You thought packing for yourself and your significant other was difficult. Add a toddler into the equation and you’ve reached an entirely new level of difficulty. When most parents pack an entire suitcase-sized tote bag just to head to the grocery store, heading off on vacation can be a struggle, particularly when you’re limited to carry-on luggage and personal items that only fit so much. Regardless of how you make it all fit, just make sure you don’t leave home without these six items.
Tissues and Wet Wipes
You’re walking around your destination, enjoying the city sights, when there it comes out of nowhere. A runny nose, sticky hands, dirty mouth, dirt in general — kids are messy. Just make sure they don’t get their little messes all over you, the stroller or a stranger by keeping your pockets filled with the necessary tissues and wet wipes.
Even if your kid doesn’t fall down and scrape their knees, a Band-Aid can work wonders on a crying toddler, particularly when there’s a cartoon character involved. Both good for bloody moments and just a case of the boo-boos, throw a few in the bottom of your purse for unexpected emergencies.
Refillable Water Bottle
As soon as you’re somewhere it’s difficult to get a drink, your child will claim they’re positively parched. They’ll cry they’ve never been so thirsty in their entire life. They’re practically dying. Save yourself the drama and pack a refillable water bottle, handy for both you and them.
Bribery is supposedly bad parenting, but what desperate parent hasn’t employed it once or twice (a week)? Pack away a little something out of sight that you can pull out when you really need it. Whether it’s candy or a new toy, there’s nothing like a bright and shiny object to keep your kid’s attention and behavior on point.
When travel starts getting stressful, we all like a little distraction, whether it’s binging on our favorite shows on the plane or sipping a cocktail at the airport bar. Give your toddler the same treat by bringing along something you know will keep them entertained when things get fussy, whether it’s their favorite show downloaded onto your iPad, a book, a stuffed animal or their favorite music.
Children love routines and aren’t the best at sudden changes in plans. Make sure they have what they need in terms of stability by planning out a kid-friendly itinerary well in advance that corresponds with their needed nap and bed times. Take things a step further and plan out their outfits, too, to make your own life easier. It’s as simple as picking their clothes out ahead of time and tucking them into their own plastic baggie, zipping them up and writing the designated day on the outside. When you’re on the road, you’ll be ready to grab and go.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.