Keep things familiar
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“Travel is inherently stressful,” says Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly and father of a 16-month-old girl. “You can’t change that travel is different from the bedroom at home, but to the extent that you can make it familiar is helpful.” He suggests keeping kids busy with books, tablets, and other portable playthings they’re used to seeing at home.
Pick your plane seat strategically
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Letting your kid take the aisle seat on a plane will make standing up and down even easier, and being near the bathroom is convenient when your little one needs a potty break. Sitting in the back seems like it would hold things up while you’re trying to hurry off the plane, but it will make things easier in the long run. “It’s almost not a bad thing to not be part of the rush to get off,” Kaplan says. “You just don’t want to be in a rush where you might forget something. Calmly look around you.” Leaving your cell phone off until you reach the terminal can also help you stay focused in the frenzy, he says. Find out secrets your pilot won’t tell you here.