|5 Tips For Going to The Airport With Your Kids||| Print ||
|Written by Troy Ganey|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012 13:39|
They say that getting there is half the fun-try telling that to parents traveling with children in tow! While traveling by airplane gets your family there faster than taking a road trip, you are still bound to hit some snags along the way, especially when it comes to spending time in the airport. When you're traveling with children, you can never plan everything perfectly, because children are unpredictable. However, if you follow these five tips, you should get your family through the airport and on their way smoothly.
Pack a Stroller
If you have children that are young enough to fit comfortably in a stroller, bring it along. You may think that it would be difficult to deal with, but most airlines are happy to check them at the gate. While you are in the airport, the stroller can be a godsend. Use it to keep your toddler contained and comfortable. He will be happy to be in his familiar seat and you can entertain him with books or small toys while you wait. This is easier than trying to get a young child to stay seated in an uncomfortable airport seat.
Yes, the airport serves food. However, the it's overpriced and you are never certain what you'll find. Kids can be picky, so bring crackers, fruit snacks or other items in your carry-on bag. While you don't want to make a habit out of it, sometimes a little snack can stave off boredom and pass the time. However, do check what items can go through security. Large bottles of liquids are not allowed, and there may be restrictions on gel-like substances as well. Fox News recommends bringing empty sippy cups that you can fill with beverages once your through security; this can help your child feel more comfortable enjoying his drink.
Most airports offer WiFi either for a cost or free, which can be a great way to keep the kids busy and for you to keep up with news. However, you should use caution as these are not secure connections. Use the utmost care when typing in passwords, credit card numbers or other sensitive information as identity theft is prevalent. If you are someone who does enter sensitive information onto your laptop at airports or in unsecured Wi-Fi locations often, Lifelock or a similar information protection agency might be a good solution for you.
Another way to entertain your kids is with an MP3 or CD player. Bring headphones and he can listen to favorite music or even a book on tape while you wait. Headphones are also a good choice if your child uses a portable gaming device like a Nintendo DS. That way he can enjoy the volume without disturbing others around him waiting in the airport.
While it may look boring to you, to a child the airport is exciting. Take time to walk around the concourse, watch planes take off and land. Your child will find this is more entertaining than sitting for an hour waiting for a delayed plane to arrive.
Traveling with your family is at times difficult. Most parents find that the rewards greatly outweigh the hassles. Doing what you can to make traveling a fun activity, instead of a chore, will establish treasured memories of travel and exploration in the mind of your child.