Flying with Kids without Stressing Out
Planning summer travel doesn’t have to be painful. Actually, great planning can make flying with kids fun for kids and parents. Even if traveling between cities in Texas, flying can sometimes work better than driving to your destination.
Here are a few tips that have served us well when flying with our kids:
- Book your flights as early as possible.
Talk with your kids about places they would like to visit. The more time you have to plan, the more time you have to find the best rates to the places you would like to visit and the more time you will have to save for your trip.
- Plan ahead for breaks.
Use time waiting for flights to make sure everyone has had a chance to eat something or take a potty break, especially if your kids have occasional accidents if they don’t get regular potty breaks or get irritable when they don’t eat. If you have memberships to airline lounges, take advantage of them to for bathroom breaks and snacks.
- Secure seat assignments as soon as possible.
The extra charge to select a specific seat can be worth it if you can make sure family members are seated together or at least one parent is seated with your children. If seat assignments are not available until check in, then check in as soon as possible to increase your chances of sitting together, which can take away stress on the front end and avoid having to ask people to move so you can sit with your kids. Stressing over seat assignments can lead to stressing about other parts of the trip so getting this detail out of the way can help everyone keep a positive attitude during the trip.
For more tips for planning summer travel, check out our book Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!