Tips for Surviving a Summer Trip With a Preschooler

Whether you are flying, driving or cruising to your family’s summer vacation destination, if a preschooler is part of the mix, then you might consider taking note of the following helpful travel tips:

Better Safe Than Sorry: In addition to making a mental note of what your child is wearing, you should also carry a recent photo of him or her with you on the trip. This is especially important if you are traveling far from home. For example, if you live in Seattle and are vacationing in Orlando it will be hard to “just run back home” to retrieve a current picture for authorities.

Packing Pointers: Place all essential items for your child, such as medication, water, snacks and first-aid supplies, in carry-on luggage.

Foreign Travel: If you plan to leave the country, make sure that your child’s passport is current. Also, keep in mind that it is mandatory that all travelers have a passport to travel to Mexico and the Caribbean. Another tip: If you are not the child’s sole legal guardian, have the other parent sign a notarized letter consenting to emergency medical treatment.

Car Rental: If you plan to rent a car, consider bringing your own child safety seat. Chances are it is in better shape, of better quality and more comfortable than the ones available from the rental car companies. Also, place your child’s carseat in a shady area of the vehicle. You might consider bringing along your own sunshades if you are renting a vehicle. Any parent knows if the sun is shining directly on a child, or if he or she is too hot or cold, the trip could easily make a turn for the worse.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.