Traveling with kids can always be tricky, whether you are challenged by keeping your kids entertained on road trips or navigating the sleeping situation at hotel rooms. Our family has traveled a few times with our kids and our experience has been different each time. We've learned some useful tips for traveling with kids as well as things to avoid, and we've tried some great gear that has made traveling with kids a whole lot easier! I'm excited to highlight portable bed rails from The Shrunks which make keeping your kids in bed during family travel and vacations as easy as can be.
Stay in a place where your kids can have their own room or section of a room. Vacation rentals by owner (VRBO) are a great option for getting a larger space for your money. You can often rent a small house or condo for the price of an average hotel room. We love staying in VRBO rented places. If your kids can have their own room then it's a lot easier for you and your hubby to stay up later to talk or watch a movie. These individual vacation rentals also often have their own kitchen and are furnished, so you can easily make breakfast and enjoy meals at home while on vacation with your family.
Don't pack your schedule too full. Leave room to have fun and fit naps in. We usually plan 2 to 3 main activities to do per day and fill in the rest of the time with spontaneous activities; walking through a park, going to a local ice cream shop, or just wandering the town and enjoying the local culture. Maybe you'll find a local farmers' market to stop by. This allows us to have down time with our small children and not have to worry about meeting our itinerary goals.
Make some special memories vs. seeing everything you can. We focus on making a few special memories with our kids on vacation, rather than seeing everything possible. We loved exploring the tide pools on our Oregon family vacation last year and and hiking with our baby to a forest waterfall in Hawaii. The rest of the vacation easily fades in memory, but these specific events are memorable and cherished.
Staying away from home with your toddler? These portable inflatable bed rails from The Shrunks feature a slim design that easily slips under the bed sheet to create a barrier on the edge of any bed. You can inflate these portable bed rails in minutes using the compact foot pump it comes with in a convenient carrying bag. All the materials are BPA-free, Phthalate-free and lead-free and The Shrunks inflatable bed rails are designed for ages 2 and older. The inflated size is 48 in. x 7 in. x 4 in. and the bed rails roll up at a weight of 0.6 lbs.
The Shrunks travel bed rails may need to be occasionally re-inflated depending on location, temperature, and humidity. They act as a barrier to keep your child from rolling off the bed at hotel rooms or when you are away from your child's bed. My 2 year old needs a rail or some type of barrier to successfully stay in bed. We have a built-in rail at home on her bed, and these inflatable bed rails provide the security on the go that my daughter has built into her bed at home. Check out all the features of these travel bed rails and learn how convenient they are to travel with kids!
b.box Sippy Cups
These are easily our favorite sippy cups, featuring a weighted straw and easy to grasp handles. The straw allows your child to easily drink when semi-reclined in a car seat or stroller. And the straw is thinner than normal so they are pretty hard to spill in the car. My daughter loves her award-winning b.box sippy cup and she's hard to convince to drink from anything else!
Yummi Pouch Cloth Snack & Storage Bags by Revelae Kids
Easily contain your snacks and travel gear in these modern cloth snack bags, easily closed with a zipper and perfect to hold dry snacks, fruit, hair accessories, cosmetics, and more! Everything Storage Bags by Revelae Kids are ideal to hold larger items such as extra clothes, hats and sunglasses, and bottles of sunscreen or bug repellent. These Eco-friendly cloth bags allow you to keep everything together in a cute, moisture-resistant cloth bag that you can tuck into your purse, diaper bag, or beach bag.
Okiedog Kids Suitcases
Nothing travels better on a family vacation than a cute kids' suitcase. Okiedog has several darling suitcases designed especially for kids and roomy enough to hold all a child's necessities. See our darling pink Wildpack suitcase review here.
Check out our Summer Kids Faves for more great gear for traveling with kids, including an airline harness, car seat sun cover, and a self-cooling stroller liner!
Prize: A gift certificate in the form of a check out code, for a 2 pack of Travel Bed Rails
This giveaway is part of the Bugs and Hisses Giveaway Hop hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on Oct. 19, 2016. The winner will receive a coupon code to order a set of two (2) inflatable bed rails from the Travel Bed Rails website. Prizes will be shipped directly from the brand. This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate.
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