with children has never been easy. But now, when lengthy delays
and unexpected diversions, seem to be the rule, rather than the
exception, it can be very difficult for traveling parents,
GRANDPARENTS.. and kids to keep their cool…As the Grandmother
of Kennedy, the “2 year old wild child”, we have developed
some essential survival strategies to keep everyone sane !!
Try, if at all possible, to have your travel agent book a
non stop flight & catching the earliest available flight,
means you probably won’t suffer the domino effect of delays
that may occur later in the day. Arriving at the airport early
will give you & the kids plenty of time to use the bathroom
& get through security, allowing you to board early.
can feel like flying iceboxes, so it is important to dress with
layers. Cash – strapped airlines have cut back on amenities
such as pillows and blankets, so bring everything you might
need- think of it as an airborne camping trip. Snacks and drinks
are available for purchase on some flights, but bring cash: some
airlines don’t take plastic.. and believe it or not.. some
don’t take cash!!
portable DVD player is a Godsend….just make sure you pack
headsets ..some of them have duel jacks so 2 kids can share the
movie.. if not pick up a splitter at your local Radio Shack.
Surprise kids with a new movie or cartoon for the trip. Pack a
variety of toys & games.. but leave the stickers &
permanent markers at Home…Older children will appreciate a new
game for their game boys.. or in today’s world the iPod is a
must for kids & adults.. Portable treats such as string
cheese, crackers, and fruit bars are healthy snacks, and
lollipops are handy for children to suck on during the descent
to help reduce ear pain as the cabin pressure changes.
Since 2006, TSA has restricted the carriage of liquids
and gels on board. Such toiletries must be packed in containers
that hold 3 ounces or less (drugstores sell empty bottles) and
fit inside a clear one quart zip lock bag. Don’t forget the
baby wipes, diapers and plastic bags for disposal. If your
children require medication, never pack it in your checked
luggage. If you have a baby or toddler, you’re allowed to take
formula, milk, ,juice & baby food through security. For the
latest info go to tsa.gov
and browse the “Traveling with Children” page.
a safety measure, bring car seats for your children. Although
airlines still allow children under 2 to travel in your lap, the
Administration says the safest way for kids who weigh
less than 40 pounds to travel is in a car seat. Booster seats,
travel vests, and belly belts are not FAA-approved.
it comes to air travel these days.. you never know what
obstacles you may encounter.. A Good Rule of thumb?
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED .
Ken & April Morganegg