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  • Tips for traveling with children

    2014-03-12

    Traveling with small children can be one of the most stressful experiences for young families, but for visitors who know the best travel tips and tricks for keeping younger people entertained, these adventures are a piece of cake. Family travel experts have published a wealth of resources pertaining to journeying with children, ranging from the locations that are best suited for specific age ranges to the exact contents that should be featured in a family first-aid kid. Some of these suggestions are uniform across the board, including:

    Keep your eyes peeled for kids' deals
    Many popular tourist destinations are accustomed to accommodating family members of all ages, and they frequently offer deals that are specific for these demographics. Restaurants, for example, often allow children under a certain age to eat for free. Prior to embarking on your travels, research the activities and places in the area that you may wish to visit and discover whether they offer special discounts for children. Even if they do not, you can easily learn which places offer fun amenities for younger crowds.

    Have plenty of toys stocked up
    Sarah Pinault, a writer for Wired and a mother of two, recommended that parents bring plenty of toys to keep younger children entertained. While this rings especially true for transportation - such as extended car rides or long flights - it a useful tidbit to remember for travel activities as well. If your family has an expansive range of ages, such as a toddler and a teenager, you may want to plan attractions that are better suited for the older children. Because of this, little ones frequently lose interest. To combat this, parents can bring small toys or mobile devices with kid-friendly games to keep them quietly entertained. This way, the child doesn't force travel festivities to end early due to a poor attitude.

    Know transportation rules before you go
    Whether you're flying or boating to a destination, it's important to research the rules of the vehicle before boarding. The Transportation Security Administration features a list of tips for families traveling with children. These guidelines note the TSA rules that are most likely to affect family travel, including a detailed listing of the liquid specifications for flying and accommodations the organization can make for children who have disabilities. Other travel agencies post similar statements to their websites for families to reference. Parents should review these documents before their travels to ensure no complications arise.

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