Top 5 Tips For Traveling With Children

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Traveling with children can be extremely stressful, especially for a single parent. No matter the mode of transportation or the reason for the trip, avoiding meltdowns and fiascos can seem almost impossible. But it’s possible to relieve some of this stress by planning ahead. There are lots of things to take into considerations, some will be specific to your family and circumstances, but these 5 tips will make any single parents run a bit smoother.
1. Give Yourself Extra Time
There will always be a few mishaps during your trip. Giving your family extra time allows you to take care of anything that may come up without setting you back. If travelling by plane, arrive 3 to four hours ahead of time. This is 1 to 2 hours more than the general rule of thumb (2 hours before flight). 
2. Bring Entertainment
This is one of the most important ones. We all know how difficult it is to deal with a bored child. Bring toys with very few removable parts, a pad of paper and crayons, or a tablet to keep them busy. Let them play with one activity at a time to minimize messes.
3. Use Approved Car Seats
You most likely know of importance of using a safety approved car seat when travelling by car but the same rules apply when flying by plane. You can use a car seat on an airplane but you must still have to safety sticker attached and it must state that the seat is approved for use on airplanes.
4. Keep Formula/Milk Separate When Flying
Baby formula and milk are exceptions to the liquid carry-on policy. However, it needs to be separated from all other liquids, gels, and aerosols (which may not exceed 3.4 ounces per item). Also, though you can bring as much formula and milk as you think you’ll need, it will still need to be scanned.
5. Pack Snacks
On thing more difficult to deal with than a bored child is a hungry child. Whether travelling by plane, car, or train make sure to pack enough snacks for the trip. This will also save you money by avoiding stopping for food every few hours. Don’t forget to pack some for yourself.

Regardless of the reason for travelling, being prepared will at least make it less stressful and hopefully make it enjoyable. Use this as quality time with your children for an even more positive experience. These are the times you and your child with remember forever.

By: Alecia Stanton

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