If you’re like most families, you’re probably traveling for Thanksgiving or plan on traveling in December. In fact, you might even be taking an airplane for the first time with your little ones. No matter how old your kids are, there are a few things that you can do to make traveling by plane a little easier.
First off, always pack snacks for your drinks. If you have toddlers or infants, you can also pack them juice, water, or formula and bring it through security. Make sure that you bring enough food to tide them over until your next layover. While some flights still offer snacks, most of the time there is a hefty charge for these. It’s a good idea to bring some easy-to-eat snacks for your little ones to munch on.
Make sure that you also pack plenty of activities for your kids to do on the plane. This means extra batteries for video games, headphones to watch DVDs, and even little toys for your youngsters. Remember that kids can get restless even on short flights, so it’s a good idea to bring as many activities for them to do as possible.
Each person who pays for a seat gets to bring two carry-on items on the flight. Consider packing small suitcases for each person to carry on the flight so that you can skip paying for checked baggage. Another option would be to pack together, rather than having each of your children pack their own bags. This way you can just pay for one or two checked suitcases, rather than half a dozen.
Have you ever flown with your kids? How did the flight go?