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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    22:16 31 Dec 16
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    Anna-Marie Karlsen Mellinger
    14:49 19 Dec 16
    I have always had a positive experience with their drivers and office staff. I also use the additional "drive away" from the terminal service. They load your bags and away you drive! Worth the extra $13 especially after a long flight!read more
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    DAVID CARNEY
    DAVID CARNEY
    21:25 06 Oct 16
    Fantastic experience. Quick check in and ride to the airport, and when we called on return, we were told it would be around a 20 minute wait (which was fine as our flight arrive early) but the driver arrived in about 10 minutes. I highly recommend them, as we have used them before.read more
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    DAVID CARNEY
    21:25 06 Oct 16
    Fantastic experience. Quick check in and ride to the airport, and when we called on return, we were told it would be around a 20 minute wait (which was fine as our flight arrive early) but the driver arrived in about 10 minutes. I highly recommend them, as we have used them before.read more
    Linda Brown
    Linda Brown
    00:10 12 Sep 16
    We have used Pacifico for years, and like being able to go to in our own car. But lately we have had to wait 20-45 minutes once we arrive back to PHL and call. Next time we are using Winner!read more
    Linda Brown
    Linda Brown
    00:10 12 Sep 16
    We have used Pacifico for years, and like being able to go to in our own car. But lately we have had to wait 20-45 minutes once we arrive back to PHL and call. Next time we are using Winner!read more
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    Karen lloyd
    19:02 03 Sep 16
    Have used PACIFICO for years and have never had a bad experience.
    Eric Strohm
    Eric Strohm
    00:55 31 Aug 16
    Have used the valet service for many years, always good. Fast, competitive rates and hassle free. read more
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    Eric Strohm
    00:55 31 Aug 16
    Have used the valet service for many years, always good. Fast, competitive rates and hassle free. read more
    Kendra Hennig
    Kendra Hennig
    19:22 02 Aug 16
    Everyone was super friendly and shared all the information I needed. It ended up being cheaper to use this short-term parking service than taking a taxi to and from the airport on either side of my trip. They brought back my car in perfect condition and right on time as expected. I highly recommend them!read more
    Kendra Hennig
    Kendra Hennig
    19:22 02 Aug 16
    Everyone was super friendly and shared all the information I needed. It ended up being cheaper to use this short-term parking service than taking a taxi to and from the airport on either side of my trip. They brought back my car in perfect condition and right on time as expected. I highly recommend them!read more
    CRAIG BOWEN
    CRAIG BOWEN
    21:41 22 Mar 16
    Called when I got off the plane to get picked up and was told it will at least 30 minutes before they have a shuttle to pick me up. I called back in about 25 minutes and was rudely toms the shuttle didn't leave test will be at 15 more minutes. I'll park at the airport next time I de use to travel read more
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