21 Packing Rules for Traveling with Kids

May 10, 2008

First rule of traveling with kids: You'll be better off when you face the fact that your own needs and preferences have nothing to do with packing for the family's vacation.

With young children in tow -- in my case, four-year-old twin boys -- packing well takes a little common sense and a lot of creativity.

As a professional travel writer with a husband who has family in India, we globetrot on a frequent basis. My boys took their first international flight -- from New York to Delhi no less -- before their first birthday, and many, many since. They've racked up 15 cruises. And the list goes on.

Through it all, I've learned to pack all of my stuff and my sons' stuff in one suitcase. My husband, on the other hand, fills up a second suitcase with just his belongings. There's a lesson here. Women are pros at squeezing things into little places.

On that note, here's some advice to help you pack more efficiently (and avoid back aches and access baggage charges) on your next family holiday.

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Airline Meals (Great News)

May 10, 2008

These days, airlines rarely feed you anything resembling a meal while you're flying. The lone holdout, God bless 'em, is Continental, which still serves meals on short flights in coach class. While business and first class dining seems to be getting an upgrade -- some airlines have hired fancy celebrity chefs and brought back real silverware -- us poor slobs in coach class are relegated to honey roasted peanuts and quarter-size packages of pretzels. (Some airlines even charge for such paltry snacks!) So what's a hungry traveler to do?

In an ideal world, it helps to plan ahead -- I always travel with a couple of granola bars, as they're small, nonperishable and nearly indestructible -- but that's not going to cut it on a long flight. Plus, unless you're intimately familiar with an airport, you can't always predict your dining options, and you don't always know how long it will take to get through security. Sometimes, a very plain bagel or a thick, greasy slice of pizza is all you've got. But there's a growing interest to offer travelers something that's way better than, well, nothing.

Enter SkyMeals (tel. 866/759-6325; www.skymeals.com). If you fly out of the...


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