My husband and I love to pack light. However, packing light when you are travelling with children is a challenge. Dragging extra bags through airports full of toys, diapers and other baby equipment is not fun. Our solution is to use a baby equipment rental company -- they will deliver toys, strollers, baby bath tubs and other needed items right to your hotel or home. Currently, our favourite equipment to rent is toys. Our boys arrive at our hotel to find a box of new toys waiting for them and spend hours playing while we unpack and get organized.
Below are a list of baby equipment rental companies that we have personally used:
Mont Tremblant, Quebec: Baby Rendezvous
We have rented from Baby Rendezvous twice and love the service that its owner provides. She provides a variety of equipment from cribs, to child carrier backpacks and high end baby sleds. We particularly love the way she provides her box of toys in heavy duty large plastic boxes. It makes clean-up easy. Baby Rendezvous has a great order form that you use to make booking equipment simple and easy.
Ottawa, Ontario: Traveling Toddlers
We often travel to Ottawa to visit family and friends and use this company ever time. The equipment is always in our room waiting for us and drop off is easy too as we just leave it in our room. While Traveling Toddlers has an online order form, I find it is easy to call the company as you need to speak directly to someone to make payment.
New York City, New York: Granny's Rentals
We have travelled to New York City many times with the boys, and often when they both needed to be in a stroller. To successfully travel in New York City with kids you need to act like a New Yorker, and that means you need to be cognizant of space. Most of the double strollers people use in other cities are too big for New York. You will not be able to get into restaurants, museums, or sidewalks as easy as New York parents. The most popular double strollers that I have seen in New York City are the Phil & Ted's line of double strollers and the Maclaren double stroller. Granny's Rentals provided us with a Maclaren double stroller, one that is easy to fold up and hide away in busy restaurants.
Orlando, Florida: Baby's Away
This is a large baby equipment rental company, with over 70 locations in the USA.
Anna Maria Island, Florida: Fun and More Rentals
Not only does this company provide baby equipment, they also provide bikes, kayaks, grocery delivery, plus much more.