Pack This! Insect repellent clothing for babies and toddlers
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Pack This! Insect repellent clothing for babies and toddlers

Last week in southwest Florida, when I decided to pull over in my rental car and take a quick photo of a glorious purple sunset over a saltwater marsh, I was quickly–and memorably!–introduced to the burning agony known locally as “the attack of the sand flies.” When I jumped back into the air conditioned car,…

Visiting Costa Rica’s Arenal Hanging Bridges with a Baby, Toddler, or Little Kids

Visiting Costa Rica’s Arenal Hanging Bridges with a Baby, Toddler, or Little Kids

Are you looking for a Costa Rica “soft-hiking” adventure that’s easy and enjoyable even with a baby or toddler strapped to you? Or a toddler or preschooler shuffling on foot? That’s exactly what we found at Arenal Hanging Bridges, near San Carlos de la Fortuna  (La Fortuna) and a stone’s throw from the family-friendly Arenal…

Pack This! Pop-up sun tent for family beach vacations in Hawaii, Thailand, Mexico, Santa Cruz…

Pack This! Pop-up sun tent for family beach vacations in Hawaii, Thailand, Mexico, Santa Cruz…

Just last week while exploring Kauai’s most kid-friendly beaches, my hubby and I had to marvel how well this pop-up sun tent has traveled and served our family (we’ve actually brought it to Thailand and Mexico, among other places)—and how we’d definitely recommend bringing one to any family visiting Kauai with young children. Sure, expecting…

Ask Shelly: Can you recommend an insect repellent for travel with a baby or toddler?

Ask Shelly: Can you recommend an insect repellent for travel with a baby or toddler?

This question was recently posted to the Travels with Baby facebook page by Maggie: Hi Shelly! In a few weeks, my husband and I are off to Fiji with our one year old. Do you have any recommendations for insect repellant for the little one? I’ve found some wipes which seem like a better bet…

Pack This! DEET-free mosquito repellent wipes that work for the whole family

Pack This! DEET-free mosquito repellent wipes that work for the whole family

Ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes be warned: this mom’s in no mood for shenanigans. From our first camping trips with our firstborn–and when we soon after hauled her off to southeast Asia at 7 months old, right up to our recent travels in Costa Rica with our third toddler in tow, I know that finding a…

To the Lighthouse: Point Bonita
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To the Lighthouse: Point Bonita

This post is part of my “Cheap and Free San Francisco” series. As you drive north across the Golden Gate bridge, leaving San Francisco on Highway 101, you will see the rugged Marin Headlands stretching into the pacific. At the west-most point sits the Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855 to help ships filled with…