Air travel with children can be stressful, frustrating and exhausting. Contemplating the logistics of boarding, keeping them entertained and unpredictable behavior may have you dreading the flight. Flying with children can include friendly skies and smoother landings with the help of these tips.
Board Early Baby
About the best thing to be said about flying with young children is that airlines typically offer the option of early boarding. This allows you a little bit more space for storing bags and setting your child. Utilize this time preparing your child their own modified containment zone for the next few hours.
Expect To Receive Instructions From The Flight Attendant
Those traveling with a child under two years old (fly free!) should expect to have a personal discussion with the flight attendant. Smile appreciatively while they demonstrate and explain (fairly obvious suggestions) how to properly hold your baby during take-off and landing.
Bring Some Snacks
Even on flights that offer snacks, it is rare your child will want what is offered or may not be able to eat it (peanuts, anyone?). Bring different types of their favorite snacks. This ensures you’re prepared in case you are forced to bribe your child for good behavior on multiple occasions.
Bring Various Activities
Don’t underestimate the need to bring any and all items that may possibly keep your child entertained, for any length of time. Portable movie, music and game devices, headphones, coloring books, markers, crayons, card games and stuffed animals. Really, anything you think might work and extra batteries or charging blocks so electronic devices never die.
Prepare For Ear Pain
Most children will at the very least complain (and worse cause a nightmarish scene full of tears and screaming) if they experience ear pain. This uncomfortable and often inevitable side-effect of air travel causes their ears to pop throughout the flight. Bring gum to chew and suggest yawning to offer some relief.
Sit Apart From Your Partner
If you are traveling with your partner, consider booking seats apart from each other. This allows one person to handle the kids while the other gets a break. When your frustration mounts and patience dips, switch seats for a while. This is a good idea if it is an option for you.