Traveling with kids is stressful, and the need to babyproof your hotel or vacation rental adds an additional headache as you prepare for your vacation.
Before you travel, you should know that it is impossible completely babyproof while traveling. You will likely not be allowed to drill holes or even mount adhesive products without incurring a loss of your security deposit. Instead, you should focus on easy babyproofing wins that can help keep your vacation enjoyable.
Know that you’ll need to be extra vigilant in your new surroundings. Your children will likely love to explore their temporary home, and undoubtedly they will find some dangers that you would never have noticed. Keep a close eye at all times to ensure their safety. Pay special attention to furniture that is not anchored to the wall, pools and unmounted televisions.
Babyproofing While Traveling: Quick Tip
Bring a roll of masking or painter’s tape with you when you travel. This can be used for all kinds of babyproofing needs. Tape it over outlets, and tape cabinets or drawers shut. It’s not going to keep your kid out of harm’s way forever, but adds a small layer of safety during your travels.
Babyproofing While Traveling: Product Recommendations
Space is clearly an issue, especially when traveling by plane, so these product recommendations are small and easily portable.
It’s not a bad idea to bring outlet covers, such as the Mommy’s Helper Outlet Plugs, especially if you know that your child likes to mess around with outlets. These are cheap and easy to throw in your bag.
- Low price point
- Super simple installation
- Easy to pack for traveling
- Considered choking hazards if dislodged from outlet
- Can be difficult for adults to pry off often-used outlets
If you’re renting a vacation home, it’s also pretty easy to pack the Door Monkey Lock & Pinch Guard. This allows you to easily restrict access to bedrooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms, etc. that you want your child to stay out of.
- No drilling required
- Easy for adults to access
- Keeps door closed for up to 40-50 pounds of force
- Door remains in slightly open position
- Does not fit on all door frames
If you are renting a home with a pool, or if your hotel room opens to a pool or beach area, you might want to consider the Safety Turtle Pool/Water Alarm Kit. This portable alarm comes with a cute turtle bracelet that you can slip on your child’s wrist. A parent unit alerts you if the turtle becomes wet, giving you piece of mind in case your child happens to wander off.