The holidays mean quality time with family, but traveling with babies and toddlers, navigating TSA, and juggling more luggage than you ever thought you’d own can be a struggle! We put together some of our favorite parent travel tips courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics and our experts at The Baby Box Co. to help you travel smoothly.
Keep reading for some of our favorite parent travel tips.
Roadtrip Travel Tips For Parents
- Always follow the rules of car seat safety. Remember that all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat.
- Call ahead to arrange a car seat if you’re renting a car. Most rental car companies can accommodate, but double check that they have the right selection for the size, weight and age of your child. The AAP recommends this travel tip: inspect the seat to ensure it’s in good condition, and insist that the instruction manual is provided before heading on your way.
- All children in the back! All kids under the age of 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.
- Bring snacks and games! Children often become restless or irritable when on a long road trip. It’s best to keep them occupied with games and fun activities.
- Make rest stops. Plan to stop driving and give yourself and your child a break about every two hours to use the bathroom and to get some energy out!
Airplane Travel Tips For Parents
- Get there early. With airports, you never know. Try to allow extra time to get through security—always.
- Check strollers at the gate. Strollers can be brought through airport security and gate-checked to make things easier.
- Layer up, but be smart. During colder weather, be smart about what your kids wear. They will have to remove their layers during security screening, so make sure it’s easy and hassle-free for them to step through the gates.
- Think ahead. Have a car seat ready for your at your destination. However, many airlines will allow families to bring a car seat as an extra luggage item with no additional charge. Check with your airline ahead of time.
- Manage ear pain. In order to decrease ear pain during takeoff and landing encourage your infant to nurse or suck on a bottle. Older children can chew gum (make it a special treat!) or drink through a straw.