Whether you’re an expecting parent or traveling with a little one, I’m rounding up the top 10 things to register for or use for baby travel!
I only recommend products that I use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may earn a small commission at no cost to you.
#1 - YogaSleep Hushh Portable Sound Machine
I love this one because it's small and portable, but is a surprisingly effective sound machine! This was one of the first adds to my baby registry. I'll not only be using this in the car and when we're traveling, but this is actually in my hospital bag! It's for both me and the baby to help drown out hospital noise!
#2 - Stroller Fan
Okay, so this one is also in my hospital bag! In addition to cooling off little ones, this fan is also great for attaching to workout equipment and for attaching to a hospital bed during labor!
#3 - Stroller Rain Cover
I can't tell you how many times I've seen this in the parks: during a Florida downpour, a family is sprinting across the park in ponchos, and the poor little ones in the stroller are getting soaked! Enter the stroller rain cover. This keeps your little ones, and your belongings, dry! This is the one that I use, which fits most stroller types!
#4 - Travel Stroller
You probably don't want to travel with your big, bulky stroller. A lightweight stroller like this one is perfect!
#5 - Petunia Pickle Bottom Bag
It's no secret that I love Petunia Pickle Bottom for the brand's functionality and adorable Disney prints. You really can't go wrong with anything from this collection! It features diaper bags, stroller caddies, overnight bags, packing cubes, and more!
#6 - Baby Carrier
Baby-wearing can be a lifesaver in the parks. This Babybjorn carrier is one of the best ones I've seen! Grab it from Modern Nursery! Another great budget-friendly option is this one from Infantino.
#7 - Car Mirror
Driving to your destination? This car mirror helps you keep an eye on your little one in the backseat! This is the exact one that I have, too!
#8 - Portable Changing Pad
This one's great for traveling any distance, whether you're heading on a trip to the mall or traveling across the country. This is also the exact one that I have!
#9 - Kids Travel Tray
Keep little ones occupied in the car seat and on planes. It's got a secure tablet holder, plenty of pockets for snacks, drinks, and toys, and the top is even a whiteboard surface! It comes in several colors and prints.
#10 - Portable High Chair
This one's perfect for heading to the beach, grandma's house, or even for a little outdoor barbecue at home! We have this one, and actually store it at my parents' house for when our little one is a bit older! Please note: I wouldn't take this one to Disney or Universal, but it's great for more local travel!
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Gift Guide: Road Trip
Whether you're heading near or far, there's nothing like a road trip! Keep reading to learn everything that will make your next road trip successful, even for your tiniest travelers!
While these are great for while your kiddos are in the stroller, never underestimate a stroller fan in the car! This popular stroller fan clips easily onto car seats, too, making it essential for any traveling family.
Kids Travel Tray
This travel tray absolutely does it all! Truly the holy grail of all travel trays. Your kids will stay happy, engaged, and content, which makes for an enjoyable car ride for everyone. The dry-erase board doubles as an eating tray, and even has zipper storage pouches on the side for snacks, art supplies, toys, and more. Plus, there's even a tablet stand that actually secures the tablet in place. Need I say more?
One of the hardest parts about a road trip is actually keeping everything organized. Keep purses, backpacks, diaper bags, water bottles, and more off of the floor and within reach. This best-selling headrest hook actually comes in a pack of 4. No hardware required!
Car Trash Can
No more loose wrappers in the car! This car trash can actually has a cover and holds up to 1.85 gallons! The adjustable, elastic strap allows you to hang this wherever you need it and guarantees no spills. Better yet, it's both compact and foldable when not in use.
Kick Mats (with organizer!)
Say goodbye to scuff marks and wet footprints on the back of your car's seats! This 2-pack of kick mats also include mesh pockets for storage! You'll protect your car's upholstery, all while giving your family a little extra storage space. This is also great for pets!
There are tons of great ways to keep your kids occupied in the car. For a little break from screen time, an activity book is an excellent alternative. These Melissa & Doug activity books actually feature reusable stickers! There are tons available from princesses to dinosaurs to pets and more!
Travel Planning Binder
Plan the perfect road trip (and destination!) with this printable travel planner from Etsy. Everything from budgeting to packing and everything in between can stay organized with this planner!
Plan the Perfect Trip
Is Disney or Universal your road trip destination? If so, contact me to become a concierge-level client! Not sure if a travel advisor is right for you?I offer complimentary vacation consultations to help decide if I'm the right fit!
Gift Guide: 1st Disney Trip
There's nothing like your first trip to Disney! Every kid (or kid at heart!) will love each of these gifts to kick off their first Disney trip!
Good luggage is essential to any Disney trip. This American Tourister luggage is a long-time favorite, and it comes in a huge variety of patterns! This luggage is high quality, long-lasting, and a must-have for any Disney fan!
American Tourister doesn't just make full-size luggage, it also makes fantastic kid-sized carry-on luggage, too! The kids luggage comes in all of their favorite characters, so there are plenty of options to choose from!
Kids Water Bottle
One of my biggest travel tips is to stay hydrated! For the adults, I always recommend carrying this water bottle strap. It fits around your water bottle to help remind you to sip throughout the day. However, if it's your kiddo's first trip, help them stay hydrated with this water bottle designed just for kids!
This one is perfect for every momma in the parks! The stylish, sleek design is a home run, and with subtle Disney touches, it's perfect. I've rounded up some other great bags here and have a complete park bag packing checklist here. Make sure you check both of these posts before you head to the parks!
Disney Planning Binder
Keep everything organized for the perfect first trip with this Disney Planning Binder from Etsy. Keep everything from dining to budgeting to packing organized!
Give the Gift of a Perfect Trip
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Disney Dining Review: Via Napoli
"In Napoli where love is king, when boy meets girl, here's what they say."
It's definitely "amore" at first sight at Via Napoli. This restaurant and pizzeria is the perfect tour of Southern Italy, right in the heart of EPCOT!
We visited Via Napoli in September for an early dinner. After just a few hours in EPCOT, we were already hot, thirsty, and had worked up a bit of an appetite. After checking in, we were seated right away.
The restaurant is actually much larger than it looks, but we were fortunate to sit inside with a perfect view of the wood burning ovens. If you haven't visited Via Napoli, it's worth a reservation just to check these out! The ovens are named after the 3 active volcanoes in Italy: Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, and Stromboli.
Via Napoli features traditional Neapolitan pizza. The thin-crust pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes and real Caputo flour imported from Southern Italy. (Water for the dough is even sourced from a spring similar to Italy's Campania region!) Restaurateur Nick Valenti actually spent time in Naples studying the art of dough, crust, sauce and oven temperatures before creating the menu at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. Talk about attention to detail!
We decided to share a Piccante pizza, and added pepperoni at the suggestion of our waitress. It. Was. Heavenly. I'm self-admittedly not a pepperoni pizza girl, but this was perfect!
(On previous trips, I've also enjoyed the prosciutto e melone and the margherita pizzas. I've also had the chance to try their heavenly sangrias and tiramisu!)
I strongly recommend Via Napoli to guests of all ages and groups of all sizes. They are easily able to accommodate large groups. (I once personally visited with a group of 19!) Via Napoli has a kid-pleasing menu, very shareable pizzas, a wide variety of drinks, and is a lovely reprieve from the parks. Find it at the back of the Italy pavilion.
Advanced Dining Reservations are recommended for Via Napoli. All of my clients receive my personalized dining recommendations. Click here to be added as a concierge-level client!
Printable Travel Planner
My popular printable travel planners are now available for instant download in my Etsy shop, Dani's Travel Templates! 2 different versions are available. A minimalist design and ear hat design. Each planner features over 20 printable pages!
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These printable planners have everything you need from pre-planning to post-travel. Packing, budgeting, saving, and more! 20+ different types of planning pages included.
Perfect for organizing plans for anything from a short getaway to month-long excursions. Ideal for Disney, Universal, beaches, all-inclusive resorts, cruises, international travel, and more!
Each Planner Includes 5 Sections:
Section 1: Planning
*Daily Planner (Hour-by-Hour Plans, Meals, Must-Do Attractions, Notes, Extras)
Section 2: Budget
*Travel Savings Tracker
*Travel Budget (Transportation, Accommodations, Food, Activities, Souvenirs, Extras)
Section 3: Dining
*2 Types of Planning Pages to plan meals for each day
Section 4: Packing & Prep
*House Sitter Notes
*Emergency Contact Page
*Souvenirs to Buy
*Before You Leave Home Checklist
Section 5: Notes
*General Notes Pages (lined and unlined)
*2 Types of Bucket List pages!
It’s time to experience the magic of Disney at sea once again!! The Disney Dream will begin cruising from Florida on August 9th!
Tropical voyages to the Bahamas will depart from Port Canaveral, Florida. All sailings will be 3 and 4 night cruises and all will stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. These sailings will be overflowing with magic, including beloved character encounters, enchanting Broadway-style musicals, a fireworks display at sea, and more!
Procedures that are being implemented for the well-being of Guests and Crew Members include:
For pricing or more information about Disney Cruise Line, contact me!
I'm always looking for ways to keep you in the loop with all-things travel! I'm beginning a weekly series that will share what your most-purchased travel items were from the last week. Below are the Top 10 travel items that you purchased from Amazon from July 5-12!
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#1 - Portable Neck Fan
#2 - FunkyMonkey Women's Sandals
#3 - 6 ft. Charging Cords
#4 - Dual Port USB Charger
#5 - Water Bottle Carrier with Adjustable Strap
#6 - Adidas Fanny Pack
#7 - AirPods with Charging Case
#8 - Battery Operated Stroller Fan
#9 - Stroller Cup Holder
#10 - Portable Sound Machine
Remember, my clients all get a complimentary, comprehensive packing checklist before they travel. To get my complimentary park bag checklist, click here. To become one of my concierge clients, contact me!
Walt Disney World has announced four new resort hotel reopenings, available for booking tomorrow, July 8th. Yes, this OFFICIALLY means that every hotel will be reopened by the end of 2021!
Beginning July 8, 2021, I will begin booking:
Beginning June 15th, guests will notice some major changes at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland! Plus, Boo Bash tickets will become available to the general public and Laniwai Spa will reopen at Aulani! Read more for all of the major things happening on this major Disney date!
Just remember, while park reservation availability is opening up, resort hotel rooms are booking up at a record speed. For booking information or for further information about any of this information, contact me as soon as possible!
Disneyland Reopening for All Guests
As I had previously shared, Disneyland Resort will begin welcome out-of-state Guests beginning June 15. At this time they will also discontinue on-site temperature checks. The state of California has removed the physical distancing requirements, so guests can determine self-distancing.
Disneyland Resort Face Covering Update
Starting June 15, face coverings will no longer be required for fully vaccinated guests both indoors and outdoors. Guests ages 2+ who are not fully vaccinated must continue wearing face coverings indoors, except when dining. Guests will not be required to show proof of vaccination, but vaccinated Guests will self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry. All Guests will need to attest that they are aware of the State of California’s strong recommendation that guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the theme parks when making their Disneyland Resort theme park reservations. When the Toy Story parking lot reopens on June 18, all Guests ages 2+, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear an appropriate face covering while on the bus transportation from the lot to the parks.
Walt Disney World Face Covering Update
As I previously shared, beginning June 15, face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated guests in most areas. Face coverings will still be required of all guests on Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. While they will not require proof of vaccination, guests who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation. Physical distancing guidelines will also be reduced. Some experiences and entertainment may still be operating with limited capacity or may remain temporarily unavailable. Disney will continue the high standards for cleanliness and sanitation we’ve always set for ourselves. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer stations will still be available. They do encourage people to get vaccinated.
Boo Bash Tickets On Sale to Public
Boo Bash will be taking place this fall at Magic Kingdom Park! This after hours event has already opened for booking for on-site guests staying at select resorts, but will open to the public June 15th! Tickets start at $129 - $139 plus tax for August/September nights and $159 - $169 plus tax for October nights. Halloween night has already sold out. Here are the dates for “Disney After Hours Boo Bash”:
Laniwai, a Disney Spa Reopening at Aulani
Beginning June 15, you can reserve spa services, including newly added options, at Laniwai, a Disney Spa! A visit to the Kula Wai, an outdoor hydrotherapy garden can be reserved with any spa service. This garden retreat includes private vitality pools, a reflexology path, six rain-style showers, whirlpool jet spas and more. Laniwai’s full-service salon will be available for manicures, pedicures and hair services. The kids – or keiki – can also get ready with salon services and makeovers exclusive to children ages 3 to 12. If you enjoy a good workout before or after pampering, visit the Mikimiki fitness center which will also reopen for limited hours for all Aulani Guests, and has added new equipment to the state-of-the-art fitness facility. Please see the Aulani Resort website for the most up-to-date information on the resort’s health and safety measures.