First time flying with the kiddos or looking for some inspiration on how to keep them entertained. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help even the most frequent of flyers. Get ready to take off!
Start with checking what family-friendly services the airline has to offer. Little things from advance and priority check-in, reserving seats for your family, pre-booking children’s meals and booking the child-seat and carrycot, all make for an easier start to the flight.
Keep your little ones entertained to avoid any temper tantrums. Pack your child’s rucksack with his/her favorite things like toys, travel games and comic books to keep them entertained. If you have forgotten to do so, ask the airline whether it has activity packs to keep your kiddos busy.
Full tummies are happy tummies! Pre-order your child’s meals to ensure that your little one gets to eat the food that they like, rather than to have to deal with a hungry baby on-board.
Being comfortable on a long haul flight is important for everyone. Make sure your child is dressed in light, comfy clothes. Plane cabins can get cold in the air so it is important that your child is dressed in warm or layered clothes. Pack some socks to keep little feet warm.
Kids feel more settled if they have familiar things around them. For children who find it difficult to sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, be sure to pack their favorite teddy, pillow or blankie to make them feel more at home and fall asleep more easily.
A treat now and again is OK however; on a long haul flight it could be a recipe for disaster. It may be the easiest way to keep them happy, but a child in the middle of a sugar rush can quickly turn into a full-blown family drama.
It is important to always carry a first aid kit to deal with small cuts as well as medicines that your child may need. You’ll all have a happier flight if you can give your child what they need quickly.
The essential item for every parent, the illustrious wet wipe is your go-to for spills on board. Even if your child is no longer a baby, wet wipes are always useful for washing hands, and cleaning toilet seats. So too are little bottles of hand sanitizers to keep the germs away.