Hol­i­day Travel

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Will your fam­ily travel away from home for Thanks­giv­ing? Many peo­ple drive or fly to see fam­ily mem­bers dur­ing this spe­cial hol­i­day. This week, The Mini Page gives you some tips on how to be a good trav­eler and a cour­te­ous guest.

Get­ting ready to go

Pre­par­ing for a trip takes a lot of work! You can help your fam­ily by think­ing ahead about what you’ll need while you’re gone. Make a list of the things you want to take in the car or on the air­plane. Your list might in­clude: • books to read or puz­zles to do • a video game player and games • a fa­vorite stuffed an­i­mal • mu­sic to listen to • play­ing cards and art sup­plies • snacks • a cam­era

Be a good trav­eler

Most peo­ple travel by car dur­ing the hol­i­days. But the num­ber of peo­ple fly­ing in­creases by about 50 per­cent. Whether you’re driv­ing or fly­ing, trav­el­ing at the hol­i­days can be stress­ful for adults. You can help by fol­low­ing these tips:

At the air­port:

• Stay close to your par­ents. Listen to their instructions about go­ing through se­cu­rity and board­ing the plane. • Keep your toys and other items in your bag. Take out just one thing at a time, and put it away when you’re fin­ished with it. • Play or read qui­etly while you’re wait­ing. • Be pa­tient! Lines can be long at air­ports, es­pe­cially dur­ing hol­i­day travel times.

In the car:

• Ex­perts agree that kids are safest when rid­ing in the back seat. Make sure you’re us­ing a child safety seat or seat­belt that’s right for your size. • Keep your bag of toys and games nearby so that you can reach it with­out help. When you pull out some­thing new, put away what­ever you’ve been us­ing. • Talk qui­etly so you won’t bother the driver. • Listen to mu­sic or video games through head­phones so the driver won’t be dis­tracted. Re­mem­ber to keep the vol­ume low.

At the ho­tel:

If you’ll stay in a ho­tel or mo­tel while you’re trav­el­ing, re­mem­ber these ideas for be­ing a con­sid­er­ate guest: • Sh­h­h­h­hhh! Ho­tel and mo­tel walls can be thin, and some peo­ple are try­ing to sleep. Be quiet when you’re in the hall­ways. Don’t jump on the beds or the floor in your room. Use soft voices when talk­ing or play­ing. • Stay with a par­ent. Don’t leave your room with­out your par­ents’ per­mis­sion. • Close doors care­fully in­stead of let­ting them slam.

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