Childproofing when Traveling Like many families, we packed up the kids this weekend and headed out to spend time with family for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, when we arrived, it occurred to us that we might want to do some childproofing to save our sanity – and the breakables.

Often times, vacationing parents can ask the hotel or other accommodations provider to childproof a hotel room or suite, or for a room already set up to safely handle small children. Be sure to call ahead after making reservations to ensure that the room has been childproofed or bring along your own items to make the room safe for little ones.

In our case, we made use of a few items we already had on hand and asked our hosts to help by putting up some of the more fragile or treasured items that they weren’t ready to part with. I still had some outlet covers in my purse from a previous trip with the kids, so those went into the outlets at kid levels. The kitchen cabinet door pulls received rubber bands to hold them shut – or at least slow the kids down so that they could be scooped away before getting into anything. And all the breakables were put up and out of the reach of their little hands. It’s also a good idea to pack an extra night light or two when traveling with kids – one for the bathroom and one for the bedroom to illuminate the way for those late-night bathroom trips or to just keep the boogeyman away. A CD player or mp3 player with lullabies or other familiar music will also help to make anyplace feel like “home” to little ones.