Taking the Trip of Your Life with your Furry Friend & Kids

Because boarding costs can be prohibitively expensive, many are opting to take their furry friends vacationing with them. Though it is not as simple as taking your pet along and leaving, a few simple steps of planning can be done, and you can have a tremendously fun trip with your family pet!

If your pet will be stuck in a vehicle for any extended periods of time, make some sort of arrangements for its comfort and safety. For example, always leave the windows cracked enough, so that the car does not get too hot inside. The interior temperature of a car left in the heat can exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit, and this sort of heat can be lethal to your pet. Also, make sure to leave plenty of water in the vehicle, so the pet has access to water. You may even think about using a battery operated fan to keep your pet cool during your absence.

If you will be staying in a hotel, then try to find one that will accommodate your pet. Some hotel chains like Motel 6 are actually welcome pets, and don’t even charge a fortune to do so! Each hotel differs and has its own policies regarding pets. Some will require deposits, and others won’t. Do your research first, so that when you get to your destination, you don’t have the surprise of finding that either your pet is not welcome or is that a large deposit is required.

Getting away from home and taking a trip with your kids can be a great way to create fond memories as a family. However, it can also be difficult to create memories that nobody really looks back on fondly. If you do not prepare for your trip with kids, you may find that you do not get to enjoy the time spent traveling with your kids as much as you would like. Use the following suggestions to plan for your trip with your kids and stay sane as you make your way to your destination.

Pack up different bags of activities. You need to have a variety of things to offer your kids to keep them entertained in the car. You can pack one bag that has coloring books and crayons, another that has travel board games, one that has small toys that your kids love and anything else that you think might keep them occupied as you travel. Keeping them busy means you get to enjoy the ride without hearing them screaming in the backseat or inquiring as to whether you are there yet.

If the activities you have provided your kids with are not doing the trick, be prepared to play games along with them. It can be very fun for you to get the chance to play license plate bingo, eye spy and any other game you can find. Use the Internet to find some great ideas for travel games to entertain everyone in the car. 

Simplify Your Life With Children On Airplane Flights

When you travel with your children on airplanes take a few extra steps to make sure your airline trip goes smoothly. A few simple steps can make air travel more pleasant for you and your children.
Look on the Internet for the flights you want and then call the airline to ensure that you get seats assigned that are next to one another.

 There are many times when you purchase seats over the Internet that the seat assignments are separate from one another even though you purchased the tickets at the same time.

In the event you purchase tickets and find out they are not beside one another, speak to flight attendants to try to fix the situation. Many flights have families with children board first onto a plane and you can alert the flight attendant to the problem before other passengers are on the plane.

As a last resort you can speak to nearby fellow passengers and ask them whether they’d be willing to switch seats. Especially if you have younger children, fellow passengers are frequently cooperative about switching seats on flights that are not too long.

Prepare your older child for the possibility that you will sit separately. Most children do not get upset at this prospect once they are about 10 years old.

Road Trips With Pets: Preparation is Key

If you have children, you know how trying a road trip can be. Children waste no time in letting you know they are either hungry, sick or bored. You do everything in your power to make them as comfortable and entertained as possible. Do you do the same when you take a pet on a road trip?

Many people do not realize that pets need the same preparation and care as children in order to ensure a smooth ride and a content pet. Here are some tips for making your pet’s travel experience a positive one.

Pets need familiarity. They get anxious and sometimes frightened by new places and strange sounds, such as a car engine. Your pet will be more content and comforted if you bring along his favorite toy and a familiar blanket. Make a little bed for him on the floorboard in the back seat, and he will be better able to rest or sleep.

Be sure you pack any supplies your pet may need while you are on the road. Of course, he will need food and food dishes. You can bring water from home in a jug or bottle for quick drinks. An old towel may come in handy for quick wipe-ups, as pets often get car-sick.

Just like humans, pets need frequent rest stops in order to stretch their legs, eat, drink and get a potty break! Be sure to bring a leash, as most rest stops require pets to be leashed. Walking your pet can also give you a chance to move around and get in some walking. It is not good to sit for extended periods of time, including during car travel. 

Six Ways To Make Flying Much Simpler

Flying has become something that has a laundry list of rules and regulations. It would help if you prepared yourself for whatever obstacles you face while at the airport. The article below has several tips that will help you have a flight that is free of problems.

When you book a flight, make sure to give the airline your name the same way it appears on your identification card. It is a hassle for an airline to look you up and have a hard time finding you. This will make the line lengthier, but it will also increase your chances of missing your flight. If there is a middle initial or any special characters in your name, make sure to include them when you are making reservations.

It is a hassle to switch planes in the middle of a flight, particularly if you are going somewhere that is not extremely far. A flight that takes two hours directly could take several more hours if you have to stop and connect at another airport. Whenever possible, get a direct flight so you can get to your destination much faster.

Most airlines make it much easier to avoid having to stand in long lines. They have self check-in kiosks available so you do not have to wait at all. Checking in online is also an available option. A lot of time is wasted at airports standing in lines, so this will cut down on that.