Headed on a family getaway over the holidays? Don’t worry, traveling with your little ones doesn’t guarantee meltdowns, especially if you are well-prepared!
Here are a few simple, but tried-and-true basics to help ensure smooth sailing (flying, sailing, road tripping) in the future:
• Before you travel, make sure your children’s vaccinations are up to date; nothing stops people from traveling to loved ones (or loved places) – not even illness! If you are travelling to international destinations, check with your healthcare provider about any special vaccines or precautions you must take about a month before taking off. If your baby or child has had a cold or respiratory illness prior to flying, it’s a good idea to have ears checked by your doctor prior to your trip, just to make sure flying will be comfortable. If your child is on any medications, make sure you have enough for the duration of your trip, plus extra (in the event of spillage or delays).
• Check online or call to make sure your flight hasn’t been cancelled or delayed. Arrive early at the airport – if it is naptime, find a quiet corner for your child to snooze while awaiting your flight. A rested child is a better traveler! If you have the ability to print out boarding passes prior to arriving at the airport, that streamlines your process.
• Always pack comfort items for your baby or tot – a lovey, pacifier or blanket are essential. For older children – always bring a couple of favorite books or a stuffed fuzzy friend. Remember to also bring extra diapers, formula/breast milk, and baby food (just make sure jars are 3.4 oz or less in volume) in the event your plane is held on the runway, diverted to another airport, or just delayed.
There are more tips for making travel time fun, so stay tuned for part 2 of this series!