I’m going to offer a few tips and strategies to aid you and your toddler during this holiday season. Don’t panic if you’re faced with the task of flying with young children this season. The entire process can be quite painless and actually enjoyable if you take the time to prepare for your journey. Toting toddlers and infants through airports can be a daunting task as is, don’t make it any more difficult than it needs to be. Take these tips into consideration before you board your flight and you’ll have a much smoother trip.I know it’s difficult to travel “light” during the Holidays. Especially when you need to bring presents along with the normal luggage. I would recommend that you consider shipping your presents before departing on your flight. This way they’ll have already arrived and be nestled beneath the tree when you and your family arrive at your final destination.
Less crowds will mean less stress for you and your children. If it’s an option then it would be highly recommended that you fly during the non-peak hours. Monday through Wednesday and you’ll want to fly the red eyes if all possible. Sure, you might drag a bit the next day but it’ll pay off for you in the long run.
Pack plenty of games, snacks, drinks, and other activities in a nice “travel bag”. Great things to pack are coloring books, iPod, CD player, and portable DVD players.
It’s wise to pack in excess, you never know when you could possibly be bumped or be a victim of a lay-over.
Let your child have the window seat. Most kids will find the view absolutely wonderful and it’s much more safe for them to fly in the window seat than the aisle. This way there is a much less chance that they’ll have an appendage bumped or smacked by an aisle cart.
These are just a few of the helpful tips that will make your journey a little bit easier. Finally, remember that not everyone appreciate the joys of your child. Some parents choose to fly in the vicinity of the engines where the noise from the jets can dampen the voices of their kids.
Traveling can make the average persons head spin. There’s so much to do, even if you are aware of most of the things on this list, it would be wise to print it out. Most likely you will indeed find one or two ideas that never crossed your mind. Save yourself a headache and some money by doing some of the below.Research your specific travel destination well by going to the book store or library and get books for your destination or join online forums for the destination. Find out what the local Language is, If you need a different Currency etc.Be Informed One of your first stops once you arrive should be to the Tourism Office, they have maps, local information and usually sell Public Transportation Passes.Extended Stay is when you need a hotel type room for a longer period (weekly, monthly etc). They are much cheaper than regular hotels the longer you stay. These types of rooms also have a small kitchenette with Fridge/Microwave that will save you money without eating at restaurants.Hostels (Not Hotels) are a popular way for students, backpackers, solo travelers and more to save tons of money by staying in a dormitory type room. There are bunk beds and a shared multi shared bathrooms, and a kitchen in the main area. Rates range from $15 and up per night. An awesome value if you’re up for the experience.Traveling Internationally usually means different electricity voltage. Basically your flat iron or cell phone charger needs a plug adapter in order to work. You can get Travel Adapter Plugs at Amazon or Ebay. They’re found easily in big cities or at International Airports, trust me it’s cheaper on Amazon.Extra Discounts If you are an Auto Club Member, Senior Citizen, or Youth (usually under 25) you get better rates for hotels, airline travel etc. Also invest in a book such as the Entertainment Book which has saved me lots of money for my domestic travel trips. This is a good investment because it can save you money even when you’re not traveling. (Restaurants, Oil changes, Nails, Hotels, Car Rentals and much more).Package Deals If you are going to need more than a hotel, airfare or car rental, seriously consider a package deal. You will most likely save lots of money.Stock up at the Dollar Store Save loads of money by getting your toiletries, Pain relievers, batteries for cameras, water, and even groceries at some dollar stores.If internet access is important, book your accommodation at a place with free Wifi or free internet cafe.Don’t over pack! Go through your suitcase a couple of times and only pack what you absolutely must have on a daily basis or pertinent to your trip. Traveling with heavy luggage is not only a drag, but can cost you substantially at the airport check in counter.Use a Backpack A backpack is extremely comfortable compared to purses hanging off your shoulder, it leaves your hands and arms free to carry maps, drinks etc. It also gives you room to put your souvenirs away snugly instead of carrying bags all day.Travel during off season, you will get the best rates and less crowds. Different destinations have different off seasons. Basically the opposite of when you think is the best time to go. You can find out your specific destination for off season by contacting the local tourism office.Make a list of all important Prescription Medicines along with the pharmacy number, you may need in case of an emergency.