Getting through airport security, particularly the TSA, can be stressful enough when you’re by yourself. That stress magnifies by at least ten when you have a baby or toddler in tow!
Check out these easy and helpful tips from Jennifer Durbin:
A little preparation goes a long way:
The first thing you want to do is keep security in mind when you’re packing your bag. Anything that you’re going to need to take out, like all of your liquids, formula, or medicines that you have, make sure they’re in a zip lock bag. That way you can just pull them out of your diaper bag, or your carry-on, and put them on the belt to go through the x-ray machine. That makes it so much easier.
You also want to make sure that if you’re traveling with a child under two who will be sitting in your lap that your boarding pass says, “Infant in arms.” When you get to security they’ll be looking for that, if you have a little one in tow.
keep in mind that everything has to go through the x-ray machine. That means that you have to fully collapse your stroller. So when you get close to the front of the line, make sure you’re taking your little ones out of the stroller and starting to collapse it so you’re not doing everything at once.
You’ll want to make sure for older children who understand what’s going on, that they know that they’re going to be going through security. Make a game of it. Tell them stories the night before about what it’s going to be like to stand in the x-ray machine and put everything on that belt for it to be looked at by the agents. So that way they’re looking forward to the experience, and it’s kind of exciting for them.
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Happy and safe travels!