Hurray! You are heading out of town and your tween or teen is now old enough to pack themselves (really, they are)! Whether heading across the state or across the ocean, here are tips to help it go more smoothly for all.
- If you've traveled by air in the last decade, you know the security drill: no drinks through security including large bottles of liquid product, paste, or gel. Keep everything at or under the 3.4 oz. limit. You and your tween can find updates to the rules at the TSA website: https://www.tsa.gov/travel
- If you are a US citizen heading out of the country, download the Mobile Passport App to your phone. This new and little known time saver helps you breeze through passport control upon your return to the US. Just look for the "Mobile Passport" line in lieu of waiting in the traditional paper form or kiosk lines. Dedicated Mobile Passport lines are available at 23 major US airports.
- If your tween wants to bring a reusable water bottle through the airport, no problem. Just make sure it is empty going through security. It's refillable at a fountain, restaurant or Starbucks, and you save a few dollars.
- For road trips, bring a portable charger to extend the battery life of 'important' devices and extra charging cables for the hotel/car/sharing.
- Bring along a travel game or two: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Toys-Games-Travel/zgbs/toys-and-games/166265011
- Layer, layer, layer --- it's the best way to adapt and keep the fun going despite the weather. Our reversible jacket is a perfect take along for styling options.
- Other packing tips for tweens and teens: https://www.babble.com/babble-voices/top-15-packing-tips-for-the-teenage-girl/
- Use a packing list! We have just the one: Packing Checklist for Tweens