Travel with Kids: Gear Rental

 In Packing, Travel Essentials and Gear, Travel Tips

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 travel crib as luggage.

Travel 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 travel cribs for her kids from the same agency.

If you are staying at a hotel see what they have available. Usually they have travel 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.


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Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Reply

    What a great tip for those traveling with little ones. I had no idea that you could rent stuff like that.

  • Zoe French

    I agree with Tonya–not too many people would even think to rent! Great advice–especially for parents-to-be!

  • Katy

    Hey Keryn, My friend runs a company called Tots on the Go which has baby gear rentals in several states. We recently used them in South Carolina and they were amazing! I highly recommend them! It made our vacation so much easier to not have to bring all of that. And they deliver and pick up!

  • Reply

    We rent everytime we fly. We even rent a stroller and just use a carrier for the baby (it’s best to let walkers burn off steam in the airport anyway!) That way we avoid getting our stroller banged up in baggage.

  • Lisa Wood

    That is such great travelling tips when travelling with children!

  • ernesto

    I would highly recommend using this rentals company on kauai– They were easy to work with, accommodating and on time. All the baby equipment we rented was in good quality. There customer service was very nice too!
    They made traveling with three babies a lot easier!

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