Dos and Don’ts of Flying With Kids

Take the headache out of traveling and focus on what really matters—unwinding.

Authored by Sydney Feldhaus

Arrive Early

We suggest arriving at the airport two hours early to ease into your travel day without the stress of rushing. Never on time? Denver International Airport has some resources that can help. Find up-to-date security line wait times online, and make use of the free bag check and check-in services at shuttle to save some precious minutes.

Don’t Leave the Kids in the Dark

Prepare them for what’s coming. When kids are uncomfortable, everything can go wrong. Keeping your kiddos in the know will get them excited and make them feel like a part of the travel plans. To kill time in the airport, roam around the terminal on “plane spotting” missions, or suggest making some drawings for the flight crew.

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Don’t Book Direct

This may seem backward, but avoid direct flights. A layover is the best bet with children. Taking a “break” halfway through the day will allow your kids to burn off some energy by stretching their legs. Eating lunch in your layover terminal will also save you the trouble of packing lots of snacks for a long plane ride.

Pack Smart

Forgo temptation and pack just what you need. Pack a separate essentials bag just for the kids, with easy access to all the things you might need throughout the day—toys, layered clothing, water bottles, etc.

Use Your Resources

DIA wants to make family travel as stressfree as possible. Make sure you’re taking advantage of the family restrooms and nursing rooms. Also, keep your eye out for the furry friends of CATS, the Canine Airport Therapy Squad. Hug and pet DIA’s comfort crew to pass some time while waiting to board.