Thinking of taking the family on a vacation? A little
planning can help keep the kids occupied and safe, and keep you sane
on your family trip. Take moment to read our list to help make your
trip more enjoyable for everyone!
1. Remember to choose a
location that is kid-friendly. Look for a resort or cruise line with
lots of activities, a kid's program and kid's menu. Our vacation
expers can recommend the best destination, cruise or resort for your
2. Consider an all-inclusive resort, a cruise or a
condominium/suite to control extra expenses.
3. When staying
in a hotel, request "connecting" rather than "adjoining" rooms.
Adjoiniing rooms are side by side, but may not have a door that
connects the rooms to each other. Remember that requests are just
that..and NOT generally guaranteed until arrival.
extra travel time.
5. When traveling by car or on a long
flight, be sure to bring your child's favorite toy or book and a
snack. Pack a "goodie bag" with a new book or small toys to distract
a cranky child on a long flight.
6. Include older children in
the decision-making process.
7. When flying, book nonstop or
direct flights to avoid the hassle of a long layover and changing
8. Give children a brief description of where they
are going and what to expect so they will feel more comfortable with
their new surroundings.
9. Allow "down time" for everyone
during your trip.
10. Try to maintain the child's sleep
cycle. Don't plan activities too early or too late if your child
doesn't usually keep that schedule at home.
11. Pack a
one-day supply of clothing and necessities in a carry-on bag in case
your luggage gets lost.
12. Keep our phone number handly just
in case an unexpected situation arises.
If your family is
flying, please know that every person, regardless of age, must
undergo screening to proceed beyond the security checkpoints at
airports. Even babies must be individually screened. You will not be
asked to do anything that will separate youf rom your child or
Screeners are specially trained and understand your
concerns regarding your children. They will be approached gently and
treated with respect. If your child becomes uncomfortable or upset,
you will be consulted about the best approach to resolving your
THE SCREENING PROCESS- X-RAY:
All carry-on baggage, including children's bags and items, must
go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: diaper bags,
blankes, and toys.
All child-related equipment that will fit through the X-ray
machine must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include:
strollers, umbrella strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats,
backpacks, and baby slings.
When you arrive at the checkpoint, you should collapse or fold
child-related equipment and secure items that are in the pockets,
baskets, or attached to the equipment. You will place these items on
the X-ray belt for inspection. Plastic bins are provided to deposit
When child-related equipment does not fit through the X-ray
machine, the equipment must be visually and physically
Ask screeners for assistance to help reunitey ou with your bags
and child-related equipment, if needed.
should NEVER be left in an infant carier while it goes through the
NOTE For up-to-date information
regarding what is permitted or prohibited from being in carry-on
luggage, please visit the website at
THE WALK THROUGH METAL
The screener will need to resolve the alarm for
both adult and child if something sets off the alarm as you are
carrying a child through the metal detector.
Babies and children must be removed from their strollers or
infant carriers so they can be individually screened.
You may not pass the child to another person behind you or in
front of your during this process.
Do not pass your child to the screener to hold.
The screener may ask for your assistance with secondary screening
of your child.
If you child can walk unassisted, it would be best to have the
child walk through the metal detector independently.
CHILD WITH A DISABILITY: if your child has a disability,
screeners may ask you what abilities your child has in order to
determine the best method for screening (e.g. carry the child
through the walk-through metal detector, hand-wand procedure). If
your child has a disability, screeners eill never attempt to remove
the child from his or her equipment. This will only be done at the
discretion of the accompanying adult.
BEFORE YOU REACH THE
Please allow yourself and your family extra time to
get through security - especially when traveling with younger
Call your airline or ask your Great Escape travel
expert for information on recommended check-in times for your
Talk to your children before coming to
the airport and let them know that it's against the law to make
threats such as, "I have a bomb in my bag". Threats made jokingly (
even by a child) can result in the entire family being delayed and
could result in fines.