When traveling with kids, some advance planning will go a long way to ensuring you and your family enjoy the trip getting to and returning from your destination. A long plane ride might never be the best way to spend several hours, but there are steps you can take to make them more enjoyable. We also have tips on finding the best hotel that won’t break the bank.Conquering the skies or rails when traveling with the family:
- Bring pleny of food with you. You may be stuck on the runway for a long time. Even if there is food on board, it may be outrageoulsly priced and not want your kids want to eat. Don’t bring liquids, but nothing wrong with emplty bottles to fill up at the water fountain in the terminal after passing security. Pack a lot of protein-rich foods for both you and the kids to be sure nobody has a hunger crash.
- Pack all of your essentials in your carry-on luggage. You need enough diapers, extra clothes, and medicine to last through an unexpected layover or a two-hour delay on the tarmac.
- Let kids pack their own toy backpack (within reason) so they have some good distractions, but make sure they separate gels,creams, toothpaste and any liquids in a separate plastic bag.
- During longer layovers, try to find a wing of a terminal that isn’t busy. Your kids can run races on the carpet or you can play their favorite movie.
- Make sure the kids electronic games, ipods,cell phones and laptops are fully charges the night before.
- Vacation rentals offer more room for yourl toddlers to run around, and kitchens for picky eaters to buy and cook their own food.
- Two adjoining rooms are often a better deal than a suite, and can give older kids the excitement of having their “own room.”
- Theme parks such as DisneyWorld offer hotel rooms nearby for any budget. Book the Walt Disney World Royal Plaza for less than $80 a night!
- Plan in advance for peace of mind and quality rates! Many hotels are offering discounts for booking 21-days in advance .. Also , many hotels are offering a third night at big discounts and sometimes free. Pick a hotel with a kid-friendly pool. Many hotels have indoor pools if traveling in the winter. Kids need exercise, and a good swim can get help them burn some energy after a long plane ride.
Robert B. Diener is the president and co-founder of Getaroom.com, a travel site specializing in offering travelers quality rooms at unadvertised values.