But it doesn’t have to be a nightmare every time you want to take your kids on a vacation. This recent article gives a list of clever tips to make travel more child (and parent) friendly.
- Play a game with your kids called “airport,” preparing them and yourself for the busy rush that is air travel. When it comes time to go, everybody will know their places … and you’ll be less likely to forget something.
- Ask for a “buddy” pass at the airport, so a friend or husband can help you unload, collect the children, and be on your way with less hassle and stress.
- Use the luggage valet. Traveling with children requires carrying a lot. Pay the valet $1-$2 per item he carries for you to help you bring your things to the check-in desk.
- Airlines don’t charge to check-in car seats, so check them in. If you don’t have a car seat bag, they will wrap them for you at the counter.
- Bring a stroller for the airport in case you have to run between gates to make a flight.
- Use “stroller-hooks” to hang bags, totes, and anything else from the stroller handles.
- Don’t forget toys, electronics, and entertainment for the flight, from coloring books, to Play-Doh, Barbies, mini tea sets, snacks, and movies.
- Take along your own headsets. If you are bringing a laptop for your kids to watch movies, they’ll need the earphones to hear the movie and it’s a courtesy to the other passengers.
- Bring your own pillow if you are traveling after 7 p.m. or on a long flight.
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