Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Travel
  3. International Travel

Kinsights Tips for Keeping Your Sanity

See also

‘Tis the season for holiday insanity!!! Traveling with your little ones can bring scenes from Home Alone alive! The excitement of the holidays can quickly diminish once you consider packing your bags and putting your tot on an airplane. Instead of heading for a panic attack, just get your family prepared!

Excited about the holidays, but dreading those hours on the plane with your kids? Parent travel pros at Kinsights share their advice – unique tips beyond the usual “check your stroller at the gate” and “bring lots of snacks” – about what really kept them sane in the air. Here are some great tips that parents shared:

  1. Book a direct flight. Factor in sleep times whenever possible. Pack special lovies/blankets that will make it easier for them to fall asleep.
  2. Use the TSA Pre-Check. This rapidly expanding program costs $85 and allows you to speed through domestic security lines without taking off your shoes, belts, etc. Kids under 12 can go with parents who are part of the program.
  3. Pack some new toys along with some tried-and-loved ones. Choose favorite books, an iPad/portable DVD player if they’re old enough to sit still and watch TV/movie, and crafts such as, sticker collages (sheets of stickers are easy to pack and provide a lot of entertainment, especially for toddlers), edible crafts (bring fruit loops and make edible necklaces), body art (tattoo pens are a safe, easy, and washable creative outlet).
  4. Must-haves in your carry on. A hungry toddler is an unhappy one so bring plenty of snacks and empty sippies to fill on the plane. Pack more diapers than usual and a change of clothes in case of a particularly tragic potty accident.
  5. Make friends with your fellow passengers. Upon finding your seats, pass out a little goody bag filled with chocolates and ear plugs to everyone in your immediate vicinity, apologizing in advance for anything that might happen.
  6. Bring a cheap lightweight stroller. Umbrella strollers are great for gate-check and to easily wheel around the airport. They also hold diaper bags and other items you’re carrying when your child isn’t riding.
  7. Choose a seat in the back row. Forget about airline status and head to where the other families are. It’s much easier to have understanding people around you if your kid cries.
  8. Hit the aisles to stretch legs. Get up and walk up and down the aisles a couple of times with your child during the flight when possible. Better as a preventative measure when things are calm than trying to escape with a screaming child during drink service.
  9. Cut out the kicking. Does your child love to torture the passenger in front of them with constant kicking? Sitting in a car seat makes this worse, since it leaves even less legroom. If you want to forego the car seat, but still prefer a more secure restraint, try a CARES restraint system (http://www.amazon.com/CARES-Child-Aviation-Restraint-System/dp/B0012E4FV8/ref=sr_1_1).
  10. Bring rewards: Buy tons of small toys and snacks and keep them hidden in a carry-on bag. When your child is well behaved, they get a prize from the bag every 15 or 20 minutes. The ultimate prize is a giant ring pop, which might keep your child occupied for up to 30 minutes.

And while you’re busy packing toys, iPads, snacks, and books to keep your kids occupied on the plane, don’t forget to bring something much more important – your child’s basic health information. If your child gets sick or has an accident when you’re away from home, there are some basics that you should always have on hand (for you, and anyone – family member or sitter – watching your child):

• Pediatrician name and phone number

• Health insurance information (insurer, group number, policy number)

• Your contact information

• Child’s full name and birth date

• List of allergies and description of reactions

• Any medications that your child is taking

• Recent or ongoing medical issues

• Updated list of immunizations

And rather than scribbling all of this down on a stack of post-it notes or lugging a file around, you can consolidate everything in a beautifully charted personal health record for free on Kinsights – they’ll keep it organized, private, and secure. Before you head out the door, print a copy and toss it in your carry-on bag. Along with fruit loops and sticker sheets.

About Kinsights:

Meet Kinsights: part parenting community, part online health record. Kinsights provides parents with a safe place to seek answers to their questions while also helping them track their child’s health information. Organize your child’s growth and development milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more. Connect with Kinsights at www.kinsights.com to learn more and sign-up! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Kinsight’s co-founder Jennifer Chung offers up some wonderful tips for traveling with your tots (and some key information about what to bring along to keep your child healthy and safe). Kinsights is an online advice- sharing community and record keeper for parents, providing a safe place to seek answers to their questions while also helping track their child’s health information

Advertisement

Leisure

  • Corned beef
    Find out how to prepare a classic corned beef recipe in a slow cooker
    Video
    Slow Cooker Tips
  • Left handed eating
    Find out why you should never eat with your left hand
    Video
    Wives Tale
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Natural solutions
    Natural beauty: All natural solutions to life's little beauty headaches
    Camera
    Natural Solutions
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Video
    Recipe 101

Related Videos:

  • Come play tourist at Legoland
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gKVaWqk84ws?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Flying the not so friendly skies of American Airlines
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518042753" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518042753&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Hilarity Ensues on Southwest Airlines
    <iframe width="600" height="450" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/07LFBydGjaM?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!