While you won't be able to babyproof your hotel room or vacation rental as thoroughly as your own home, these essential items go a long way to keep your little one safe when you're away from home.
A dirt-cheap pack of outlet covers will give you peace of mind as your baby explores your hotel room or vacation rental.
Crib / Playpen
Your baby needs a safe place to sleep, and a travel crib will do double duty as a playpen when you're unable to keep an eye on your little one. (Mom's gotta shower sometimes.) Many hotels and vacation rentals will provide a portable crib upon request, so always ask.
An inexpensive roll of painter's tape is a godsend when traveling with little ones. Use it to pin up drapery cords, secure loose electrical wires, and hide other hazards that dangle within reach of curious fingers.
Staying in a vacation rental or a suite with a connecting door? This foam cuff slips easily over the outside edge, above the reach of little ones, to prevent pinched fingers and accidental door slams.
Available at any dollar store, these cheap swim aids can be easily turned into furniture bumpers. Cut a lengthwise slit down one side of a noodle, then slip it over the sharp edges of a coffee table, fireplace hearth, or any other angular furnishings that may be baby height.
Bath Spout Cover
This soft rubber cover slips over the faucet in the tub, protecting your baby from head bumps during bathtime.
Staying in a vacation rental or condo with stairs? Once your little one is on the move, a baby gate can be a handy take-along when you travel. Choose a gate that is pressure mounted, sturdy, and able to fit a variety of widths.