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Traveling with Toddlers

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Traveling with toddlers can, at times, be painful. But it can also be hugely rewarding!
 
Whether we like it or not, those small feet will slow us down. Make us wait. And, often, smell the roses. (Every. Single. One.) Watch a snail crawl. (Yes, really.) Or pick up yet another fistful of tiny rocks. (Because why not?!) And, Ooo look! A rainbow!Toddler smelling flowers
If we allow them to, they can help is see the world in wide-eyed wonderment again.
 
So, despite the possibility of getting a little less sleep on your next trip, you decide it’s time to take your toddler along. Surely you don’t need near as much gear as when she was less mobile and somewhat more dependent, right? Well, yes and no.
 

Here are a few things you may want to have along for your next adventure away from home…with your toddler!

 
Homedics sound machine*A sound machine. It’s familiar and nice to create some background sound. That way, your toddler is less likely to be distracted by other noises when you reach your destination and you are trying to get them down to sleep. I really like the one made by Homedics.
 
*A leash. Preferably one with an animal and/or backpack attached. Or, if your toddler is a little older, the wrist leaches might be a good option for you.
 
Yeah, I know. You’re thinking, “What?! A leash?! For my CHILD?! I swore I would never be one of THOSE parents!” But let me tell you, when my daughter was 18 months old and wanted to run (everywhere!) and thought it was a great game to see mommy chase after her, I was super glad I had one.
 
*Travel crib (the Lotus Crib by Guava Family is a personal favorite) or bed bumpers (they are great to use in twin beds, sofa beds, and even as a divider/buffer in bigger beds with parents).
 
*Travel stroller. (Family-owned Zoe strollers are great for travel!)
 
Zoe XL1 V2 Stroller in Maui

*Seal-able snack and drink containers, filled with toddler’s favorites. Sometimes it’s helpful to wait to fill drink container until after you get through airport security, though, so you don’t have to do the pre-security beverage chug and/or dump.
 
*A baby/toddler carrier. (Love my Lillebaby carrier with awesome lumbar support!)
 
*Toys and books. Some that are familiar, but also some new. While familiarity in new places is comforting, it doesn’t always hold toddler’s attention quite like something a toy or book they’ve yet to experience.
Blaze and the Monster Machines toy cars
On one airport layover, I came across a boy playing with some Blaze and the Monster Machines cars. Not only was he having a ball with them, he allowed a couple of other kids to join him in rolling them back and forth (including my active toddler, for which I was truly thankful!). After I got home, I made sure to buy a couple to add to my travel bag.
 
Also, triangle crayons! So your toddler can still get his color on without them rolling around (and away!) like typical crayons.
 
Toddler in CARES harness wearing Firik headphones*Cozyphones/Firik headphones. These are so great since they wrap around your child’s head, rather than going in the ears. As much as I want to limit my kids’ screen time, there are times when it’s just easiest to plug them in on the plane. And it usually makes the time go much quicker (for them, at least). These things have been a lifesaver for me, especially now that I travel with a toddler AND an infant.
 
*CARES harness and/or lightweight car seat for plane. The inexpensive 9 lb Cosco Scenera Next ones are great for lugging through airports. Or anywhere away from home.
 
*Go-go Babyz Travelmate or similar device for transporting car seat. If using an umbrella stroller or suitcase to carry your car seat, get a car seat luggage strap to make lugging it easier for you and more fun for them.
 
*Tutu/cape or other similar dress-up item. Because you never know when you might need a princess or a superhero!Toddler in tutu on boardwalk
 
And, lastly:
 
*A sense of adventure, sunny disposition, and a whole lot of patience!
 
Toddlers are a force to be reckoned with for sure. There’s no sugar-coating or denying the facts. Yet we can learn a lot from their carefree wanderings and simple delights.
 
So, go collect your toddler and let them help you see the world, on your next trip, through their rose-colored glasses. Wearing a tutu. And a tiara. Or, perhaps, a cape.

 

people walking through airport

Flying with Baby (part 2)

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people walking through airportOkay, so you packed your bags and you’re ready to head to the airport with baby!**

Before you leave, make sure you have these important documents (easily accessible): a copy of baby’s birth certificate (as baby’s ID), baby’s passport (if flying internationally), and a letter of consent to travel (if traveling without baby’s other parent).

Now, to navigate the next part of your trip! To help it go a little more smoothly, here are a few good things to know.

At the Airport

airport check-in sign
If possible, check your infant car seat.  It’s one less thing to have to pull through the airport and fumble with (especially if you’re flying with “infant in arms” on the plane). Just make sure to buy a padded car seat bag in which to check it.  This will help minimize possible damage from traveling through the baggage maze at the airport.

If you opt to bring a car seat and/or stroller with you through the airport, buy or borrow a lightweight, water-resistant gate check bag.  This should help protect it somewhat once it’s gate checked.  Whether or not there’s inclement weather, it’s more likely to stay clean and dry as it’s being loaded onto and unloaded from the plane.

strollers with baby gearA stroller is often the easiest item to aid in the transportation of infant car seats through the airport (and pretty much everywhere, amiright?).

Just be sure to verify the vehicle you will be using at your destination is large enough to accommodate it.  Some rental cars are barely big enough to fit your suitcase(s), much less a stroller.

Going Through Security

Traveling with baby, you can bring more liquids than the average passenger as long as they’re for feeding and/or cleaning baby (think bottles, sippy cups, and wipes).  If you are carrying more liquids, tell the TSA officer and ask how they would like them handled.  Also be aware your liquids may be subject to testing.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to give yourself more time before your flight to go through the screening process.

Make sure liquids are easily accessible.   I suggest packing them in their own bag (a gallon Ziploc or something similar).  This way you can show your friendly TSA officer exactly what liquids you have and they can be put through the x-ray machine separately.  Include any baby snack pouches you bring in this bag, as well.

water bottles
I often bring an empty water bottle for myself through security and refill it once I’m on the other side.  As a breastfeeding mother, I drink a lot of water.  And I hate paying for water, especially at the airport!

What to Wear

slip on shoesWear shoes you can easily slip on and off!  Sometimes it feels as though you are completely undressing and redressing going through security.

It’s much easier to accomplish this if you don’t have to fumble with removing and re-tying a pair of sneakers while juggling baby, bag(s), belts, coats, etc.

mom wearing baby
Wear a wrap or soft structured baby carrier to hold baby.  That way, they can sleep and you can be (mostly) hands free, both going through the airport and getting on the plane.

Baby must be taken out of carrier (unless in a sling) and carried in arms through the walk-through metal detector.

Once on the plane, FAA regulations state you must take them out of the carrier during taxi, takeoff, and landing.

Some carriers are easier than wraps for accomplishing this, especially if baby’s asleep, so just keep that in mind when choosing which of your carriers to bring.

On the plane

Yay!  You made it through the airport!  After getting yourself settled into your seat on board your aircraft, open your air vents.

Although I used to always freeze on airplanes, I find that babies make great heaters!  Also, this is the “cleanest” air possible.  It keeps the air moving in front of you, so you’re less likely to encounter airborne germs.

baby sucking on pacifier

Possibly one of the most important tips– make sure to have baby nursing or sucking on a bottle/pacifier or some type of food during take-off and landing.

And/or when you feel pressure in your own ears.  This includes when there is any potential turbulence since they may change altitude to avoid it.

Hopefully, this should help avoid major discomfort incurred during significant changes in altitude.

One other tip for the plane: remember those extra liquids you packed?  Be sure to carefully open lids and reseal once airborne to avoid any potential spraying incidents caused by pressure build up.  Especially cups with flip-up straws.

It’s usually a good rule to check with your airline to find out if there are any additional airline specific policies you need to know when bringing baby on board.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

flying with baby
In general, most people are very helpful when they see me traveling with littles.

While a few people may not have “been there” before, most of us know that you are doing the best you can to help make this a comfortable trip for everyone. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!  It’s going to be great!

**If you missed last week’s blog about things to pack, you can check it out here.  One thing I forgot to mention: a sound machine may also be useful.

Flying with Baby (part 1)

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Congratulations!  You booked your timeshare and now you are mentally packing your things, ready to take off your next grand adventure…with baby!  How fun!

Mom with flying baby on beach at sunset

But, at some point, it dawns on you how much (stuff) you have to think of when traveling with your new little.  Babies, despite being adorable milk chugging machines, can require quite a bit of gear!

Was this really such a great idea?  Should I book a nanny, instead?  Possibly.  In all seriousness, though, babies are great and, more than likely, there will come a time when you will find life demands bringing baby with you.

So, from one traveling parent to another, let me help make your trip with baby a little easier.

Let’s focus first on the ever-dreaded topic of FLYING with baby.

Early on in the flight, someone usually comes over the intercom to remind you to please remain seated throughout the flight and keep your seat belts fastened, in case you encounter unexpected rough air.  That is a good thing to remember when traveling with your little.

Though we may be as prepared as possible, sometimes things happen that there is just no way to anticipate.

For all those other times, here are a few helpful suggestions:

What to Pack (in your diaper bag)

Baby clothes on changing table

In addition to the usual things you may or may not carry with you on the daily, this is one time you want to make sure to pack a change of clothes for baby…and you!  Even if the flight isn’t very long.

In the event of a blowout and/or baby getting sick, it’s nice to be able to change.

On that topic, bring a few gallon Ziplocs for soiled clothes and some type of seal-able plastic bags for soiled diapers.

Bring more diapers (and wipes!) than you think you’d normally use.
Stack of diapers
Being on a trip with baby in a soiled diaper because this is the one day she went through 10 times more diapers and wipes than normal can be miserable for everyone.  So, if she normally uses 5 diapers a day, bring at least 10 with you.

You can usually buy more diapers and wipes at your destination.  However, if you’re arriving late at night or at a time when it won’t be convenient to shop for diapers right away, you’ll want to plan for that as well.

If you use pacifiers, be sure to bring AT LEAST two and a pacifier holder. Preferably, one that clips to you or baby so it’s less likely to go missing and/or get dropped when you most need it.

Bring toys and/or books to help entertain baby.

Baby in stroller

Sometimes a couple of new toys or books are nice, since they can be more interesting for longer periods of time than toys they are used to seeing.

Also, if you have any way to attach toys to you, baby, and/or bag, that can be helpful when they decide to randomly throw the toy when you least expect it.

For this reason, balls are not usually the best toy to have on a plane. Just sayin’.

Also, backpacks make some of the best travel diaper bags – way easier to carry, especially if you have a baby in a carrier and often also rolling a bag behind you.

Person holding backpack
What about all that baby gear?

As for larger items, a lot of hotels and resorts will have extra cribs or pack ‘n plays you can use once you get there; you just have to know to ask for them. Best to call ahead and reserve it with your room.

If you’re like me and you like to bring one with you, I love our Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family. It’s a little pricey, but knowing how much we would be traveling, it has been a good investment for our family.

Also, on a recent trip to Maui, we loved having our Summer Infant Pop N’ Jump Portable Activity Center with us.

Really, though, anything you can fit in your suitcase is fair game.

Alright, go grab your diaper bag and let’s pack to make this next flight a success!People walking through airport

Next week, I’ll give you a few tips to help you as you maneuver through the airport and on the plane.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Great American Fishing Destinations

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If you like sitting lake or riverside, wading into a stream, casting from a boat, or the thrill of reeling in the big one from the deep sea, the United states is one of the world’s premier angling destinations. Fresh waters abound, and saltwater is never too far away, so let’s discover some great American fishing destinations!
South Dakota Trout FishingMost people trek to Black Hills, South Dakota to see the majestic Mount Rushmore, or visit the gun slinging town of Deadwood. Often overlooked are the many streams full of trout that dot the landscape. The area is dotted with small to mid size lakes as well, easily fished from the shore or small boat. Yellow perch and trout are the mainstay here, and you should have no problem hooking a few.
Niagara Falls New York FishingNiagara Falls, New York, are probably the most famous falls in the country. Rather than trying your luck taking a ride over in a barrel, toss your line into the beautiful Niagara River. In the summer months, trout, walleye, muskies, and smallmouth bass abound, and the bass put up an exciting fight. While you’re there, might as well give the falls a visit as well.
Deep Sea Fishing in CalifornaiSan Diego, California offers some fun family friendly deep sea fishing. Bring your own gear and rent tackle, or if you need to, rent it all there. Tuna, sand bass and calico bass are just a few of the fish you’ll want to hook here. And if you have had your fill and want some fresh water action, there are lakes nearby as well. When you are done, hit one of the many coastal eateries and dine on some of the best seafood around.
When you find a fishing spot you absolutely love, buying a timeshare resale is a great way to keep coming back. Premier Timeshare Resale and our licensed agents can help you find the angling destination of your dreams at a fraction of the cost. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect fishing vacation share.
Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author

Snow Lovers Delight and Save With the Epic Pass

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Downhill SkierFor those of us who like to hit the slopes, whether you are local to some of the best mountains in the U.S. or plan on traveling to Park City, Canyons, Tahoe, Breckenridge, and Brighton, just to name a few, Vail has just tossed out an awesome way to save, the Epic Pass. At just $809 for adults, and $419 for children 5-12, $609, $489 (for 13-18), $319 kids 5-12 for locals; the Epic Pass is a great way to hit several mountains and save a fortune.

 

With 7 day passes averaging over $700, an Epic Pass is the way to go, especially if you plan on a 2 week or longer ski trip, or planning more than one trip to ride the best mountains the states have to offer. Most of these world class slopes charge over $100 per adult lift ticket daily, so the pass is a great way for snow lovers to save money. The Epic Pass also comes with 6 buddy tickets, so your friends can also save big when they hit the powder with you.

 

 

Vail owns many of the United State’s premier ski and snowboard destinations. They recently bought Park City Mountain and Canyons, and installed a connecting gondola making it the country’s largest ski resort. Add that to some of the finest trails in Colorado, Tahoe, and Utah and you have every snow bunny’s dream vacation. The Epic Pass is only available at this price until April 10th, so if you want to hit these amazing mountains, better order soon!

 

 

Premier Timeshare Resale and our RE/MAX agents, based in Park City, Utah, have years of experience with those who want to buy a timeshare resale or even a winter vacation home. Feel free to contact us with any questions, free of charge, we are more than happy to help you find the timeshare or property that is right for you!

Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author

 

 

 

Timeshare Travel Tips: Plan Your Family Vacation Now

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The end of February is just around the corner, and with the brutal winter that much of the country has seen this year, many families are beginning to map out their spring break or summer vacations. Read on for a few tips about how to plan your family trip smart and make the most out of the vacation time together.

 

Make a travel wish list—wherever you’re going, talk to everybody in the family and see what they’re interested in doing there? Dad wants to visit revolutionary wartime pubs, Mom wants to see a Shakespeare in Boston Common, our ten year old wants to see the USS Constitution, and the 5 year old wants icecream. Done. Our family should be staying in Marriott’s Custom House.

Research, research, research—should our travel route include freeways or scenic drives? Should we plan to travel early, midday or evening? Finding the best flights and deciding where to eat aren’t in the same category, but researching both will let you make the most out of your limited time. TripAdvisor has some great ideas for destinations, itineraries, and attractions.

Choose a destination for everyone—cruises and theme parks like Disneyland or Disneyworld often make family vacations easier. Adults aren’t just sitting around waiting for kids to get done riding rollercoasters—there are exciting options for everyone, like spending the night in a treehouse, or strolling around the Food and Wine festivals at Epcot.

 

Memorable vacations can occur in any destination, but choosing one that fits your family’s interests, budgetary limitations, and accommodation preferences will help ensure that spending several days at a time with your family is not just bearable—it’s enjoyable! Places like New York City can exhilarate, while any number of Hawaii timeshare resale resorts will bathe you in the lap of luxury and exquisite tranquility. You just have to find which works for you.Family-vacation-timeshare-resalae

 

That’s where research comes in! Especially if you’re thinking about buying or selling a timeshare resale, please do your research before transferring money or signing contracts. Using a licensed real estate agent in good reputation who NEVER CHARGES UPFRONT FEES is a good way to avoid scams, and talking your vacation options over with someone who is not a high-pressure salesperson can help you explore what may be right for your family. Contact Premier Timeshare Resale today to learn more.

 

Holiday Air Travel With Kids

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Are you crazy? Flying across the country (or the world) with little ones in tow is a hassle at best, a nightmare at worst. As a mom traveling alone with a six month old, I missed a flight due to an emergency diaper change back in 2011 and am still waking up in cold sweats from it. I also schlepped her to NYC at 15 months and Chicago at 18 months old, each time traveling by myself. It wasn’t easy, and I might have experienced muscle failure from carrying the fat baby in one arm for half an hour without a break through a TSA security line, but the memories of those trips are magically unforgettable.

 

This article gives you some sanity-saving tips about how to travel smartly with kids. Unfortunately, it also rings up a hefty price tag, with the suggestions in the article alone totaling more than $115 add-on costs, not to mention the suggestion to buy your kiddo an extra seat and inundate them with technology like tablets on which to watch their favorite videos. The snacks are a fantastic idea though.

 

If you can afford it, the expensive tips in the article are great ones. If you can’t afford it, and are still doggedly determined to take your little one(s) on a trip they’ll probably never remember but that you’ll never forget, here are four (FREE) travel tips from a mostly broke single mom who’s flown a lot with a demanding little one:

 

1 — Snacks. Okay, yeah I borrowed this one from the FoxNews article, but it is a classic lifesaver.

2 — Books. Yeah, the old fashioned kind. With pictures and words and pages that turn. Reading to your child on the flight not only engages their attention, it reassures them that they are safe in an unfamiliar and behaviorally rigid environment. Silly faces help a lot, too.

3 — Pacifiers/Bottles/Gum. While this could technically fall under the “snack” category above, it applies specifically to the ear-popping pressure changes. Soothing infants with a sucking toy, or making a game out of chewing gum and hearing the “pop” in their ears is an exciting privilege for young ones.

4 – Know that you’re in for it. Traveling can be stressful, so giving yourself (and your kids) a free pass can help you not lose your mind when it comes to the 11pm delayed flight public meltdowns or the sore muscles from constantly carrying your two-year old who is perfectly capable of walking, but wants the comfort of being held in the stressful environment.

 

Sure, smartphone preschool apps and Angry Birds are helpful, but you don’t have to be loaded to love travel, and you don’t have to spend the extra cash for your kids to enjoy flying. Mostly, we’re all just excited about seeing the world from above the clouds. Re-experience the wonder and adventure of travel with your children, and they can take that with them for a lifetime. For ideas on where to travel, visit our timeshare resale website, complete with great deals and tantalizing photos of fun family destinations.