Travel + Getting Out

All about family adventures away from home, whether around the corner or around the world.

Hacks for when you're out-and-about, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

07 December 2011

Little kids, public restrooms, and handwashing? Talk amongst yourselves.

Abigail's kid's too short to reach the sink in a public restroom, but she's pregnant, so picking him up and propping him against a germy countertop isn't ideal. Any ideas?

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08 November 2011

Keep an empty soda bottle in the car for little boy pee emergencies

The title of this hack says it all (perhaps too much for some of you?), but Kim deserves major credit for sending this in. Because, come on! This is so helpful!

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07 November 2011

Piddle Pad protects car seat from diaper blowouts

In response to a hack suggesting disposable changing pads as car seat poop-protectors, @Heatherikki pointed out a smart non-disposable solution.

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07 November 2011

19 October 2011

28 September 2011

Sippy cup stand-in: lidded paper coffee cup

Angela's almost-spillproof hack comes in handy on vacation, or on a quick errand run.

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15 September 2011

Keep medical- and health details accessible with Evernote

Opher's tech-enhanced tip for keeping hard-to-remember medical details at one's fingertips.

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12 September 2011

Safety + parking reminder: take a picture of the kids next to the parking sign

Trish's variation on a hack for lost-kid preparation at amusement parks is so simple it could apply to all sorts of travel situations. I had to "promote" it from the comments so everyone could benefit. I take the picture of everyone standing in front of the sign where we've parked...

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09 September 2011

Beef up airplane seat belts for your toddler: CARES Child Aviation Restraint System

Speaking of toddlers and airplanes, Debbie of the fantastic family travel site Delicious Baby is hosting an excellent giveaway: a CARES Child Aviation Restraint System. I've read about this product for years, noting the obvious need something like this, and the generally good reviews. Read the full post at Delicious...

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09 September 2011

Strap the car seat to rolling luggage to "tote" toddlers through the airport

A clever hack for traveling solo with little kids, or for simply lugging the car seat through the airport.

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17 August 2011

Mitten clips protect "lovies" from loss

If you've ever experienced the disaster that is losing your kid's blankie/stuffed animal/lovey while away from home, you will appreciate Amanda's hack.

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15 August 2011

Glow stick bracelets light the way to the hotel bathroom

Donna's trick for helping kids navigate hotel rooms after dark: Recently on vacation, my kids had a hard time finding the hotel room bathroom in the middle of the night. I used those cheap bracelet glow sticks and wrapped around the door knob of the hotel bathroom to allow them...

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19 July 2011

Hack request: Biking with baby

Send us your best "biking with kids" tips! Summary to follow.

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18 July 2011

Magna Doodle doubles as car food tray

For a number of years, the Magna Doodle was essential travel entertainment in our family. Silent, no batteries, clean, versatile...the perfect toy for a car or plane. The only problem: ours was bulky. But Tracy's husband found a way to put that "feature" to good use as well.

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14 July 2011

Put your random bag collection to work by creating "activity totes"

A recent road trip inspired me to put my random bag collection to good use. I have turned them into single-use containers for stuff I either a) misplace regularly, and/or b) need to grab for a trip out the door...

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