one of the only times L has ever slept in the car -- had to document it for posterity!
Like I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I think Joanna's list of travel advice is the best one out there. Ashley over at Hither and Thither posted links to some other helpful hints from mommy bloggers. I won't repeat their suggestions or bore you with the things you probably already know, but there are three tips I've come to swear by when traveling:
1. Don't pack it -- rent it. For about the same cost as schlepping extra checked suitcases full of baby gear to and from the airport, you can rent what you need at your destination. We've done this twice now, once in Utah and once in Florida, and both times we were really pleased with the customer service and quality of the products we received.
our stroller rental -- cute baby not included!
You can google baby rentals (that sounds bizarre, doesn't it?) or try this website, which seems to be a pretty comprehensive list of companies that provide this service across the country. We bring our own crib sheet so it smells like home, and we've made sure to rent the exact make/model of travel crib, high chair, car seat, and etc. that we have at home so we can be sure that they are up-to-date and meet all current safety standards.
2. Make like a handyman -- or serial killer. Be sure you have black garbage bags and a roll of painter's tape in your luggage. You might get funny looks in the security line, but when you get to your location and realize that the curtains let in way too much light for your jetlagged little baby, you'll be grateful to have a quick fix that doesn't permanently damage the walls. (While you're at it, pack your iPod and some portable speakers -- white noise tracks on iTunes are as little as 99 cents and can block out any surprise sounds you weren't expecting and your baby isn't used to.)
enjoying the sights and sounds of nature at a roadside rest stop this summer
3. Wear your toys. Of course you'll pack lots of things for your bambino to play with. But there's always the chance they'll fall on the super nasty plane floor -- and washing them off in that tiny little bathroom seems just as gross. I searched high and low and found a great teething necklace from mylilmarket on Etsy made from all natural materials for the amazing price of $11.50. It's perfect for little fiddling fingers and stays put around your neck (the adjustable cord becomes longer when those little fingers yank on it so you don't get choked).The biggest plus? It doesn't look ridiculous on, like so many teething necklaces.
Any of you planning trips in the near future? Good luck -- I hear offering earplugs to passengers seated near you is a great way to break the ice! :)