This post is sponsored by Embassy Suites.
I’m working with Embassy Suites by sharing tips on their family travel hacks site, #PrettyGreat Travel Hacks. My latest contribution is a brief list of tips for flying with kids based on conversations we’ve had here, plus my own experience. But I thought my last tip could use a little explanation.
When my kids were babies, early boarding was helpful. The sheer amount of physical juggling made having clear aisles a must for getting aboard in one piece. I felt like I needed five hands just to board the plane!
But as my kids got older and could walk onto the plane themselves (and carry a backpack), early boarding went from being helpful to a drag. Boarding early simply increased the amount of time my kids were trapped in cramped seats — a ticking time bomb for us.
I changed tactics and boarded near the end…the less time we spent in seats, the better. Then again, when my kids were little, there was no such thing as an iPad, so I’m wondering if this tip holds up.
Tell me: do you find early boarding helpful? If so, how old are your kids? If not, why not?
My thanks to Embassy Suites for sponsoring this post. All Embassy Suites rooms are two-room suites equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. Also included: a free hot, cooked-to-order breakfast, and a nightly reception with snacks, drinks, and fun activities for the kids. Find more family travel hacks on the Embassy Suites #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks site on Tumblr.
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