Top 6 tips for traveling with young children

Top 6 tips for traveling with young children

  • April 26, 2013
  • Big Kids / Little Kids

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Traveling with childrenIt’s time for vacation?  Don’t let traveling with children make your trip stressful.  Plan ahead, stay calm and enjoy your entire vacation.  My husband and I have family living in three different countries.  We travel a lot with our daughter and we have had several nightmare plane rides; one of which was when our daughter cried for a whole five hour flight!  We have come up with some good tips for parents flying and traveling with children.

Stick to the routine when traveling with children

When possible, choose flight times that work with your children’s routine.  If you are going on a long flight, try taking the over night flight.  Your children will have less jet lag because they will sleep on the plane and you will not need to occupy your children for 6, 8 or 12 hours!  If you are going on a short flight avoid your children’s problem times where they get cranky and are more susceptible to tantrums.  You could try taking a flight mid morning or early afternoon so your children will not be too hungry or too tired.

Pack a few surprises.

Nothing hold’s a child’s attention like something novel.  Pick up a couple small toys or activities under $5 and take these out of your carry-on if your child starts to get restless on the plane.  The dollar store is also a good place to stock up on plane surprises.  I like new crayons or markers and a new note pad or coloring book, new play figurines, new sticker books, new books, and books with a c.d.

Stay calm.

Nothing stresses a child like seeing their parents stressed out.  Children see their parents as stable reliable people.  When parents get stressed out, this “rocks a child’s world” and invites misbehavior.

Think practical.

Try to bring luggage that is easy to transport while holding little hands.  Be prepared to lug around your child’s suitcase or bag on top of yours.  Many children enjoy bringing a carry-on like their parents but get tired of pulling in around the airport.  Bring a luggage strap or a carabineer to attach your child’s carry-on to yours when he/she gets tired of carrying it or pulling it.

Be organized.

Organize all of your belongings before you leave for the airport.  Make sure all papers are easily accessible.  Don’t ware any metal that you will need to take off and will take up your time at the security lines.  Avoid shoes that are difficult to take off too.  Security check points are a tough spot for children, so try to pass by as smoothly, easily, and quickly as possible.
top 6 tips on traveling with children, what to pack

Be prepared.

Par TannerKrolle (Travail personnel)

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Tips on what to pack:

  • Bring extra wipes and towels or napkins to keep your child clean throughout the trip.
  • Pack hand sanitizer to clean hands throughout the trip.
  • Bring sanitizing wipes to clean your child’s space on the plane to reduce the amount of germs he/she comes into contact with.
  • If your child wears diapers, bring extra diapers.  Many babies have active bladders on the plane.
  • Pack a couple changes of clots in your carry-on just incase and a sweater because planes can get quite cold.
  • Bring a few appropriate quiet toys that your child will enjoy playing on the plane.



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