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:
The airports are really cracking down on oversized strollers right now and are asking parents to check their strollers with their luggage. I was just recently told that my stroller had to fit through the security scanner conveyor belt so they could check it out. It was a tight squeeze and almost didn’t fit, but we pushed it on through. After that trip, I knew I needed a smaller stroller to avoid any potential snags in the security process.
The world’s smallest folding stroller, the gb Pockit
, was designed with traveling families in mind. The creators truly considered the difficulties that frequent travelers experience with baby gear and have finally come up with the perfect solution.
The gb Pockit stroller folds up small enough to fit in a large tote bag, making it so much easier for the entire family to board an airport shuttle, an airplane or even a taxi. This stroller folds and unfolds extremely fast so you don’t have to worry about a line building up behind you as your fiddle with your stroller.
To give you an example of how handy the gb Pockit is for our family travels, picture this:
4:30am – Arrive at Sacramento International Airport
4:40am – Find parking spot and begin unloading the car
4:50am – Get the toddler in the stroller, hold hands with the 4-year old while rest of family rolls luggage to the parking lot shuttle.
5:00am – Parking lot shuttle arrives. Everyone in line boards the shuttle with ease ahead of you while you pull the toddler out of the stroller, load the luggage, collapse the stroller and find a seat.
5:10am – Arrive to airport terminal. Again, everyone on the shuttle gets off with their luggage while you open the stroller, place toddler in stroller and unload luggage with four-year old in tow.
5:18am – Move entire family to ticket counter to check in.
5:30am – After offloading checked baggage, tickets in hand, board the airport tram which takes you to your gate.
5:35am – Arrive at security checkpoint – remove everyone’s shoes, collapse stroller, put diaper bag, stroller and everything else through security conveyor belt while a line begins to build up behind you.
5:50am – Put shoes back on the entire family, retrieve belongings, unfold the stroller, place toddler in stroller and head to the gate.
5:55am – Arrive to your gate where you now wait until your plan boards.
6:10am – Board plan – collapse stroller at the bottom of the jet bridge where staff will grab it to place it under the plane.
– Vacation officially begins!
The gb Pockit stroller takes some of the stress away from the airport process. It’s so fast and easy to to fold and unfold, and even load and unload. Plus, not only is it great for my toddler, but my four-year old loves it, too. My toddler doesn’t always want to be pushed around, so my four-year old hops right in any chance she gets.
Most of the time, I’m having to push a stroller with one hand while I wheel my luggage behind me with the other hand. The gb Pockit flexes a little while pushing it but rolls very smoothly and easily with just one hand.
More Product Features
- 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
Check out my Instagram Demo Video:
Where to Buy
I can rave all day about this stroller and how great it is for restaurants, airports, shuttles, excursions, etc., but I’ll let you check it out for yourself. Visit your local Babies R Us to see it in person of visit the Babies R Us website
to learn more.