Travel March 2012

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Alanna Weissman

Lovely Luggage
Make air travel with small children easier for you and more fun for kids with Trunki by Melissa & Doug. The plastic, TSA-approved carry-on suitcase, which is available in a variety of whimsical characters, features a
seat and a handle so kids can ride along at the airport. The brand also offers Trunki accessories, such as stickers, totes and saddle bags, enabling tykes to personalize their luggage. Get ready to roll at www.melissaanddoug.com.

Wonderful Walks
Take your family on an enlightening stroll guided by City Walks with Kids (Chronicle). The line of books offers child-friendly routes through London, Paris, San Francisco and other popular locales. Traveling without tots? City Walks also features a similar line of tomes geared toward adults, as well as variations for dog owners, hikers, bikers and architecture buffs. Find a walk to suit you at www.chroniclebooks.com.

Boredom Be Gone

Eradicate refrains of “Are we there yet?” with Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere Activity Tins. Guaranteeing hours of entertainment while en route, the light, easily totable kits include magnetic backdrops and as many as 77 mix-and-match pieces that let kids use their imagination to create countless scenes. Girls generally enjoy the Fashion Spotlight and Cutie Pets tins, while boys adore the Wild Wheels and Robo-struct versions. Get stuck on magnets at www.patchproducts.com.

Vacation Before Baby
Mothers-to-be will want to try Hotel Fifty’s Babymoon Package in Portland, Oregon. The vacation deal offers special amenities for pregnant women, including a professional photo shoot, a complimentary maternity-wear
gift card and other perks for those expecting. You’ll have to hurry to book, however. Hotel Fifty Babymoons are available only through the end of the month. Plan your getaway at www.hotelfifty.com.

High-Flying Animals

Make excursions more comfortable for kids with Animal Planet Travel Blankets. Available in giraffe, elephant and bear styles, the stuffed animals unroll to create a soft pillow and blanket that provide travel luxuries as well as a familiar friend. Pick up the portable pals that are sized for kids older than 1 year at Babies “R” Us.

This column appeared in the March 2012 issue.