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:

Travel tip 1

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.

Travel tip 2

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.

Travel tip 3

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

Travel tip 4

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.

Travel tip 5

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.

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