Planning a great vacation can be anything but stress-free—especially when you’re wrangling kids! Make getting the whole family to your destination a little easier with these travel tips:
Make a list, check it twice
About a week before you leave, help your girl make a checklist of everything she’ll need to pack. Then she can check off the items as she puts them in her suitcase. When she’s through, pack the packing list! She can use it to make sure everything makes it back home again.
Keep your cool
Kids love to explore (and they need a lot of bathroom breaks!) so leave for the airport with plenty of time before your flight. You’re much more likely to stay calm when they’re hungry or can’t find their earbuds.
Ready to play
Digital tablets are perfect for travel. Download some of your girl’s favorite apps before you go to keep her happy on the plane. Looking for ideas? American Girl has you covered. Try American Girl World, where she can step into her favorite characters’ stories; or WellieWishers’ Garden Fun for younger girls. Get AG apps
Bring kid-friendly snacks
Save a little money by bringing your own snacks on the flight. You can carry on food like granola bars, sandwiches, and fresh fruit. There are some restrictions (liquids must be less than 3.4 oz) so make sure you check the latest rules before you fly.
Make time fly
Being on the plane for hours in a cramped seat isn’t exactly a kid’s idea of fun. But your girl can make the most of it with a favorite book. American Girl magazine is a great travel companion, too—every page is filled with quizzes, advice, and stories for girls.