Tips for Families Traveling for the Holidays

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I recently worked with the Travel Channel to answer some questions related to surviving (and enjoying) family travel!  This is especially important right now as so many families are hitting the skies (and roads) with their kiddos in tow.  Travel can sometimes be difficult even for frequent travelers, so it can certainly be stressful for non-frequent travelers who are not only having to get themselves from Point A to Point B, but  also get their whole crew there in one piece, and with as few tears/meltdowns as possible.

I touch on topics including:

  • Getting kids through security as easily as possible
  • Keeping kids entertained on the road or in the sky
  • Dealing with grumpy seatmates
  • Eating healthy during trips
  • Flying with a baby for the first time
  • …..and what to do if the @#$@# really hits the fan.

If you are interested, you can check out that article on the Travel Channel’s site.  For more in-depth details on preparing for a child’s first flight, you can also head here for a collection of info on traveling with kids.

Happy Holidays and safe travels!

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  1. You write such a thoughtful, content-rich blog. Even those of us without children can appreciate your writings, and always find value here. Many thanks for your work, and best wishes for 2013!


  2. Good piece – but I think your point about the baby carrier is confusing. While you have to take babies out of car seats and strollers you can wear your baby in a sling or carrier on you (like an Ergo), but often they have to do an extra check on your hands when you get through.

    From the TSA website:
    If a baby is carried through the metal detector in a sling, additional screening may be required even if there isn’t an alarm.

    • Andrea, they have always required me to remove C from a carrier. I have seen them require others too. However, she has recently outgrown hers so we haven’t tried in a few months, maybe the rules or implementation of the rules has changed which is great! Glad to hear you had a better experience than we did!!

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