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:

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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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08 July 2011

Empty fried chicken bucket good for carsickness "insurance"

I will not make a "finger-lickin' good" joke. I will not make a "finger-lickin' good" joke. I will not make a "finger-lickin' good" joke...

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06 July 2011

Use "Jenny's" number to get grocery club discounts

Who knew lyrics to an 80's hit song could save us money at the grocery store?

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01 July 2011

Frogg Togg Chilly Pad cools hot kids quick

Kim recommends these cooling towels for bringing down an overheated kid's temperature pronto.

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29 June 2011

Watching parades with kids: a survival guide

Your guide to maximizing fun (and minimizing hassle) when taking your kids to see a street parade.

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08 June 2011

Pack a stamped mailing envelope in your carry-on bag to "save" TSA no-nos

Things I've lost while going through airport security with my carry-on luggage: The keychain-sized Swiss Army knife my grandfather gave me A new (and expensive) bottle of facial moisturizer My kids' toothpaste My sunscreen (on a flight heading from Portland, Oregon -- pasty skin capital of the world -- to...

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