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Tips for traveling with young children

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When it comes to family vacations, it’s essential to keep young kids happy in the air and on the ground. These tips from Crystal Lake Travel can help make jetsetting with your children a breeze.

1. Know your audience

Keep in mind the ages of everyone who will be traveling and opt for a destination which offers a little something the entire family can enjoy. For instance, the beach can work for kids of any age, while a theme park is best for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Family-friendly cruise lines are optimal for kids and teens.

2. Make a list

Create a checklist outlining not only what to pack in the suitcase, but also what should be brought on the plane or during the road trip to keep kids entertained. For instance, plan to bring travel toys, games, books, crafts and snacks for younger kids. Pre-teens should make sure their electronic devices are charged up and ready to play movies and music.

3. Check passports

All children need a valid passport when traveling internationally, even infants. Will you be applying for your child’s first passport prior to your trip? Make sure to allow plenty of time for the application process. The processing time for routine service can take approximately four to six weeks.

4. Prepare for jet lag

Traveling overseas can make jet lag inevitable. Help young kids acclimate better by adjusting their bodies to the new time zone several days before the trip. Once at your destination, spend some time in the great outdoors as both exercise and daylight can help bodies adjust to the time change.

5. Stay on schedule

If your children still take naps, make sure to keep them on that routine even while on vacation. It’s also a good idea to stay consistent with your child’s sleeping and eating patterns as much as possible in order to ward off possible meltdowns.

Crystal Lake Travel : 13 Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake IL 60014 : 815.459.2500 :

http://www.cltravelagency.com/.

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