This conversation on tips for traveling with kids is sponsored by UPPAbaby. All words and opinions are my own.
I'm a stay at home mom that just can't stay at home. When my son was born I managed to make it the first few months being a homebody, mostly because our days were filled with nursing and napping. Lots of napping. But I started to go stir crazy after awhile and needed a change of scenery. Since it was the middle of winter there wasn't much for us to see and do so I would drive to the mall, pop him in the stroller or strap him on my chest and just walk and walk.
Once warmer weather rolled around we started getting out and exploring the city more, taking him on trips and seeing the sites. And now that he's two and full of energy and curiousity we have to take him somewhere and get out of the house everyday or I'd probably go crazy.
Living in Northern Virginia we are lucky to be just minutes from DC and surrounded by tons of fun things to do with kids. On any given week we are visiting the zoo, hiking trails, checking out a new park or exploring a museum, monument or theme park. We are a short drive from the mountains, beaches and lakes and we love to just take off on the weekends to somewhere new. When moms ask me how I manage to do so much and travel so many places with a toddler I'm happy to share my tips.
Tips for Traveling with Kids
First, you just gotta get out there. It's so important, especially for new moms, to get out of the house every now and then. It will do wonders for you and your baby. Nothing is more amazing than seeing your little one discovering new things, lighting up with excitement at all the wonders of the world.
Second, you need to keep a bag of essentials ready to roll at all times. Not your everyday diaper bag because you want to fill this one with all of the just in case stuff you don't want to lug around daily. Having an essentials bag in the car at all times will make it so much easier for you to get out the door quickly and not worry about what you might have left behind. Stock it with diapers, a change of clothes, wipes, an extra bottle or sippy cup, pacifier, sunscreen, bug spray, a small towel and a mini first aid kit and you'll be set.
Third, have a plan. Trying to come up with something fun to do everyday is exasperating. Instead of trying to figure it out on the fly I set-up our activities calendar at the beginning of each month. I go through our local parenting magazines and websites and mark down all the kid friendly events happening around town. You can also check your local library, book stores, recreation centers, churches, etc. And at the start of each season I make a bucket list of fun activities so on days that there really aren't any events to hit up I can pull something from our bucket list. It might be as simple as going for ice cream, visiting a farm or playing at the splash pad. If you're stuck on creating a list you can find tons of them on Pinterest for inspiration, just search fall/spring/summer/winter bucket list.
And lastly and most important, you need a great stroller! I love the UPPAbaby G-Lite because it’s lightweight and small enough to keep in your car without taking up much room. Folding and unfolding is super simple and it stands when folded. My favorite feature is the extendable SPF 50+ Sunshade because it gives the best sun protection I've seen in comparison to other strollers. The sun shade is a life saver when you are out and about and don't want to worry about slathering SPF all over your child.
There's plenty of storage space underneath to hold all your stuff and it's easy to access. We've taken our UPPAbaby G-Lite stroller all around town and on a few vacations. It's been such a lifesaver when Brady is tired and we can't possibly carry him and our bags. Or just him, now that he's over 30 lbs. The UPPAbaby is made for children 6 months to 55 lbs so we'll be using it for the next few years. We store it in TravelSafe TravelBag to keep it safe and secure on the plane when we fly. It's definitely coming on our trip to Disney World in October.
What's the one thing you can't leave the house without moms?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UPPAbaby. The opinions and text are all mine.