VIDEO: Tips for Holiday Travel with the Family

Tips for Holiday Travel with the Family

Holiday travel with family can be a bit chaotic, so at we have some tips for parents that will cut down on the stress and keep that festive spirit going.

First tip: book early. If you want to fly on a certain day, at a certain time, you'll have to pay the price. But with a toddler in tow, ensuring convenience versus saving a buck might be worth it. Consider flying on December 25th when tickets are cheaper and the crowds are smaller. Plus, you can open presents at home and won't have to ship them.

Second, pack well. Trying to lug two suitcases, plus a child and a diaper bag, through an airport or hotel is difficult. Keep the frustration level down by packing as little as possible. Choose items that are versatile, like kid's pjs that can be worn as playwear. Look into renting a stroller and car seat, or buy cheaper, smaller ones to go with checked luggage on the plane. Also, remember to put DVDs, snacks, band-aids, and extra clothes in your carry-on.

Finally, plan your travel-day timetable. Add additional time for everything! Traffic, security lines, bathroom breaks, and other things can throw a wrench into your schedule, but by planning buffer times, it can make the trip less stressful.

So this year, use our tips to help keep some holiday cheer alive as you travel with family.

Published: 12 Nov 2012 | Last Updated: 13 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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