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Summer time is the time for vacation and travel. Here are some tips on how to make life easier when traveling with children:
  1. Travel light. Sometimes less is more. And choosing the correct carry-on is one of those times. Should be compact, lightweight and wheels.
  2. Get an early start. Are there optimal hours for children to travel? Is it easier to make the trip during the day, keeping little ones awake, or attempt a red-eye, and hope everyone can get some sleep? Considering individual needs prior to booking a flight or planning a road trip is always a good starting point.
  3. Prepare for your trip, and then some! Toys, medication, diapers and other items used during the travel time frame must be easily accessible. And, what if connecting flights are missed? What if weather is bad, postponing arrival at the final destination? It is worth packing a few additional items, just in case.
  4. Kids-pack. Individual back-packs for each child are great way to ensure favorite items are not forgotten. Letting children select their own books, toys and personal items will ensure they are happy with their en route choices.
  5. Don’t forget the snacks! Travel snacks like yogurt tubes, granola bars, string cheese, and squeezable apple sauce are easy to pack. Fun snacks will keep tummies full when real meals are hard to come by. Refillable water bottles are also a wise choice for the whole family.
  6. Sanitizer, wipes, tissues! Perfect for cleaning spills, wiping a runny nose, or sprucing up outfits upon arrival, grabbing a few tissues will keep everyone looking and feeling their best.
  7. Quick change artists… Travelers pack outfits in their checked bags. Seasoned travelers always carry an extra outfit or two with them. From unexpected motion sickness to spilled food or drinks, these ensembles come in handy more often than not. And remember, dress for comfort.
  8. A busy child is a happy child. DS, iPad, iPhone, mini-DVD player and headphones usually top the entertainment list. Come prepared with fully charged devices and back-up batteries. When it’s time to unplug, sing along songs, visual scavenger hunts, spelling bees, 20 questions, I Spy, and naming the capital cities of each province are interactive games that can turn travel time into quality time for the entire family.
  9. Sleep gear. Whether you are heading off on a long road trip, or taking a red-eye flight, planning to make sleep part of the journey is essential. Small cushions, neck pillows, cozy blankets and favorite plush animals will help little ones (and those around them!) catch some must needed Zzzzz’s.
  10. Travel lighthearted. Patience is everything, and your good time is what you make it. Keep things light, upbeat and positive, and enjoy every minute (or almost every minute!) of your trip.
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