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Moms And Dads Are Sharing The Best Tips For Vacationing With Kids, And These Are So Important

I can't wait until we can all travel again.

Traveling with kids can be an overwhelming experience. Expensive flights and crowded destinations can be stress-inducing alone, but throw tired kids into the equation, and you could be dealing with an unpleasant family vacation.

So I talked to a ton of experienced travelers and parents who have some excellent tried-and-true tips for vacationing with kids. If you're planning on booking a family trip, these bits of advice will help you be prepared for any situation that might arise. Before I dive in, let me introduce those experts.

So without further ado, here are their hacks, tips, and tricks that will come in handy on your next family vacation. If you have one to add, leave it in the comments!

1. Pack plenty of transitional clothes for your kids.

A child trying their shoes

2. Save money by not purchasing a separate plane ticket for children under the age of 2.

A child looking out an airplane window

3. Research ahead of time to find out if your airline considers diaper bags a carry-on bag or not.

A mom with her diaper bag

4. Read the fine print so you can potentially take advantage of free family-friendly perks.

A woman reading important papers

5. Pack less by ordering and shipping items to your destination.

A woman ordering something on her cellphone

6. And keep an eye out for kid-friendly perks wherever you're visiting.

The entrance to Yellowstone National Park

7. If you can, avoid traveling during peak season.

A family at Disneyland

8. Book attractions well in advance to save money.

A woman booking a reservation on her laptop

9. Discuss with your family what activities everyone wants to do before your trip.

A family having fun on a beach

10. Keep your children hydrated in the heat with one simple trick.

A young boy drinking water at the beach

11. Stock up on sun-protective clothing, like long-sleeve rashguards.

Rash guards

12. Easily and evenly apply sunscreen on your kids by using a makeup brush.

A mom applying sunscreen to her toddler

13. Carry snacks for hungry kids on the flight.

A mom feeding her baby on an airplane

14. Book a hotel that includes free breakfast in your stay.

A continental breakfast bar at a hotel

15. Use flight tracker apps to get the best deals on flights.

Screenshots of flight tracker Apps

16. Pack fun surprises for the plane ride.

A mom and toddler sitting together on an airplane

17. Save money by booking a hotel that isn't located in a highly touristed area.

A hotel room

18. To find the best deals on flights, clear your browser's cookies.

A laptop's keyboard

19. If your destination offers a layaway plan, consider taking it.

A credit card, cellphone, and hotel reservation pass

20. Compare theme park ticket prices from different vendors.

A roller coaster at a theme park

21. Keep an eye out for hotel discounts.

Plush hotel robes

If you've traveled with kids or a family recently and have helpful tips, don't keep them to yourself. Share your best advice in the comments below.

Disclaimer: This article was written to provide travel recommendations or suggestions; however, it’s important to keep in mind your own health, community health, and COVID-19 exposure risk.