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The Best Piece of Travel Gear for New Parents

I’ve met many new friends while traveling and working from the road. There are a lot of folks out there who have ditched their 9-5 jobs in favor of a different lifestyle: a lifestyle without the burden of modern, working-drone life. By far, the most impressive folks I meet are the couples who are starting a family. I can’t imagine a group of people under more pressure to settle down, find a steady income and fixed home base. And yet, every trip I take, I find amazing couples who want to share the experience of traveling with their children.

Being a traveler on the road in unfamiliar areas is tough, but being a parent on the road is even tougher. I am by no means an expert, but from chatting with some people I have come across an amazing piece of equipment to help. Enter the pack and play: it’s a portable playpen that converts to a crib, a place to play games, a cleanup station…whatever you need. And it folds down into a small, packable tote for travel.

Even if you aren’t going on a big trip a pack and play can save the day. Going to a friend’s house for dinner? Grab the pack and play and have a safe place for your little tyke to relax. Going to grandma’s house? You might want to consider getting one for her house too. (Remember, she can easily store it and put it out of the way when her grandchild isn’t around!)

There are so many pack and plays on the market, parents must do a lot of homework to pick the best pack and play. Attention must be paid to the construction and the quality, plus the compatibility of all the parts and pieces. And of course, safety is paramount so careful reading of reviews is always helpful as well.

Another great benefit of pack and plays: they are equally as handy while at home. Don’t expect this thing to collect dust in your garage, use it every day to turn every room in your home into baby’s favorite place to be! When compared to individual components, a pack and play is an excellent value for your money. The cost of a crib, playpen, bassinet, and games would easily exceed the price of the pack and play, which gives you all of this and more!