Tips for Traveling with Kids

The mother of all travel seasons is approaching, and flying with kids doesn’t exactly evoke warm, fuzzy feelings of family bonding . . . for anybody (especially the person sitting in front of you). That’s why knowing a few tricks from parents who are frequent family flyers, can help tip the trip toward peace and away from pandemonium on the plane.

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Know how to tailor your airplane choices to your family’s needs.

Seat Guru is a resourceful place to choose amenities, better seat options, and overall plane choices.

For a parent traveling with one child, look for rows with just two seats. If they happen to have three, choose an aisle and window seat. It’s not likely anyone will choose the middle seat, which means you can stretch out. And if someone does, just switch with them.

Take advantage of airport play areas.

It will be well worth your time to map out the airport play areas along your trip, particularly if you have a layover. And they’re not just fun for kids (and wear them out so they’re more likely to sleep on the plane); they’re designed for the whole family to enjoy. They’re more comfy, have family restrooms, and Wi-Fi!

When it comes to long flights, time it right and know how to pack your carry-on.

Kids cooped up on a long overnight flight can be a nightmare or a chance to catch up on your reading and sleep. It mostly depends on your itinerary and carry-on contents.

Children are more apt to sleep on an overnight flight if you travel at night. It makes sense, right? And it helps if you keep as many of their bedtime comforts as possible: their favorite pajamas, stuffed animal, bedtime story, etc. Timing and treats.

Leave the double strollers at home.

Narrow and/or crowded streets are common in many vacation destinations all over the world. Double strollers are too wide and cumbersome. Travel is more mobile, lighter, and easier with umbrella strollers. If you’re traveling as one parent with two young children, consider one umbrella stroller and a wearable child carrier.

Consider more family-friendly and affordable alternatives to hotels.

Airbnb.com, or Airbed & Breakfast, is a website that helps travelers rent from local hosts around the world. It’s great for families, for it offers more room and amenities, such as access to a kitchen, extra bedrooms, and a more personable experience. And it’s often less than a hotel! Definitely worth checking out.

May you, your family, and your fellow passengers benefit from the above five helpful tips for traveling with kids shared by a globetrotting tuned in parent in Pasadena.

Thank you for being tuned in parents. I welcome your comments, suggestions, stories, and more parenting tips here and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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