Here's why you'll want to pack a few balloons the next time you take a trip with your kids, whether they're babies or teenagers.

By Hollee Actman Becker
June 01, 2017
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Yesterday, we gave you a little piece of advice from the funny ladies behind the #IMomSoHard videos regarding traveling with kids—If they're under the age of 5, just don't do it!

And while we are totally down with this plan in theory, we all know there are times when we simply have to get from Point A to Point B with our litle ones in tow. Which is why we are loving this cool new parenting travel hack posted by a mom on Reddit that involves nothing more than a handful of balloons:

"Travelling with kids?" she wrote. "Bring some balloons with you. They take up no space, and are great for airports, especially on the way home when the kids are sick of all the toys they brought. "We've played with them in a hotel room when the kid [sic] need to get energy out . . . When I had a plane that was delayed at O'Hare, I was able to whip out a balloon that was in my carry-on and blow it up. We found a gate that was empty and played volleyball over the seats for 90 minutes before the plane boarded. There's almost infinite games you can invent with a balloon, and they work as well for 15-year-olds as they do for 2-year-olds. All hail the great balloon."

So smart! This is one parenting hack I cannot wait to take out for a test drive. And actually, my husband and I are flying to Florida tomorrow morning with both kiddos so BRB—gotta go make a quick pit stop at Five Below to scoop up some of these babies before take off!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.