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When traveling with my kids I always have that person who gives me that look. If you have traveled with kids you know what look I’m talking about, and if you haven’t I’m sure you’ve seen it. Before we had kids and my husband and I had to travel for work or for pleasure to the Orlando area he would always have that look, the “cringed” look. All those kids. He would just fret at the gate and then when we got on the plane. Now that we are on the other end it’s a whole other story. Thankfully our kids are now getting older so it’s getting to a different point. I actually LOVE air travel and all the airport commotion so it doesn’t bother me taking the kids with. And when I see parents at the gate flustered I feel for them. I know that for others it’s stressful to go through security and to be at the airport, let alone bring kids with. So here’s a few tips that I have found through the years that may help if it’s a bit stressful for you.
The TSA usually has a kids line at the airport. I try to make a game of the TSA with my kids, whoever is the best gets their device first. Since my kids were born after 9/11 they don’t know what life was like before then. I explained that this is just something we do for our safety. Let’s face it it’s all they know, and instead of complaining about security if we make it something positive for them it’s a good start to vacation. They now thinks it’s fun and look forward to the security check.
Once at the gate I usually let them play with their games. If the airport has charger stations at the chairs, we use those. If not I always give each kid a charger brick for the plane. When they are little I found small things like bubbles or coloring to help them pass the time. If you bring bubbles remember to keep it under the 3.4 ounces.
When it comes to boarding the plane, here’s a tip that I learned for families a while ago, however if I’m ever feeling anxious I like this tip for myself as well. I’ve always noticed that everyone wants to be on the airplane first. My thought on it, why? We are all going to be in the plane together for awhile. If you are the kind that gets overwhelmed when flying I have found it better to wait at the gate for the last group to board and join them at the end of the group. Most of the time you already have an assigned seat so you know where you are going to be seated and you will get there eventually. Another tip that I have heard and I’ve seen work wonderfully for families with small kids. When there are two parents flying with a small child and a car seat. One parent goes on the plane with the carseat during the pre board. The parent with the young child lets them run out that energy at the gate. Then during the last group boarding joins the other parent. Let’s face it we don’t always like to be stuck on the plane while everyone is boarding, why would a little person want to?
So, while traveling remember we are all going through this together. Say hi to your neighbor and enjoy the ride. Just do some planning and happy travels!