If you have enough trouble getting your kids out of the house in the morning, dragging them thousands of miles away may seem like an insurmountable challenge. But family travel can be immensely rewarding, giving you new ways of seeing the world through smaller pairs of eyes.

Baby Gear and Babysitters -- Babyland rents strollers, cribs, car seats, and the like from its store located at 7134 Topanga Canyon Blvd. (tel. 818/704-7849). Rates vary; expect to spend around $45 per week for strollers and $55 per week for a crib. If you need a babysitter in L.A., contact the Baby-Sitters Guild (tel. 818/552-2229 or 310/837-1800), named the city's best by Los Angeles magazine. The concierge at larger hotels can also often recommend a reliable sitter.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.