As a new mom, it didn't take me long to realize just how challenging traveling with a baby can be. I can only imagine what it's like to travel with two or more kids in tow! While my little one does reasonably well when we travel, I’ve learned that parents face unique obstacles along the way, and even the most relaxing family vacation can turn any mom or dad into a tightly wound ball of stress. As a frequent traveler, my goal is to keep the stress to a minimum by seeking out tools and services that will make life easier and more enjoyable for me, my husband and, most important, our son. Here are five ways to do just that!
Babierge is a concierge service that delivers baby goods and gear directly to you. So before you set off on vacation, visit babierge.com and select the city you'll be traveling to. The service is currently available in more than 60 cities in the United States and Canada (and is opening another one to two new markets per week, so keep checking back). You simply choose which items you would like to have delivered to your hotel or wherever you're staying, and they will all be there when you arrive. They offer everything from big items like strollers, high chairs and pack-and-plays to small things like games, toys and food. Babierge works with independent partners who process the orders and make the drop-offs, and they ensure that everything you rent is safe and clean. Imagine having diapers, wipes and a high chair in your hotel room when you arrive? It can make a huge difference to the quality of your trip, and you can pack so much lighter!
Kid & Coe
Hotels can be expensive, and they're not always conducive to the needs of a family. If you're looking for a place to stay that has more room and maybe a kitchen to make family meals, check out Kid & Coe. They make family travel easier by curating private family homes, vacation rentals and hotels that are not only kid-friendly but are beautifully designed as well. This option is especially appealing to families of more than four, as hotel rooms can’t easily accommodate five or six people – but many of Kid & Coe’s available homes have plenty of room for everyone! All accommodations are hand-picked to offer the best options at a destination, so you don’t have to spend hours searching for the best places to stay.
Family vacations are something to be cherished and remembered, and what better way to preserve those special moments than with beautiful photographs? But forget crooked selfies or family shots that are missing Mom or Dad because they're behind the lens instead of in front of it. Instead, book a Flytographer! Available in more than 200 cities around the world, these local professional photographers will do a photo shoot with you and your family, capturing those memorable moments you’ll treasure forever. The advantage of working with a local is that they will act as a guide, helping you find the best places to get the best shots. The process is simple: Visit Flytographer’s website, select your destination and your photographer. (You can peruse their portfolios to find the style of photographs you like best.) Flytographer’s Shoot Concierge will put you in touch with your Flytographer and help coordinate all the details of your shoot. After the shoot, your photos will be emailed to you within five days.
I never realized how much I relied on my Amazon Echo until I traveled without it and missed it – a lot! The Amazon Tap is an Alexa-enabled, portable Bluetooth speaker that’s easy to travel with, and it can help to keep kids happily entertained on the road. The device can play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. When connected to WiFi, the Amazon Tap can also read the news, tell you the weather, and yes, even order a pizza! A good companion, your Amazon Tap will become a member of the family before you know it.
For a long time, I was a carry-on only kind of traveler. But then I had a baby and my carefully executed packing techniques had to change. Now I use packing cubes to keep things neatly organized in separate compartments in my suitcase. One cube is for my clothes, one cube is for my son's clothes, another is for shoes. Keeping everything in its place prevents my suitcase from becoming a mess.
See how Natalie’s husband, Johnny Jet, plans his Family-Friendly Vacations with ease by following these tips: https://www.barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Travel-Blog/Family-friendly-vacation-tips/ba-p/2252291
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Toronto, Natalie DiScala is a writer and editor who now calls Los Angeles home. She worked for leading Canadian design magazine Style at Home for 15 years before taking the plunge and going full-time freelance. She now focuses her attention on her blog Oh! Travelissima where she writes about travel + style. Natalie and her husband, travel expert Johnny Jet, have traveled to 65 countries together and recently welcomed their first child.
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