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I know a lot about single parent travel, mostly because it’s the definition of my life. What I know best is managing times of stress before they occur. It’s called preparation folks.
Preparing to get on a plane with your kids takes just that.
Here are my six quick tips for traveling with your children as a single parent.
1. Kids are Weak
Since everyone can usually take a carry-on bag for free, make sure your kids each take one.
The key is to give them the big, lightweight objects.
Things your children can carry:
– Neck pillows
– Coloring books
– Their stuffed animals
This distributes the load evenly among the capable legs in the group.
You don’t want to be crushed to death by your family’s luggage.
2. Pack Your Books High
Books are valuable tools for surviving single parent travel life.
Keep them safe by packing them on top of everything else.
You don’t want their spines to be snapped.
Remember: books have feelings, too.
3. Pack Just a Few Clothes When Traveling
You don’t want to be carrying around a wardrobe.
That’s too heavy for proper single parent travel techniques.
If you need stylish clothes on the road, check the local night markets.
4. After You’ve Packed, Remove 50% of Your Items
Surviving family travel means carrying as little as possible.
Once your bags are packed, unpack them.
I promise you, you overpacked.
Things to remove:
– Any more than two pairs of pants
– Any more than 6 pairs of socks/underwear
I use one check-in bag for long-term traveling with my daughter.
And we don’t even fill it.
You can check out the bag I use in the video below.
5. Pack Smashables Down Low
Books aren’t smashables, they belong up high.
Clothes are smashables.
Pack them low.
6. Micro-pack Your Necessities in case of Baggage Delay
Single parent travel isn’t too difficult.
Until you don’t have a toothbrush and diapers because you checked them in.
Have a little bit of everything you would need for a day and a morning.
Just enough to get settled without stressing after your flight.
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