Happy Friday! There were so many great articles about the logistics of air travel with kids this week that I had to pare back my list. So don’t feel bummed if your awesome post was left out, and keep the good content coming. (Aside: be sure to follow me on Twitter so you can follow all of these kinds of articles as they are published. I share them all!)
- Should Airlines Charge Parents to Sit with Their Children: Picking up on last week’s Fox News article about family seat selection woes, Road Warriorette sets the stage for a great debate on the topic. Getting seating with young kids can be one of the most stressful aspects about domestic travel with kids these days. Surely the airlines can make some reasonable rules and bring certainty to this mess, right?
- Today’s Hint: How to Get Through Airport Security Faster With Kids: HintMama shares a tip that I can’t believe so many traveling parents still don’t know about — use the TSA family lines on your next airline trip. Lines are often much shorter, particularly in the Bay Area airports like SFO and OAK.
- How YOU Can Help a Parent with a Screaming Child on a Plane: Walking On Travels offers a reverse perspective on the problem of kid tantrums on planes. Instead of wondering how we as parents should “apologize” to fellow passengers when kids behave like kids, why not ask how passengers might help the parents who are doing everything in their power to make it better?
- Confessions of an Under-Packer (and 8 Great Packing Tips!): Angela Tiffin (aka History Buff TravelingMom) shares her lessons learned about successful packing after years of packing too little for trips. Great advice from many other travel bloggers as well.
- 5 Tips for Traveling with an Active Toddler: HintMama, guest blogging on FamiliesGo!, just returned from some serious travels with her 23 month old. In this post, she explains why toddler travel can be really hard (I agree that toddlers are a harder travel age than babies!) and shares tips for improving your next trip with a little one.
- Tips For Surviving Europe with a Toddler: As the Joe Flies at Saverocity just returned from a major toddler trip of his own. He shares some excellent tips for making your travels on the ground in Europe a success even when handling toddler naps and toddler attitude.