Tomorrow kicks off the season. Not the holiday season, mind you. The schlepping season. None of us will be spared. But let’s all do what we can to enjoy the time off, togetherness, and tryptophan naps—despite the inevitable meltdowns. To that end, we’d like to remind you of the eight things you should never leave home without, two time-killing DVDs that won’t make you feel neglectful, and these brilliant tips  from our scouts on how to keep ‘em entertained in the backseat.

In the meantime, be sure to check your inboxes this Friday and Monday for our exclusive roundup of the Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for babies and toddlers—including some private sales for StrollerTraffic readers.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We’ll see you next week.

XO The StrollerTraffic team