Spring break is just around the corner, and between the thawing snow and budding blossoms I bet you're dying to get out of town and pretend it's summer just as much as I am. Before you buckle your baby into a car seat or put junior into his airplane seat, make sure you check out these practical and pint-sized suitcases, backpacks and travel gear to make traveling with tots easier.
For overnight trips or as a carry-on for a plane ride, I love a backpack that is actually designed to fit a kid. My kids both travel with the Deuter Junior backpacks (1), but for something higher on the cute factor, I'd try an adorable animal from the SkipHop ZooPack collection (2) or the Stephen Joseph rolling backpack (3). Looking for a pint-sized version of a traditional backpack? The North Face's Mini Free Fall (4)offers a perfect blend of style and storage.
For longer trips and kids old enough to carry more of their own gear, I love these kid-suitable suitcases.
The hard sides of the Trendy Kid Travel Buddy Penguin (1) provide added protection, but not added weight. Plus the suitcase handle offers two extension levels - one geared for kids and one for adults. The Stephen Joseph (2) rolling suitcase is small on size, but has three exterior pockets perfect for stashing easy-access items. Older kids will appreciate the style and interior space of the Lands' End Upright (3) which offers plenty of room without the cutesie exterior.
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How to Make an Easy Paper Plate Snowman
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If you're traveling overnight with an infant, you'll likely want something larger than your diaper bag but smaller than a suitcase. These weekend bags are just the right size.
The aptly-named Weekender from Petunia Pickle Bottom (1) has nine pockets, a huge interior space, a wipeable exterior and side snaps that allow you to adjust the opening of the bag based on your load. The Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared (2) helps keep your stuff separate from baby's with a special mom-only pocket on the front and a unique zipper that helps you access the entire inside of the bag. If a backpack is more your style, the hold-all Okkatots Depot Diaper bag (3) has a separate spot for everything - diapers, bottles, wipes, cell phones, keys, clothes, snacks and more. Perfect for pocket-lovers and über-organizers.
Where are you wishing to travel this spring??