Remember the scene in Home Alone when the McCallister family is rushing around frantically to get to the airport on time for their Christmas trip to Paris? The McCallisters make their flight in time, but end up forgetting Kevin, the youngest child in the family, at home.
A worst parents’ nightmare.
Then, in Home Alone 2, Kevin makes it to the airport with his family, but ends up on a different plane as a result of all the chaos.
Chances are you won’t leave your child at home or lose him on a different flight, but traveling with your kids can be a challenge. Check out the do’s and don’ts of traveling with your kids that will make the process much easier.
1. Pre-Trip Communication
Don’t: Arrive at the airport with your kids for the first time and expect them to behave. Flying causes anxiety for grown adults, so it’s understandable if your kids are frightened or nervous about getting on a plane.
Do: The night before your trip, walk your kids through what they should expect. From the security process and body machines, to the aircraft and the noises they will hear, taking the time to explain can help alleviate confusion and worry, and make airports a more peaceful place for your child.
2. Booking Your Flight
Don’t: Travel when you know your kids will be the greatest hassle. If you know your kids are energetic during the middle of the day and you’ll have to give them plenty of attention, don’t schedule a long car ride or a flight during that time.
Do: Work your travel plans around your kids’ schedules. If your children still nap, schedule your car ride or flight during the time that your kids are napping. If it’s easier to travel after your kids are down for the night, schedule a red-eye flight.
3. Seat Selection
Don’t: Ignore your ability to pick your family’s seats on a flight. If you know Jack and Sarah don’t get along, don’t sit them next to each other on a long flight.
Do: Use SeatGuru.com to check out the layout of your aircraft. This will give you a better idea of whether or not you want your family to sit in the same row or if there is a way to group people together for a much smoother flight.
4. What To Bring
Don’t: Forget to bring toys. This may be a given, but never travel with your kids without bringing something to keep them entertained. The busier they are during the trip, the less likely they’ll be to get bored and stir up trouble.
Do: Prepare a list of your children’s favorite An assortment of tasty snacks and activities like puzzles, movies, and magnetic travel board games can help pass the travel time for your kids.
Travel is a great way to expose your kids to new places, people, and cultures, so don’t let the stress of traveling with your children prevent you from booking your next trip. If you follow these do’s and don’ts, traveling with your kids can be smooth sailing!