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At this point flying, and airports, are second-nature for my kids and me. We’re on planes so often that we give very little thought to the travel element itself – it’s simply a way to get to our destination. But part of our ease in airports comes from being prepared and planning ahead, whether it’s months before, the night before or an hour before we depart. Here’s my advice for traveling families, based on what’s worked for us.
Ten Tips for Surviving the Airport
1) Bring snacks
Eventually you’ll have travel issues. Maybe you miss your connection and you’re stranded at an airport for five hours, or overnight. Maybe there’s a delay after the plane leaves the jet bridge and your time on the plane is extended. Maybe you’re sitting in the back of the plane and the flight attendants run out of food before they get to you. When problems arise, your chances of having grumpy kids are directly related to how hungry the kids are. Snacks can prevent a lot of meltdowns. Bring enough for your flight duration plus a few hours – just in case.
2) Bring empty water bottles
You can’t take water through security, so don’t be those people dumping whole bottles of water into the trash or holding up the security line because you forgot you had liquids. Bring empty bottles and fill them up after security. This is far preferable to buying water at inflated prices at the airport, and if your kids have water bottles on your flights they’re less likely to spill drinks.
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Have to say I write this before heading off on a 3-hour flight to Queensland tomorrow with the kids. The irony is that we will probably spend just as much time travelling and going through the Airport gymnastic moves before taking a seat then we will in actually flying to the destination. One of my biggest tips is always to try and the have kids fed well before heading into voids of time (airport)! I find that if the kids are fed the breakdowns just don’t happen. The same can be applied to a stopover on a long haul, find a cafe or restaurant as soon as your off one flight and grab a meal before browsing the duty-free and wondering around in state of mental numbness
Eric Stoen says
Agree! Travel is so much easier when kids aren’t hungry.
Snacks are a life saver which keeps the kids preoccupied! I keep forgetting about bringing our own tumbler or keeping an empty bottle of water around so I’m definitely taking note of this.