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Traveling with Kids: Resources

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
By raincoaster

The Young Black StallionInspired by Glinda’s Monday Teeny Poll about traveling with kids, I’ve gone out and rounded up a bunch of online resources to help you organize the paperwork, the finances, AND the logistics of this heroic undertaking.

Because I reside in The Socialist Republic of Canuckistan, Google serves me a ton of .gc.ca websites, all of which are informative enough but somewhat limited. You, because you probably reside elsewhere, are permitted by Mr. Google access to different websites, so if you do find one you’d like to pass along, post it in the comments section. Hopefully, this post will keep growing as more people contribute.

Here are some sites I’ve found so far:

Have Kids, Will Travel from CAA Magazine – a short article with solid, practical advice. The red eye tip is particularly useful. Related article below:

Road Trip Essentials: What to Take With You – the perfect checklist (yes, an actual checklist) to ensure that you, your car, and your kids are ready to take to the road.

TravelWithYourKids.com – a website devoted to answering all of these questions. Annoying “Read More” feature on all articles, but the articles themselves are worthwhile and cover most of the ground.

TSA: Traveling with Children – ah yes, the dreaded TSA. Fortunately their website is not as scary as their reputation, and it is very well-written, giving clear instructions and telling you exactly what to expect when taking small children into or out of the country. Good to know they do not separate parents from kids.

NEVER leave babies in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.

Dear god, who would do that anyway? Somebody trying to save a few bucks on the six-months checkup???

TravellingWithChildren.co.uk – not so good. The site appears to be mostly a shopping site: the actual articles are difficult to find, in the sidebar where you’d normally expect advertising. And the articles themselves reference products they sell too often, and are not the most creative. It DOES give a fascinating insight into a culture where travel is not just accepted; it’s almost mandatory. The relentless desire of the British to leave Britain, given three days off, is one of the cultural curiosities of the world; surely it can’t be THAT bad?

DebbiesCaribbeanResortReviews – darn exhaustive, and no punches pulled here. Reader-contributed reviews of pretty much every resort and island between Florida and Mexico, all from the point of view of parents with young kids.

HotelFun4Kids – part of a larger site offering hotel reviews and reservations, this section has tips for ensuring your kids enjoy their stay at a dude ranch, amusement park, traveling with grandparents, and much more. Short, decently-written and informative articles.

How to Travel with Kids Without Going Crazy – always a useful skill, you’d agree. A practical article from Canadian Living magazine with some very good advice on preventing/avoiding/dealing with the inevitable stresses that will come up.

Put your suggestions and links in the comments section: if you have more than one link per comment, it may be held in moderation so be patient. We WILL check and fish you out of the spam queue!

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Losing that Excess Baby Weight, Finally!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
By Glinda


Becoming a new mother means, among other things, that you suddenly become more laden with gear than a burro going down the Grand Canyon. A simple trip becomes something that must be planned and prepped for like a weeklong vacation.

Eventually you become used to carting around large diaper bags, backpacks, breastpumpers, sippy cups, bottles, bibs, you name it. For a little while, I had to use a checklist to make sure that I didn’t forget anything, because forgetting something means that somebody is going to be unhappy. And if that somebody is unhappy, then everybody is unhappy.

When your child gets older, you can dispense with the diaper bag, and instead utilize a large purse stocked with emergency supplies. Some wipes, an “in case” pull-up, snacks, and some extra toys for a long wait at a restaurant. Which doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but which require a fairly good-sized bag.

But Glinda says, it is time to stop the madness!

Now that my child is soon to turn six, I am reclaiming small purses and their rightful place on my sloped shoulders.

No more huge totes that weigh enough to cause one side of the body to be lower than the other. No longer will I have to secure my purse its own seat in the car. Now my husband might actually be able to walk right next to me on the other side since there won’t be a luggage-sized piece of leather in the way. Or maybe even (gasp!) hold hands!

And listen, shoulder bags are back in, so the timing is perfect!

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