Traveling with the Kids
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
ENTERTAINING YOUR KIDS
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.
GETTING THEM TO NAP
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.
PREPARATION, PREPARATION, PREPARATION
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).
SNACKS (THINK HEALTHY)
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.
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