Tips for Easier Flight Travelling with Kids
It’s the summer season, time for a big fat holiday trip with your family. If you are flying with your kids, you might be worried on how the journey would be like … Will they scream the entire flight? Will they sleep? Will they get restless? You don’t know. But parenting is all about staying prepared for the worst but not any more since Travestore has collated some tips for you readers on how to survive a plane journey with kids so you feel prepared for the takeoff!!
- CHECK THE FLIGHT PRICE FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE
Although most airlines allow kids below 2 years of age to fly free along with parents but double check with the airlines, as you never know when the rules change, as they have limited seats for minors in the plane. Plan in advance the flight, ticket cost & other regulations way ahead of time.
- CHECK IN EARLY
Although web checkin’s have made life easier, you may not get your choice of seats. So catch a cab early to the airport & place your request of seats. Also, it will keep you at ease as you are not hushing around with your luggage & kids together.
- ASK KIDS TO CARRY THEIR SMALL LUGGAGE BAG
This is crucial but most parents fail to understand. You need to train the kids from young age on the mannerisms & procedures that goes for boarding a plane. Ask them to carry their cute little bags which may contain toys, wipes, bottles, diapers & most importantly, pair of clothes. Kids also would enjoy pushing their bags & be responsible.
- MAKE REGULAR TOILET VISITS
Kids no matter how much u say may hold their bladder for long time & then suddenly would run around to pee. So make sure they go to the toilet immediately before getting on the plane. Don’t give them too many fluids either or they’ll be up and down to the toilet all the way to your destination – extremely annoying for the person in the aisle seat! This is sensible advice for adults too.
- ARM YOURSELVES WITH SNACKS
Make sure you carry plenty of snacks that your toddler likes. You never know at any given point in time they may get cranky when hungry. So, until the flight meal is served, feed them off with snacks.
If your kid is a toddler, give him/her a bottle of milk. The reason is it will distract them because they are belted, but also equalizes pressure on the ears.
- HAVE QUIET ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Pick a couple of their favorite books & read it out to them or carry few drawing & coloring books. These small activities would keep them occupied for a longer time.
Also, carry your own tablet or phones which are loaded with games, cartoons, songs which will help them overcome their restlessness.
- TAKE A WALK
Sounds weird, but every hour just take your child for a walk up & down the plane (suitable for long distance flights). Not only they would be able to release their energy but will also draw attention from co passengers who would love to play with the kid.
- MAKE THEM FEEL COMFY
Ensure your kids clothing is soft & comfortable. Carry a blanket, you never know the plane’s air conditioning may demand for one. Comfort them with hugs & lullabies to get their anxiousness out. Get them to snuggle near the window seat. You never know when they would fall asleep.
- HELP THEIR EARS ON LANDING
Babies have not yet developed their ability to equalize eardrums naturally. So you may often hear babies weeping & crying while the plane is landing. Give them milk or get them to suck on a dummy. For kids who are older but witness difficulty while landing you can give them something to chew at.
Last but not the least, we believe every parent should …
- COMMUNICATE / TALK
It’s very important to keep your kids excited about the entire journey. One has to constantly speak about the experiences involved while flying so they know what to expect. Inform them on the entire process involved from checking in, to boarding, to flight meals, entertainment etc. It creates excitement & also makes them feel responsible. In addition, you can also make them watch movies & cartoons & build their confidence.
I hope these tips will be helpful to you mummies & daddies. Plan well & make your & your kids travel stress free.