By our guest blogger: Lindsay Bell
This July I spent two full weeks in gorgeous Martha's Vineyard babysitting for a family I've known for nearly six years. I cared for two young girls in the small village of Edgartown, MA. During this trip I learned the importance of routine and good travel gear for kids.
Each day was a new adventure, but each was carefully mapped out to make sure we got everything we wanted accomplished. We'd start off the day at The Katama Store with a freshly brewed cup of Joe & some delicious pastries. Then it was off to camp to take the youngest. We packed her backpack up for the day with sunscreen, towel, lunch, sunglasses, etc. Everyday we'd ride over to island on the Chappy Ferry where Jessie the driver would pick up passengers & take them to the beach club. Parents & sitters would set up shop on the beach while the lil' ones were at camp until 1:30pm. Then it was family beach time followed by play date, another lesson, ice cream, or bike ride. We'd take the kids back abound 5pm to shower and then make or go out to dinner. Then it was wind down time.
Every task was clear, the kids knew what to expect, I knew where I needed to be, how I could best help, and everyone seemed happy! Now if we had a change of plans no big deal. Just having a general layout of the day made confusing new plans seem completely organized & efficient because of our routine.
For instance at bedtime, which was 8pm and 8:30pm respectively, the girls knew when I said it was time for bed what they needed to do. We'd go brush our teeth, gather all their stuffed animals to snuggle with, book, song, prayer, lights out!
The girls really found comfort and confidence in the special items they packed for the trip. From a favorite nighttime movie, to a special backpack or tote bag personalized with their name, our beach house was truly a home away from home. Here are some of my top picks for personalized kids travel gear:
Small backpack perfect for toddlers to tote!
Dual purpose: cute stuffed animal & nap blanket!
Kids love having their own rolling luggage!
I loved my time in the Vineyard & hope it's not my last. There is nothing better than feeling like part of the family in a new place and having a routine already intact!
Lindsay Bell is the co-founder of Lucky Lil’ Darlings (LLD), an elite family care solutions company providing corporate and family focused babysitting, parent-centric events and inspiring commentary on child care, kids and family focused products. Prior to launching LLD, Lindsay worked in communications for the Radio City Rockettes and as a Marketing Manager for boutique marketing and PR agencies in NYC. For more information on LLD visit luckylildarlings.com or follow Lindsay on Twitter @LindsayBellNYC