Will you be traveling with kids this holiday season?

Our Christmas Giveaway is well underway and we’re showering the blogosphere with toys. But while the Holiday Season is often a time for toys, it’s also a time for travel.

Do you have to travel far to celebrate with your family and friends?

Life spreads families throughout the globe and holidays bring them back together. When you’re traveling with children and during the busy holiday season, you want to be extra prepared.

If you’ve got any distance to go, you want to first make a stop at FamilyTravelGear.com. Linda and her husband Kevin are the dedicated owners of Family Travel Gear. They personally hand select each product to ensure that it makes “travel time with the kids easier, safer and a lot more fun!”

Whether you’re traveling by car or plane with babies or teens, you’ll find the gear you need.

Browsing through their site, you may also discover great stuff you didn’t even realize you needed… but you’ll be soooo thankful someone else figured it out for you.

CARES Child Aviation Restraint SystemFor instance, on their site I discovered the CARES Child Aviation Restraint System.

I’ve always worried about the safety of my children while traveling by plane, but I had no idea there is a safety solution.

This CARES Aviation Restraint System is designed for “children age 1 and older who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds. These youngsters are old enough to be in their own seats, but are too small for the seat belt alone to protect them.”

You’ll have peace of mind knowing your precious child is safe. And you’ll love how light it is to carry and simple it is to use.

If you have a toddler or preschooler and who will be flying this holiday season, consider the CARES Child Aviation Restraint System.

We have one CARES Child Aviation Restraint System to give to a lucky commenter. Check out FamilyTravelGear.com and then leave us a comment letting us know what product would best help you at travel time.

But don’t wait to find out if you won! Stock up on your travel supplies now and if you are the lucky winner, Family Travel Gear will reimburse you for the value of the prize, $62.00 USD.

We’ll draw a winner on Saturday, November 29nd.

This contest is open to US and Canadian shipping addresses. Due to legal restrictions, this promotion is not available in Arizona or Quebec. Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules.


  1. says

    If the airlines authorize the use of this restraint, I think it’s one of the best inventions ever! I remember being incensed traveling with my baby and being told I couldn’t keep him in the sling during take-off. They told me I had to take him out and just hold him in my arms because if there was a problem, the force of him against me in the sling could injure me. That just didn’t make sense to me though when they insisted that my PURSE be “safely” lodged under the seat so as not to be a projectile, but they were insisting that my baby sit loosely in my lap. How much more damage would be caused (both to and by my child) if the force of turbulence or something were to wrest him from my arms?!

    And not all car seats are airline approved, so that wasn’t a solution either. I think it’s great to have an alternative to just a lap belt in a plane (or a bus or anywhere else only lap belts are standard).

  2. says

    We have one of these. It’s absolutely fabulous. We’ve used it numerous times with Zoe since we travel from NJ to FL multiple times each year to visit my parents. Zoe’s picture is actually on their website… and they also linked to a blog post I did on our vacation and using the CARES belt. Great product!!!

  3. says

    We are traveling at Christmas. This would be a wonderful thing to have! We fly with our boys a few times a year to visit family. Having the CARES harness would make the flight a lot easier.

  4. says

    I would love one of these. We travel to see my family a couple times a year. I don’t understand why the airlines don’t offer these to parents, but it would give me some peace of mind.

  5. says

    I never knew this was out there. We just moved away from family so we are always traveling back and forth and could really use this! Thanks!

  6. says

    We are flying to Alaska both at Christmas and then again this summer. This looks like a much better alternative to bringing my 3-year-olds huge car seat along!

  7. says

    Considering I fly with a boy who, the last time I flew alone, managed to do everything humanly possible to get away from me while I was carrying his airline approved carseat AND all our carry on luggage, this would be a wonderful device! I have lugged his carseat all over and every time I know somewhere along the way I will not have enough hands! We will be traveling to Hawaii during the holidays due to being re-located for the military and having one less cumbersome item to worry about would be a relief to our family!

  8. says

    I’ve heard of these but never knew where to find one. If things go as planned, my two year old will be flying alone with my 18 year-old sister-in-law and this would make her life a lot easier for keeping him in his seat, not to mention my peace of mind.

  9. says

    Fantastic idea. We will be traveling just after the New Year to Florida. My 2 year hasn’t been on a plane since she gets her own seat. This would be great! Thanks!

  10. Melissa says

    Oh, this would be SO HELPFUL when I fly with the infant and 2yo (BY MYSELF!!) to visit grandparents after Christmas. I hope hope hope the number generator picks me!

  11. Perri Rendon says

    I am new to this site and look forward to getting involved and getting the emails…

    This item would be perfect for my grandson. My daughter’s husband, my son-in-law just joined the military. My daughter will be travelling home a lot to visit and I will be travelling there and bringing my grandson home for visits.

    This is a perfect invention. I didn’t realize they made such an item.

    Once again, this would be perfect.

    Thank you,

    <a href=”http://www.5minutesformom.com/4734/under-the-tree-

  12. says

    Yes! I have a 2 year old toddler and we will be traveling to Venezuela this holiday season. I’m a little scared and excited at the same time. This would be perfect for us!!

  13. grubmama says

    What a great invention! It will fit in my diaper bag and I won’t have to lug his carseat! Thank you ladies! I wish you had more to giveaway!

  14. says

    We will be traveling in May with our 2 year old, sounds great, thanks!

    I’m a subscriber and signed up for your newsletter, too…

  15. says

    I will be traveling at Christmas with my baby boy and he’s just big enough for this wonderful item. I’d love to enter the contest! Thanks!

  16. says

    This would have been invaluable with our first-born, but at that time, I’m sure it wasn’t even invented yet. I am very interested in getting one of these for our third child.

  17. says

    We will be going to Hawaii soon! This looks like it would be perfect for one of our children. We have 3 kids ages 1-5. Maybe I could purchase another!

  18. says

    Where were these when I was 8 months pregnant, flying to Europe with a 3 year old?! I wouldn’t want to win, because lugging a stroller and carseat +luggage through an airport is SO MUCH FUN! lol Obviously that is sarcasm! These are going to really revolutionize how parents who have to travel a lot feel about air travel.

  19. Nadia says

    We will be flying overseas mid December to visit family with our 4 year-old and our 21 month-old. We’re putting our toddler in her car seat, but this would be great for our 4 year old. Thanks!

  20. says

    I think this is one of the best products I’ve ever seen for travel. I learned of it just before our last plane trip and almost rented one but was too short of time. We have far flung grandparents so our future is sure to hold more plane trips and this would be so helpful.

  21. Miranda says

    I have a toddler and newborn, and live in Germany. We travel back and forth from here and the states all the time…
    Having the CARES product make traveling so much easier!!

  22. says

    one of my best friends is a missionary and will be traveling back to africa this christmas season with her baby, toddler, and preschooler…she could really use one of these and i would love to be able to give it to her! thanks!!!

  23. Rachel M says

    Wow what a great prize! I would love a CARES system to use when we fly to the UK for the holidays. We’re taking my 2 yr old to meet his great gran for the first time :)

  24. says

    We have one of these they are awesome!! Make sure to print out the documents about using them on airplanes. This September was the first time we were asked about it and I was very glad to have it! We have used ours at least a dozen times and never were asked before this past time.

  25. Aura says

    Ha! Last time I flew I drove myself crazy purchasing a seat for my 2 year old and buying a sit n stroll (and nearly going broke after both purchases) only to be told on the plane that the sit n stroll is an evacuation hazard so I cannot use it and my son insisted on sitting on my lap the whole flight because he felt lost in the big seat. It was really unsafe (and uncomfortable) and I would love to win it. Now he is 5 and I always chose the safest car seats and boosters for the car why risk his safety on a plane?

  26. Katharine says

    I have a toddler and a preschooler and we will be flying home AFTER the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. says

    I have a three year old and a one year old and with my husband being deployed I am really dreading the car seats through the airport by myself. I am really wanting one of these, but would rather win it! 😉

  28. CityReviewer says

    I have the perfect product for traveling moms! GoPicnic just came out with MightyMunch meals for kids. These meals are what my kids eat when we are traveling and then I don’t have to prepare them! The meals focus on natural ingredients and clean labels and are completely free of Trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and peanuts & tree nuts, the most common allergens. PLUS- all of the MightyMunch meals are balanced to 35-10-35 nutrition standards that limit the amount of fat, saturated fat, and sugar in each meal, recommended by many school districts and advocacy groups for kids’ healthy eating. I order them online at http://www.gopicnic.com. Enjoy!

  29. kate scalio says

    I am flying to Hawaii with my two toddlers this year to visit my sister and her family. I would love to win this prize.

  30. Sandy Miresse says

    Our grandsons include both an infant and toddler and they are planning to visit us in January. I would love to win this for them.

  31. Perri Rendon says

    I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…so here is my extra entry.


    <a href=”http://www.5minutesformom.com/4739/christmas-giveaway-

  32. Perri Rendon says

    I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…

    so here is my extra entry for newsletter.


    <a href=”http://www.5minutesformom.com/4739/christmas-giveaway-

  33. Perri Rendon says

    I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…so here is my extra entry.

    This one is for the feed…
    thank you,


    <a href=”http://www.5minutesformom.com/4739/christmas-giveaway-

  34. Rosanne Morrison says

    My 3 year old granchild will be flying twice-with her mom and stepdad to ski and then with her dad to visit us.

  35. sandra Wright says

    I am pregnant and we travel very often. With a home in Texas and in Spain we are all over the place. My husbands job takes us to Spain, England and all over the USA! I need one of these!

  36. says

    yes, I have a 3, 5, and 7 year old who will all be traveling this holiday season – and beyond – by plane. They all fit the size requirements, too (we make tiny kids). I could really use this, thank you!

  37. Julie says

    this product looks fantastic. It would be a nice idea if all airlines were required to have some of these aboard for children.

  38. Scott G says

    I have a 14 month old and would love to fly home this year for Christmas. The restraint is a great prize!