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Happy New Year’s, everyone!

How were your holidays?  I’m still kind of in a mourning period.  I’ll deal.  To take my mind off of the end of the season, I am channeling all of my excitement in to planning Lane and I’s vacation this next year. This will be our first baby-free vacation.  And hopefully our first uneventful trip as far as traveling goes too.  You know…. no lost bags, baby puking on you mid-air, husband missing flight types of events.  Anyways!  I’m hoping I’m not the only one dreaming of beaches and warm weather.   Here are some tips straight from the source to help you plan and prepare for your next trip!

First, treat yo’ self!  Go on trips.  For realsies. With careful planning, trips don’t have to cost a fortune.  Most airlines will lower their prices, or have sales on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.  Also, plan to travel midweek.  Not only will their airport be less crowded, but it will cost less.  Traveling on the weekend will cost you a pretty penny!

Save yo’ money! Pack your own food.  Seriously.  You can bring any of your normally-priced-delicious-not-airport-food with you.  As long as its not liquids.  Bring your own pillow and blanket.  Airplanes get cold, right?? Airlines will have pillows and blankets that you can buy, but they can be pricey.  Especially for something you will only use once. And that isn’t high quality. Also, don’t forget your own headset!

Pack wisely! Packing your carry-on is essential. You will want to have at least one change of clothes and your tooth brush with you.  If your bags get lost, you don’t want to be buying out a Walgreens trying to get fresh and clean.  Make sure all meds are also in your carry on.  Even if they are liquids.  TSA will allow any medication to be carried on.  Once again…. you don’t want your bags to get lost and you to be with out your meds.  And finally, NEVER pack valuables in your checked bags.  Airlines will not replace stolen or lost property. Also, be aware of the weight limits your airline might have. If you overpack like me, check out this post.  It will rock your world.

Be prepared! Most airlines will not provide accommodations if there is a weather delay.  They will also not pay for any damage done to your bags.  Check out your airlines Contract of Carry for more details. Make back up  plans, just in case.

For the kiddies!  Did you know you can check your stroller, car seat, or booster seat at no additional cost?  It’s considered an assistive device and will not count as one of your checked bags.  You can even check your stroller at the gate; that way you can use it to get your kiddo to the terminal and not have to worry about stowing it over head.  Also, breastmilk and formula can be carried on and passed through security.  Just make sure you let the TSA agent know that you have it.  As with yourself, make sure you pack extra clothes and supplies for your young’uns.  Nothing worse than having your luggage get lost with all your diapers with them.  Plus, if baby decides to have a blow out…. you do not want to be stuck with out an extra (or 5 extra) changes of clothes. Flights can be grueling, so remember to try and pack things to keep those kids busy.  Here are some great suggestions.  Road tripping it?  Check this out!

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Be nice! Airline personal are there to help you any way they can. They have rules and guidelines that they have to follow.  They are not trying to bully you, but on the flip side don’t bully them to try and get your way.  They don’t like that.  Most airlines are willing to go the extra mile for customers who treat them with kindness.  If you do have an issue, try emailing the airline or calling and speaking directly with a supervisor, that way the conversation is easier to track.

I am so looking forward to traveling this year!

Do you have any fun trips planned?

Where are you going?

What tips do you have for me?

Can I come with  you? jk…… kinda……

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