When Traveling With Your Children

October 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Traveling tips

Traveling even if just for a weekend trip can be very exciting even for children. However, we have to understand that when we travel with children whether via the plane, ship, train, bus, or drive our own vehicle, kids can become restless especially when the travel time is quite long. Here are several tips to keep your children entertained and well-behaved during the entire travel trip.

People, especially children can get impatient when they are hungry. When going for a weekend getaway, bring loads of snacks for your kids to chomp on when their stomachs start to growl. You don’t need to be bringing along meals in packed containers. You can pack in a bag snacks like sandwiches, cookies, crackers, juices, fruits and bottled water for ease and convenience.

Have some stopovers to enable your kids and the family to take toilet breaks as well as stretch their legs. Take your meals as well during these stopovers. You can always find many gasoline stations along the way that could serve as stopovers, where food establishments are also located.

Always bring extra clothes irregardless of how old your kids are. You will never know when a change is needed especially for accidents like food or juice spills or they could be sweating from a hot weather. A portable potty would also be useful especially when you have toddlers or very young kids who cannot hold their call of nature for the next stopover. Baby wipes and a hand sanitizer would always come in handy.

To prevent boredom from settling in as well as to keep your children preoccupied, play games with them or engage them in conversation about their favorite toys, their most watched movie, their week at school, their friends, etc. Keep them busy with books, puzzles, toys and other stuff that they could enjoy and have fun with. An activity tote bag can contain comic books, books, games, stuffed toys, cards and things that your kid enjoys doing or would want to take along.

Of course, letting your kids sleep during your travel will enable them to rest to have the extra energy needed when you will reach your destination. Let them sleep to avoid them from being cranky for lacking sleep. It is important though to wake them up properly to avoid irritable behavior. Give them some time to be able to wake up fully and not be feeling groggy.

Air Travel Tips For Parents With Small Children

March 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Travel information

Airline travel today is a lot different than it used to be, with new rules and regulations, as well as security alerts and procedures. For parents who are traveling with small children, air travel can be a nightmare if you are not careful. Not too long ago, Delta asked a mother to leave the plane because she was a mother and she was breast feeding her infant child. That was the woman’s only crime but she was forced off the plane by Delta authorities because another passenger thought that a natural beautiful bond between parent and child was obscene. Apparently Delta agreed with the passenger who complained, because the mother was not allowed to take the flight.

In the current world today, parents can no longer depend on airline personnel to use common sense, because apparently some people just do not have any. If you are traveling with small children, there are some tips to follow to try and make your airline travel as hassle free as possible. There are rules and regulations concerning what is allowed in your carry on luggage, and the limit for liquids is two ounces. For formula and expressed breast milk, this limit does not apply and you can carry enough of these in your carry on bag to last for the duration of the flight. The breast milk or formula must be kept separate from the other carry on liquids, and you must declare to security personnel what the liquid is and why it is needed. The exception only applies to the maximum amount that could be needed for your travel, so you could not take four gallons of formula or expressed breast milk for a two hour flight.

For parents who have small children who still use diapers, most airport bathrooms have changing stations, and you may bring diapers as well as wipes, small bottles of lotion and baby oil, and any other necessary supplies. Just make sure that the bottles are two ounces or less, not bigger bottles that are half empty. If your child is a toddler, it is also a good idea to bring books and toys to amuse them. Ever since 9/11, security checkpoints are slow, and passengers must be at the airport hours early, so make sure that you have something to keep your child amused and happy.

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