Flying With Children
Great Air Travel Tips For Moms!
Flying With Children?
Air travel with kids isn’t always easy! I know...even the shortest of flights can sometimes create havoc!!!
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Here are a few air travel tips you can use to ensure a worry free vacation this year.
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Plan for Flying With Children
The best way to avoid unexpected problems is to make sure you pack all the necessary carry-on essentials. This will, of course, vary according to how many kids you’re traveling with and their ages.
Make a list
A good thing to do is make a list of everything you may need. Think of unforeseen situations like a child getting sick or a baby teething. If your flight is short then you don’t have to worry as much, but for long international flights it definitely helps to be prepared.
Anticipate delays while flying with children
You not only need to make sure you have all the essentials for during the flight, but also be prepared for any unavoidable delays at departures or arrivals.
Here’s a list of some things to consider when packing your carry-on bag for flying with children:
Food for babies and toddlers:
Take your diaper bag as you would normally do but make sure it’s stockpiled with foods such as various crackers, Cheerios, or dried fruit and other healthy snacks.
Make sure your toddler doesn’t have too much sugar on the plane, especially on a long flight. For baby, take along any baby food or formula you normally use. It’s always good to take a little extra but you don’t have to overdo it.
For example, if you’re flight is 6 hours then you may want to take enough supplies for 8 or 10 hours (just in case).
If you have kids that need special attention or medications you may want pack these essentials separately. or into one bigger bag so you’re not digging around for it during the flight. You may also want to pack some medicine in case your child develops a fever or headache.
Food for preschoolers and older kids:
Keep in mind that not all kids enjoy airline meals so take plenty of snacks in case they choose not to eat the in-flight meals.
Pack a variety of fun and nutritious snacks such as granola bars, pretzels, cut up fruit, etc. You can also purchase some of these things on flight.
You’ll be able to get drinks on most flights but not necessarily when you want them! Always make sure you have some bottled water or juice on hand.
Change of diapers and clothes:
Pack a bag full of diapers adequate for the length of the flight, and a few more for luck. Don’t forget to include wipes, changing mats, and diaper rash cream. It’s a good idea to pack extra wipes for sticky hands and faces too.
And make sure you pack an extra set of clothes, not only for the kids but for yourself too. It is no fun sitting on a long flight in the same clothes your child has thrown up on. These things do happen and kids sometimes get motion sick on flights.
So when packing a spare set of clothes add one for mom and dad too. Also, pack a few empty plastic bags to put soiled clothes in. These are great air travel Banff tips for your Canada Holiday.
Games and Toys:
Pack a few bright toys like teethers and stuffed animals as well as a favorite book to keep them happy. Make sure all toys are lightweight and safe.
If your child is bringing along a handheld electronic game ask the flight attendants what period of time this can be used on flight. Electronic devices can interfere with aircraft navigational or take off safety system.
Explain this to your child beforehand. Why not spend a while printing out some great at kids games to keep them amused on the journey!
Flying With Children - Older Kids
Once kids reach about 8 years and above, part of the thrill of a plane journey is having their own carry-on bag. We have found that an appropriately-sized backpack for each child works well.
Why not make them responsible for their own bag (check it ensure it's comfortable and not too heavy before you set out). Always give them a bottle of water, snacks, a reading book.
If possible pack the latest copy of their favorite magazine. A great idea is a sketch book and pens to journal in. What a great way to remember the holiday...draw pictures of your day and little notes about your favorite activity. A surprise or two in the bottom of their bag would be fun!
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