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Long Haul Flights With Kids, With Jungle Girl Bindi Irwin

Teen conservationist, Bindi Irwin, knows a bit about flying with kids long haul. Since infancy she has been jetsetting around the globe for media appearances and television shows with her mother, Terri, brother Robert (10) and her (now deceased) famous father, the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. Now aged 15, Bindi says flying with kids only gets easier as they get older. She shares her tips for surviving long distance flights with kids, from a kids’ perspective.

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Inflight Babysitting

Imagine arriving at the airport to find your own personal nanny waiting to help you get the bags through check-in whose sole purpose is to entertain your child during the flight. No more missed meals or bursting bladder, but a pleasurable experience where someone else helps take care of bubs and you actually get to relax on the plane. (Maybe you'll even get to watch an entire movie!) Want to know more? Read on… 

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How To Get Through Airport Security With Kids

Family travel tips for flying with kids. Airport security is tedious at the best of times. Throw in crying babies, large and bulky strollers, multiple bags and bottles of liquid that most other passengers are not supposed to be carrying and it can become very tricky indeed. But once you understand how airport security works, travel with kids really isn’t that bad. Here are all the travel tips you need to successfully clear airport security with children.

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Flying With Car Seats On The Plane

Is air travel with kids car seats really worthwhile? Should you bother flying with a toddler car seat? Child Passenger Safety Technician Nathan Washatka from Buckle Up For Life at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center tells suitcases&strollers why flying with car seats on the plane is essential and the alternatives for safe airline travel for little ones if kids car seats are just not feasible.

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Flying When Pregnant

Flying when pregnant or travelling during pregnancy is actually more complicated than one might initially think. No longer can you physically carry your entire wardrobe in your suitcase for just-in-case fashion emergencies. Nor can you simply just show up at the check-in desk, belly protruding, without a medical certificate. And how does one survive a long haul flight with morning sickness? Here are some suitcases&strollers travel tips for pregnancy and flying. 

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Kids Flying Alone

What is a good age to fly kids alone as unaccompanied minors? Which airline should you choose and how do you know it is the right choice? Jo O’Neil has been sending her daughter Darcie* (10) on planes between Sydney and Brisbane in Australia once a month on her own since just before she turned 6. She tells suitcases&strollers how she knew when Darcie was ready to fly solo and how she ensures she is safe and comfortable flying as an unaccompanied minor. (And don’t miss Darcie’s tips for kids flying alone as unaccompanied minors at the end of our story.)

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Flying With Wheelchairs and Disabilities

Planning a family holiday for kids with special needs requires a lot of forethought, especially if you’re thinking of flying with wheelchairs. But it can be done, says Ashely Lyn Olson, Founder of Wheelchair Traveling. Even if you are flying with autism or some other form of special need that isn’t always immediately visible, you need to be prepared adds Juliet Cooper Principal of Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS) in Singapore and mother of 3 kids – Charlotte and Emily (18) and Monty (14) who has an intellectual disability and galactosemia. Ashley and Juliet share their travel tips and excellent expertise with suitcases&strollers on flying with wheelchairs, disabilities and kids.

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How to Deal With Kids and Fear of Flying

Family Travel Tips Fear of Flying in Kids For many children flying on an airplane can induce fear. As soon as their seat belts are buckled, they scream uncontrollably, grab their parent's arm or hyperventilate. As a caregiver of a young child, you must determine whether your child's fear of flying is an isolated phobia or part of general anxiety your child may have. Knowing this will help you determine how you should handle the phobia. Here are 5 family travel tips to help your child overcome the fear of flying.

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Fear of Flying (In Kids)

What should parents do when their kids show a fear of flying? One suitcases&strollers reader wrote to us about her experiences with her son whose fear turned into a phobia that now impacts him as a teenager. To help other parents flying with kids, suitcases&strollers sought the advice of Stephanie Shah, an occupational therapist with a background in child psychiatry, about what you can do if your kids are too scared to fly. 


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What The Pilot Sees

If you've always wanted to know what it's like inside the cockpit, here is a bird's eye view of the landing into JFK Airport, New York, USA. If you have a fear of flying this is a good one to watch as it all looks surprisingly straightforward. And for kids, since flight deck visits are so rare now, this is a fun chance to get right into the pilot's seat – without even paying for a ticket. 

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How To Cope With Jet Lag

Perhaps one of the worst things about doing long-haul travel with kids is the inevitable crankiness that comes when everyone is trying to adjust to a new time zone. suitcases&strollers spoke to the European Director of the International Association of Professional Sleep Consultants and founder of Sleep Matters, Lucy Wolfe, about strategies for getting everyone a good night’s sleep. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel advisor in dealing with jet lag in kids. 

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How to Find Family Friendly Accommodation

Family travel tips for kid friendly hotels and accommodation. There is a difference between properties that just tolerate kids versus those that really welcome families. Making the right choice of family holiday accommodation can mean all the difference between a fun and relaxing vacation and a stressful one where you spend all your time sooshing your children and avoiding glares. But that doesn’t mean you always have to opt for all inclusive resort style holidays with millions of other families. There are still lots of chic middle ground options that are also perfect for kids and their parents – here is the suitcases&strollers travel guide to finding family friendly accommodation.

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Family Friendly Accommodation Booking Websites

Most villa and hotel booking websites are great pre-kids, but after that they somehow fail to deliver all those little details you need to know as a parent travelling with children. “Kid-friendly” can mean anything from a mere tolerance of children to step stools in the bathroom and a fully accredited kids club. So the best way to find the type of accommodation that works for your family – no matter the kids’ ages – is to go to the sites that specialise in helping parents find the right fit in accommodation when planning family holidays. Here are some of the best accommodation websites for families for vacations primarily in Europe. 

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Airbnb With Kids

Travel with kids can be expensive, especially if you choose prime family holiday destinations in large cities. That’s where Airbnb has found their niche. The website provides access to small and more unique accommodation options that can allow you to stay in places that have full facilities (just like a house) but without costing a fortune – because you stay in other people’s homes. No, this is not just a service for backpackers. Airbnb actually has family friendly accommodation and can be a clever and cost effective way to travel with kids too. Two suitcases&strollers mums tell us their experiences using Airbnb with kids.


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Road Trips With Kids

If you used to love a long drive, it can be maddening having to listening to the whiney, sing-song "Are we there yet?" when you try to get from A to B on a road trip with kids. Never fear, there are some ways to make the car drives with kids more palatable for everyone. Here are the need-to-knows for everything from the airport transfer in developing countries with kids to how to keep tiny hands and minds occupied on long road trips. 

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How To Install Kids Car Seats

How do you install kids car seats in a foreign country? What is the best system to use – local or the one you normally use at home – and how can you ensure your little ones are safely strapped in when traveling with kids? Gloria Del Castillo, National Program Manager for Buckle Up for Life and Child Passenger Safety Expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center talks to suitcases&strollers about which car seat systems are the safest and how to know if you have installed your kids' car seats correctly. 

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Car Safety Travel Tips: Kids Car Seats

Family holidays are supposed to be fun, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the usual safety measures you would be taking at home, especially when it comes to transporting kids in vehicles, says Dr. Ben Hoffman. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor and the Medical Director of the Safety Center at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, USA tells suitcases&strollers why it is absolutely necessary to lug kids car seats everywhere you go when traveling with kids and why you should never use a cloth baby carrier as a child restraint in the car.

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Road Trips With Kids: Kids Travel Sickness

Whether your children will suffer from kids travel sickness can be hard to pick, especially if you haven’t done many road trips with kids before. Even if you are a very experienced driving family, sometimes kids travel sickness can only hit as the children get older or you encounter some form of terrain you’ve not driven before (such as unpaved bumpy roads or windy mountainous ones). Here are some travel tips you can use to try to minimise kids travel sickness (for everyone including you).

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Road Trips With Kids: The Singapore to Malaysia Border Crossing

If you’re planning to cross the border overland between Singapore and Malaysia with kids, the process is very straightforward. You don’t have to sit for hours in long queues among hundred of other cars. Follow this simple suitcases&strollers travel advisor and you’ll be on your way to a fabulous family holiday destination in no time via the overland Singapore and Malaysia border crossing, rather than having to get on a plane.

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