Traveling For The Holidays? Don't Forget These Essentials #2015GiftGuide

In a matter of days, you'll be packing up the car or the suitcases to embark on a family holiday adventure to grandma's house. Below are a few of my favorite things to travel with to make the trip less maddening interesting. 

First and foremost, the familiar pillow. A clean, soft familiar place to lay your head at night after a crazy car ride. I love Headleveler Pillows.  First, because they last, are machine washable. customizable and made in ever single size imaginable to fit the needs of the littlest to biggest family member. And speaking of family, this company is family owned and operated. #Love

Each pillow is made to order, for you! Is your bed firm or soft? are you a back sleeper or side sleeper? Hot sleeper or cold? Head leveler asks all these questions, then makes the perfect pillow for you!  LOVE LOVE LOVE them.  All free of us have our own.  Buy now and enter coupon code MERRY2015 to get free shipping to Canada or US, Buy Here. (International available check rates)

No doubt, kids get crazy during a long car ride, and need to be released to a field for a run from time to time, or a rest stop road-side park. Then, when you finally find one it's after a torrential downpour and everything is wet, including a HUGE puddle at the bottom of the slide. Grubby Wear is going to be your saving grace! It a full-body suit for the littles to get CRAZY in without getting messy! Because we all know, the second they get clean, they find a way to get messy. The Grubby Wear full body suit covers will keep him clean all day no matter what mud hole you encounter.

I love love love the Grubby.  And keeping with my holiday theme to support the family owned businesses, Grubby is owned but the sweetest family with the most adorable little ones... you have got to see this short video for Grubby, so so so cute and ridiculously funny. 

The Grubby is a lightweight, breathable playsuit designed to slip over a child’s clothes, protecting them from dirt, water, and general mess. It’s easy to put on, with snaps at the ankles so shoes don’t have to be removed, and a quick Velcro closure in the back, and roomy enough to fit over jackets in the fall or spring. It’s great for parks, art projects, and meal/snack time. It’s easy to clean with just a quick rinse in the sink, or throw it in the washing machine. The Grubby allows kids to crawl, run, climb, jump, and just be kids without worrying about getting dirty or wet. Buy it, HERE

There's no better complement to grandma's cooking than to make a mess of yourself while sucking down her food at lighting speeds. Come prepared to make a mess and a scene with the Groovi Gee Bibs for babies to adults!  100% cotton with fleece backing, bibs are perfect babies to older children (or adults) who need to be kept nice and dry. Here are Ollie's FTD's And Mine! 

Purchase the Groovi Gee WORLDWIDE, Here. (Aussies, click here.)

And finally, after a long car ride and supper yummy meal, you'll need a fabulous cup of coffee. If you have a coffee lover on your list, I cannot recommend enough that you check out Door County Coffee Holiday blends, gift sets and flavored classics. You get to pick the packaging; by the pound, premeasured pouches 8-12 cup drip machine bags or by the box of pods.Door County coffee is made exclusively with Specialty Class 1 Arabica coffee beans, which are the top 2% of what is grown in the world. The beans are roasted in small batches to exacting specifications.

LOVE IT!  And did I mention Family owned and operated for over 30 years?  Buy it here. 

What are your traveling essentials?

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