I recently wrote about tips for navigating the new TSA security guidelines at airports with kids. But once you get through security, you still have to make it through the flight.
USA Today’s Liz Szabo compiled a handy list of things that parents can do (and bring) to make traveling with kids easier. Babble’s own holiday guide features tips for how to have a stress-free family vacation. I’ve perused both articles and have generated my own list of 10 Tips for Surviving Holiday Travel with Kids:
1. Consider taking a train instead of driving or flying. Kids generally love trains and you’ll love the ability to get up and walk around with them.
2. Bring lots of plastic bags. They’ll come in handy for dirty diapers and clothes, left-over snacks, or in case of car or air sickness.
3. Consider shipping your baby gear ahead or renting it at your destination. Be sure to bring enough diapers and changes of clothes for the trip itself, but consider buying diapers at your destination.
4. Wear slip-on shoes so you won’t have to fuss with shoe laces at airport security.
5. Don’t forget your child’s favorite stuffed animal, toy, or book (but no need to bring the whole toy bin!)
6. For toddlers and older kids, prepare your child by telling them what to expect when traveling. Talk about things they may encounter (such as airport security!).
7. Schedule travel time during your child’s usual sleep time so if you’re lucky, they may sleep through the bulk of the flight or drive. Also, try to travel during off-peak times if possible.
8. Don’t forget snacks – but try to avoid anything that is sticky or messy.
9. Bring a change of clothes for you too — in case your child has a diaper blow-out or throws up on you (this has happened to me countless times!)
10. Finally, take a deep breath and try to have a sense of humor. Getting stressed out will only make things worse. Relax and try to enjoy yourself.
Do you have any other holiday travel tips to share with Strollerderby readers?
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