Traveling with Babies: Our Hacks

Ok... yes, this is another one of those posts about traveling with kids. BUT, these kinds of posts have been so helpful to Matt and I as we have learned how to travel with Asa. He will be 8 months next week and so far we have visited Kansas City, St. Louis, Arizona (x2), Vermont, and a few other local places that are within a day's drive. 

We obviously are not experts, but there are some hacks I have learned along the way that I really think are lifesavers and I wanted to share them with you all. 

1. PACIFIER CLIPS. All the pacifier clips. My sister in law recommended this to me and it has SAVED us. Especially on flights, we attach Asa's toys to pacifier clips so he cannot repeatedly throw them on the ground or at the people sitting next to us. Some you can even clip to the tray table, depending on the type. You can get pacifier clips pretty cheap online, we have these and love them. 

2. CAR SEAT CART. We bought a used Graco cart that we loved. Since Asa wasn't using a stroller yet, we just pushed him around in this at our location. It was also great to not have to carry the car seat and we were able to load our bags on top of it since we carried him in the Ergo anyways (see next point).

3. ERGO. While we had the cars seat and cart, I just carried Asa in the Ergo. I fear this time is coming to an end because he is getting so wiggly, but it was much easier to get through security this way. 

4. UMBRELLA STROLLER. Now that Asa is getting bigger and doesn't want to sit in his car seat, we got this J is for Jeep umbrella stroller through Wikibuy* (here). While it means we now have to carry the car seat, we usually just check it at baggage claim anyways.  This stroller is light and easy to take just about anywhere.

5. SNACKS AND FOOD POUCHES. My kid is constantly eating. We're obviously related. We love teething wafers (like these) and food pouches (these, for example) that are easy to eat on the go and require minimal clean-up!

What travel hacks have been your lifesaver? 

*Wikibuy did send us this stroller for free in exchange for mentioning them in this post. However, all opinions are my own, and this is a product that was on our "to-purchase" list anyways. Wikibuy simply helps you find the best price for the product you're interested in purchasing.


2018 Sedona Marathon 10K Review

Disclaimer: I received a free race entry to the Sedona Marathon 10K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! 

This was my third year participating in the Sedona Marathon Series Race (10K). You can read last year's review HERE and 2016's review HERE. Last year I was 21 weeks pregnant during the run, so this year felt much easier overall!

Packet Pick-Up
There was a new packet pick-up location this year that was much more accessible and had better parking, in my opinion! Had the weather not been so nice (70s), it would have been a little cold as the packet pick-up and expo were in a large outdoor tent. As usual, everything was very clearly marked and easy to find. We enjoyed checking out some of the vendors as well.

The shirts this year were the basically same as the last few years, but kind of a tan color instead of the white and blue from previous years. They are nice shirts and I still wear mine from previous years quite often! No other swag was included but there were some vendors at the expo. The information booth was stocked with at on of important information where you could get any last minute questions answered.

Parking and Accessibility
This year we rode a shuttle to the race start from our hotel. Last year we drove to the start and parked and we have decided that the shuttle is definitely the way to go. Accessibility was tricky this year because the race is getting so large. It was really hard to get from the shuttle drop-off to the race start because of how many people were there.

Race Management
The race was well-managed, as usual. The starts were timely and everything you needed on race day was available. However, as mentioned above, crowd management was really poor this year. I think it's more a function of us outgrowing the space than anything. The aid stations were an improvement from last year  when you had to wait for water to be poured at some of the stations and others had fuel (e.g., bananas, gu) haphazardly placed on the table. We didn't use bag drop this year but in the past it has been efficient.

The hands-down best thing about this race is the scenery. Sedona can't be beat and I just love the course, hills and all! This race isn't for the faint of heart and hill training is important (I should probably take my own advice because I literally trained zero hills this year)! I love that the Sedona community comes out to watch the runners. They often bring along signs, funny outfits, and music which can really be a big help as some of the course is pretty desolate.

The medals were the same as those from the last few years and they're some of my favorite medals.

Overall, this race is a must simply because of the location. If you ever have a chance to visit Sedona and participate in this race, you won't regret it!

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