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Hitting the Road for the Holidays? Check Out Our Top Tips for Traveling with Kids


Your princess will love her personalized Pretty in Pink collection of travel essentials in her favorite color!  From l-r:  Customized Striped Ballet Bag, $24.99, Pink Polka Dot Rolling Luggage, $49.99;  Polka Dot Duffle, small $27.99, med. $34.99;  Striped Ballet Duffle, $34.99; Ballerina Water Bottle and luggage tag designed by Maureen Anders, Bottle, $14.99; Luggage tag, $6.99 each.  Owl Boot Cuffs by Two’s Company, $21.99; Project the night sky with our Turtle Nightlight in three colors, $37.99.  Shop HERE for other designs.  Feeling Fun Canvas Makeup Bag by Two’s Company, $9.99.  Personalization is complimentary on all products.  Bags, water bottle and luggage tags are exclusive to Lillian Vernon.


Holidays are about family, festivities and fun, but if you’re traveling with children, things don’t always go as smoothly as you would like.  The preparation alone is often overwhelming!  Whether you’re driving a long distance, or flying to grandma’s house, you’re bound to run into some seasonal chaos and disruptions.  To help you enjoy the ride, we’ve put together some essential travel tips to keep the whole family happy.  Bon voyage!


-Preparation is critical.  Try to pack a little each day leading up to the trip instead of doing everything last minute.  Be sure each child has his or her own bag to stay organized and foster responsibility.  Plus you won’t be searching through one large bag looking for everyone’s things.   Personalized luggage and luggage tags will keep all your ducks in a row.

-Surprise Them:  Bring a few small new toys or games the size of stocking stuffers, and give them out at intervals during the trip as incentive for good behavior.  For ideas, click HERE

-Buy small healthy snacks for the road or plane, and don’t include anything with sugar.  Try veggie sticks, pita bread, mini sandwiches, nuts and sliced apples.  On the plane, resist the urge to eat sweets and stay away from caffeine, carbs, juices and dessert.  Make sure everyone stays hydrated with their own water bottle.

-Be sure to bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal and blanket

-Bring mini versions of popular games, such as Battleship, Legos, coloring books, magnet stickers and a notebook for Tic Tac Toe or Hangman

-Bring some new books to read to your child.  Have your children help to choose the book before the trip so it will be something they are interested in.

-Electronics:  It’s okay to bring the iPads, but regulate usage during the trip.  If you’re in the car, say they can watch for 30 minutes, then shut them off and have a family game of I Spy, family sing-along or license plate games for the next 30 minutes.  If you are on the plane, let them watch one show or movie, then shut it off and read a book, or play a game.

-Download a family-centric podcast, like Stories Podcast, created by Dan Hinds. “We offer a mix of original stories and adaptations of classic stories read storybook style with voices for characters and songs,” says Hinds. The podcast is a top “family” pick on iTunes.

-Sleep management:  If you are traveling a long distance, be sure to insist on a nap during the trip. Bring our Hootie on the plane to help kids fall asleep.  Let your children watch a video only if they agree to take a nap right afterward.  When you arrive, have something light to eat and try a family nap after lunch to get back on schedule.  The worst thing to do is let your child stay up way past his bedtime with no nap.  It will negatively affect their mood and schedule for the next two days.  If you have a late-night flight or red-eye, give your children a nap six hours before you leave for the airport, then put them to sleep on the plane an hour after take-off.




Our exclusive Blue and Black Boys Luggage is as handsome as your little guy.  Our Blue and Black Rolling Luggage is ideal as a rolling backpack for school or a small travel bag, and has a handy  zipper opening across the top, making it easy to open quickly and store things inside. Our cool Blue Camo Collection includes a Backpack with an attached lunch bag that can be personalized free of charge, $44.99; Blue Camo Duffle Bag, $44.99; Blue Camo Messenger Bag, $39.99; Comfy Bear Boot Cuffs by Two’s Company, $21.99; Exclusive customized Luggage Tags in Sailboat or Anchor, by Designer Lillian Yee-Pham, $6.99 each, personalized for free.  Personalized Water Bottles, $14.99

To view our entire Blue Camo Collection, that includes a notebook and personalized water bottle, shop HERE.

To shop our collection of Customized Luggage Tags, click HERE 





Our exclusive dark and handsome Beige and Brown collection is a great option for the cool kid on your list.  This personalized made-to-last rolling luggage is sturdy, double-stitched, wipe-clean, 600-denier, PVC-backed polyester, $49.99; Duffle with outside zipper pocket and handy shoulder strap, $44.99; the Camo rolling backpack with attached lunch bag is ideal for school or a small travel bag, and has a handy zipper opening across the top, making it easy to store things inside, $44.99; men’s or teen Toiletry Bag in washed cotton canvas, two compartments and three pockets, personalized for free, $34.99.  Makes a great gift!  You never know when you might need an ice bag at home or while traveling.  Our NEW kids’ size Camo Ice Bag will sooth any bumps and bruises, $9.99.  Green turtle Twilight Night Light projects three colors onto the ceiling to help your child sleep, $37.99






Hit the road with our exclusive preppy Pink and Green luggage collection.  Our whimsical Say Anything Good Friends Canvas Tote is fun and versatile for any trip or as a great gift for only $11.99; Personalized Rolling Luggage in 600-denier poly/canvas, $49.99; Duffel, $34.99; Customized Water Bottles $14.99 each; Heatable Hooty Owl, filled with flaxseed and French lavender, will encourage sleep and rest during your travels, comes in Pink or Snowy gray, $21.99; exclusive and personalized Luggage Tags by designer Jillian Yee-Pham, $6.99 each. Feeling Fun Canvas Makeup Bag by Two’s Company, $9.99.

To view all of our luggage tag designs, click HERE.




Our exclusive top-quality personalized Duffle Bags come in many different designs and colors to match any personality.  Choose from three sizes, small ($27.99), medium ($34.99), and large ($44.99).  Personalization is complimentary.  Shop HERE to see the full collection.





Let’s get ready to roll! At the ideal height for little travelers, our personalized Flower Rolling Luggage by Stephen Joseph is the perfect child’s companion on any trip. It has multiple pockets to keep your little one’s most-prized toys safe, as well as an extendable handle for easier navigating. Comes in Shark and Pirate designs too. $54.99. See all of Stephen Joseph luggage HERE.




Our exclusive Rolling Luggage is perfect for a trip to grandma’s house or on the road with the family.  It’s also great as a rolling backpack for school with its handy kid’s pull-along wheels, a zipper opening across the top, and a plenty of storage compartments.  This made-to-last rolling luggage case is crafted from sturdy, double-stitched, dense 600-denier, PVC-backed, polyester.  Personalization is free.  $49.99.

Shop HERE to see all of our exclusive Rolling Luggage designs.



048255-luggage-straps-group-shot-of-all-on-black-pull-along-suitcase-shot2Embroidered with your name, our exclusive brightly colored Luggage Straps make your bags easy to find and make sure your luggage stays closed! Rugged polypropylene, 2″W woven strap adjusts from 35″ to 64″L. Patented, heavy-duty plastic brake clip prevents strap from slipping off and it can’t be loosened once installed.  Choose from Blue, pink, red , yellow, $14.99 or two or more for $13.99


To shop our complete Luggage Collection, click HERE.  Happy Holidays!

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