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Traveling With Kids

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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)

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Traveling With Kids

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

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