Choose appropriately. Ask your travel professional for travel plans that are highly recommended for children and families. Not all destinations and themes are age appropriate. But dude ranches, bird watching, hiking and almost any other activity can be enjoyed by children in measured doses and with adequate preparation. Many tour operators specialize in the family element and are better equipped to deal with the attention spans and skill levels of your children. But even family oriented tour operators have age limits, so make sure that your travel advisor is informed on the age of your children early in the planning process. Likewise, family travel involves special budgetary considerations that your travel advisor will be adept in handling for you. Many airlines and tour operators provide infant discounts that your travel professional can acquire for you.
Keep young ones well hydrated, even if it means more frequent bathroom stops. Also, remember that children's sinus cavities are more sensitive than your own and may painfully react to changes in air pressure when flying, particularly if the child has a cold or ear infection. Bottles of formula for babies and chewy foods or gum for older children may help. If you are concerned, ask your doctor prior to flying with children about any specific recommendations.
If your baby begins to cry on a plane, remember that what you are witnessing is discomfort. While you may feel troubled by the disruption to other passengers, don"t hesitate to first comfort your child. The other passengers will, or should, understand the circumstances and be sympathetic. For older children, discipline on an airplane or a train can be a task at times. Talk about your expectations for their behavior and agree on a way to monitor it - perhaps include a reward.