As the summer approaches and vacations begin, I’m sure the last thing on your mind is how to make your room dark at night. Am I right? You’re stressing about the kids getting out of school, getting them to summer camps, worried about keeping them entertained all day long, etc., so the last thing you probably want to think about is something like their rooms being dark. That’s why I’m here. I’ve done the research, and I’ve got three of my favorite blackout solutions to give to you today.
#1 OLD FASHIONED BLACKOUT CURTAINS/BLINDS
We have blackout curtains and blinds in my daughter’s room, and let me say, they’re really not *that* great. They’re really good, but they could be better. We made the mistake of getting white blackout curtains which I should’ve known was not going to be a good idea, but I was a new mom and hadn’t slept in a few weeks.
These blackout curtains can run anywhere from about $7-20 a panel depending on the brand and how good of quality they are. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the Eclipse brand. You can pretty much buy it anywhere (Wal-mart, Target, Amazon, etc.), and they are pretty inexpensive. They do a great job for a relatively low price point.
Pro tip: when choosing your curtain rod, choose the kind that will allow your curtain to wrap around it to block the light from the sides. Also be sure your curtains are the kind with a rod pocket, not a grommet style where the rod goes through metal rings.
These are not really convenient for travel unless you have a specific set put aside for when you go on vacation, but in my opinion, it’s not worth the trouble of trying to put them up in the hotel room/Air BnB.
#2 PAINTER’S TAPE AND BLACK TRASH BAGS OR TABLECLOTHS
This is a great option for travel. Let’s say you’re planning a beach vacation, and you know that your condo is going to get BRIGHT in the mornings. Most condos on the beach don’t have blackout curtains because people want to soak in that sun. (Those people obviously don’t have small children who need to sleep, amirite?) This is where your tape and table cloths come in handy.
Add them to your grocery pickup/delivery order, and you’re all set. Simply tape them to the windows so that no light gets in. The reason I suggest painter’s tape is because it comes off without leaving a residue or peeling paint off the wall. When renting a condo or staying in a hotel, the LAST thing you want it to be slapped with some damage charges.
This solution is by far the cheapest and very easy to set up. When you’re done, you can just throw them away and be done.
#3 THE SLUMBERPOD
Oh the Slumber Pod. If you know me, you know that I LOVE our Slumber Pod. It is *chef’s kiss* the best. We use it almost weekly when we go to my in-law’s house. The Slumber Pod is quite literally a tent that goes over your pack n play, travel cot, toddler air mattress, or mini crib. It is breathable and has ventilation pockets on the side so no need to worry about air flow. To help with that as well, there’s a fan pocket at the bottom so you can slip a fan in to keep the air moving. It also has a pocket for your baby monitor so you can keep an eye on your little one.
This is PERFECT for room sharing in a hotel because you just set it up and that’s it. It collapses and leans against the wall if you need the room during the day. When it’s folded, it easily fits in a carry on bag so it’s perfect for travel. If you travel a lot, this is definitely the option for you and well worth the investment. Or if you permanently room share with your little one, this may be for you. This way you can still have the lights on and move around in your room.
While this option is definitely the priciest, it is worth the investment in my opinion. It’s so easy to use and assemble/disassemble. Check them out by clicking here and don’t forget to use the code THEBESTREST20 to get $20 off yours!
So tell me, where are you planning a vacation this summer? What is our plan for blackout solutions if you don’t already have one?