Have Baby, Will Travel – Going on Tour with an Infant


Cruising the beaches of Long Island, NY!

Talk about niche blog topics, not only will this article focus on travelling on the road with an infant, but also covers info for musicians taking their babies on tour with them!

When I told people that I was going on tour this winter, they thought I was crazy for several reasons. For one, touring in winter can bring about awful snowstorms and cancelled shows. Secondly, how on earth are we going to travel with a 3-month old baby without the comforts of home?

Looking back, not only did we do it. We would do it again in a heartbeat. However, I would imagine it being more difficult as she gets older (e.g. 7-12 months when more aware of her surroundings).

It wasn’t easy, and it took a ton of planning, but we had the most special family adventure with moments that will last a lifetime.

Let’s break it down.

The Trip

February 1 – March 25
Two Weeks – Bay Area, California
Five Weeks – North East U.S. – NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA

The Planning

  • Sensible travel – I’ve done tours where I drive 3-4 hours a day – every day in order to reach more schools. This tour, I was much more strict on the areas I would visit. The goal was to stay in one place at a minimum 4-5 days. The less packing/unpacking the better!
  • Introducing foods – We knew that we were entering the stage of solid food introduction and made a game plan of introducing only fruits and veggies while living on the road. Introducing common allergens would wait until we got home.
Dining with the Dines at a Diner

Dining with the Dines at a Diner

The Accessories

  • The strollerThe most important thing of all. We needed something not only compact, but that could double as a bassinet for sleeping if we couldn’t find a crib. We found the perfect one second-hand online.
  • The carrier – Our Baby Bjorn carrier rocks. Strap on a baby and go! There were times when this was essential – especially airports.
  • The feeding chair – A high chair wasn’t an option as they take up too much room, so we brought a cool little seat that we could plop anywhere. Most meals, she was on top of the kitchen table. It helped keep a bit of consistency to mealtime as we started introducing solid foods.
  • The play centre – We did not bring this originally, but saw a really compact foldable one at a consignment baby store. Baby LOVED it and it gave my wife a bit of time to catch up on work when I was out at gigs.
Try before you buy! We loved browsing through baby consignment stores.

Try before you buy! We loved browsing through baby consignment stores.

The Pit Stops

  • 2 Hour Max – We found that two hours was the maximum driving time before needing a break. We all appreciated to stretch, feed, and have a bathroom/diaper-changing break.
  • Starbucks – Coffee and change tables? Need I say more?
  • Family Bathrooms – For the first time in my life I used them. They are wonderful. Malls/rest stops that go out of their way to make a private/clean place to change a baby have my newfound respect.

The Accommodations

  • AirBnb – I couldn’t recommend this enough. I was very transparent when requesting to book that we are travelling with a baby. She cries minimally in the night, but I still don’t want hosts to be surprised by this as it’s not for everyone! We had many private spaces that gave us our own kitchen and even backyards to play in. It also makes a long trip not seem so long when you are discovering new areas as you start to feel at home.
  • Hotels – We did two nights overall in hotels which went fine. We were given foldaway cribs upon request. We couldn’t imagine staying any more than 1-2 nights at a hotel after knowing the benefits of AirBnB places.
I loved this AIrBnb because of the large play area.

I loved this AIrBnb because of the large play area.

The Travel

  • Airplanes – We took advantage of family pre-boarding which gave us some time to gate-check the stroller and get settled in our chairs with toys and food accessible. Aisle seats were key in order to get up and walk around with baby. Feeding on takeoff and arrival helped dealing with the air pressure.
  • Rental Cars – Making sure that our rental car came with a car seat (about $75 extra). Also enough space to fit my guitar, a hockey bag of music gear and two speakers. That space proved to be tough, but we packed that car like we were playing Tetris!
  • Minivan – We had access to a minivan for our big east coast trip (1 month+). It was amazing for carting around little extras that we couldn’t afford in California (e.g. feeding chair, play centre, extra music gear!)


The Entertainment

  • Children’s Museums – Our GPS would show us “Children’s Museums” under the “nearby attractions” area. She loved the “baby room” in the Nassau, CT children’s museum.
  • Aquariums – What a treat to see the Monterey Aquarium! Our baby loved it!
  • Parks – Not an option on the cold east coast, but we greatly enjoyed strolls around some beautiful parks and trails in California.
  • Swimming Pools – We searched up local YMCA’s and community centres and went to “family swim” several times. We were disappointed a few times with places that wouldn’t allow babies under the age of 6 months.
  • Department Stores – We shamelessly went into many department stores to kill some time between shows, as well as check out (or perhaps play with….) the baby toys.
  • My gigs of course! She didn’t come to all, but it was so fun seeing my little one at the back of gymnasiums soaking in the kid-friendly music. She didn’t cry at the sight of my puppets so that’s a good start!


As I gear up for another solo tour, I know I will be reminiscing a lot about this special family adventure we had. Thank goodness for FaceTime!

Daddy long legs! Having a blast in Atlantic City :)

Daddy long legs! Having a blast in Atlantic City🙂

Fully Booked this Fall – Touring again in May


Two weeks away from a jam-packed tour mostly in the Eastern U.S., and I’m still getting flooded with requests to perform at schools. I’m so encouraged to see how many schools are making food allergy education a priority issue!

I have started taking bookings for May and early June and will be in my usual spots (NJ, NY, MA, CT) as well as moving westward to PA, OH and MI. Perhaps Illinois if there is enough interest. As always, just send me a note if you’re school might be interested and we can go from there trying to work out timing.

In the meantime, I’ve got a guitar to re-string, songs to practice and puppets to bring to life as I plan out another 30+ school tour this October!  Yeehaw!

Interviewed on Allergy Blog Awards UK

Fun time chatting it up and sharing stories and tips in this 27 minute long interview. Since this is my first post in over a month, I don’t think I’ll be winning a blogging award anytime soon! Sticking to songwriting!

Listen Here: http://allergyblogawardsuk.co.uk/kyle-dine-his-allergic-reaction-wake-up-call-allergy-music-for-children/

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Excellent Food Allergy Book for Teens

Food Allergy Canada has released a book for teens that I fully endorse. It’s titled “The Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Food Allergies” and contains 21 chapters of insightful tips, stories and advice from teens. It’s not a “preachy” book at all – it simply delivers information that teens can relate to and learn from before they encounter tricky situations themselves.

A physical book is available through Amazon, or download the eBook for just over a buck. 


Food Allergy Assemblies – Booking for October


Hey Friends!

As Food Allergy Awareness Week wrapped up last week, my hope is that the momentum can continue throughout the entire year!

This spring, my family and I packed a van and hit the road together for an incredible tour adventure! I visited 50 schools and reached tens of thousands of students face-to-face. From coast to coast, the most encouraging thing that I noticed is how students have a genuine desire to learn about food allergies and how they can keep their friends safe. They just needed the opportunity.

I was thrilled by the feedback from teachers and school nurses after leaving my “Kyle Dine & Friends” DVD at every school. It’s a great way to reinforce key messages long after the assembly.

Good News! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be performing at schools again this October.

Tour dates are starting to fill up, so if you are interested for your school, please send me a note and I’ll get back to you right away regarding my availability for your area. I have lots of info about my shows at www.kyledine.com.

Hope to see you this fall!
Kyle Dine