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6 Tips for Traveling with Kids Over the Holidays

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Traveling with kids is stressful. You end up channeling your inner pack mule as you try to accommodate all your baby gear, toys, etc. Getting children through TSA becomes an event of Olympic proportions. Dodging stares of unhappy passengers who are muttering, “They better not be sitting by me” becomes second nature. And then there is the crafty art of keeping your child from melting down. Oh the joys of crowded holiday travel!

A few tips:

  1. Give yourself lots of extra time for check-in, connecting flights, getting through security, etc. You really can’t have too much time built in for this. (Well arriving a week early for your flight may be too much time. :) )
  2. Pack a few new inexpensive toys from the Dollar Store and pull them out one at a time when your child starts to get fussy. (We also like Kids Travel Happy site for fun travel toys.)
  3. Disposable bibs and changing pads make in-flight eating & changing a little easier.
  4. Have a smaller bag for  diaper changing essentials. It’s hard enough to change a child in an airplane bathroom, let alone trying to juggle a diaper bag while you are in there.
  5. Take a change of clothing for you & your child in case you have a big spill or accident.
  6. Pack a lightweight stroller or baby carrier to make getting around a little easier.

Nightline took traveling with kids to the test. See how they handled the mid-air meltdowns.

What tips do you have for traveling with children?

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3 Responses to “6 Tips for Traveling with Kids Over the Holidays”

  1. Mike Maddaloni - @thehotiron December 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    The last time we flew with our then 2 year old we tried the CARES strap, which is the harness that works with the airplane seatbelt so that you don’t need a car seat on the plane. After a little convincing, it worked like a charm! Of course you may still need a carseat at your destination, but with the CARES strap, you can check the bulky item, and just have a small sack to carry on the plane, with one less thing to worry about!

    mp/m

  2. Michelle December 8, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for the tip Mike! Sounds a lot easier than dragging along car seats!

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