This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the gb Pockit to facilitate my review.
Deep down, I think that most of us have a dream of traveling the world or visiting the destinations on our travel bucket list. The travel bug bit me in 2012 on a cruise to Jamaica, Haiti and Mexico and I was hooked. Fast forward to 2016 and I have been to more international destinations that I could have ever imagined, and I’ve done it all with my kids.
Most adults imagine a vacation with kids as more of a “trip” and not a relaxing vacation. Sometimes it can be a little exhausting to travel with kids (packing, snacks, diapers, wipes, extra clothes, car seats, strollers, etc.); but the best way to vacation with kids is just to do it. Start them young and work through the little struggles one at a time.
Vacationing is sort of like having a baby. You can prepare as much as the books tell you to, but until you have the child, you won’t really know what your family needs. And needs are different for every family.
We seem to have our family travel routine down pretty well these days. After our first vacation with a toddler, we learned pretty quickly what we needed and didn’t need. We definitely over packed in the beginning.
One of the best things to do before a family vacation is do a little digging to learn more about the place you will be staying at. This might sound like an obvious thing to do, but I run into a lot of “I wish I had thought of that” while on vacation.
You want your vacation destination to feel like your home away from home, especially for the kids. Some of the items on my “research list” for vacation destinations are:
- Laundry – Does the resort or cruise ship have a washer and dryer? Having a washer and dryer helps us to avoid overpacking.
- Baby Food – If you are traveling with a baby, check ahead to see if the resort offers baby food. Sometimes they carry a certain brand of pre-made baby food or sometimes they can make it themselves.
- Room Service – Even if it ends up costing more money than it would to go to the restaurant to eat, sometimes room service is a life saver. My family loves to order room service for breakfast so that we can eat in our pajamas and get ready at our own pace.
If you are traveling internationally with a young child, a stroller is a must; but before you load up your extra large, luxurious jogging stroller, consider this:
- Two-step folding technique lets you switch from pushing to carrying the Pockit in seconds
- Self-standing or ultra-compact fold options offer simple storage and transport in a large tote bag or luggage
- Lightweight for easy portability
- Find the best fit for baby with the adjustable harness, which features protective pads for comfort
- Lockable front tires provide the proper balance between maneuverability and stability
- Convenient storage basket lets you keep an extra blanket or bottle handy
- Constructed of lightweight, durable materials for a lasting design
- Recommended weight: Up to 55 lb.
- Product weight: 9.5 lb.
- Dimensions (unfolded): 28″L x 17.5″W x 39.8″H
- Dimensions (compact fold): 11.8″L x 7.1″W x 19.9″H
- Dimensions (ultra-compact fold): 11.8″L x 7.1″W x 13.8″H