Traveling with Kids this Holiday Season

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Whatever your mode of transportation, the holiday season is a high-traffic season when whole families gather to celebrate. The increased traffic can lead to high stress if you aren’t prepared.

Traveling is a great learning opportunity for your children and other family members. It also strengthens relationships with relatives, who will be glad you made the trip to spend time with them. You can minimize the stressfulness of seasonal trips with these travel tips.

Tips for Traveling with Children

Book ahead. Be sure to book your flights, hotels, rental cars and other accommodations ahead of time to make sure you and your family can travel without stress.

  • Don't overbook your itinerary. When traveling with kids, it can be hard to stick to a strict schedule. Keep your schedule loose and somewhat spontaneous to avoid pressure. Welcome the freedom to explore your destination with your family.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to pack. Allow yourself enough time to double-check how you've packed for your travels. Make packing lists so you pack just what you need for your trip.
  • Ship gifts ahead of time. To avoid checking extra baggage or risk any damages to your holiday gifts, ship your gifts before you leave and allow enough time for them to arrive at your destination.
  • Keep kids busy during long travel times. To help young children with boredom during long flights or car rides, be sure to pack their favorite toys or games to help keep them occupied.
  • Have a backup plan. Flight delays due to weather conditions may be common during the holiday season depending on where you are traveling to and from. Make a backup plan of where to stay if your flight gets delayed or canceled. You can also ask airline staff for suggestions and resources.
  • Pack snacks. Airport snacks can be expensive. Pack snacks to have on hand to curb your family's hunger while traveling. If you're traveling with infants, be sure to pack baby food as well.

Here’s hoping your holiday travels are safe and rewarding for you and your family. Have a great trip and a pleasant holiday season.

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