Here is our evolving list of links that may help you get started when Flying with Children:
- TSA Link to Rules for Children/Babies -- Here
- A few major Airlines and their guidelines for Families/Babies/Children (click the name):
- Looking for cheaper flights? Here are two INCREDIBLE resources that have saved us over $3500 on flights for ONE trip:
- Scott's Cheap Flights: They will email you when flights go on sale and let you know how to find them - Scott's is how we were able to get 4 Round-Trip tickets to Europe for $618 a piece *from a small regional airport*!
- Google Flights: This engine will let you pick your departure point, search by cheapest dates, search the entire world for your dates, etc. It is one of the most useful travel tools I have found.
- Have a long layover? Want to know where the best place to sleep/eat/play is?
- SleepingInAirports has you covered!
Not seeing something you are looking for? Let us know!! We are always working towards giving the best information possible.
We've traveled with a baby. We've traveled with a toddler. We've traveled with a baby AND toddler. We've also traveled with a lot of crappy products and a lot of REALLY HELPFUL products.
Here a list of the 25 BEST products we have used while traveling with our kids!"
"My husband and I are missionaries in the Baltic States and frequently fly throughout Europe for meetings and conferences and to the United States for support raising and to visit family. With that said, our kids see their bags packed and do not make a fuss about it. They don’t see the need anymore. I have a daughter that is 8 and a son that is 4."
"There are a million options out there for Travel Cribs (AKA baby cots, pack n plays, etc). I am not even about to go into comparing them ALL to each other, but I wanted to share this option since so many of my parent-friends are struggling with their tall toddlers and where they sleep on trips!"
If you have been on social media in 2016, you have seen Karen Edwards and her daughter Esmé. The story of her family traveling the world with their baby went viral. Well, Karen has been kind enough to share some experiences and advice with Big Brave Nomad through a little Q & A!
"In May we took 2 weeks vacation and flew the crew to the States! The task was daunting. Packing, traveling, arranging transportation for all of us (aka 4 kids 2 and under) was unnerving. BUT, we did it! We survived, and now two weeks later I think I can revisit the subject"
"Since becoming a family of three we have found new ways to enjoy ourselves. We no longer spend our nights exploring the local bar scene, but we now have a new travel tradition that we love: we always eat dinner together in the hallway of our hotel while our baby sleeps. We have ordered carry out and room service, but we still sit together where we can talk and enjoy each other’s company. Traveling has always been a way for us to connect and this is a new quirk that we both get a kick out of. It sounds silly, but it’s ours and we love it. We have adapted to this new normal. Life with a baby is different that life without one. Life with two babies will be even more different, but I know when this baby gets here we will settle in like all families do. Our life will go on and be twice as exciting as it is now."
"Overall, the stress of the planning/booking/packing was totally worth it. Our trip was absolutely amazing. Jimmy always tells me that it was truly “the trip of a lifetime” because we were able to see so many things and get to so many places in 15 days. I would (and will) do it again in a heart beat.
"Would I do it again? Pack up my babies just one adult (myself) and two kiddos? In a heartbeat. We're in the business of making memories together, and the tough and difficult and challenging pieces to get to those memory moments are just as important. It was an adventure and we had a great time!"
"Overall, packing for a trip with children doesn’t have to be painful. Spending a little time upfront thinking through what you may need can save you from having to spend lots of money on arrival or prevent you from spending extra cash on too many checked bags!