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Navigating the airport on your own can be difficult enough, but add kids in to the mix, and it can be a real challenge. From security checkpoints to crowded terminals, there’s a lot than can produce anxiety in parents. Follow this helpful advice to ensure safe, stress free air travel with the whole family:

Check flight information frequently

Flight statuses can change very quickly, and sometimes without any notice. To make sure that you make your flight on time and don’t miss out on any time or status changes, check the information boards in the terminal frequently. Also pay attention for any announcements from the airline staff, as they will often give updates and share helpful information with passengers awaiting a flight for boarding.

Keep track of kids

Airports are some of the busiest, most crowded places, and it can be overwhelming to bring your children there. Keep track of them in the airport with a GPS tracking device. If they go off to look for a restroom or to browse a gift shop, you will be able to locate them right away. Make sure that their phones are charged up, as well, so that you can call them back to the gate when needed. For large families, do a head count at every step of the journey, from arrival at the airport to going through the security checkpoint to waiting at the gate, and finally, when boarding the flight.

Know the rules

Airports and the TSA have strict rules and guidelines that must be followed. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with them before arriving at the airport. Check your children’s carry-on bags to ensure that all of their items comply with the regulations.

Stay healthy

From the crowded airport to the tight quarters on the airplane, germs can pose a big threat to everyone. Stay healthy and keep germs at bay by washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, and carrying sanitizing hand wipes. Parents should wipe down the tray table on the plane before letting kids break out the toys or eat a snack. Remind kids to cover their faces when they cough and sneeze, too, to prevent the spread of germs.