Plane travel has become tedious with long waits and increased security, making flying with children a challenge. But, even with all the inconveniences of travel, with some preparation, you and your children can enjoy the journey. One Check with the airline ahead of time to find out the recommended arrival time to clear security, baggage restrictions and carry-on rules.\u00a0Rules for bringing liquids, medicines and food on the plane change often and are especially important when flying with little ones who need formula, sippy cups, etc.\u00a0This is also the time to inform the airline if you will be traveling with a child who has an illness requiring that medication be brought onto the plane or a food allergy requiring an EpiPen. You might be asked to bring along a doctor\u2019s note.\u00a0 For peanut allergies, most airlines are willing to serve a snack other than nuts if notified ahead of time. Two Dress yourself and the kids comfortably in loose fitting pants and layered shirts because it is always too hot or too cold on the plane.\u00a0Slip-on type shoes are best for quick removal at security and for curling up for a nap. Three If the kids are small enough to spill or have toilet accidents, having a change of clothes for the child (and possibly yourself!) in your carry-on bag is essential.\u00a0No one wants to see a miserable, wet child on a long flight.\u00a0If you are nursing your baby, a nursing shirt and drape are helpful for nursing in tight seats.\u00a0For kids on the edge of being fully potty trained, consider having them wear a pull-up instead of underwear on the plane \u2013 just in case.\u00a0There will be times when they are not allowed to get up and visit the bathroom, such as during takeoff, landing and during turbulence.\u00a0Little bladders sometimes can\u2019t wait. Four If traveling with a baby in diapers, pack your carry-on bag with plenty of diapers, wipes and a changing pad.\u00a0If you need to change a diaper, the airplane bathrooms are often too small.\u00a0You will likely end up changing your baby on your lap, so a waterproof changing pad is essential.\u00a0Change baby right before boarding, and consider coating his or her bottom with a diaper rash ointment such as Destin or A&D. This can prevent skin irritation if the diaper isn\u2019t changed as often as usual in flight. Five Bring snacks for the kids, as allowed by the airline. The kids may not like or want what the airline serves, and this way you won\u2019t have to wait for the food to be brought to you.\u00a0Some liquids are allowed, especially formula for babies.\u00a0But many liquids cannot be brought along, so bringing your child\u2019s empty sippy cup or bottle on board for the attendant to fill with juice or milk can be easier than having kids drink from those little plastic cups. Six Hopefully, the kids will sleep during part of the flight. Bringing the child\u2019s favorite blanket or stuffed animal can help make them more comfortable. Seven Most airlines allow you to check your car seat and stroller in addition to the allowed luggage for no cost.\u00a0If you have a connection or layover, you can bring the stroller to the gate and the attendant will check it in, and have it available for you when you disembark to use while running for the next plane. Eight Changes in altitude can hurt little ears, but the action of swallowing can lessen this pain. During takeoff and landing, giving the child something to drink, suck on or chew is a good preventative. For the nursing baby, nursing during take-off and landing will accomplish the same. Nine For young children, be prepared with plenty of plane-friendly activities.\u00a0Favorite TV shows can be downloaded to iPods and travel DVD players and favorite movies are helpful as well.\u00a0Ear buds or headphones can allow kids to listen to in-flight radio music.\u00a0Bring along a variety of activities, such as: new coloring, sticker or activity books, portable travel games or an erasable drawing board. Ten Finally, don\u2019t forget to bring your patience, flexibility and sense of humor.\u00a0When traveling by plane, many things, such as the weather and flight delays are out of your control.\u00a0Just be as prepared as possible \u2013 then go with the flow!