Setting up the Room
1 – If you call in advance, the hotel will often put a refrigerator and microwave in your room. This can be helpful for quick snacks or meals that you want to feed the kids without having to leave the room.
2 – Another thing to request in advance are highchairs. If the restaurant has enough, they’ll put 2 extra ones in your room in the event that you decide to feed the kids in the room.
3 – As soon as you get in the room, do a quick look around the floor to find any possible chokeables that might be laying around. We’ve found pennies, peanuts, and other potential choking hazards within reach under beds and desks.
4 – Set up a diaper changing station with a spare towel or your travel changing station. If you call housekeeping throughout the day, they’ll happily take out the diaper trash and bring you new bags.
5 – If you’re traveling with friends or family, try to get conjoining rooms. This makes it much easier to get a spare set of hands if you need them!
Gear and Supplies
Travel cribs – Most hotels have Pack n’ Plays that you can borrow. We have needed travel cribs often enough that we bought our own. Our boys like this type of travel crib so much, that I sometimes consider just letting them use these portable cribs while we’re home. The sides are high, making it hard for them to crawl out (safety for the win!). These cribs pack up very small and are easy to check when you fly.
Sleepsacks – We use these sleepsacks at home, and it’s one of the triggers for our boys to know that it’s bedtime. We find that keeping that consistent while traveling is helpful for the sleepytime routine.
Wubbies – If you’ve read this blog, you know that Wubbies are our secret sleep weapon. You can read more about how we used them for sleep training. Naturally, Wubbies travel with us to hotels to ensure good sleep.
Changing Station – You probably have a portable changing station in your diaper bag all the time, and it’s very helpful to set up in the hotel room.
Dish soap – There are always baby supplies to wash. Bring a small travel sized dish soap so you don’t have to hunt for it at the hotel. You can even bring a small travel drying rack if you’re really organized.
Also, if you can find a ballroom or long hallway, that’s a good way for the kids to run around in a safe and easily managed space.
Ice machine. A giant button, a loud noise, and a big mess. That’s all I’ll say about that form of entertainment.
Riding the elevator. At 15 months of age, this activity can last a long time.
Want to read more about how we travel with our kids? Check out our airplane tricks for flying with twin toddlers.