We're heading to Edmonton for one of my longtime BFF's weddings later this week. Our first plane trip as a family of 4! Ahhh...!!! I'm super excited to see my friend marry her amazing partner, but in the back of my mind is the never-ending to-do list that accompanies any major outing or trip with small children.
Travelling with little ones can be extremely daunting, but if you know how to prepare for your big trip you'll be sure to enjoy your vacation rather than spend your time worrying about not having the right stuff to keep them happy.
Over the next week I'll give you some of my "Top Tips for Travelling with Tots". Today’s topic: Gear rental!
I don’t know about you, but our house is littered with baby gear. A bouncy chair, exersaucer, jolly jumper, bumbo seat, baby bath, car seat, crib, high chair, stroller…plus toys toys toys!! When travelling by plane you can’t possibly pack everything your little one uses at home, but you also don’t want to miss out on having a key piece of gear that makes caring for your baby easier.
At the babytime show this spring I met Sheree Wells owner of Travel Bug Baby a local Toronto company that specializes in helping families enjoy hassle free travel by providing baby gear rentals. Until meeting Sheree I didn’t know about the availability of rental baby gear. Such a great idea!
Travel Bug Baby has an amazing selection of high-end baby gear for you to browse on their user friendly website.
They offers rentals on individual items or in pre-set packages with great discounts when you rent several items together.
Gear can be rented by the day, the week or as long as you require. Travel Bug Baby recommends that you contact them for rentals as soon as you know your travel plans and what you will require, but they will accept rental requests with as little as 48 hours notice, if gear is still available. Delivery is very reasonable at $25 within the city of Toronto and a slight premium in the surrounding areas. A great resource for family and friends visiting our city.
If you have a trip planned with your little one and you know you’ll need some extra gear at your destination, I encourage you to explore the option of renting. All over the world there are amazing companies that deal in high-end baby gear rentals for travelling families. You can find a full list of rental companies organized by country on the amazing blog Have Baby Will Travel!
Stay tuned later this week for more Tips for Travelling with Tots including: “8 Essential Items to Pack in Your Carry On When Travelling With a Baby” & “8 Essential Items to Pack in Your Carry On When Travelling With a Toddler.”