A simple trick to make de-boarding a little easier and keep your kids belongings organized on-board – put all of your kid’s stuff in a plastic grocery bag before it goes into the seatback pocket. Nothing goes directly into the seatback pocket except trash waiting for a passing flight attendant. Everything you want to keep goes in and out of the bag. At the end of the flight, all the little toys, papers, books, homework assignments, and snacks can just be pulled out of the pocket and popped back in the carry-on. (Give the rest of the pocket a final check just in case – especially the first few times you try this).
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Bill Richards and Ashley Steel are the authors of "Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids", from Rumble Books. The book is packed with bulleted lists of travel tips, fill-in pages for packing and journaling, ideas for inflight entertainment, strategies for browsing museums with kids, and much more. It is unlike other family travel books in that it is not about where to go. "Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids" details how to make any family trip smarter and more fun!
Bill and Ashley have two wonderful and well-traveled daughters. As a family, they’ve visited or lived in the USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Slovakia, England, Hungary, Slovenia, Denmark, The Netherlands, and The Czech Republic. They've traveled by discount airline, overnight train, crowded bus, rental car, and camper van. They’ve slept in fancy hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, with friends or family, and in rented apartments. They have all carried backpacks, squeezed into one family backpack, rolled suitcases, and even traveled without so much as a toothbrush.
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