Family Travel Made Easy


The weather outside might be frightful, but travel with kids really can be delightful. Read up on these handy tips to make your family holiday start off with some cheer this year.

Save time, go online

Confirming your reservation , checking your flight status and any baggage restrictions online will help get your holiday off to a good start. Think ahead to what documentation you’ll need and look up the recommended time your airline suggests you arrive at the airport before your flight.

Let YVR’s website help to alleviate travel stress. Find information about security restrictions, food options and things to do while you’re waiting for your flight. Winters in Canada tend to be unpredictable, so sign up to receive flight notification updates directly to your mobile phone.

Driving to the airport? Have a parking plan. This holiday season, parking is available at $44.95 per week. A printable parking coupon is available on our website.

Pack smart

While packing bathing suits for a trip to Hawaii is important, knowing what not to pack will make your trip smoother. Packing smart keeps all travellers safe and speeds up the security screening process. Remember that restrictions still apply for liquids, gels and aerosols in all carry-on luggage. Travelling with babies? Formula, milk, baby food, water and juice in small containers are permitted if travelling with an infant two years of age or younger. Visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) website for further details.


Cross off gift wrapping as that extra to-do on your list. Don't wrap gifts for your trip as their contents may need to be inspected during the pre-board screening process.

Arrive Early

Leaving plenty of time for the family to check-in, drop off bags and go through security will keep holiday spirits bright and stress levels low. Once at YVR, there is plenty to do for both kids and parents. Before security, the Public Observation Area has interactive displays and telescopes to watch airport action up close. After security, YVR has a number of children’s areas for kids before their flight. Visit for details and locations.

There are also a host of shops and restaurants for Mum and Dad to take a breath, have a coffee and gear up for a great family holiday. Plus, our 24-hour Customer Care staff and Green Coat volunteers are on-hand to answer your questions and provide information and assistance.

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