Spring Break and Easter Vacation are fast approaching around here! If you’re like us, you’ve got plans to go somewhere warm for a little while, or just plans to travel “over the river and through the woods” to Granny’s house for the holiday.
Either way, you’re going to need to transport your “stuff” and thanks to these new totes and cases by Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery (available exclusively at Staples)….you have some great new options.
Here is a peek at some of the items you can choose from and a collection of traveling tips for saving your sanity!
Of course this nice, BIG tote has proved priceless with the amount of traveling I’ve been doing lately. It worked perfectly for my recent trip to Austin and SXSW. I was able to fit everything I needed in it for the trip, including my laptop, so I only had to deal with one bag on the plane. I love the colors too. The gray is stylish but doesn’t show every scuff or bit of dirt it comes in contact with.
If you are traveling with little ones (bless your heart!) you might appreciate the “hands-free” option that the laptop bag gives you. Just loop that strap across your body and you still have both hands free to corral kids! :-) It is also nice and roomy so you could easily fit your laptop, an ipad, books, magazines, snacks, etc.
As weird as it sounds, I think I got the most practical use out of this little wristlet case! It’s the perfect size to hold the key items you need when going through the airport without having to rummage through your whole bag to try and find them! I hate that!
I put my phone, my credit card, my identification and some cash for tipping, etc. and I sailed through the airport just as easily as could be. I bet it would be great at an amusement park or some other vacation destination when you just need the basics with you. I really wish I’d thought of something like this a long time ago!
For entertainment on the plane, there’s nothing better than an iPad in my opinion. Laptops work, but even small ones take up the entire tray table! This convertible case tilts the screen at the perfect movie-watching angle and leaves room for snacks! Once again, I love the color. I’m really loving mint green lately. :-) I like to use plane time to catch up on shows I love but can never seem to find the time to watch! Like Downton Abbey. :-) And with small children, it’s an absolute life-saver. Even if you don’t let your kids watch much television at home, now is the time to break those rules. It’s all about distraction on long, boring plane rides! Even for adults! :-)
Finally, I think I was most taken with these handy accessory pouches. I bet collectively we can think of dozens of ways these would come in handy while traveling! Especially with little ones!
Here are a few:
Baby wipes. Even if all your children are long out of diapers, don’t forget the baby wipes. They’re useful for washing hands, cleaning toilet seats, wiping down restaurant tables, you name it!
NEW toys and books. Something that they have never seen before will hold the attention far more than something that has been played with dozens of times already. The key to this, is to not bring them out to soon. Wait until the meltdown begins and then bring out the big guns.
Snacks. Meals on flights and airport food aren’t usually kid-friendly (or adult-friendly for that matter!), and nothing makes kids grumpy faster than being hungry and having nothing to eat. Bring snacks they are familiar with and don’t need refrigerating. Lollipops during take off and landing help avoid ear pressure and should keep kids quiet for at least 15 minute blocks at the beginning and end of the flight.
Art Supplies. Coloring books and crayons; a travel-size Etch-A-Sketch or magnetic sketcher; notebooks and stickers…..all encourage quiet, creative time.
Small Ziploc bags containing various “activity sets“: two little pots of Play-Doh and two shape cutters; inexpensive action or animal figures; Post-it notes; paper and a paper punch; triple-wrapped presents or snacks (the unwrapping is the fun part!); a metal tray with magnets, card games, magnetic checkers game, etc.
For even MORE great ideas for keeping your sanity when traveling with kids…CLICK HERE to check out these great tips from my friend, and seasoned Mom traveler, Reagan.
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!!
The lucky winner is………
And to win a tote and a set of accessory bags to take on your next trip…..leave a comment below adding your favorite travel tip! (With kids or without!)
If you would like an extra entry into the contest….head on over to Instagram and follow me there @JillsGoodThings. Leave a comment on my Martha Stewart Tote Instagram photo. If you tag a friend in the comment you get another entry! :-)
The winner will be announced on Monday, March 18, 2013.
Good luck! And happy travels!