Summer Travel Tips for Families: Surviving Cars, Planes & Hotels

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Vacations are fun, but traveling with your children can also be very stressful.
Air Date: 7/15/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Elizabeth Murray, MD
Murray Elizabeth Dr. Elizabeth Murray is a Physician specializing in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Upstate, NY. She graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Economics and then, prior to medical school, she earned an MBA at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business Administration.

Upon completing her Residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, she returned to her hometown of Rochester to complete her Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Murray holds a dual appointments to both the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the Division of Prehospital Medicine at the University of Rochester. Additionally, she holds an appointment as Deputy Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for Monroe County and serves on the Regional EMS Council as the Pediatric Content Expert.

In 2013, Dr. Murray joined the Board of the Rochester Childfirst Network, an agency committed to providing high quality, early education to the children of Rochester. She is a member of the AAP's Council on Communications and the Media and has previously written for their blog. In addition, she serves as a Spokesperson for the AAP.
Summer Travel Tips for Families: Surviving Cars, Planes & Hotels
Traveling can be an exciting yet stressful time, especially if you have your children involved. Even though you may love visiting new places with your kids, it can present a challenge you weren't expecting.

If you allow yourself enough time and planning with these few tips, your vacation can be a fun and relaxing time for the whole family.

Traveling by plane:
  • Allow your family extra time to get through security; especially when traveling with younger children.
  • Have children wear shoes and outer layers of clothing that are easy to take off for security screening. Children younger than 12 are no longer required to remove their shoes for routine screenings.
  • Talk to your children about the security screening process before coming to the airport
  • Discuss the fact that it's against the law to make threats such as, "I have a bomb in my bag." Threats made jokingly (even by a child) can delay the entire family and could result in fines.
  • Wash hands frequently, and consider bringing hand-washing gel to prevent illnesses during travel.
  • Consult your pediatrician before flying with a newborn or infant who has chronic heart or lung problems or upper or lower respiratory symptoms.
  • Consult your pediatrician if flying within two weeks of an episode of an ear infection or ear surgery.

Travel by car:
  • Most rental car companies can arrange for a car seat if you are unable to bring yours along. However, they may have a limited selection of seats. Check that the seat they provide is appropriate for the size and age of your child, that it appears to be in good condition, and that an instruction manual is provided before accepting it.
  • All children under 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.
  • Set a good example by always wearing a seat belt, even in a taxi.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a minute.

What are some other survival tips for when you travel?

Elizabeth Murray, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how you can travel stress-free this summer.
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