If having a crib, baby swing, child safety gate, or an exersaucer at your destination could make the difference between a happy holiday or a ho-ho-horrible one, don’t chance it. Reserve the gear you need in advance with a local rental agency. While some agencies carry just the basics: portacribs or play yards, strollers, car seats; others provide just about any and everything you can imagine you might need for your stay: breast pumps, baby bath tubs, books and toys, DVD players and movies, bouncers, bassinets, high chairs, childproofing products, and then some. A few companies will even meet you at the airport with a car seat. For help finding a baby gear rental agency at your destination, check out my online directory. And for more (sanity saving) holiday travel tips, check out my feature just up at Babble.com.
Shelly Rivoli, author of Travels with Baby
The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children