If Mother Nature was human and the month of April was her fourth child, she must have given her (and the entire spring season) the bane of passive aggressive behavior because April can’t decide if it wants to be full on spring or still hold on to winter. Each day in April you wake up to either low 50 degree temps, with cloudy, gray showers all day or a breezy sunny high 60′s teasing one into breaking out in shorts and flip-flops only for the temperature to drop back in the 40′s at nightfall.
But spring’s indecisive weather notwithstanding, those of us who can’t wait to usher in summer are done with our spring cleaning and gearing up for our summer travels.
These are my top ’must-haves’ travel gear for families with toddlers.
1. Trunki : These lightweight, wheeled travel luggage for kids is a great carry-all. It stows easily in an airplane overhead compartment and offers plenty of space for all your kids essentials. It can also be used as a pseudo-stroller as you head from security area to your gate before boarding.
*PHOTOS FROM TRUNKI WEBSITE
2. Electronic entertainment
Nowadays the standard tv in front of your airline seat is not enough to hold today’s tech savvy toddlers short attention span. These ‘must-bring’s are essential in this digital age.
3. Travel Pillow: I recommend this Sharper Image Slim Travel Pillow. It comes with its own travel case. Although it looks like a bolster pillow inside the case, it actually folds out to a comfortable sized pillow that provides ample neck support.
5. Snack Packs: For extended air travel it’s always a good idea to pack your own snacks to make sure there are no melt-downs while onboard. As I mentioned in a previous entry, try not to pack too many sugary snacks as this might lead to an out-of-control sugar-rush state that you can’t contain during a packed transatlantic flight. Here are some ideas.
Summer might be two months away, but this tongueincheekmomma is already gearing up for travel. Happy adventures friends!