We live about 45 minutes south of San Francisco and we love going into the city every chance we get (although with three kids it’s equal parts fun and exhausting). Living in a tourist destination means that family comes and visits often, which is so great since we live so far. We got to play tour guide to my BIL + his girlfriend for the last week and our first outing was the city!
One thing that’s super important in taking day trips/vacations with kids is making sure you bring the right gear. I’m talking about gear that will make your life easier so before you pack up the car, make sure to think about what you’ll be doing and bring what will be the most helpful. For this trip we brought our new G-LINK stroller from UppaBaby + our Ergo 360 as a backup for Sawyer. Three kids means three places to sit if they’re all exhausted at once so the G-LINK with two seats was perfect! A diaper bag that helps you be hands free (and looks gorgeous) is always a huge plus and this Fawn Design in black is the perfect one to do just that.
My biggest tip for traveling with little ones is to be flexible. There will be meltdowns, more rigid lunch/dinner times, nap times to work around, and unexpected things that come up. We always try to set a loose schedule by planning a few things we want to do that day then do them in whatever order works out the best with the kids’ schedule. Try not to let it ruin your day if things don’t go as planned (any other Type A’s out there?!) because half the fun is just being together, no matter what you’re doing.
We always stop at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market first. It’s a gorgeous building right on the water with the best donuts inside, fresh fruit + veggies everywhere, and the atmosphere is just really fun.
You’d think going almost anywhere in the US in July or August would mean pretty warm temperatures but with the San Francisco fog, you have to be prepared with layers. It ended up being warmer so we all peeled off our jackets and put them in the basket below. Thank goodness for the extra space because there were seven jackets under there plus a blanket!
If you’re ever in San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts is definitely a must-see. You feel like you’re in Europe and it’s right in the heart of the city. It’s also really convenient location-wise, a quick stop on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. The beauty here is jaw dropping and the pictures don’t even do it justice!
We walked around quite a bit so it was nice having the G-LINK where the older two could jump in and out as they wanted and Sawyer was comfy strapped to me.
I mean, come on!
Everyone who comes to San Francisco has to at least drive across the Golden Gate Bridge! You might think that it’s just a bridge but it really is beautiful. The fog had rolled in, covering the top of the towers but it added to the beauty. I highly recommend walking across part the bridge if you have time. Driving across just isn’t the same!
I get a little freaked out walking on the bridge so I didn’t go as far as everyone else. I made it farther than I did last time so I’m still patting myself on the back! We opted for just taking the Ergo on the bridge because it’s a bit of a hike from where we park to the bridge. I’m so glad we grabbed the Ergo because carrying Sawyer all the way up and all the way down would have been a nightmare! Like I said, make sure you have the right gear and even if you think you may not use it, BRING IT.
We will be taking basically the exact same baby gear on our trip to Ireland later this year so I feel like this was a good test run. We chose the G-LINK by UppaBaby because we wanted a stroller that folded up into once piece, was easy to fold and carry up stairs, had two seats, extended shades, space below, and a rain cover. A rain cover is a MUST in Ireland, I hear, so I’m relieved we were able to find a stroller that checked off so many of our must-haves for traveling with little ones.
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