If your holiday plans include traveling with small children this year, you may want to check out some of these great Tips to Traveling With Kids This Holiday Season.

Tips to Traveling With Kids This Holiday Season

Bring Pictures and ID

When you are packing bags for your kids, don’t forget to bring pictures (include some of you with them) and proper identification for your child. Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, and even picture I.D.s should all be included in a package that you carry with you. If your child becomes separated from you and you need help locating them, these things will come in handy to show what your child looks like and proves that you are their parent or guardian.

GPS Tracking Devices

Phones have GPS tracking devices on them these days, so you could always get a phone for your child to use, or have them hold one of your phones while switching transits. If you get separated from your child at any time, they can be located as long as they have your phone with them and the phone is turned on. If you don’t have a phone or you can’t afford one for your child, you can always get a GPS device that attaches to your child’s clothing or luggage. This may be easier than using a phone as this will always be on and can locate your child as long as the device stays with your child. Some can be purchased for as low as $15.

First Aid Kit

Always carry a first aid kit, including medications your child may need, with you in case of an accident. You should also carry Benadryl or another anti-histamine in case of an allergic reaction while traveling. Carry medications in case of traveling related nausea (Dramamine and other such medications are good even for kids), but always check with your child’s pediatrician before giving your child any medications they are not used to or that you are not sure of.

Toys, Blankets, and Other Comfort Items

While these may seem like things that you should bring for your child to be comfortable while traveling, they can also be things that will keep your child safe while traveling. If your child is calm and happy, they will be better at traveling. Bring along games that will keep them occupied, and favorite blankets and stuffed animals that make them feel safe. This will help eliminate any temper tantrums or traveling confusion, which can make for not only embarrassing situations, but also dangerous ones if you have other children or a child that throws violent fits

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks should also be brought along to keep your child happy, but also to keep them on some sort of routine. It may be hours before you can eat between flights or stops in a car. Make sure you have plenty of easy-to-clean-up-after snacks, pouches of juice and water, and bring along Pedialyte drinks, too, in case your child does become sick. You definitely don’t want them to be dehydrated!

Have any Tips to Traveling With Kids This Holiday Season that you’d like to add to this list?