Keep your kids busy on the road!

Brought to you by our friends at Playprint

1. Make your own Trail Mix with favorites

Before your trip, let kids pick out a few of their favorite snacks to combine for their very own trail mix blend. Parents, feel free to toss some healthy options into the mix as well. Pre-portion the mix into mini baggies for a tasty treat, they can go to when hunger hits.

2. Have some fun with the tunes!

We all have different tastes, so to keep everybody happy, let each rider take a turn selecting their favorite songs.  Set a time limit for each person and enjoy exploring musical genres galore.

3. Give kids something to look forward to!

To make the hours fly by, every hour on the hour, have a little surprise ready to give them. Think simple like a pack of gum or a sheet of stickers. It will make the trip exciting for the little ones as they eagerly await their next surprise.

4. Make it an adventure!

If you have extra time. Don’t be afraid to pull over for some extra fun. Let each rider choose a roadside stop. Maybe it’s a quick photo op at a national park or a visit to a local ice cream parlor they spot along the way. Don’t be in such a rush to get to your destination that you forget to enjoy the journey!

5. Grab a deck of Playprint for hours of screen-free entertainment!

Playprint is a deck of mix and match cards that provides creative play prompts and can easily be adapted to long car rides simply by sorting out activities that don’t require a lot of supplies or space.

Some of our favorite car ride activities inspired by Playprint include creating stories, songs, and games. Parents, pull it out for some family fun or have them play independently when you’re ready for a little break!

 


    • – Your friends at City Catt and Playprint 😽

Five Miami WIN Lab Alumnae Pitch Their Companies at TechCrunch 2019

By , originally published at the Babson Blog on January 8, 2020.

Thanks to the generosity of FedEx, five extraordinary Miami WIN Lab Alumnae had the opportunity to showcase their businesses at TechCrunch’s Startup Alley in front of thousands of attendees, investors, potential customers, and media outlets. Startup Alley is a signature Disrupt San Francisco event, where over 1,000 pre-series A startups and sponsors across all verticals pitch their latest tech products, platforms, and services.

FEATURED Miami WIN Lab Companies

  • Lean Orb,a compostable foodservice packaging company with a mission to replace single-use plastic food packaging.
  • Imalac,a nursing/pumping bra with an attachable, hands-free breast expression system.
  • City Catt,a family-friendly way to plan trips and tour cities by connecting travelers with like-minded locals.
  • ARVISL FUTURE,(also known as SAVR Future) a platform that allows businesses and locations to engage with customers through location-based augmented reality interactions.
  • Caribu,a video-calling app that gives grandparents and grandkids the ability to read books, play games, and color together during a call.

Learn more about female-founded businesses here.

TechCrunch is an efficient, effective platform for entrepreneurs

For entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses, high-visibility conferences like TechCrunch are an absolute must. “We got to pitch at least 250-300 people ranging from investors to corporate representatives to potential small business clients,” said Anastasia Mikhalochkina of Lean Orb. “By having a ‘seat at the table’ and pitching or exhibiting at well-established events, you gain leverage in the conversation and expedite the process of getting in front of C-level executives who have the ability to take your company to the next level. After we pitched on stage, two investors requested to learn more about our current round. One of them is now looking to invest so the conference was a big win for us. Our team is extremely grateful for the opportunity of attending the conference at no cost to the company. It allows us to invest the money into improving our products and operations.”

According to Lizia Santos of City Catt, TechCrunch provided an efficient and effective networking platform. “Almost everyone that reached out to us had clearly taken the time to navigate our website, understand our business model, and came to the table with ideas on how to collaborate. It’s not your usual 1-hour corporate meetings with no valuable outcomes. TechCrunch meetings were no longer than 20 min, and we left almost every single one of them with an action plan.”

TechCrunch 2019 was another smashing success for entrepreneurial hopefuls, as it facilitated 21 investor meetings, 25 potential partner/client meetings, and two accelerator offers! The WIN Lab, in partnership with FedEx, was thrilled to support Miami entrepreneurs represent their city and their businesses at this high-profile event.

Credit: Babson Blogs

– The City Catt Team 😽

Michigan and National Tourist Destinations May Shift in 2020 with More Travelers Opting for Road Trips

Corp Magazine talked to travel advisors and industry experts to find out how the coronavirus has changed the way people will experience vacations now. City Catt’s CEO, Lizia Santos was consulted and noted that the pandemic led people to make travel arrangements based on numbers and also the perception of safety they have of destinations:

Lizia Santos, CEO of City Catt, in a recent safe-distancing friendly post-Covid trip

“This will be based on how much effort cities put into empowering people with information about their attractions and local charm, ensuring travelers there’s a way to explore them safely,” Santos said. “For this group, destinations less popular like Denver, Philadelphia and Minneapolis that offer an array of outside activities and under-the-radar experiences and restaurants and have managed to keep COVID number low, have an incredible opportunity to attract the people eager to travel after a long period of isolation.” said Lizia.

Read the whole article here! 

Learn more about traveling after the pandemic in our free Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

– The City Catt Team 😽

Explore Chicago with Socially Distanced Tours Designed by Women

Where Traveler featured a couple of women-owned businesses that are adapting to the new times and creating new and safe ways for people to explore Chicago in a world post-COVID19.
Sometimes you just need a woman’s insight. When it comes to travel, a female perspective can direct you to things you might never have noticed. Like the colors on a building or faces carved into cornices. Or perhaps the tastes of a city in food & drink and attitude.
From award-winning art and architecture to graft and power, gangsters and dive bars, steakhouses and haute cuisine—Chicago has it all | WhereTraveler

Goodman Theatre (Courtesy Choose Chicago) @ Where Traveler

The article featured City Catt as a great alternative for those looking for alternatives to traditional tours:

If organized tours aren’t your thing, City Catt, founded by mompreneur Lizia Santos, will connect you to an on-the-ground Chicago expert who will develop an itinerary perfect for you and your family. Whether you’re craving a foodie or theater-filled sojourn, traveling in a multi-generational bubble, or looking for a staycation experience with wide open spaces, these knowledgeable ladies will craft your perfect Windy City self-guided adventure.

Read the whole article here! 

Learn more about women-founded businesses here.

– The City Catt Team 😽

A suitcase that doubles as a toy!

As a Travel Founder and mom, I had to personally take the time to vouch for this product. Trunkis are a hit in my home even when we’re not traveling, with the kids riding on it through the house in tedious days. And when we are traveling, it’s a show stopper. People literally stop to smile and comment on us as I go through the airport with three energetic boys taking turns on our Tiger Trunki.

 

Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On!

 

Why you need it: It’s a spacious cute suitcase that doubles as a toy!

Why we like it: It has just enough space to pack for the weekend, and if you’re traveling for more than two days, it’s perfect for taking a couple of toys to entertain them during your trip.

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

Latest Amazon reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

Are we there yet? A Travel Kit to keep this question away!

Are we there yet? We love how this reusable Road Trip Travel Games Activities Kit keeps the kids busy while creating dozens of opportunities for the whole family to engage in old-fashioned road trip fun!

 

Let the kids track the progress of the trip!

 

Why you need it: It’s hard to keep the kids off electronics these days. This is a great way to have the kids actively participating in the progress of the trip and interacting with the whole family through playing all-time favorite games like hangman, connects, battleship, license plate hunt, and even a visual scavenger hunt for kids who can’t read yet.

 

Why we like it: The countdown cards keep kid’s anxiousness at bay, letting them know what to expect. The cards can be filled out in advance and hung with the string and wood clips included in the kit.  Then kids can follow along and have fun as landmarks and stops are reached.

 

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest Amazon reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

This gym bag is our favorite travel bag!

This Travel Duffel bag with Wet Pocket & Shoes Compartment is advertised as a sports/travel bag, but if you ask us, you don’t really need that many pockets when going to the gym! 😸

There’s a pocket for everything in this bag!

 

Why you need it:  When going on a family road trip, less is more. This is a very lightweight bag with plenty of room. It’s very affordable, so for a large family and a long trip, you could consider purchasing one for each. This way you don’t to play legos with bulky luggage, and everybody is forced to pack only the necessary.

 

Why we like it: It’s built to last with its waterproof material and wear-resistant leather. We also absolutely love the insane amount of pockets in this bag, including a shoe compartment and inner pockets for toiletries!

 

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest Amazon reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

The best water filter bottle for your next road trip

An amazing camping product with an impactful social mission? Count us in!  For every bottle LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottles, you buy, a school-age child in need receives safe water for an entire year. With this bottle, you don’t need any other single-use plastic bottles in life. It removes all bacteria and parasites with a carbon-activated filter, turning it into safe water in instants.

This bottle gets rid of 99. 999999% of bacteria

Why you need it: For every fill of the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle, you avoid two plastic water bottles of water. And you provide a child in need with a whole year of clean water.

Why we like it: Because it eliminates the needs for other bottles, and it’s a practical way to keep yourself properly hydrated through any kind of trip. Simply fill it and drink it.

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest Amazon Reviews

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

Keep track of your Road Trips through the USA

In this Post-COVID world, many families are choosing road trips as a way to safely get away from home. It’s a safe-distancing friendly activity if you make careful choices of destination, stay, and activities. We love this Scratch Off US States- USA Map because it’s a great tradition to start with your family, helping you choose your next destination and keeping the memories of previous trips alive.

A great family tradition to start now!

Why you need it: Because it’s a great way to visualize all the places you still have to go and remember the ones you’ve been to!

Why we like it: It’s a great tradition and a cute piece of decor for your home!

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest reviews from Amazon

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Road Trip Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽

Keeping your tent cozy during the summer

Your adventurous outer-ego needs a night outdoors. But come’ on, it doesn’t need to be that adventurous with only the stars lighting the night and endless sweat. This LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan is the perfect compromise, and you still earn your ‘Adventurer’ badge, we promise!

The battery lasts 36h straight

Why you need it: It’s portable and you can carry with you to find your way around the campsite, and also illuminate the tent if you need, while keeping a nice air circulation for a decent night of sleep.

Why we like it: It’s 2 in 1. If you’ve been following any of our reviews, you know practicality is a must for us. Also, our CIO has used it herself and swears she would not have survived her nights out camping without it.

What we miss on it: According to our CIO, the one thing she missed about this Led Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan was not having two of it!

If you want to know more about how travel has changed after COVID, check out our Post-COVID Back to Travel Guide here.

 

Amazon Reviews

A quick glance at the latest reviews on Amazon:

The latest reviews from Amazon

 

Want more recommendations? Check out all our favorite Camping Accessories here

Planning a trip? Sign up now to City Catt and start planning along with your friends and family for free! 😻

– Your friends at City Catt 😽