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It's shoulder season; flights are cheaper and hotels are looking for guests--time to take advantage and book some trips. And whether you're planning on hitting up a big city, a quiet beach town, or the majestic mountains, we've got loads of tips to help you plan (seriously just search "travel tips" on the Momtrends homepage, and you'll have a plethora of ideas at your fingertips). Of course, we also value insider advice from industry experts--so we reached out to a few pros for their top family-friendly travel tips.

family travel tips
  • Bring your baby monitor and get adjoining rooms. Being able to put your baby to bed early and still feel like you are on vacation is true relaxation.
  • You can order items for your kids’ everyday use from online shopping sources and have them delivered directly to your hotel so it is waiting for you upon arrival. It’s a great space saver in your suitcase!
  • If your kids feel more at-home with your pet, see if the hotel allows them and bring them along for the ride (The Blackstone is a pet-friendly hotel).
  • Bring a backpack so you can store snacks/water/devices and chargers
  • Plan a mix of activities wherever you go, meaning sprinkle in some adult sightseeing things, which might be boring to children as well as kid-friendly activities like children’s museums, parks, or fun restaurants
  • Use smart phone apps and other online resources to check local restaurants in the area to see if there are any “kids eat free” options on Mondays or Tuesdays etc.
  • Check the weather ahead of time and pack appropriately including shoes, sunscreen, and hats
  • Research kid-friendly amenities or offerings at the hotel you’ll be staying at. For example, at JW Marriott Chicago we offer in-room items for kids such as a Chicago Bear if they forget their favorite stuffed animal at home or Cookies and Root Beer for an afternoon snack.

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