Taking a family vacation this holiday season? We at TravelingMom love travel products that make our lives easier, safer, and all-around better. Below are four ideas from booking hotel rooms to caring for our four-legged family members to make your holiday family travel planning a breeze.
Deals on Accommodations
If you are traveling this holiday season and need accommodations, why not make where you stay part of your holiday fun? Consider looking outside the box- or hotel room – and into staying in an igloo, a castle or a jumbo jet? Booking.com has over 820,000 options and all reviews are verified, which means Booking.com confirmed that the reviewer actually stayed at the property so you know you’ll be booking exactly what you see on the site. There is no middle step when booking, so you can instantly book your favorite choice using your computer or the Booking.com mobile app, making sure you’ve got the best deal.
Pack Holiday Snacks
Whether you travel by car or plane during the holidays, delays could make your trip longer than you planned. My teens get very cranky when they are hungry. Husband too, actually. Pack snacks that are high in protein to keep curb appetites and energize, to power your family through the day. ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple Limited Edition Bars has two new holiday-inspired flavors: Pumpkin Chai and Peppermint Bark. Each bar is under 200 calories, high on flavor, and are packed with protein in a handy size that’s perfect for throwing in your travel bag. With the fun, seasonal flavors, it’s a great way to indulge with the taste of holiday sweets- without the guilt of high-calorie goodies.
Protecting the House
Not to put a damper in your travel planning, but there were about 400,000 home fires in the United States alone in 2013- and winter months are the most dangerous time of year. For peace of mind when you’re traveling with your family, Leeo Smart Alert connects to your home’s wifi and continuously monitors the warning signals from your home’s carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. The unit notifies you by sending an alert to your smartphone if either goes off and allows you to make quick decisions when seconds count. If, for some reason, you don’t respond to the alert, the unit will notify your pre-chosen list of emergency contacts until one of them answers. Bonus feature: Leeo Smart Alert also doubles as a cool night light with over 16 million colors to choose from. Now, that’s a way to customize your household lighting concept!
Caring for Fido When You’re On the Road
Our pets are family too and we want to know they are taken care of when we travel. Rover.com has 40,000 dog sitters who will stay overnight, walk your dog, socialize your dog or cuddle him while you are away. It’s easy to find a sitter that’s compatible with your dog (you can arrange a meet and greet to check compatibility) and your budget- and the site can save you up to 50% off kennel stays. Rover.com gives families the option of finding sitters in their own neighborhood by logging onto the website or a convenient app. Each stay is backed by 24/7 support, premium insurance, and even fun photo updates sent directly to your phone!