Alright, I’m back as I promised with some tips we picked up on our last stay with our kids. Obviously, the holidays are a super popular time for travel and also a time of year where we are all trying to save money in order to buy the perfect presents for our family. So, I wanted to pop in with some tips for traveling with your kids, especially if you’re going to be sharing a hotel room or a common space with your little ones. On this last trip, we had one room, two kids, and a lot of time to kill after the kids fell asleep and we were trapped.
3 Tips for Holiday Travel with Kids
1. Bring your GOOD stroller
Okay, I know this may sound silly, but sometimes traveling with your stroller can seem intimidating. How are you going to transport it, will it get damaged, etc. but it really doesn’t have to be a complicated thing. In fact, if you do it the right way, you will be SO glad you did it. You want the stroller that’s easy to push, can hold all of your stuff and keeps your kids wrangled when you need them to be. We love, love, love our UPPAbaby VISTA stroller. It can either be used with two seats or with a piggyback skateboard attachment for Elouise to ride on. Either way is so great, and a bonus is that they offer a heavy-duty travel bag (they have one for every style) that fits everything you need compact and has wheels for easy transport. In addition to that, when you purchase a travel bag through UPPAbaby you can register online for their Travel Safe program, which you will want to do. What is it you ask? The Travel Safe program ensures when you simply register your Travel Bag online, any damage caused to your gear during air travel is fully covered by UPPAbaby! I mean, if you ask me I don’t know why you’d want to travel with any other stroller brand!
2. Bring headphones and an extra “device”
This is a particularly great tip for the times that you are going to be sharing a space with kids. Here’s the thing, when you are in a hotel room with your kiddos your bedtime is essentially whenever their bedtime is. You’ll want some sort of device like an iPad or laptop where you guys can watch a show or get some work done after the kids go to sleep. The headphones obviously come in handy to not disrupt the sleeping children. We also have this really awesome thing called a headphone splitter so we can use two sets of headphones on one device, it’s genius.
3. Bring a few items to create an (almost) identical sleep environment for your kids
I like to stalk hotel websites before we book our stay to get a feel for the layout of the room so I can decide if it will be a good fit for our family of 4. Surely I’m not the only one who likes to save money on rooms, especially when you’re literally only in it to sleep. We ended up asking for a crib for Elouise and taking the mattress out to put on the floor with her blanket and her “pillow” (a hotel pillow with her special pillowcase from her bed at home) and her favorite three stuffed animals. We decided to put Sully’s portable crib in the opening to bathroom (see the video below for details) so that he could have his space. Of course, we brought both noise machines and set them up right next to their “beds”. And essential oils, allll the essential oils.
These few things were SO helpful for travel, our hotel stay, and our family outing (Disneyland obviously). Here are a few photos from our trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. Would you get out my little cutie on her piggyback skateboard? So fun!
I had a lot of you asking about this specific hotel room and so I saved my Instagram stories and threw them together to make a little video for any of you who may be planning a trip to Grand Legacy At The Park soon!
*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UPPAbaby. The opinions and text are all mine.