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Posted by on Feb. 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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We're thinking of taking my daughter on vacation in April, she's nine months old. It's a family vacation, one where my parents, my brother, his wife and my niece all go, and an assortment of other relatives depending on the year. The destination is HiltonHead South Carolina, which is within driving distance (10-12 hours) or we can take a quick 2-hour flight. I'm not sure which we're going to attempt, but I do know we need to pack a lot of things. I started researching baby travel gear and found some great stuff that fits our travel needs; and even has me thinking it might not be so hard to travel with a baby afterall.

Obviously, we can't bring her crib, but we can bring a Pack-n-Play. They fold up so small and compact, and are relatively lightweight. She can sleep in it at night, and we can use it during the day whenever we need to contain our enthusiastic crawler.

A high chair is also out, but I wasn't excited about lugging a plastic booster seat with us either, which is why I was excited to find this Baby Travel Chair. It's easily packable, comes in its own carry-case, and will definitely be coming with us.

If we fly, we'll need to rent a car when we get there, which means we'll need our car seat. It's not small, and it's heavy.  Luckily, there's this Car Seat Bag that has straps, a handle, and luggage wheels to make it easier to lug that car seat through airports.  

What do you find helpful when you travel with kids?

by on Feb. 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Feb. 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Toys, books, snacks, coloring book
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by Nora on Feb. 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I haven't traveled much but snacks and a bag of toys he hasn't seen helps a lot!
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by on Feb. 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I haven't travel more than an hour drive with ds, and he always sleeps in the car.

by Ruby Member on Feb. 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Books, toys, extra snacks, games.
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by on Feb. 16, 2012 at 6:23 AM
Snacks! Video games!
by Amanda on Feb. 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

That travel chair is cute.

The Nintendo DS helps with my older daughter. 

by Shawna on Feb. 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Many hotels and condos have pack n plays there if you call ahead and reserve it you'll know whether you need to bring yours or not.  Also we used to bring the kids booster seat with tray (that folds all up) in place of high chairs.  Bring a day or two worth of diapers and buy more once you get there.

by on Feb. 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

lots of snacks and new toys!

by Tiff on Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I never had to fly with my kids and the furthest we have ever driven was two hours lol. We just pack snacks, books, and dolls. Usually they fall asleep and we don't have any problems.

by on Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Food for sure!! That high chair thing looks awesome! !!
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