We have been fortunate enough to take Liam on quite a few trips. He has stayed at several hotels, a HomeAway apartment, Airbnb house on a lake, and VRBO cabin in his first two years of life. It has also given us a lot of chances to know what works and what does not work when traveling with kids. I want to share some tips on finding kid friendly hotels when traveling or other types of lodging as well.
Finding Kid Friendly Hotels When Traveling
Know what you need: Do you need a crib to rent, do you need to have a kitchen area for meals, do you need a bathtub for baths or just a big sink? Do you need space for them to play if they are more active? I know for us as Liam has gotten older our needs have changed. His first big trip was to Chicago and we had a standard room which was pretty tiny. All we really needed was a microwave to sterilize bottles since he was just on formula. We needed a bathtub which we had and room for his travel crib. He was only 5 months so he wasn’t very active so having tons of space wasn’t necessary. We also spent so much of the day out doing stuff. Now when we travel space is key! He needs his own space to sleep (ideally) and lots of room to run around. We also really need a kitchen or at minimum a fridge and microwave.
Know what you need to be near: It is important to us to be near a grocery store/pharmacy and for me a Starbucks ha! When we were in DC last summer we were in walking distance to a CVS and a Starbucks and a quick drive to a Whole Foods. When we rented a house in North Carolina we were about 20 minutes from the nearest grocery store which wasn’t terrible for where we were in the mountains. We try to do research before we stay anywhere to know what’s near and how long it takes to get there if we need something.
Know what you are bringing: We always take our travel crib and luckily even at two Liam hasn’t outgrown it. When he was younger it felt like we needed a lot more stuff! Now just the travel crib, LOTS of snacks, and some of his favorite toys. We usually bring a few things he’s never seen or hasn’t seen in a while. If you need a lot of stuff chances are you need more room. I also find that you need more room the older they get but sometimes you have to make sacrifices.
I think asking these 3 questions can really help you find kid friendly hotels when traveling. I remember when our priorities for hotels were walking distance to a beach but things change as you have kids.
What do you look for when traveling?