Traveling with children is difficult enough, but in this age of travel and security it can be a nightmare. Here are a few things to remember when traveling with children.
1. Be sure to bring snacks that can be easily eaten such as snack sized cookies. Items that require difficult preparation or additional eating utensils can cause problems.
2. Liquids such as baby formula, breast milk, and juice are allowed in quantities not exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml). TSA has guidelines set to provide you with more information about these types of items Click here to learn more about 3-1-1
3. Remember to bring along items that will entertain your child – such as books or small electronic games. Items with small pieces or bulky items should not be brought aboard aircraft.
4. If possible, pack an extra day’s clothing and personal hygiene items in a carryon so you are better prepared to handle travel emergencies.
5. When approaching security, it is best to allow the stroller to go first and then any older children, this will allow you to keep others from passing through until your family is done.
6. Taking a small blanket ensures the recycled air doesn’t cause problems and taking appropriate clothing is a must. If you are leaving a location where the weather is 83 and going to a place where snow is falling – it is best to dress appropriately to avoid the hassle of changing in the bathroom with 5 plane loads of people waiting in line.
7. Sometimes that non stop flight sounds great, but when traveling with children it might be best to take that connecting flight. The overall time of travel increases by several hours but the stop in a connection city can give children time to get up and move as well as get something more substantial to eat.
8. No matter where you are going or what you are doing, please be sure to make someone aware of your travel plans. Have your medical cards, emergency phone numbers, and any important information on your person. Should something happen that renders you incapacitated, security and airline officials will do what they can to help, but if your children are too young to inform the right people – the information should be readily available in your purse, wallet, or travel gear.
When traveling with children with disabilities, be sure to check out the TSA website for information to make your travel time smoother. Just click on the highlighted text above.