Ironically, after creating a Hot Holiday Packing List for Families, we were in the taxi on the way to the airport for our trip to Puerto Vallarta and I blurt out, oh shit we forgot the stroller! Jamie says, “Yep… I thought about it last night but figure we don’t need it anymore”. So off we were on the first trip without a stroller in seven years.
- Kids will nap just about anywhere, if they need to. Sofia fell asleep at one restaurant for supper on my lap. Almost immediately the waitress came over and brought another softer chair to move her into until we were done our meal. When kids are tired they will sleep anywhere.
- Sometimes you are going to have to carry your kids. After the supper nap, Jamie had the daddy duty of carrying her for a 15 minute walk in the sand to get back to our hotel… so no need for him to go to the gym the following day. More shoulder and piggyback rides on long walk too!
- You might have to adjust your plans. Sofia fell asleep while watching a movie in the hotel room one night while we were getting ready to go out to see some entertainment. She was so tired we just didn’t have the heart to wake her; so we adjusted our plans and sat on the balcony instead with some drinks and listened to music. I have had worse evenings :)
- Pack extra band-aids and give more kisses. On a few long walks the kids had more blisters than usual from the wet flip-flops. A few more tumbles, bruises, scrapes and tears which required some extra band-aids and kisses.
- We were able to walk and go where ever we wanted! What a concept, no more looking for ramps or stroller access. No searching for where the best way to get to something is with an oversize stroller that barely fit through some walkways.
This was probably the best way for me to go the first time without a stroller, just deal with it and not too much planning for it. It was incredible nice to have less stuff with us. We also help prepare our daughter with the situation on the plane, by talking about how she is such a big girl and doesn’t need a stroller. So when the whining came out about the sore legs we just focused on her being a big girl instead.
So what is the verdict? Will BOB the stroller be retired from our future family travels?
Most likely the stroller will be staying home, but I think for the next couple of trips we will really think about what are plans are and if we need to bring it. Let’s just say if Disney is in the near future for us BOB is coming along (or we will rent one there)! Overall, I really enjoyed the freedom of not having a stroller and the pros outweighed the extra work it took not having it (Jamie might have a difference of opinion after his workout carrying Sofia many times). Our family is ready for some slower travel with the smaller steps from the kids. But, I do miss my drink holder :)
Thanks BOB for helping us all these years!