Pack This! Recycled plastic stacking cups – made in the USA
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Pack This! Recycled plastic stacking cups – made in the USA

A simple set of stacking cups have become a regular part of our suitcase now, having proven they are worth every one of the few cubic inches they require there. On the road, we have used them for the obvious: hotel coffee table sculpture, as well as for bath toys, snack cups, and to assist…

Pack This! Twilight turtle constellation nightlight

Pack This! Twilight turtle constellation nightlight

 I thought this Pack This! feature was a perfect companion to  our “March of the Animals” features  this month. Do you have a favorite night light for travel? Not everything I pack for our family’s travels is travel-size. One exception is our Cloud b Twilight Constellation night light that has proven so useful at home,…

Pack This! QuickSmart scuttlebug ride-on toy for travel with toddlers
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Pack This! QuickSmart scuttlebug ride-on toy for travel with toddlers

I think it was during a 7-hour layover at Heathrow when I first saw one of these in action, and what I would have given to have one for my toddler that day. The family hailed from Israel and travels constantly between three continents for work projects, so this was just one of many bright…

Pack This! Little Airport Sticker Activity Book

Pack This! Little Airport Sticker Activity Book

For something small enough to fit in your back pocket, you’d be surprised how many hours of entertainment your child may actually get from this clever little book. Inside are 30 reusable stickers with airplanes ranging from small Cessnas to jumbo jets, plus a fuel truck, baggage truck, passengers, flight crew and more.  And unlike…

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Travels with Baby Tip #17: Travel with Playdough

In Travels with Baby, I recommend playdough as a great help when traveling with highly active children who need a physical outlet for their energy while trapped in transit. But playdough can also be a great “travel toy” for many toddlers and preschoolers, regardless of their temperaments. Just keep one small ball of playdough in…