Do you have a family trip coming up and you're not sure what to expect? Leaving the comforts of home with small children can take a lot of planning and research beforehand, especially if you've never done it before. At Little Traveler Toys we are all about helping you cross things off of that To-do list, so you can start doing the things that bring you joy.
Here are 5 things you DON'T have to worry about when traveling with infants, toddlers, or children under 12:
- Shoes. Kids under 12 don't have to remove their shoes, light jackets, or headwear at security - hallelujah! You don't have to spend an extra 10 minutes on the other end of the metal detector because your toddler can put their shoes on BY THEMSELVES!
Feeding your child. There are no limits on formula, breast milk, juice, baby food, or liquid medications, though these items are subject to further screening. Here's what to expect:
TSA officers may need to test liquids for explosives or concealed prohibited items. Officers may ask you to open the container and/or have you transfer a small quantity of the liquid to a separate empty container or dispose of a small quantity, if feasible. Inform the TSA officer if you do not want the formula, breast milk and/or juice to be X-rayed or opened. Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property. - TSA.gov
- Keeping it cold. Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in carry-on. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above. You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage. These items may be subject to additional screening.
- Snacks. You can bring creamy snacks such as yogurt and peanut butter, but only in quantities of 3.4 oz or less. Pack them in a quart-sized Zip-Lock and remove the bag from your carry-on prior to going through the X-ray.
- Identification. Children who are under 18 years old do not need an ID to fly. However, if you are traveling with a lap child, you may need to show proof to the airline so you don't get charged for an extra seat. Check your airlines website, or give them a call (fun!) before your travel day.
And there you have it, 5 less things to worry about when getting ready for your upcoming trip. Did we miss anything? Leave your comments below, we'd love to learn from fellow travelers!