We are partnering today with Evenflo to share about our most recent trip. We have just recently returned from a cruise to Alaska and can now check another state of Genevieve’s list of states that she has travelled to (as well as us). It was quite an adventure since we spent two weeks traveling on this trip, which is the longest trip Genevieve has done in her life so far. We’ve had several people ask if it was hard to travel with such a young child (in fact Genevieve is nearly 18 months), and our answer to this is: Yes, it is hard to travel with a toddler, but it is possible and it is definitely worth the hard work. And yes it is A LOT of work to travel with a toddler, besides the fact that being parents now is probably the hardest job we’ve both ever done. Since Genevieve’s first time to travel out of the state was when she was two months old, we definitely learned quickly that she would be a travel baby and we would need to have some tips and tricks up our sleeves to make our lives easier while traveling with a toddler. One of our biggest helps on this last trip was our Evenflo Minno Stroller. It was literally one of the best additional pieces to assist us in traveling with Genevieve at this age for at least 3 reasons.
1. Having a stroller when traveling with a toddler is necessary for naps. Since Genevieve naps every day, we used this minno stroller on a few occasions to allow her to take naps in. Or even when one of our flights was delayed by two hours, meaning that our little V would not have gone to bed on time, we used the minno stroller to soothe her to sleep at ‘bed time’ and help her to get some shut eye before boarding our flight. We normally try to avoid being away from her crib when it’s close to nap time so that she can get some solid sleep there. However when we travel to places we might not see again, our philosophy is that we’d like to create a flexible child who can adapt to our lifestyle.
2. Having a stroller when traveling with a toddler can be necessary for new places. We’ve found that being in new places with a toddler means that they will be very curious. They may want to run around and touch and eat everything, or accept candy from a stranger. It could be easy to accidentally lose them. In our case being so close to water, we found it helpful to strap her into the Minno stroller for her safety a few times to ensure that she might not accidentally walk off a dock or into a road. Everything in life is still very new to Genevieve and we visited some very touristy places. There were so many people most places we went and new things to see and explore everywhere. It was a sensory playground for Genevieve! In our opinions, this could be good for her in controlled environments. However it is not always a controlled environment when you are traveling, and it could have been easy for her to get hurt accidentally or for someone to run off with her. We really appreciated having a stroller mostly for this very reason.
3. Having a stroller with any age of child usually means carrying less weight. Besides the fact that this particular Minno stroller is very lightweight and folds up easily to go through security at the airport or on a cruise ship, we used it several times to carry Genevieve and also other items. When traveling to a different climate zone, we found it necessary to bring layers of clothing that we would end up shedding throughout the days if it was warmer. The Minno stroller made an easy place to store the layers. We also did a little bit of shopping and grabbing food. If we were ever in a rush to get somewhere, this Minno stroller had a storage basket underneath where we could put food or other purchased items to take for the road.
We have used other strollers when traveling before, but we’d definitely recommend a lightweight umbrella stroller for the sake of having less weight to carry and the ease of packing it. We really enjoyed using our Evenflo Minno stroller in particular because this one is very easy to set up. It locks into place when you fold it up, keeping it from loosening and breaking or falling apart under the plane. This particular Minno stroller has a visor to cover your child’s head from the sun, rain, and most elements. The Minno stroller also has foot-breaks that keep it from going anywhere if you are on a hill or just want to be sure it doesn’t roll away. The Minno stroller reclines nicely if your child is tired and needs to take a nap in the Minno stroller. Last but not least, there is an undercarriage basket and detachable cupholder for storing food and other personal items which we utilized on every trip out with the Minno stroller.
Pictured below you can find photos of us outside of our cruise, in Icy Strait Point, Alaska, and in front of Mendenhall Glacier with Genevieve in her Minno stroller. She fell asleep in it several times and even once on our whale watching tour. We were on a smaller boat for that excursion, but we were still able to walk the Minno stroller around with her in it when she was tired so she could take a nap. We can say that it was definitely nice for Genevieve to be able to nap when we wanted to do a few tours that took longer. We are looking forward to sharing more about our trip to Alaska here in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!
Photography by Kaleb and Marilyn Nimz and David Grimaud
**Minno Stroller in Glenbarr Grey book is **c/o Evenflo
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