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Budget Travel: 9 Essential Travel Products For Kids

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(Image from Budget Travel)

Budget Travel  had a slideshow on Essential Travel Products for Kids in June 2012 that I found pretty interesting. At the time, most of the items on the list were not suitable for Lucas so I decided to save a link to it for future reference. 

With Kim and I recently celebrating Lucas’ 1st Birthday, I thought it was time to look over this list again. For all I know, some of these products might be useful for us on upcoming trips!

Here is the List:

  1. Uppababy G-Lite Stroller– The lightest full size stroller on the market plus it stands on it’s own when folded.
  2. KidCo Peapod Plus– a pop-up tent with blow up mattress. It also has UV protection
  3. Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case– kid friendly iPhone case
  4. City Walks With Kids Cards– Comes in sets of 50 cards for 5 cities. They list “family- friendly routes, mixing classic sites with tot friendly eats, playgrounds and tales to keep the little ones engaged”.
  5. GoPicnic Ready-To-Eat Meals– “Healthy riffs on lunchbox classics- have no trans- fats, high- fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.” 
  6. Play Visions LEGO Headlamp– A headlamp made especially for kids. The lights are on the feet of the posable LEGO Man.
  7. gogo Kidz Travelmate– If you’re bringing a car seat, the gogo Kidz “sets your seat on wheels for easy in- airport maneuvering.”
  8. My Little Seat– If a restaurant doesn’t have a high-chair then this sounds like a useful product. “A washable, fabric harness, turns nearly any chair into a safe baby perch.”
  9. Travel-Tot Childproofing Kit-“Pack peace of mind… the kit includes foam corner guards, outlet covers, cabinet locks, finger pinch guards and more”.
Some Favorites
  • gogo Kidz Travelmate– On the two trips where we rented a car, we brought a car seat on one of them. Now that Lucas is using a convertible car seat, I would not bring it unless we had something to wheel it with. The gogo would make that possible.
  • Play Visions LEGO Headlamp– I bring a headlamp on every trip that I take. I also love LEGO so I’d love to get this headlamp for Lucas when he is a little older.
  • GoPicnic Ready-To-Eat Meals– This sounded to me like a healthy, kids version of Lunchables. Sounds like a great idea if you are planning long days/ car rides while traveling.
  • City Walks With Kids Cards– These cards sound like a great way to have kids take some control of a trip. I’d love to see what kind of activities are suggested and use them as a guide for one.
What products from this list do you feel are the most useful and could help make traveling with kids a little easier?

For more information about each product, check out the slideshow from Budget Travel HERE

Win A Trip to Aruba from Budget Travel

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Budget Travel Magazine is giving away a trip for two to Aruba

The Prize:

  • Two round trip tickets from Continental U.S. to Aruba on Delta 
  • 5 night stay at the all inclusive Occidental Grand Aruba

Some Rules:

  • Trip must be booked at least 60 days prior to departure 
  • The prize is valid January 15, 2013 through January 15, 2014  
  • Estimated retail value of prize is $3,500 
  • Winner is responsible for airport taxes, customs fees and 9/11 security fees.
Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & it’s territories, except AZ

Must be at least 21 years old at time of entry

Enter by January 14, 2013, 9:30AM

Enter HERE for a chance to win a free trip to Aruba 

Win A Trip To The Crystal Coast of North Carolina

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The North Carolina Division of Tourism is running a sweepstakes:
Kick Back and Relax- The Crystal Coast Sweepstakes
The winner of the trip will stay in Beaufort, voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel.
The Prize:
  • Three nights accommodations for up to four people in a three bedroom condo in Beaufort
  • Family four pack of admissions to North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and a stuffed penguin
  • Dinner for up to four people at Bistro By the Sea in Morehead City
  • Four tickets for a Double-Decker Bus Tour , Historic House Tour and Old Burying Ground Tour in Historic Beaufort
  • $500 Visa gift card to help get you there
Open to legal residents living in the U.S. and Canada
Must be at least 18 years of age
Enter by July 31, 2012

Find out more and signup for the sweepstakes HERE

Win A Trip To San Antonio

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Budget Travel is giving away a trip to San Antonio in the Savor San Antonio Sweepstakes
I haven’t had a chance to leave the airport in Texas asides from sleeping at an airport hotel in Houston. Visiting Texas is definitely high on my list and this prize sounds great!

The Prize:
  • Roundtrip airfare for two or up to $600 to cover transportation costs
  • Four nights at the Hotel Contessa
  • Dinner for two at La Gloria Ice House
  • Two passes for a Rio San Antonio Cruise
  • Two one-day passes to Sea World San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta, Texas
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Open to legal residents of the 50 US States & Territories (except Arizona)

Must be 21 years or older at time of entry
Entries must be received by August 27, 2012 at 9:30AM ET
Sign up for your chance to win the sweepstakes HERE

Budget Travel: 10 Natural Phenomena You Need To See To Believe

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Budget Travel has an article featuring a list of 10 Natural Phenomena That You Need To See To Believe. The list is pretty impressive and there are a few things from it that I have wanted to see for some time now. I’ve also had a chance to experience a couple of phenomena from their list.
Here is the list:
  1. Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights), Norway
  2. Monarch Migrations, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
  3. Coral Spawning, Bonaire
  4. Firefly Trees, Papua New Guinea
  5. Geothermal Pools, Yellowstone National Park, USA
  6. Jellyfish Lake, Palau
  7. Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
  8. Bioluminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico
  9. Calving Glacier (Sermeq Kujalleq), Ilulissatlcefjord, Greenland
  10. Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala
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Aurora Borealis
On my visit to New Zealand I got to visit the Waitomo Caves. It was an amazing experience. Kim and I did a tubing tour of the caves. We had to wear wetsuits and helmets with headlamps. When the small group shut off the headlamps we were in total darkness asides from the glowworms hanging from the ceilings
Another thing from the list we did, was get to hike Volcan Pacaya in Guatemala. While we didn’t see lava flowing right by our feet, we did have a great time running down parts of the volcano. We also came to an area where the ground was very hot and you could see flames under the crust. Kim and I came prepared with a bag of marshmallows and had a great time roasting them!
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Jellyfish Lake
While all of these natural phenomena sound amazing, I’ve been wanting to see The Northern Lights and Jellyfish Lake for some time now. I might have to add a few more things from this list to mine!
To read about each of the natural phenomena on the list CLICK HERE
***Photos taken from Budget Travel Slideshow