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5 Tips For Getting Around NYC With Kids

08.30.16

Every time my family comes to visit they ask me, “How on Earth do you do it?”. I walk on average 7 to 9 miles a day. Between running errands, taking the girls to and from school, and any exercising I can manage on my own time, I am constantly on the go. We take the subway, city bus, or sometimes as taxi and I have to be able to manage all of it with my two kids.

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Believe me, I don’t think I’m superwoman. I have my days where I curse living in a city and I dream about the days I used to drive my SUV into my garage with all of the groceries. But you grow a tough skin in the city and all of the stairs and walking become your everyday routine. It’s what we do. I have just learned how to be smart about getting around the city and making sure I’m prepared with everything I need to get me and the girls home as quickly and easily as possible. So, today I’ve put together a few of my tips for getting around NYC with two kids:

  1. Know where you’re going ahead of time – I like to make sure I know which trains I’m going to take, alternate routes in case of train delays/schedule changes, and what is near the subway stop we are going. It is always helpful to know there is a good bodega or clean restroom nearby because life with toddlers in unpredictable!
  2. Bring more snacks than you think you need but less of everything else – I try to limit snacks (so they are sure to eat their regular meals) but I kind of throw that out the window when we are traveling or spending the whole day out and about in the city. I do like to pack my own though so they can be healthy and nutritious like fruit, snap peas, or granola bars. For everything else, I pack extremely light. If I run out of diapers/wipes/water/etc… I can always pick some up at a Duane Reade rather than carrying around a heavy backpack all day.
  3. Pack one or two activities – I like to bring one of these and one of these for the girls. Edith especially loves the question game and it keeps everyone happy and entertained on the train.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes – This is a walking city. Most of my friends and family who come to visit don’t expect to walk that much and end up with horrible blisters. I always suggest you wear a pair of tennis shoes or ballet you have had for a long time. Don’t try and walk 6 miles in those new strappy gladiator sandals you just bought on sale. I also bought these shoes for the girls. They are comfortable and there aren’t any laces or straps to worry about tripping over.
  5. Have the right stroller – I have gone through about 5 different strollers since we first had Edith four years ago. Moving to the city was a big adjustment from life in the suburbs and my needs completely changed. I have to have a stroller that is easy to fold, can be carried hands-free, and takes up as little space as possible in my tiny second floor walk up apartment. For me, the UPPAbaby G-LUXE has been the best solution for us these past few years.

5 Tips for Navigating NYC with Kids | In parnership with UPPAbaby | www.luckypennyblog.com

The UPPAbaby G-LUXE has so many features that make it perfect for navigating the city with kids including a large, easy to access storage basket, one-handed recline, and an extra large sunshade for those extra sunny days. My favorite feature is that it stands when folded, perfect for when we pop in a restaurant while we are out and about (because NYC has notoriously small restaurants). You can learn more about UPPAbaby here.

5 Tips for Navigating NYC with Kids | In parnership with UPPAbaby | www.luckypennyblog.com

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any other tips or suggestions for getting around a big city with kids.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UPPAbaby. The opinions and text are all mine.

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