Traveling with kids anytime can be overwhelming, but add in the holidays and that takes things to another level! While traveling during the busier months you need to factor in, weather delays, traffic, illness and so much more. Here are some tips that will help make traveling during the holidays (or really, any time of the year) less stressful.

Preplanning: Preplanning is essential. Research, research and research some more. Planning an itinerary for your trip can make traveling with your kids a bit easier! 

Don’t Procrastinate: It may sound obvious, but starting early is the best way to get the flights you want for less, especially during the in-demand holiday season when there is little flexibility with dates.

Be Flexible: Try to be flexible wherever you can, whether it’s with your travel dates, departure and/or arrival airport, or destination. If you’re heading home for the holidays, for example, your destination may be set in stone, but can you fly a few days early or, perhaps, on the actual holiday to save? Is it cheaper to fly into a nearby airport than the one in a major city? Considering all your options can save you money, but it can also save you the stress of holiday crowds.

Plan your Flights Around Bedtime: Try to plan your flights around bedtime. Evening flights are a bit more pricey, but it will make traveling a breeze while your child is fast asleep. If you’re in an unfamiliar airport be sure to book your connecting flight with a good amount of time. The last thing any parent needs is a mad dash through the airport with the added stress of potentially missing a flight.

Pack Lighter, Smarter, and Faster: The less you bring, the easier it is to pack, and the less you have to carry! If you find you’re missing something you need, you can always buy it at your destination. Most places you would travel with your kids will probably have the essentials you need to care for them.

Talk to your Little Ones About The Adventure: If your child is new to flying or traveling in general, it’s important to have a conversation about it. Explain to them what is going on. When they have to fasten their seatbelts make sure you tell them why. Most children enjoy flying, so the best thing to do is encourage them.