Tips to make traveling with kids less stressful

June 30, 2010 5:38:15 PM PDT
Surveys show that many more of you will be flying the nation's skies this summer. Here are some travel tips for parents flying with infants and toddlers.

Going through security and navigating a busy airport these days is hard enough and having to deal with young children only adds to the challenge.

Eleven-month-old Dylan Jose can be a handful. His mom is anxious to learn how he'll handle a 15-hour flight to Bangladesh.

"I'm just hoping that he won't cry and make big trouble for me," she said.

Traveling with children can add a layer of difficulty. The founder of the travel website See Jane Fly says the key is to be prepared.

"If you can fly during nap time, you will be so happy," Erica Dublin said.

But that's not always possible, yet Erica isn't afraid to take her 11-month-old on her trips.

"I just made it a priority to bring him along wherever I could," she said.

She brings a travel kit full of little things to keep her son entertained whenever she flies with him.

"Foil is really fun, pipe cleaners if it's two and up so they can twist and tie and then Cheerios are a saving grace for just about anything. You can make tic-tac-toe, you can feed them, they can do all kinds of things with Cheerios," Erica said.

Erica travels frequently on business and says there's always help available. She ranks Virgin America, Jet Blue and Southwest as the three top family friendly airlines.

"They really take the time to, like, sit down and help you or give the kids something to do if they're running around," Erica said.

She advises parents to arrive at the check-in counter early and ask to be placed next to an empty seat if that's possible.

"I mean, it's going to be stressful, but the best thing that you can do is just breathe, relax and understand that you might make someone upset and it's OK," Erica said.


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