or with my husband packing’s a breeze; throw things in a suitcase and we’re off; not so easy when kids are involved.  When packing for kids my “hunter/gatherer” instincts kick in and I’m always tempted to over- pack. 

Packing depends on several factors:  how long, where, weather, and hotel’s facilities. If the hotel, resort, or cruise ship have Laundromats you don’t have to pack too much if you are willing to do laundry.    Before packing I make a list of things I need then buy what I don’t have.  Here are some tips to help you pack for your next vacation.

 

  • If you don’t have one consider purchasing a baby sling or carrier.  Carriers free up hands to carry luggage. There are many kinds like the sling carrier by Action Baby Carriers or the Ergo.  One should fit your needs and budget.

  •  For children 8 months and older consider purchasing a “Ride-on Carry-on”.  It’s a seat that straps to your rolling bag.

  •  Children 3 years and older can carry a small backpack or pull a child size rolling bag.  I especially love the “Trunki”, a fun and colorful ride-on suitcase.  Kids fill it with their “stuff” and roll it behind them or ride them – it has a long pull strap. 

 

  • Infants and toddlers use many disposable and consumable items, if you are checking in a bag filled with disposable diapers, bottle inserts, formula, and baby food consider packing them in a sturdy box instead.  You can toss the box at the end of the trip and go home with one less bag.  On the other hand I see a suitcase filled with these items as extra space for me to pack all the items I buy on the trip!

 

  • Too busy to gather all the stuff or want to travel lighter?  Check out www.babiestravellite.com. They make kid travel easy by shipping all your baby and toddler needs to your destination.  Everything your child needs, including meals and formula, will be there when you arrive.

 

  •  Pack weather appropriate clothing.  When we travel from Honolulu to the Mainland in the winter I make sure we have cold weather gear in our carry-on luggage. 

 

  • If you plan to nurse en-route a nursing cover allows you to nurse anywhere.  For more privacy book a window seat. 

 

  • Gather/purchase all the items you want or need to carry-on the plane.

 

 

o    Bottles (for hygienic and sanitary reasons consider using disposable inserts) and sippy cups

 

 

o   Formula (put pre-measured powdered formula in multi-compartment plastic containers made specifically for this purpose) Like this formula container by Munchkin.  It can be purchased at your local baby store or on Amazon.com.

                                                                                                                                  

 Pacifiers and Teethers – Altitude changes may cause ear pain.  Sucking on a pacifier or a bottle help open up ear tubes and alleviate the discomfort. Place pacifiers and teethers in a clear ziplock bag so security personnel can examine them without handling them.

 

o   Changing pad, diapers, wipes, diaper creams, and plastic bags to dispose of dirty diaper Munchkin Arm & Hammer

                                                                                                                       

On-the-Go Diapering

o    Any medication you need to take or to give baby – for international travel consider bringing OTC medication as well.  Tylenol, Tums, etc. are available abroad, but may have different brands, if you don’t speak the language buying them can be difficult.

o   Pack sunscreen, lotions, bath wash, and other liquids in checked luggage

 

o   Change of clothes – for baby/toddler and you in case of accidents

o   Blanket & small pillow – airlines don’t always provide them in coach, even if they do there’s the question of cleanliness – blankets and pillows aren’t laundered after each use.  I find this unsanitary.  I bring my own, even when traveling solo.  US Airways flight attendants sell travel packs with a blanket, inflatable neck pillow, eye cover, and earplugs in a lightweight zippered pouch, last time I flew them it cost $7.

o   Favorite stuffed animal – my grandson always travels with “Beef” his stuffed dog

 

o   Toys, books, puzzles, coloring books & crayons, ipods, ipads, leap pads, headphones and other devices to keep the kids entertained en route  

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o   Snacks – Buying snack at the airport or on the aircraft can be costly;  they may not have your child’s favorites – don’t bring drinks from home, unless it is breast milk, juice, or formula, they will be confiscated by airport security.

                                                                                                       

Beaba Stackable Containers from Pottery Barn Kids

 

o   Pack snacks, toys, books, etc. on top for easy access.  You don’t want to be unpacking and re-packing searching for that game your child wants to play.

o   If you are attending a special event like a wedding consider hand carrying your event attire– airlines are known for loosing luggage

o   Download games and ebooks for mobile devices.  www.Family-Travel-Scoop.com sell downloadable and printable Fly it Quiet activity packs that entertain your kids with fun activities that teach them about your destination.

o   Buy and install new batteries in devices that need them.

 

  • Charge devices. Bring their respective chargers.  Most gates have charging stations for your mobile device.  Some aircraft are equipped with USB ports for passengers to use – check your airline to see where these ports are located and what type of chargers they accept – you may have to purchase an airplane charger, they are rather pricey.

 

Image by onmilwaukee.com 
 

o   Travel documents – tickets, car rental and hotel confirmations, etc.  Most of these can be stored on your mobile device.  Saving them electronically is convenient as long as you remember to bring your device.  Don’t forget your passports if you are traveling internationally, this will be required at check-in.

o   If  traveling with children that are not yours without their parents you must have written consent signed by both parents. This is particularly true for international travel.  When entering and leaving their country immigration authorities will ask for written parental consent at check points.  I always have a notarized power of attorney from my children and their spouses when I travel with grandkids.  You also need it to get the child medical care while traveling.  Not having parental consent will cause you problems.

o   Bring health insurance cards.  Check out of town benefits before you leave home; each insurance provides different coverage.  Most will probably not cover out of state doctor visits, but will cover emergency or urgent care visits when you’re out of state.  They also will not cover medical expenses out of country, but some will reimburse you for emergency medical care.  If you are traveling far for an extended length of time or have health concerns for anyone in your family traveling with you consider purchasing travel insurance.  It will cover medical and travel emergencies while you are on the road.  One such company is www.travelguard.com.

o   Bring your credit or debit card.  Airlines are cashless, if you want to purchase anything on board the only payment form accepted is a credit or debit card.

Wherever you’re going this summer safe travels!

When you have kids traveling with them is almost always a necessity.  Whether it’s a quick run to the grocery store, a road trip to the Grand Canyon, or a flight to Aruba, taking kids along means taking their gear too.

Here are 12 accessories we found that every parent needs.  They will make life on the road just a bit easier.

 

1. This stroller organizer fits onto a stroller’s handlebars.

 

This Skip Hop Stroller Organizer keeps everything you need at your fingertips.  Available at amazon.com.

 

2. A “SlumberSling” prevents baby’s head from drooping.

 

Sold at ashandalysbabes.comthis product keeps sleepy heads from drooping.  I helps prevent sore necks when baby wakes up.

 

3. Booster Seat Headrest keeps older kids comfy on road trips.

 

Going on a road trip?  This headrest from zulily.comwill keep older kids comfy.

 

4. Stroller hook is a great help anywhere. 

 

Simple and inexpensive this stroller hook will make life so much easier.  Available at oxo.com.

 

 

5. Save car seats with this Piddlepad.

 

This Piddlepad available at amazon.com will save car seats from accidents when you’re on the road.

 

 

6. The “My Buddy” tag bracelet alerts you when your child leaves your sight.

 

Every parent’s worst nightmare, losing track of their kids.  This handy bracelet helps ease some of that fear.  Find them at http://www.mybuddytag.com/

 

7. Put a BiKN tag in your child’s pocket for a high tech solution

 

These tags from bikn.com  help you keep track of children in big crowds.  You can also use the tags keeps track things you frequently lose, house keys or your car in a giant parking lot.

 

8. Carseat iPad holder protects iPads from sticky dirty hands.

 

Find this great organizer at zulily.com.It not only protects the iPad, it keeps it in place so you don’t spend all day searching for it.  

 

9. Keep kids busy and organized with this On-The- Go-Play tray.

 

Keep all your child’s necessities at her fingertips with this tray from ltdcommodities.com.

 

10. The Stroll-n-Cool keeps your child comfy on hot summer days.

 

 

You can get this cooling pad at strollncool.com

 

11. This chair luggage attachment will make navigating airports much easier and less stressful.

 

Get this at rideoncarryon.org  

You might get some add looks at the airport, but who care’s at least your arms aren’t sore and your sanity is safe. Keeps kids always within your sight.

 

12. These Sip Snaps turn any cup into a sippy cup.

 

Turn any cup into a sippy cup, the rubber fits over any size cup.  Order them from weespring.com

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