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Family Travel Tips & Advice

Find tips for keeping kids happy on a family trip, including long car rides and plane rides, plus packing lists, travel documents, and other practicalities. Check out suggestions for travel games and gifts as well.
  1. Ask Suzanne: Family Vacations Q & A (1)
  2. Travel Documents (3)
  3. Keeping Happy! (9)
  4. Plane Trip Tips (10)
  5. Travel Games, Toys, Activity Kits (14)
  6. Find a Packing List (3)
  7. Travel Gift Ideas (4)

Best Free Travel Apps for Family Vacations

Want to make your next family vacation better? There's an app for that.

How to Get an American Passport

American citizens need a passport to travel to most international destinations. Since 2009, a US passport or US passport card is even necessary to travel to and from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean. American citizens do not need a passport to travel to US territories such as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Required Documents for International Travel with Kids

Taking kids to an international destination? In general, each adult in your party will need a passport and minor children will need either passports or original birth certificates. Documentation becomes more complicated when one parent or guardian is traveling alone with a minor. Here's what you need to know.

Top Vacations for Families with Babies and Toddlers

Many hotels and resorts say they welcome babies and toddlers, but few truly give young families the support they need to relax on vacation. Here's the cream of the crop in vacation providers that get it right.

Family Reunion Planning Guide

Planning a family reunion is far less daunting when you delegate tasks and take advantage of the many smart (and free) resources available. Here are some helpful tips.

Baby Travel Gear
From portable cribs to deluxe infant carriers to carseat-stroller combos -- the right gear can make a trip with baby easier for all of you.

Taking Kids out of School for Family Vacations
Should your kids miss school, to go on a family vacation? Consider some of the pros and cons of missing school for trips

Tips for Travel with Dogs
If your kids think that Fido is part of the family too and deserves to come along on a family trip, they're in luck: many hotels and resorts agree. Many places welcome dogs these days, and a few go to extreme lengths of doggie-pampering.

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