Traveling with Young Children

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Traveling with kids on a plane is never an easy feat, not for the parents, not for the kids, and not for the hundreds of passengers stuck in a tin box with wailing youngsters. Children are indeed a blessing but we all can admit that sometime they are more trouble than pleasure. Travelling with them can be a serious problem. In today’s globalized world where everyone is busy and mostly parents both have their own jobs parenting can be a bit difficult. And in such situations when you have to travel, you have to take your kids with you. Or you may be going on a vacation. The point is, there may arise a number of cases where you may have to take your children with you and to avoid trouble in such situations you have to be better prepared. Parents cannot solve every problem, but forethought and preparation can greatly reduce the possibility of issues.

As far as packing, let each child take a small knapsack with a beloved toy or two, some snacks, bottles, and extra diapers, as necessary.

A tired child is more likely to fall asleep during the flight. Be warned, some children don’t sleep well at higher altitudes (or outside their beds), and a tired child can be a cranky one.

Airport security is required to check children, as well, but the TSA has certain allowances for children under 12, including allowing them to keep their shoes on and pass through detectors several times before resorting to a pat down. Explaining the process to children beforehand may greatly reduce the possibility of a crying child.

Finally, when landing be sure to let everyone else off first. The stress of trying to get a bunch of children off the plane while ignoring the angry stares of impatient travelers is just not worth it.

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