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This fourth and final installment of my Summer Travel Series for Goore's Insider highlights items great for travelling with Bigger Kids (Ages 5-8). Hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you'd like to see more series type posts in the future and what kinds of items you would like to read about! I love feedback in my comments!

Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Bigger Kids (5-8 years) *
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Thank you for checking in with our last installment of our Summer Travel Series! We have had a great time reviewing all the best gear for traveling with all different age groups. Be aware that most of the products listed in these posts can be used just as well in the car as on the plane.

Your child may be too big to ride on Trunki now, but with a comfortable shoulder carry strap attached, your bigger kid can sling Trunki through the airport or continue to roll it along behind them, giving their Hugga Pet Pillow a ride.

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For your older child, pack Trunki with a Reading Light and Books. Melissa and Doug makes a nice selection of stencil sets with non rolling crayons that are perfect for the plane or the car. Packing is half the fun, so let your older child choose which toys to bring along. Don't forget to pack plenty of snacks for your kiddo in Itzy Ritzy Reusable Snack Bags as well.

If your older child is still under 44 lbs, consider still taking along a Kids Fly Safe Cares Restraint to supplement the seatbelt on the plane.

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When traveling with both older kids and babies, I recommend Hold on Handles that attach to your stroller. Kids can pull Trunki with one hand and hold onto the handle in a busy airport without worry. I can actually manage my 18 month old son, three year old niece, and five year old nephew at Disneyland by myself for a couple of hours with this set up! They like that they have their very own handle and that their hands don't get sweaty holding mine all day. When it is time to get in line for a ride, I detach the hold on handles from the stroller and attach them to my backpack. They work like a charm! Thanks so much for reading along with our Summer Travel Series and thanks for shopping at Goore’s for Babies to Teens.

* Originally written for and published at Goore's Insider. I was compensated to write this post for Goore's Insider as part of goores.com staff, however, compensation will never influance my opinion. 
 
 
Third installment of Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Younger Children (Ages 3-5) written for Goore's Insider featuring Melissa and Doug Trunki! Check it out!

Summer Travel Series: Traveling With Younger Children (3-5 years) *

Welcome to the third installment of our Summer Travel Series! Now that your children are big enough to sit in their own airplane seat and can entertain themselves for a slightly longer period of time, bring along some of their favorite items in the Melissa and Doug Ride-On Trunki Suitcase! At age 3, kids can sit on Trunki’s back and be pulled along in the airport if you would rather check your stroller than deal with gate checking it.
Trunki is big enough to hold you child's favorite blanket, sweatshirt, and big enough to hold plenty of toys to keep them busy. Some nice toys to try are Melissa and Doug's Pretend Play and Dress Up Dolls (Policeman for Boys, Princesses for girls). Another good idea is to bring along a "pet" stuffed animal for your child to take care of while flying. The responsibility of caring for a special little buddy is enough to take your child's mind off of, possible, first time flying anxiety. Have your little one talk to their pet and explain to their pet the process of security check points, the importance of seat belts on the plane, and good flying etiquette such as, "We have to use our inside voices, and we must not kick seats." This will help them process the information in an indirect way.
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Your child may be big enough for their own seat on the plane, but the restraint system was not designed with little bodies in mind, so check out the Kids Fly Safe Cares Restraint Harness. It works in conjunction with the planes safety belts and is comfortably designed just for your little flyer. Avoid carrying your bulky car seat on the plane with you, check it as luggage and use the Cares Harness instead.

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Chances are your child will need more than the small snack most airlines are serving these days, so pack a lunch in the Double Decker Meal Box. Extra snacks can be packed in the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Reusable Bags, and don't forget to bring along an empty lidded cup or water bottle if your child is not used to drinking from an open bottle or cup to fill with whatever juice or water is served on the plane.

Check back in with us for the last part in our Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Older Children (5-8 years) to see how Trunki grows with your child and more!

*Originally written for and published at Goore's Insider. I was compensated to write this post for Goore's Insider as part of goores.com staff, however, compensation will never influance my opinion.
 
 
Second installment of our Summer Travel Series is up @ Goore's Insider, this one focuses on Babies. I wrote this with 12 months (including many flights and 8 hour car trips to LA) of travel experience with Mr. Coco under my belt. Two more installments to follow shortly!
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Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Baby *
Thanks for checking back in with our Summer Travel Series! We will be talking about the latest and greatest gear and accessories for traveling with different age groups. One essential for traveling with your little one is a stroller. It does not count as a carry on item because you can check it at the gate. Get to the airport even a little bit earlier than you would with out baby so you have plenty of time to get through security. You will have to take baby out and lift the stroller onto the security check point belt. The best strollers for travel are the ones that convert, but are also light weight and compact. The Cybex Onyx Stroller and Infant Seat as well as the Orbit Baby (see our review for more info on this amazing set up) are both excellent for this. A baby carrier, such as Ergo, Baby Bjorn, or Cybex is also a good idea for holding a fussy baby hands free while walking and sight seeing.

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One thing we found to bother baby while traveling is pressure changes. Their little ears are very sensitive and if baby seems uncommonly fussy when you feel pressure changes, this is the likely cause. Help them by allowing them to nurse (only if on a plane with baby in your lap, never drive without baby secured in their car seat), drink from a bottle, or suck on a pacifier. Pack baby’s bottles, milk, snacks, and jarred food in a Pack n Protect, keep it toward the top for easy check in at security (they will allow you to take them on the plane but they have to screen each bottle first). For easy spoon feeding on the plane, try the Munchkin Easy Squeezy Spoon.

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Dressing baby in layers is a good idea for travel. Also bring along a couple of swaddle blankets for multipurpose use (keeping baby wrapped warmly and comfortably, as a burp cloth, and for emergency diapering purposes). Make sure to bring along babies favorite lovie (if they don’t already have a comfort item, now might be the time to choose one, but buy a few of the same if you can and rotate through them: Little Giraffe, Miyim, Angel Dear, and Taggies are all great options). Usually you can fit a few baby toys in your diaper bag, but as baby gets bigger and needs more entertainment, bring along a spare “toy bag” or backpack just for baby. Skip Hop has cute designs that are the perfect size. I like to link all of baby’s toys together (especially during the fun “I can throw things? Cool!” stage) using teething links. Some good items to link up are a set of keys, stroller toys, and a teether.

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Speaking of diaper bags, you are likely going to need to put yours in the overhead compartment. For convenience, stash a quick change kit containing a few diapers, wipes, and a built in changing pad under the seat along with baby’s feeding items (or your nursing cover, which makes a good blanket as well). Also keep a pack of Grime Fighting Wipes on hand in your quick change kit for wiping down the table tray and anything else baby might touch (so, everything around you pretty much). After flying many times with my now 18 month old, these three items are all I carry with us on the plane (I stash my tiny purse in his backpack as soon as we take out a few toys). I like to hook them all together and just pick up what I need rather than rummage through a large diaper bag.

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With these handy items, traveling with baby can be a breeze rather than a hassle. Check back in for the next installment in our Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Younger Children (3-5 year olds) featuring the Melissa and Doug Trunki Ride on Suitcase!

*Originally written for and published at Goore's Insider. I was compensated to write this post for Goore's Insider as part of the goores.com staff, however, compensation will never influance my opinion.

 
 
Check out my Summer Travel Series at the Goore's Insider Blog! Mr. Cohen boy (my 19 month old son) is modeling a Skip Hop Zoo backpack and loving it so much I went and bought him one!

Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Toddlers *
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Summer is upon us! That means vacations, airplane flights, and long car rides. Goore's has the best gear for keeping your kiddos busy, safe, and happy while you travel with them. This week we are featuring the Skip Hop Zoo Backpack! This backpack has long enough straps for mom or dad to sling over a shoulder and they can be adjusted small enough for your toddler to carry "By my own self." Giving toddlers something they're "responsible" for gives gives them a sense of purpose that can distract them from the vastness of airport travel. Paired with the Munchkin Stay Close Harness and Handstrap your little runner will stay close by in the busy airport when they do not want to be confined to the stroller after a long flight on your lap.

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Don’t pull out all of your toy stash at once; keep a trick up your sleeve to rotate in for a melt down moment. Boon makes a nifty device called a GNAW that grabs onto teething toys and biscuits (think of a Chinese finger trap) that cannot be easily linked or tethered.The Gnaw clips onto baby’s clothes. Remember to keep some snacks, a sippy cup, a Sippy Pal or juice box on hand, a comfort item of choice, and a light sweater or blanket. Also, clip a quick change kit and a lunch bag on if your flight is a long one. The Double Decker Meal Box is a fun addition to your toddler's in flight lunch bag.

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Again, don’t forget some BabyGanics Grime Fighting Wipes and maybe even stash a couple of Neat Solutions Table Topper Disposable Placemats in your kit to cover that table tray for easy clean up after your messy little eater (they also make disposable bibs).The Melissa and Doug Color a Mat and Special Wipe Clean Crayons will keep your toddler busy, as will our Soft Cloth Books. Have a potty trained toddler? Use this weeks Goore'pon for the Mommy's Helper Cushie Traveler Folding Padded Potty Seat as well!

Check back in for the next installment in our Summer Travel Series: Traveling with Babies, for advice on the best airport friendly strollers and what to do about inflight pressure changes!

*Originally written for and published at Goore's Insider. I was compensated to write this post for Goore's Insider as part of goores.com staff, however, compensation will never influance my opinion. I reviewed many of these items in store, but after reviewing, ended up purchasing the majority of them for my own toddler.