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Does the idea of traveling with kids seem scary? Here is some great advice about how to get started (and why it's worth the effort)

Does the idea of traveling with kids seem scary? Here is some great advice about how to get started (and why it's worth the effort)

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    • Traveling with Kids
      • Debbie Dubrow DeliciousBaby.com
    • Agenda
      • Why Travel
      • Your Greatest Fears
      • Planning
      • Flying
      • On The Road
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    • Why Travel?
      • Wouldn’t it be easier to stay home?
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    • Why Travel
      • Leave your day-to-day routine and reconnect as a family
      • Slowing down can be good
        • Immerse yourself in a new culture
        • Kids help you connect with locals
      • Learn through doing and experiencing
        • History & culture in context
        • It's ok to be different
        • New activities
    • Your Greatest Fears
      • What are they?
    • Changing Expectations
      • Relaxation?
      • Pace
      • Will they appreciate it
      • Will it be perfect
      • Live in the Moment
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    • Planning
    • Where to Go
      • Wherever you want...
      • Set your goal and then make it work
      • Don't worry about what other people think or say
      • Kids live everywhere
        • Activities, products and services will be there
      • All inclusive resorts aren't necessarily easier
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    • Flights
      • Logistics
        • Minimize stopovers
        • Time of day (sleeptime)
      • Cost
        • Discounted infant & child fares
        • Extra charge for lap infants internationally
        • Policy on car seats (esp in Europe)
        • Checked baggage fees (stroller, carseat, infant luggage)
      • Lap Infant
        • Safety vs. cost
        • Find a flight that isn't full
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    • Hotels
      • Location
        • Close to public transportation & main sites
      • Apartment rental or home swap
        • Extra space, kitchen, washing machine
        • Weekly housekeeping (not daily)
        • Residential: grocery stores, restaurants & playgrounds
      • Hotels
        • Room size: inexpensive suites
        • Chains are more baby safe & soundproof (in general)
        • Wifi
        • Refrigerator or kitchenette
        • Cribs?
        • Other Considerations
          • Pool; babysitting; kids activities; kids menu; toys
    • Logistics
      • Baby Gear
        • Ship ahead or buy on-site
        • Local Rentals
      • In-City Transportation
        • Public transit is easiest
        • Some airport-transfer services offer car seats
          • Sit-n-Stroll
          • Car seat laws vary
      • Cell Phones
        • Unlock your phone
        • Buy a simm chip on arrival
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    • Documentation
      • Birth Certificate and/or Passport
      • Visa(s)
      • If only one parent is traveling, appropriate documentation
        • Notarized permission, custody agreement, death certificate, etc.
      • Emergency contact list
        • Include local "911" and doctor
      • Medical history
      • Itinerary
      • Photocopies of credit cards & passport
        • separate from your wallet
    • What To Do
      • Pace
        • Similar pace to home: 2-3x more time to see city
        • Naptime in hotel, stroller or sling
        • Allow time to enjoy piazzas, local playgrounds, etc.
      • Finding activities
        • Festivals
        • Playgrounds
          • City or tourist websites
          • Google maps satellite view
        • Activities & restaurants
          • Local Blogs
          • Expat websites
          • Search "Barcelona with kids"
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    • Preparing Kids
      • 10+ mo
        • Explain what will happen
          • Shuttle, airport security, flight, etc.
        • Explain security while you're in line
          • Need to put lovey on the conveyor belt
      • 2+ yrs
        • Start to show pictures of your destination
        • Start to show a map
        • Pack a busy bag together
      • 3+ yrs
        • Story books, crafts, videos
        • Picture of the day journal
      • 5+ yrs
        • History related to destination
        • Travel journal
    • Packing
      • Less is Better
      • Carry on
        • Passports & documents
        • Comfort items
        • Food, formula, bottles, sippies, diapers, medication
        • Quiet, neat toys
        • Extra clothes & PJs
        • “ Cares” harness, car seat
        • Stroller or sling
        • Electronics
        • Checked bag / roller
          • Plan to do laundry (you will anyway)
          • Separate each person's clothing
      • Packing checklists on DeliciousBaby.com
    • On The Road
    • Time to Go
        • Pack Early
        • Hire a sitter
        • Allow extra time at the airport
          • Eat, play, exercise
    • The Plane Flight / Car Ride
      • Most parents' biggest fear (me too)
        • A small % of the trip
        • Expect that things will sometimes go poorly
        • But... you can make things easier
      • Exercise, exercise, exercise
      • Food, water, milk
        • Protein and milk are calming
        • Low sugar
        • Quiet time during takeoff
        • Dole out toys slowly
        • Bribe your neighbors
        • Plan for delays
    • Jet Lag
      • Expect about 4 days to adjust
      • Seems worse on return
      • Don’t fight it
      • Things that help
        • Sunshine (esp at dusk and dawn)
        • Exercise
        • Calm and quiet at night
        • Adjust meal schedule gradually
      • Take advantage of long naps
    • Travel Toys
      • What makes a great travel toy?
        • Quiet
        • Neat
        • Reusable
        • Disposable
        • No small parts
    • At Your Destination
      • “Planning is everything, the plan is nothing”
        • Know what you want to see and do
        • Do the most important things first
        • Allow extra time
        • Carry addresses, phone numbers, directions
        • Be flexible
      • Live in the moment!
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    • Resources
      • DeliciousBaby.com
        • Packing lists
        • Favorite travel gear
        • Favorite travel toys
        • Babyproofing
        • Jet Lag
        • Severe food allergies
      • GoCityKids.com
      • CookieMag.com
      • Frommer's "With Kids" series
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    • Bring with me
      • Favorite Travel Gear
        •   baby sherpa
        •   eagle creek bags
        •   carabiners
        •   cares
        •   frommers books + rome book
        •   ergo
        • lock & lock
      • Favorite Travel Toys
        • empty cardboard box
        • sticker books
        • coloring books
        • playmobils
        • blue tape
        • Flyers
          • Keeping kid busy + Duct Tape + itinerary?