FLYING WITH KIDS
By Laura Quarantiello
It's a parent's worst nightmare: taking a
long airplane trip with a child. It's not just a question of
getting the child to sit still for several hours, it's trying to keep
him or her busy, interested and, above all - quiet! Sound
like an impossible task? It doesn't have to be.
Here are some tried and true tips for
turning your child into a perfect airline-traveling companion:
- Pack plenty of books and games,
especially handheld electronic games (don't forget the batteries!) -
Bring along coloring books and crayons.
- Carry a cassette player with your
child's favorite music or prerecorded stories.
- Bring a map and let your child have
the window seat. Point out landmarks and have your child try to find
them on the map.
- Take advantage of in-flight movies, if
they are age appropriate.
- Pack a plastic Ziploc bag with
crackers or cookies.
- Bring paper and pens/pencils for
drawing or, for older children to "journal" (write) about
Make sure to include everything your
child needs in a carry-on bag. A child-size backpack is usually
perfect. Remember that most airlines don't carry diapers, baby
food or formula. If you're traveling with an infant, make sure you
have whatever you're going to need stashed in your carry-on
luggage. Traveling with kids doesn't have to be a trying
experience and it won't be if you plan ahead with activities for your
child. Remember - variety is the key!
About the Author:
Laura Quarantiello is the author of several books, including "Air-
Ways: The Insider's Guide to Air Travel." More info can be found
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