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Posted Březen 24th, 2011 by Billabongboardshortscloths

Although this feels like the winter that just won’t end (at least here in New York, where we’re trudging through snow yet again), warm weather is finally within our grasp. And with warm weather comes summer vacation season — finally.

We have our first big airplane ride planned for May, which means I’ll be traveling with my 2 year old on a cross-country flight. (Tell me it isn’t as bad as I’m expecting!) While he loves airplanes, he doesn’t quite grasp what we’ll be doing and where we’ll be going, so we’re trying to get him psyched — as well as prepared.

Are you in the same boat (or plane, or car…) this year? Here are 5 ways to prepare the little ones for family travel:

1. Give Them a Visual

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If you’re heading to a big city this summer, get your kids excited about the adventure with the Look Out World DVD and book series, which explores new cities through adorable characters that sing and dance their way around. We told you all about the New York edition, but Look Out World is releasing Chicago and San Francisco editions on April 1!

2. Incorporate maps and globes

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If you’re making an international trip this summer, start breaking out the globes and maps to familiarize your kids with where exactly you’ll be going. Isn’t this sectional paper globe incredible? Even cooler: This paper globe is designed to sit at 23.4 degrees — the exact tilt of the earth’s axis — and the inside is designed to replicate earth’s interior structure. So you’ll be teaching more than just where France is on a map! (Buy this paper globe from Upon a Fold for $34.95.)

**Use wall maps as stylish, cheap wall art! See design inspiration here.

3. Pick out some cool travel gear

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And it doesn’t get much cooler than the Trunki — which is a carry-on-size suitcase that kids can ride on! You can find a Trunki through Melissa and Doug here in the States ($39.99).

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