How to Survive a Spring Break Flight with the Kids

Tips for flying with kids for spring break vacations

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In just a few weeks, most schools will be taking a break, which means many families will be hitting the road (or boarding a plane) for family vacations and a little rest and relaxation. If you’ll be flying with the kids for spring break this year, there are a few things you should know before you make your way to the airport. Below, we’ve shared a list of tips for flying with kids, courtesy of MBA Mom for Chicago Now. Safe travels!



Take the earliest possible flight in the morning.

MBA Mom says it’s best to take the early flight for a couple of reasons. One, taking an early flight “greatly reduces the chance of weather-related delays, especially those caused by afternoon thunderstorms and springtime severe weather outbreaks.” Second, taking an early flight means you’ll get to your destination without having to write off the entire day as a travel day, she says.


Give yourself plenty of extra time at the airport

MBA Mom recommends budgeting enough time to sit down and get everyone something to eat at the airport. Plus, you never know what you are going to have to deal with once you get there, she says.


If your child is under 2, buy the ticket and bring the car seat

MBA Mom says that with “unexpected turbulence and a wriggly baby”, it’s much safer for them to be in a car seat and is worth the extra expense.


Speaking of car seats, bring your own instead of relying on the car rental company

MBA Mom says that if you are renting a car for more than a couple of days, you’ll save money by bringing your own car seat and checking it in as baggage. Plus, she says, it’s safer to bring your own because you don’t really know what you are getting with a rental car seat.


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Do what you can to sit together with your children

If you are unable to book your seats together, call the carrier’s customer service line and explain the situation, MBA Mom says. There are no guarantees, but they might be able to make arrangements so you can sit together.

For the rest of MBA Mom’s tips for traveling with kids, click here to read her article in its entirety.

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