Top Twenty Baby on the Beach Tips

Swimsuit – depending on the age, either a float suit with adjustable buoyancy or “puddle-jumper” floaties
Rashguard – longer-sleeved suits that protect best from sun
Sun Hat – with tie and long back
Beach Towels (2/child) – reserve one for an end-of-the-beach-day-scrub
Sunscreen (check the use-by date and get a baby-friendly one)**
Swim diapers (even if kids don’t go in the water these are good)
Water bottle/cup – Yeti or

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Driving Alone With Baby

Are you nervous to drive alone with a baby? 

As one young parent shares:  "Starting soon I'm going to be taking several short road trips alone with my child. Before having kids, I found myself in a few accidents that were my fault--never have been hurt but did some damage to the car. I haven't been driving in the city (where I find drivers far crazier than in other cities) in several years and not since having my child. I'm nervous about driving

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13 tips to protect your credit card

Park Slope Parents members share their tips for keeping credit cards safe. 

NYC Escapes: Where to Go for a Long Weekend

Want something more than a day trip but less than a full vacation? Here are PSP member-recommended destinations for a two- to three-day getaway.

PSP members help answer each other’s questions about everything from vacation destinations to kindergarten admissions and so much more. Join us today!

Road Trip Diversions

Road Trip Tips and Diversions

Going on a road trip 8, 10, 16 hours long and wondering what you can do to keep the little ones occupied? Here are tips from parents about scheduling and how to fill the hours, and days, in the car.


Flying with Babies and Kids During Covid

Planning air travel? Here are tips from members who have traversed the friendly skies during the pandemic to help you and your kids stay as safe and comfortable as possible.

Key takeaways: pack comfy masks, avoid highly trafficked seating areas, and learn about air circulation on the plane to help reassure you.

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Books to Get Kids Excited About a Trip to the Beach and Sea

As one PSP member asks: “Might anyone have any favorite books about going to the beach and taking a plane ride for their toddler? Our son recently developed a fear of the ocean, and we are also taking a plane ride soon and would like to start warming him up about the experience.”

Check out the recs below!

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Unaccompanied Minor: Kids flying solo

PSP members talk about when their children flew without a parent - domestic and international travel advice included.

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Inside the Park Slope Parents Travel Section

 Whether you are planning a weekend away or a big family vacation abroad, Park Slope Parents has you covered!  With packing lists, games to bring and tips like how to book a kid friendly hotel room, what it's like to breastfeed/pump when flying, how to bring a stroller on the plane and even how to park your car at JFK, PSP (hopefully) answers all you need to know to make your trip & travels as stress free as possible!


Tips for Traveling Alone with the Kids

Traveling can feel especially stressful when you are doing it alone with little kids. Parents share tips of how they managed it.

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Your FAQs about Kids and Travel

Going on vacation? Lucky you! Here is advice from PSP parents about kids and travel...

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Top 10 Frequently Asked Travel Questions

Where to find the answers to your most frequently asked travel questions...

NYC Airport Tips

NYC Airport Tips

All you need to know about New York City’s Airports

Getting to NYC’s airports can sometimes feel like the most overwhelming part of the trip. Just navigating the different options can feel hard.  From subways to car services, the Long Island Railroad, shuttles, routes and even parking options – we’ve pulled together the tips local parents shared about getting to the airport.    


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How To Book a Hotel Room that will be Kid & Family Friendly

Tips for what to look for and ask about when booking a hotel with babies and kids.

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Thinking about a Winter Getaway?!

Below are some suggestions for a Winter Getaway the whole family can enjoy.  Be sure to also consult our specific travel recommendation here.

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It’s that time of year when far-away relatives start clamoring for you to hop in your car or on a plane to come visit—again. They seem oblivious to the headaches of holiday travel and can’t believe your kids would want to spend the holidays in New York City (with their friends, in their own home) when they could be back wherever you’re from.

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Fall Weekends Away

Looking for a Fall Getaway close to New York? Here are some suggestions.  Be sure to also consult our recommendation pages for travel spots here.

Finding Couple Time in the Family Vacation

Finding Couple Time in the Family Vacation

Summer vacation time is in full swing and as much as you’re looking forward to getting away with your kids, you probably can’t help wishing for the opportunity get away from your kids, too, at least for a little while. It’s not easy, but it is possible to squeeze grown-up time into the corners of your family vacation. Here are a few things that have worked for us.

Staycation Cheats

"Staycation" Cheats: Best Kid-Friendly Day Trips

Here's a cheat sheet for some local staycation travel spots close to Brooklyn.  And be sure to browse our travel recommendation section here for other nearby places to take the kids to!

Tips to traveling light

Tips to traveling light

When it's travel season there is always the perennial questions about baby gear—namely, do I really have to schlep all this stuff with me on the plane and if so how do I do it?—are popping up on the PSP list-serv.
Before You Go Checklists for Traveling with Kids

Before You Go, Checklists for Traveling With Kids

A comprehensive list for all you need to do before you leave on vacation and what you need to pack when traveling with kids.

Grab a Sweater and Head to the North Fork

Grab a Sweater and Head to the North Fork

Another recommendation for an easy to get to travel destination in New York! Here is one review of visiting North Fork.  Be sure to consult our travel recommendation section here for more advice on where to go.

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Vacation Secret-- Shhhh!

 Thinking about taking the family to Florida? One parent highly recommends it! Also see our recommendations for travel destinations here.

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Thats So 200 Years Ago

That’s So 200 Years Ago

Thinking about taking the family on an American history-themed getaway? Here's one parent's rave review of Old Colonial Williamsburg, Mystic Seaport and Sturbridge Village.


Flying with Baby

Parents share some advice about traveling and flying with a little baby.

In this article:

General advice

Long-haul advice

Wondering how to deal with jet lag? Read the PSP article HERE that deals specifically with how to help babies/kids adjust to a new time zone.



Travel Toys and Activities - for the PLANE

Recommended Toys/ Activities/ Games from PSP Members from over the years that are easy to pack and provide hours of fun guaranteed keep the little ones occupied when travelling on the plane!

Looking for toys and activities the CAR? Read our Road Trip Diversion tips here.


General Advice on Airplane Travel with Kids

General advice from Park Slope Parents members on airplane travel with children, including airline rules and regulations, sleeping and the essentials to bring with you on board.


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What to Pack

What to Pack: for the KIDS

A list of general reminders about what NOT to forget when packing for the Kids.

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Help for Kids with Motion Sickness (cars, trains, planes, and beyond)

Help for little ones whose tummies don't like car rides and airplanes. Here are the tips and rules of of tackling and managing motion sickness.

Passport Information

Passport Information

Information about how to get your child a passport for travel.



Jet Lag and Kids

Help for getting your little ones back on track during and after travel. And there are some useful tips for grown-ups in here too!