A family hikes along a lake in the fall.
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Favorite Fall Hiking Gear For Men, Women & Kids

Google searches for hiking gear are 200% to 300% higher than they were last fall.  It seems like families have decided that the safest way to get out of the house …

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Moms need sturdy shoes that also look great for busy fall weekends
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12 Women’s Fall Boots You’ll Love

I love the first few days of fall when the sun is bright, the air is crisp and cool and it feels good to slip back into my favorite jeans, …

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12 summer shoes for preschoolers through tweens and teens. They'll keep kids cool and safe no matter what the season brings. #sneakers #sandals #waterschooes #sportsandals #kids #tweens #summer #shopping
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12 Summer Shoes For Every Kid

Updated April 2020 Summer shoes: My daughter puts her favorite pair on in early May and I pry them off her feet in late September, at which point they’re almost …

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A woman reading a book by the water. Books can take you away from home when you can't get away.
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30 Books To Inspire Your Next Vacation

Books have both inspired and informed a lot of my travels. And they’ve taken me places I haven’t been and might never go. I’ve gained as much insight into people …

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6 of the 22 items in our travel tech gift-guide
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Travel Tech Gadgets For Moms & Dads

Technology can make your life easier when you travel, or it can just be more stuff to carry and keep track of. And the last thing you need when traveling …

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From tot to tween, here are craft kits and art supplies that can go wherever you do on vacation.
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Really Cool Arts & Crafts Kids Can Travel With

My first attempt to travel with arts & crafts supplies was not what I expected. The first time I handed Tiny Traveler a box of crayons on a plane she …

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Toys your kids will love that they can take anywhere they go. For ages 1-10
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Gift Guide: 18 Travel Toys For Every Age Kid

I loved it when Tiny Traveler’s favorite toy of the moment was something small that we could take with us wherever we went. Here are 18 toys, plus 4 sand …

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Creative stem toys for kids
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Gift Guide: Building Sets That Travel

When I was a kid building sets met Lego or Lincoln Logs, and not much else. So I think it’s awesome that there are so many different kinds of buildings …

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Mud puppy puzzle blocks have beautiful, bright pictures of animals and provide several puzzles in 1 set of blocks.
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Travel Puzzles for Every Age Kid

Few things absorb a child’s total attention like a good puzzle. So you’d like to bring them with you in the car or on the plane. But all those pieces—egad! …

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3 of 26 travel games in this gift guide for kids and teens
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Gift Guide: Travel Games For Kids

A flight attendant on British Airways once complimented me for playing Go Fish with Tiny Traveler instead of letting her bury her nose in videos while I did the same …

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Gift guide: tech gifts for kids of all ages
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Travel Tech Gifts For Kids & Teens

I try not to be the parent who hands my kid a tablet the second we turn the car ignition on or buckle our airplane seatbelts. Even in a small …

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Arenal volcano is a destination with lots of adventure activities nearby. Dress accordingly.
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Packing List For A Costa Rica Family Vacation

Costa Rica is a popular destination for families because it’s budget-friendly, relatively safe, not a long flight and has lots of light and moderate adventure opportunities to suit kids of …

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Get your car and kids ready for your next road trip
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Packing the Backseat For Family Road Trips

Updated June 2020 We’ve taken some pretty long road trips as family travelers. Six hours to Montreal, seven to Pittsburgh and more than nine to the Outer Banks, just to …

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10 gift ideas for dad to wear on vacation or out for the weekend
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10 Gifts For The Dad Who Loves To Travel

Men are hard to shop for. If you ask them what they want they often can’t tell you, And they have knack for going shopping for themselves right before Father’s …

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Baby show feature
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Essential Baby & Toddler Travel Products

I always enjoy going to baby shows and seeing all the new gear for parents, especially the items that supports parents who want to get out, travel and be active …

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8 Top Bags For Traveling With Kids

Updated December 2020 Staying organized and packing efficiently is one of the biggest challenges to traveling with kids. A good bag—durable, well designed and washable—helps tremendously. No one needs all …

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These accessories are fun, practical and ideal for moms on vacation
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8 Items Women Should Always Pack For Vacation

I have my list of absolute travel essentials (sun screen, passport, etc.). And then I have my list of things I can live without but are awfully handy to have …

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Packing the write coats, boots, accessories and clothes will keep your family warm on your winter getaways.
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Essential Winter Clothes for Men, Women, Kids

Icelanders like to say there’s no such thing as cold weather; you just need warm winter clothes. Winter family travel opens up all kinds of possibilities from visiting popular cities …

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18 gift ideas for the travelers in your life. #christmas #gift #ideas #moms #dads
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17 Top Christmas Gift Ideas For Travel Fans

Updated December 2020 Christmas shopping is now in full swing. And while you might have the kids covered, it’s your husband or wife you’re probably still worrying about. No fear! …

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Feet on a beach with pink toenails
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Cute & Comfy Sandals for Busy Moms

Updated June 2020 Sandals can be my best friend whenI heads out on a family summer vacation. The right sandals are cute and comfortable. They go with jeans, shorts and sundresses, …

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Beachsign. Majaranda from pixabay
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Our Best Beach House Planning & Packing List

Updated May 2020 A beach-house vacation is perennially one of the most popular types of vacations for families. It’s easy to see why: The beach provides free entertainment for the …

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Favorite snugglies are among the things to not pack on your next vacation
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10 Things To Not Pack For A Family Vacation

One of the first things I did when we started traveling as a family was to buy a very large suitcase. For many of our trips, it’s easier to manage …

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Here are 22 travel essentials ever mom needs for travel this summer
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Vacation Packing List Just For Moms

Update June 2020 Moms pack for the kids, for the plane or car, and ready the house. Somewhere amid all that, we hope to have time to throw a few …

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Beach essentials: shade
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10 Beach Day Essentials For Every Family

Updated May 2020 I love the beach. I grew up being carted to one of Long Island’s many long stretches of beach once a week. And try to head there …

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Ziploc bags make packing for travel easier
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10 Clever Travel Uses For ziplock Bags

I always travel with ziplock plastic bags (often Ziploc but other brands, too). Some leave the house filled with things, but I usually toss 3 or 4 empty ones in …

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The best 6 travel strollers for babies and toddlers
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6 Smart Travel Strollers For Babies & Toddlers

We recently went out scoping travel products for new moms, and found a half dozen strollers we wish were available in our days of traveling with a very little one.  …

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Moms need the perfect tote bag. We found it.
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One Mom’s Search For the Best Travel Bag

Every trip I’ve ever taken has begun with a decision about what I will carry. Will I take a big old suitcase or carry-on? Do I want a stylish purse …

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Lots of suitcases and backpacks.
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4 Items You Need When Flying With A Toddler

Whether it’s summer vacation or the holiday season on the horizon, it’s certain that far-away relatives will start clamoring for you to hop on a plane and fly home for …

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Travel books for kids, like this m. Sasek classic
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25 Kids’ Books For Travel Without Leaving Home

Updated November 2020 I love books. So do my husband and my daughter. We use fiction and non-fiction books to learn about places we visit.  And we rely on stories …

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Silikids pouch
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6 Essential Items for Feeding Kids on Vacation

Keeping hungry kids sated gets a little easier as they get bigger—and new products come out all the time to help parents traveling with little ones. Here are some products …

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