For many, flying with a family can be a daunting experience especially for those who are not regular flyers. However, the lovely people at Schofields have put together some travel hacks which can help prepare you for both long and short haul flights with young children, which will hopefully take some of the stress out of your trip, meaning you have one less thing to worry about while you are away.
Covering everything from booking the seats to arriving at your destination worry free, these 12 simple ideas are easily implemented and can be slightly adapted to suit children of any age.
When flying with a family, the age old advice of “the best defence is a good offense” rings true. Being prepared will allow you to pre-book seats together and avoid a last minute packing frenzy meaning you are able to prepare and put extra clothes in your hand luggage which will be useful if there are any accidents on board. Also, taking time to decorate your luggage with stickers or ribbons will make it easier to spot at baggage claim, and if your kids know what the luggage looks like, a boring experience can be turned into a fun game of “Who can spot our luggage first?” Taking time before you fly to download the airline’s app and making sure you have an electronic boarding pass will mean there is one less thing to keep track of when you are passing through security. Also paying that little bit extra to fast track through the airport will help stop your children from getting bored… for a little while.
Feeding your child during take-off is a brilliant way to not only distract your child but means that you don’t have to worry about their ears popping as the pressure changes. Also, giving your child the window seat means that not only can they while away the hours looking out the window, but it means they are contained, reducing the chance of them running riot up and down the aisle.
Above all, the most important thing to remember is to keep calm. Your children take notice of your body language and will pick up if you are tense or nervous and this will make them tense or nervous too. If anything goes wrong, you offering a genuine apology can help get your passengers onside, and if not then the chances of you seeing these people again is slim, so don’t let the stress of what might be ruin the start of your vacation.
So take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy your flight.