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Taking the Kids: Best Gifts For Moms Traveling Again

Eileen Ogintz, Tribune Content Agency on

What do traveling moms really want? They’ll tell you time together with their families. Grandmas, especially, are eager to make memories.

But after a glass of wine or two, Moms will likely confide that beyond the shared experiences, what they really want and need, after two years of this never-ending pandemic. is a little time for themselves. That might be nothing more than an IOU to babysit or prepare dinner-and clean up at the vacation rental. It could be a gift card for a spa treatment or an experience like a gallery or bike tour where you are visiting next.

Pampering could also mean anything that would make travel easier and more pleasant for moms. Before you peruse our suggestions, consider what bugs mom the most when you are traveling — being cold in the car or a plane? Bug bites? Shoes that aren’t comfortable? A rain jacket that doesn’t do the job? Running out of juice for her phone?

Also consider what mom loves most about travel. Is it exploring new places? New food? Getting outdoors biking, hiking, or kayaking? Trying something she has never tried before?

Lastly, think about a place mom went and still talks about years later. Maybe it was a national park? Paris? A Broadway show? Now consider the place mom has been talking about going throughout the pandemic. Once this is over, we’re going to go to…

Ready? You may not be able to give the women you love most their dream trip this Mother’s Day. But our 2022 Taking the Kids gift guide will give you plenty of affordable ideas guaranteed to bring a genuine smile to their faces.

 

FOR THE NEW MOM TRAVELING WITH BABY FOR THE FIRST TIME: The Rickshaw Journey 4 in 1 diaper bag backpack organizer, newborn baby bag, travel crib (for use up to 15 months) with changing table and diaper tote all in one bag for $57.99, Another good bet: A gift card for BabyQuip, a top baby gear rental service at more than 650 locations guaranteeing everything is safe, clean and insured — everything from cribs and car seats to baby baths, high chairs, swings, baby monitors and toys can be delivered to your door. Mom can not only travel lighter but not worry if she forgets a key piece of gear (as I invariably did). Nor will you need that no-longer-safe crib from grandma’s attic.

Grace Bastidas, editor in chief of Parents.com is a fan of Kibou’s Deliberately Minimal Diaper bag ($89) for plane trips. “The gender-neutral fanny pack comes with a detachable changing pad and waterproof pocket for wipes, making it a great accessory for diaper changes in tight airplane bathrooms,” she said.

FOR THE MOM WHO HATES BUG BITES: The soft and eco-friendly Essential Wrap, which is sustainably made in the USA of recycled cotton and Tencel, repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and more, and is EPA approved for pregnant, nursing women and infants. At just $59, it’s versatile enough for a campground, as well as a fancy resort.

FOR THE MOM CRAVING A NEW EXPERIENCE: A gift card from Tinggly.com. Mom gets the gift of an experience in a themed box (you choose the theme; she gets to choose the experience from 600 in over 100 countries — anything from a surf lesson to a city bike or food tour to wine tasting). Starting at under $100 and your gift plants trees too!

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