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What You Need To Travel Cheap

Baby Travel Needs

Traveling with a baby can be a nightmare. Not only can this be tough on you physically and mentally, but you must also keep a close watch on your finances. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? Of course, this is taking things to extremes. You can most definitely travel cheaply with a baby no matter what situation you are in. And once you do this a few times you will make things much easier on yourself in the future.  Traveling with a baby can also be wonderful!

Tips for Travel On A Budget:

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Say, “No.” If you’re traveling with older toddlers and they’re old enough to ask you for things, don’t be afraid to say, “no.”  This is one biggy that will save you lots of money on stuff you or your toddler don’t need.  We all want to show our kids that we love them and we want them to have nice things.  ..But they don’t have to have everything! Consider teaching your kids how to be selective and buy smart – even at the age of 2.  It’s never too early to lead by example.  When you’re out shopping, especially when traveling, let them see that you want some things too, but you’re not going to get it because you simply choose “not right now.”  Let them know by being expressive and verbally say to yourself, “Gee, I want that, but I’m not going to get it right now.”  Let the child hear you and learn.  The “not right now” phrase will help a lot when a toddler is considering “a moment” in the checkout line and doesn’t understand why he’s not getting that toy.  If you feel that it’s not an item that you really need or want to buy, don’t be afraid to say, “no,” and stick to it.  Don’t get in the habbit of tossing extra items in your cart just to satisfy Junior and avoid a melt down.  You would only be setting yourself up for failure down the road (when the items get more expensive.)  Good habbits, including good spending habbits form early.
  • The Essentials, To Go. Make sure that you have enough diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, and more diapers.  This little thing alone is going to save you money because you can pretty much guarantee that the diapers and formula you have to buy in an airport or a hotel courtesy shop are not going to be cheap.  Not to mention the fact that carting your baby in and out of a store is never easy, especially with multiple kids.  Baby wipes are a prized thing to have when you’re traveling.  Only now, they’re not just for the baby.  Keep these handy and your trip will be cleaner and probably smell a little nicer too.  Remember one thing:  Vacations are not for diaper shopping.
  • Baby Food On The Go. No matter how old your baby, make sure that you have enough food to last the duration of your travel. This is one area that many parents underestimate time after time. Remember, it is better to pack too much food than not enough. Dining out with your baby can be done!  If you’re dining out in a restaurant with the baby, consider packing a small snack dish of baby food.  You can find small baby packs for food travel in most grocery stores or Walmart or Target.  These mini snack keepers are a must have when you’re on the go.  If you do pull out a baby food on the table at a restaurant, don’t worry.  Most restaurants respect that you need to feed the baby baby food and not a chicken club.  And any good waiter would even offer to warm it up.
  • Sleep and Save Money.  Have you ever thought about how much money stress can cost you?  If you think about it, we pay for all sorts of de-stressing things from products to spa treatments.  How much money do you think you would save if you never had to buy Asprin, IBprofen, Starbucks, Energy Drinks, Supplements, or that $80 massage?  We also tend to over eat and drink alcohol because of stress.  A lot of family travel budgets are busted when it comes to all day snacking and fast food joints.  How much money would you save on your travel food bill if you (and the baby) got a good night sleep everynight and stuck to a normal eating routine?  Take a note from your baby.  Let your body rest, drink lots of water, and feel your best throughout the day.
  • Stay Organized. If you want to travel with your baby in tote while staying frugal you need to be organized. This means that you should have all of the proper baby items in an obvious place, and your budget should be laid out in front of you.  I once had “a friend” who would have to buy the most basic baby things over and over again because she simply wasn’t organized and couldn’t find anything when she needed it.  This was rediculous and I had to step in with some see-thru storage bins.  If you’re in this situation too, you’re throwing money out the window.  Get some help from some friends if you have to, but get organized.  It’s not just important to know what you have, but know where it is.  And there’s nothing wrong with buying things along the way if they fit a need and fit your budget.

Soon enough you will want to take your baby on the road with you.  When the time comes, have fun traveling cheap!

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Frugal Travel

Baby Travel

There is nothing worse than traveling with a baby and learning that you forgot something you needed at home. If you run into this situation it means you will have to stop along the way to purchase what you need.  This is not frugal traveling. In turn, you are wasting money.  As a frugal consumer and traveler this is sure to bother you around the 3rd time you realize you’re out of wipes and you have to pay double what they should cost, at the corner drug store.

Here are five items that you need to take with you when traveling with your baby:

  1. Diapers. Your best bet when traveling are disposable diapers. This way you can throw them out along the way instead of having to worry about where you are going to do the laundry.  Consider getting one of those space bags to store your diapers in the suitcase.  These are super space savers and the more you can pack, the less you will have to buy on the trip.
  2. Baby Food. Be sure to take more food than you think you will need. It is much better to take too much than not enough. Depending on where you travel to, baby food might not always be as easily accessible as it is at home.  When you’re on vacation, that is not the time to be testing out new baby food either.  This is when you want to keep some things the same as they would be at home.  Traveling can sometimes be stressful for babies too and nothing soothes a baby’s stress like the same milk and baby cereal they’re used to.  Plus, You don’t want to be stopping and trying to find the right food during your trip.  A hunt for baby food should be the last thing on your travel agenda.
  3. Toys and a Goodnight Book. You definitely want to take toys and a goodnight book when traveling with a baby. This will help to keep your baby happy and occupied on the plane while allowing you to save money too. If you don’t take any toys you may find yourself at the store shopping around for something to keep your baby occupied.  Plus, toys can also bring a sense of calm and comfort.  Remember the magic of the baby blanket?  It could be the perfect thing that calms your baby on the plane.  That and their favorite toys.  This is a fun suggestion:  Check out MyCreateABook.com.  This kid’s publishing company will actually personalize a children’s book for you.  I can’t think of anything else more perfect to take on a trip than a great story with the child’s name and story in it.  They have existing stories and books that you simply plug your child’s or children’s name into.  The average personalized book costs about $12.97   A pretty great deal!  ..Not to mention a whole lot of fun for a toddler to show off on your travels.
  4. Baby Clothes. This goes without saying, but you want to take enough clothes to get you through your entire trip. Remember to plan for unexpected events. You never know when you will spill something and an entire outfit will be lost before the day even begins.  When you’re on your trip, that is not the time to be hunting for bargains on pants and socks.  Give yourself the pleasure of actually enjoying your vacation. Consider traveling with a stain remover pen.  This could save you some extra laundry time later, not to mention save you from throwing out stained clothing.
  5. Stroller and Car Seat. Don’t get so caught up in the other items that you forget to take a stroller and car seat with you. It is particularly easy to forget these items if you are not traveling by car.
    Depending on what country or city you’re traveling to, the child might need a car seat.  Imagine how much money you would waste by being forced to purchase a stroller or car seat upon reaching your destination.  And you don’t want to use those cheapo car seats that the rental car company will try to rent you.  I’m sure they’re up to safety codes, but those things are just dirty!  Think through your trip and decide whether you will need a car seat or not.  If there is any chance you will (even on a tour or something), bring it!  Don’t take a chance.  Use car seats in taxies whether it’s required or not.  Same goes for strollers.  Strollers are a must have for babies and toddlers.  Even traveling with a three year old that should be pushing me, I’m thankful for bringing the stroller along everytime.  The stroller is a gift from heaven!  Even if you typically don’t use a stroller, bring one.  Strollers keep your kids from getting overly exhausted (especially when travelling), it’s good exercise for you, and it’s one way to keep your baby or big kid safe, where you can see them.

Frugal travel with your baby is more than possible if you take the above five items along for the ride.

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