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A lot of vacations go hand in hand with time by the pool, ocean, or a lake. If you're bringing baby along with you by the waterside, you'll have your own set of challenges. You can no longer cast your cares aside and jump in for a dip – at least without someone watching your little one. To make your time around the water with baby safe and fun, we've written this just for you.
Any trip to the outdoors means you'll be spending a fair amount of time in the sun. Keep in mind that an infant's skin is much more sensitive than an adult's and more prone to burning. So it's always a good idea to keep safety precautions in mind during your vacation. Read on to find out what safety measures you can take to keep your baby away from the sun's harmful rays.
Going camping with an infant means you'll have to make do without a lot of conveniences that you have at home or even a hotel. So it only makes sense that you have to be a little more creative in planning for the basics like food for your little one. Lest you end up at the campsite struggling to mix formula with bottled water and attempt to warm it up over the fire pit, we've compiled a few handy tidbits that might make feeding your baby easier.
If you're a family that craves the outdoors, a camping trip in a tent with your baby might just be what you're looking for. Camping, at least the kind in tents, tends to be a hit or miss vacation with families with infants. Some parents think it's a wonderful way to get acquainted with baby. Some parents find it especially challenging to watch over a mobile infant or toddler among the outdoors and camping gear. Still, if you're up for it, here are some things to keep in mind.
Beach trips make ideal vacations for families with babies. Babies will love spending some leisurely time outdoors by the shore. And there's an abundance of sand, surf, and sun in a relaxed setting that parents can enjoy as well. If you're contemplating a beach trip somewhere, we recommend renting a beach condo or beach house – you have all the amenities of home, but in an entirely new setting. Set up a beach tent shelter outside and read a book, while baby takes a nap. Pack some groceries or buy them once you arrive in town and eat a picnic outdoors.
Wondering where to go? Some of the most popular beach spots around the United States for families include beaches in California, Florida, or Texas.
California has its very own Catalina Island. You can get there by a ferry that runs every hour. The island is full of shops, restaurants, and water activities to explore. For a more outdoorsy alternative to a vacation rental, stay at Two Harbors and rent a tent cabin.
In Florida, try Amelia Island, just a 30-minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport. You can get there via bridge and choose from outdoor activities like hiking, bird watching, and hiking. Or take a stroll around the historic town and venture into their shops and restaurants.
In Texas, a great spot for families is South Padre Island in Galveston. You'll likely want to avoid spring break because it's a popular college party spot, but during the rest of the year, it's great for families. Take baby with you on a day cruise in the summer while you're trying to spot dolphins. Or go out to the sand to enjoy the sandcastle classes.
For those who really like to be prepared, you can protect yourself against total loss in a trip due to things like inclement weather, missing baggage, travel delays, and unforeseen family tragedies with travel insurance. We think you should purchase insurance on a case-by-case basis. Weekend trips out of town or even a week-long rental for a beach trip to a nearby city probably don't warrant getting travel insurance. Insurance can be a good idea if, for instance, you're booking an all-inclusive vacation to the Bahamas and you want to protect yourself against the possibility of a hurricane.
The cost of insurance varies according to the cost of the trip and the age of the travelers. According to Staci Blunt of Family Friendly Travel, travel insurance for a big travel package provider like Apple vacations might run you just under $70 per person. As another option, you can get travel insurance through a private party. Access America provides travel insurance for everything from cruises to business trips.
Helpful Hint: Some credit card companies come with built-in travel insurance if you book your vacation through them. Check with your credit card company to find out just what you might and might not be covered for.
So what do you do if you still really want to have the camping experience, but you don't want to do away with all the comforts of home? One way to experience the outdoors with your infant yet still have access to a lot of amenities is by going to a Kampgrounds of America (KOA) location. They have campsites throughout the United States and Canada.
You can bring a tent if you prefer. But you also have the option to hook up an RV, or rent a cabin, lodge, or cottage. KOA calls their lodges "Kabins." They're basic one to two room structures with windows, doors, and a porch. You bring your own sleeping bag, cooking equipment, gear, and you're all set. Lodges follow the same concept. But you also get the benefit of your own shower, toilet, and kitchen, as well as a separate bedroom. Spelled with a “k”, the Kottages are supped up versions of the basic cabin. Bathrooms and even kitchens come with some versions of KOA Kottages.
For those who truly cannot be apart from the World Wide Web, a number of KOA campsites offer Internet access. But if you can bear to tear yourself away from the computer screen, you'll also be pleased to know that you can find some sites with swimming pools and miniature golf as well.
Often, when it comes time to plan a vacation, we think of new sights, new experiences, and getting away from it all in a pleasant environment. We bet your vision of vacation time isn't that far off. But one thing travelers have to be wary about is dealing with inclement weather – especially if you're going to be indulging in outdoor travel. We've put together just a few of Mother Nature's fierce weather conditions that you might want to know about before you plan your trip to the outdoors.
Flash Floods – This is something you want to be aware of if you're going to be doing some driving. Flash floods just six inches deep can knock you down if the water is moving fast enough. At two feet, your car will float. If you encounter flood waters, the best thing to do is turn around and move to higher ground.
Hurricanes – Nothing can ruin a perfectly good tropical vacation like a hurricane. Hurricanes have winds that can sustain speeds of 74 miles an hour or more. Hurricane season typically begins in the beginning of June and lasts through the end of November. The good news is you have access to a warning system 24 hours before one is expected to hit.
Thunderstorms – Thunderstorms can produce a few unpleasantries like 100 mile per hour winds and hailstones. If you're going to a campground, it's always a good idea check what notification systems are in place in the event of severe weather like a thunderstorm. Also find out what shelter areas are available should threatening weather hit.
Tornadoes – Fast and furious, tornadoes whip through at winds of 250 miles per hour or more. They're most common east of the Rocky Mountains in the spring and summer. You'll also find them occurring in the South from March to May. Northern States may have tornadoes from late spring into summer.
Tsunamis – Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions can cause a massive crash of waves known as the Tsunami. Tourists have flocked to, rather than away from tsunamis in the past and we know you all know better. As soon as you hear a tsunami warning, head to higher ground.
Helpful Hint: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the source to go to for checking out severe weather conditions. Check out their Website at www.weather.gov.