How many teddy bears, favorite stuffed animals, or blankies have been left on board and lost forever? Too many! They slip between the seats when kids are sleeping, get tucked into unexpected places, or get missed during the hubub of gathering adult valuables and cranky kids at the end of a long flight. It’s a tragedy you should do everything to avoid. Grab a luggage tag at check-in, fill it out, and attach it to the bear, rabbit, or blanket corner. If it doesn’t attach naturally, use a safety pin. Even if you have already written your name and phone number on this item (which you should do!), the tag will get folks’ attention. When you fill out the tag, write “Best Friend – Please Return” or some other note that will tug at the heart of even the grumpiest airplane cleaning staff. Include all your contact information for the next week. Hopefully, your child will be quickly reunited with her friend.
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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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