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12 Best Ski and Snowsuits for Kids 2020

by Wendy Helfenbaum

Baby, it’s cold outside! If you're planning a family ski vacation or just want to…

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10 Best Travel Pants for Women and Moms…

by Tamara Gruber

Moms have special needs when it comes to travel pants. We need pockets to carry…

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11 Best Winter Coats for Kids for 2019/2020

by Tamekia Reece

Whether you’re flying to the Alps, renting a cabin in Ontario, or staying somewhere closer…

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Flip It and Reverse It: 10 Clothing Items…

by Wendy Helfenbaum

Want to save big bucks on baggage fees? Make everything you jam into your suitcase…

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The Best Personalized Kids’ Luggage: 9 Great Options

by Cynthia J. Drake

Parents know all too well the horrors that await you in the event your child…

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The Ultimate Carry-On Bag for Moms

by Courtney Elko

Finding the best carry-on bag for any type of travel can be challenging. But when…

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10 Best Travel Pillows for Kids

by Tamekia Reece

The last thing you want when traveling is an uncomfortable child. Sure, you already know to have snacks, books, electronic gadgets and toys to keep…

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12 Best Shoes for Babies Learning to Walk

by Jackie Perrin

Babies learning to stand and walk need lightweight shoes with support and flexibility, so they can grip and balance, and the shoes should have no-slip…

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8 Best Tablets for Toddlers and Kids 2020

by Cynthia J. Drake

You’re headed out for your next family trip and you’ve covered all the bases. Passports? Clothes? Medication? Tablet? Yep, we said it: tablets are becoming…

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12 Best Portable Chargers 2020

by Jeff Bogle

While each family travels differently, with some preferring the scenic beauty of national parks, some the art and culture of big cities, and others the…

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What to Pack for a Winter Vacation in Europe: 6 Essentials for Families

by Wendy Helfenbaum

Taking the family on a bucket-list trip to Europe this winter? If you want to be sure you save your energy for sightseeing, sampling delicious…

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10 Best Winter Hats for Kids

by Courtney Elko

The best winter hats for kids need to stay on little baby heads, be stylish enough for teens, and keep everyone warm. Whether you’re planning…

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10 Best Winter Mittens for Toddlers (That Will Actually Stay On)

by Wendy Helfenbaum

Tiny mittens are adorable, aren’t they? But finding ones that fit properly and actually stay on can be a frustrating task. Isn’t it funny how…

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Our 10 Favorite Children’s Books of 2019

by Josh Roberts

This year, my favorite books for kids ages eight and up featured ghosts, witches, myths, plagues, boarding school mysteries, and middle school hijinks. You’Il find…

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12 Best Snow Sleds For Kids 2019/2020

by Jeff Bogle

Skiing and snowboarding are cool and all, but both wintertime activities require pricey gear and expensive lift tickets. Sledding, on the other hand, requires little…

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7 Best Walkie Talkies for Cruises 2020

by Wendy Helfenbaum

Traveling on a cruise with your extended family or a group of friends is a fantastic way to make new memories and explore exciting destinations…

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12 Best Subscription Boxes for Kids

by Beth Luberecki

Want to give your kids a truly unique gift? Present them with a subscription box! They’ll receive a surprise in the mail every month (or…

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7 Best Kohl’s Black Friday Sales 2019

by Terry Ward

The only thing we like more than getting a head start on our holiday shopping is knocking it off the to-do list entirely. And when…

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9 Best Cozy Pajamas for Moms and Women

by Diana Ballon

Looking for a cozy pair of pajamas to gift mom (or better yet, buy for yourself)? These comfy pajamas for moms and women pair best with a…

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12 Best Family Board Games for 2020

by Jackie Perrin

When you have downtime and extra mental stamina, it’s the perfect time to bond with the family over a board game. Put down the phones,…

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15 Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids 2019

by Tamekia Reece

One of the most fun parts of the holidays is the stocking. Kids can’t wait to get their hands on the sweets and little gifts.…

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Readers’ Picks: The 10 Most Popular Items Purchased This Week

by Josh Roberts

Sometimes the best recommendations come from your fellow travelers. This list of the top 10 products purchased so far this week by Family Vacation Critic…

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11 Hottest Toys for Christmas 2019

by Karon Warren

From interactive toys to imagination play to electronics, there’s something for every age and interest in this year’s hottest toys for Christmas. But you’d better…

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8 Award-Winning Gadgets That Will Change the Way You Travel

by Amanda Norcross

Each year, the editors at SmarterTravel put new travel products to the test, helping travelers like you choose everything from the most convenient carry-on bag…

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12 Best Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family 2019

by Jeff Bogle

You may think you don’t want Christmas pajamas for the whole family. But then you see your friends on Instagram posing for their holiday photos…

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31 Spooky Scary Halloween Books for Kids and Tweens

by Family Vacation Critic

The Best Spooky Halloween Books for Kids and Tweens Spooky middle-grade fiction aimed at children ages eight and up has seen a creative renaissance in…

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11 Best Waterproof Winter Boots for Kids

by Wendy Helfenbaum

Having fun while stomping through the snow is a terrific way for children to stay active in the fresh cold air. But dressing properly is…

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14 Best Holiday Gifts for Little Travelers 2019

by Amanda Norcross

Have or know kids who crave new adventures and experiences (or simply want to instill a love of travel in them from a young age)?…

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8 Best Strollers for Disney Theme Parks

by Jackie Perrin

A good stroller is a parent’s secret weapon for Disney theme park survival. Disney World recently amended its stroller policy, making it less convenient to…

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13 Best Kids Matching Christmas Pajamas for 2019

by Liz Alterman

What’s Christmas morning without matching kids Christmas pajamas?! Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or planning to stay home, matching PJs are a must. These…

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The Best Disney Luggage: 14 Disney-Themed Suitcases Fans Will Love

by Jackie Perrin

Whether you’re headed to Disneyland or Disney World, going on a Disney cruise, or you’re simply a major fan who loves to strut your Disney…

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