How to fly with kids
When traveling with kids, it's almost impossible to over-prepare. Think ahead, make a travel plan and make sure you give yourself plenty of extra time — the most valuable asset for any kids-included excursion. Below are 10 packing tips that are geared to making travel time easier on you and enjoyable for your little travel buddy.
Check with the airline
Check out what your airline has to say about flying with children. Typically, tips and information that will help to make your adventure a little easier are available online. If you are flying with an infant, you may even be able to pre-book a baby bassinet rather than waiting to see if one is available.
It never hurts to ask
When you check in to your flight, it doesn't hurt to ask if it's full. You may be able to snag the option of sitting next to a vacant seat for a little extra wiggle room. This is especially helpful if you are flying with a child under two who does not have their own seat.
Try the bag-within-a-bag strategy
When traveling with a tyke in diapers, pack one small diaper bag in your carry-on. It should only contain one or two diapers, a few wipes, a trash bag and diaper cream. Once you get on the plane, grab the bag from your carry-on and slide it in the seat pocket in front of you.
Pack for mealtime
The day before departure, take your kids to the grocery store to pick out snacks that they'd like to have on the trip. Not only is this a fun way to build excitement for the upcoming travel time, but it sets the stage for you to make the in-flight snack time an event that will keep them occupied. When traveling with a baby, make sure you pack all of the mealtime essentials — bottles or sippy cups, an infant spoon and baby food.
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