Travel with Kids: Gear Rental
Last week I told you to borrow as much as possible from friends and family when you are traveling to visit them. But what about when you don’t know anyone where you are going? Do you still have to haul all your baby gear on the plane?
No! Do a quick Internet search for baby gear rental agencies in your destination.
Tip: Rent It, Don’t Pack It!
When we flew to Maui with a 5 months old Dek we rented a pack n’ play for about $35 for a 9-day stay. Renting allowed us to carry less on the plane plus cost about the same as if we had checked the crib as luggage.
Cribs aren’t all you can get though. I have a friend that goes to Maui every year. She rents car seats, beach toys, hotel toys and cribs for her kids from the same agency.
If you are staying at a hotel see what they have available. Usually they have cribs and roll away beds on hand for younger guests. Ask the concierge if they can recommend a rental company for anything else you might need.
Save your luggage allowance for shoes
You have enough to carry around with a kid in tow. If you can save a little room in your suitcase, who knows, maybe you can fit in that impractical pair of shoes you always dreamt of packing. You know the ones… We all have them.
- Maui rentals
- Baby’s Away: rentals available in 22 states across the USA
- Have Baby Will Travel- great list of rental companies around the world.
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