Like traveling with the kids? It can be a great way to have some quality family time but it can create some challenges. The optimal solution is to plan a non-stop flight to avoid unpacking and re-packing belongings if there is a long layover. Unfortunately, non-stop is not always a viable option. Pacifico Airport Valet parking is pleased to provide some other suggestions for traveling with children:

For the Airport

Do as much airport paperwork stuff as you can in advance. This includes; print your plane tickets, itinerary, maps, and any other relevant information you might need. Make sure, make sure and make sure you get to the airport early. Domestic, two hours. International three hours. You will time to get everything through TSA so you can get to your gate.

If you don’t want to carry your child most airlines will let you check your stroller at the gate. They will have it waiting for you outside the plane door when you land.

Before you reach TSA, explain the process to your children so they will not be afraid of metal detectors, guards, or x-rays.

Plan ahead to see if the airport has a play area. If they do and you have enough time, take advantage of it.

During the Flight


You want to keep your kids busy and occupied during the flight. Try tablets (like an iPad), hand-held game consoles, coloring books, stickers, cards or quiet non-breakable toys. If your children are old enough to read, bring books or magazines.


Bring small pillows and blankets and encourage a “family nap time.” If your children are younger, offer them milk beforehand, since it frequently acts as a mild sedative.


Absolutely make sure you’ve packed extra napkins, hand sanitizer, wipes, stain remover, and anything else you might need when you have to clean up a messy situation(s).


Healthy snacks are encouraged as they can help keep children quiet and content. Pacifico suggests packing easy to eat snacks like dry cereal, granola bars, dried fruit, chips, or raw veggies. Junk food, especially sugary junk food, is not the best way to go. If the flight attendant is selling soda, politely refuse. All that sugar and caffeine will just get your kids hyper and could raise the possibility of less than acceptable behavior.

  • **Manual Transmissions Welcome**
    While our competitors may no longer accept manual transmissions, we still do! We’ll take care of driving you to the airport in the comfort of your own vehicle whether it’s an automatic or manual.

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  • To Our Valued Customers – A Letter from our GM

    In May of 2013 the City of Philadelphia started charging all off-site Airport Parking Facilities an Airport Access Fee of $1.82 per customer, with yearly increases.

    That contract expired in July of 2019. Moving forward, starting in August of 2019, the agreement is for $2.80 per customer, with an increase every August.

    Unlike our competitors, the Pacifico family has chosen NOT to use this fee to generate revenue and just charge what the City of Philadelphia is charging us.

    I personally apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and my wish is it will not affect you trusting us with your vehicle.

    Best Regards,
    Timmy OBrien
    General Manager