Travel journalist Victoria
Stevens writes an excellent and informative weekly column
for the Toronto Star newspaper called, "Gearing Up".
She recently devoted an article completely to travel gear
for Journey Kiddies. I asked Victoria if I may post this column
for travellin' women round the world to enjoy and she graciously
agreed. Victoria writes...
with little ones? Here are some useful ideas from the Safety
Superstore (with shops) or you can visit their website at
All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars. U.S. dollar conversions
can be made at their website.
first item called the Ride-On Carry-On is a great alternative
to bringing a stroller or walking miles through an airport
with a toddler in tow. Designed by a flight-attendant
mother, the foldable seat with safety harness fits any
carry-on luggage 45cm to 56cm high. It attaches and
detaches in seconds, folds flat to fit in the overhead
bin, has a headrest that folds down to double as a tray
table and can also be used as a secure child seat. It's
recommended for children up to 18 kilos. Sells for $69.95.
Check out www.rideoncarryon.com
for more details.
safety gate to go...
If you want to
keep your crawling or toddling child safe on the road,
whether you're visiting the grandparents or staying
at a hotel, this Gateway to
Go (model G14) will give you peace of mind.
The fold-up gate weighs only two kilo and comes with
its own carrying case
that you can sling over your shoulder or pack in your
Designed to fit
openings 71 cm to one-metre wide, it uses a patented,
pressure-mount system with four non-skid, non-marking
pads and requires no tools or hardware to install.
Constructed of steel, nylon and mesh, it comes with
a pressure gauge to indicate proper locking tension
and allows an adult to easily release the handle and
gate using one hand. Cost: $119.95. For photo see:
the potty with you...
Don't let travel
send a potty-training toddler back to diapers full
time. This folding potty seat turns any toilet into
a potty. Lightweight and sanitary, it comes with self-sealing
storage bag and folds to fit in diaper bag, purse
or glove compartment.
Cost: $17.95. See: www.babyproofingplus.com/item113.htm
JW Editor's note:
With or without this potty, don't be surprised if
your toddler turns her new-found bathroom skills into
the longest car ride you've ever taken. A grandmother
friend told me that her granddaughter quickly learned
the power of the four little words ...'I've got to
go.' She had her poor parents stopping at every service
station, unfolding the potty only to discover it was
just another "false alarm." JourneryBabe
was testing, testing, testing.
kiddie travel stuff ...