Car trip tip

When traveling far in a car make at least one stop last an hour or two right before bedtime if you are traveling late into the night.  Let the kids run around outside and wear themselves out so they will sleep and you can keep driving.

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Car trip travel tip

When going on long car trips, prepare ahead with paper bags of items to be given out every 25, 50 or 75 miles — marked on a map with the location, it takes a little bit of preparation to do this but it REALLY helps young children.

In each bag put a wrapped item — usually a small toy. Then in some of the surprise packages you can add juice or a snack, stickers and a piece of paper, or something pertaining to the trip that you can talk about.

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When the sun is most intense

Avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are most intense. Keep in mind that even on cloudy days, the sun can be just as strong; you’ll want to use these same precautions on those days as well.

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Tools when traveling with a toddler

Bring extra wipes when you travel. This is essential for all toddler travel! Wipes are great for clean ups, spills, sticky fingers and of course diaper changes.

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Toddler proofing on vacation

When you arrive at your destination whether it be a hotel, time share, condo or grandma’s you need to immediately start toddler proofing their new environment.

Start by getting down on their level so you can see what temptations are around that they may try to get into.

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Fly toddlers for free

Most airlines will let your child fly free on your lap until age two. Many parents opt to start buying their child a seat between 12-18 months. If your baby is a squirmer you may want to consider this option.

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Gathering yourself when traveling thought security

Use the time after security check in to pick up any drinks or snacks you will need on the plane. Not all flights carry milk, and airplane tap water is not considered safe to drink (especially for children or babies).

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Stroller travel tip

Don’t check your stroller unless you plan to carry your child in a sling.

Most airlines will allow you to push your stroller all the way to the gate. They’ll then check it at the gate and have it waiting for you outside the plane door when you deplane. Some airlines will even let you bring a small stroller on board if there is space.

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Vacation travel tip

Be sure to pack your itinerary (including any phone numbers you’ll need) and a map of your destination in your carryon. Nothing is worse than struggling to find your hotel with tired children in tow.

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Pre-vacation preperation

If possible, Take your child to the airport on a day you’re not flying and show her what the people are doing: standing in lines, going through security, etc.

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Looking good while flying

People are far more apt to be patient and less likely to presume that your kiddos will be a detriment to their flight if the family looks respectable.

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