Top tips on surviving a long flight with children
For many parents, the idea of flying with very young children and toddlers can be a source of major stress. While there arenÔÇÖt any fool-proof methods that will make your flight experience a smooth one, there are however, some tips you can follow to make travelling with infants and children easier.
If your children are a bit older say, three years or above, then include them in the planning and preparation part ÔÇô they will love it and will be better prepared for the journey. Make sure you get your travel card loaded up and lock in the exchange rate, to save money. This is make you feel good and ready to take on any mess.
Reaching the airport
If you are travelling with children in tow, then make sure you reach the airport well ahead of time. Getting through the security at the airport is a time consuming process, so ensure you have enough time to spare. Make all your payments through online transfers to save time.
Depending on the availability, it is always better to take a night flight. This way your children will get conditioned to sleep for a large portion of the journey. Book your flights from reputed sites, to ensure ease of transaction.
Children can be picky eaters and even though you will get food on your flight, itÔÇÖs always wise to pack some snacks for your children, in case they do not like the food. Avoid sugary foods and opt for snacks like biscuits, dried fruits, or chips.
Exercise a.k.a tire them out:
Before you board the flight, find a play area or an empty gate area for your children and let them play a lot. Give them enough exercise, so that by the time they board the flight and it takes off, they will be too tired to run around and might sleep off. Use this chance to find an ATM kiosk and take some cash out using your travel card.
Select your seats:
If you are travelling with an infant, then request for a bulkhead seat. This allows you to keep a bassinet cot for your baby, and you donÔÇÖt end up carrying him/her the entire flight. It also ensures you donÔÇÖt have to worry about your toddler kicking the seats of the people in front of you.
Load your iPad or tablet or your phone with kid-friendly movies to keep them entertained throughout the journey.
One at a time:
Do not provide your kid with toys or books immediately. Let them take in their surroundings and spend few hours enjoying the sight outside the window or people-watching and then give them their toys or books, one at a time.
If your child is prone to nausea then make sure you pack some biscuits or ginger candies which can help them with that.
Since no two experiences are the same, you will probably need to come up with ingenious ideas every time you travel with your children, however following the tips we mentioned above will help make things easy.