Planning for a Smooth(er) Family Vacation
Real-life advice from some Charlotte locals on traveling with kids.
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Photo courtesy Christopher Lees
Christopher James Lees and Lindsay Kessleman with their son, Rowan Lees.
The Lees-Kessleman Family
“Our son’s first transcontinental flight was at 6 months old. For really little ones, having a bottle or pacifier during take-off and landing helps with the altitude pressure. Use layovers to sprint out physical energy between flights. A steady stream of snacks, and a library of songs or books can be a helpful alternative to screen time. Thoughtful planning is key, and remember that the calmer the parents can stay, the less stressful travel can be for everyone.”
Christopher James Lees, assistant conductor for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Dad to Rowan Lees, age 3
Favorite vacation spot: Amsterdam