7 Tips When Flying With Young Kids

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Traveling with kids is fun. But boy, it can be challenging, too! 😏

Although it isn’t as easy as traveling alone, traveling with small kids on an airplane need not be a nightmare. It can be a wonderful adventure to look forward to, if you know how to prepare and cope. 😎

From packing to boarding to landing, learn how to make your trip as smooth and stress-free as possible. Trust us, it’s possible! 😁

Tip 1: Choose an early morning departure schedule. 

One way to reduce the hassle and enjoy your trip more is to book early flights. Why? Because early flights are less likely to be delayed or canceled, which means you can avoid long waits at the airport and unexpected changes in your itinerary. Plus, early flights are usually cheaper and less crowded, so you can save money and have more space for your family. And the best part is, you can get to your destination sooner and have more time to explore and relax.

Tip 2: Set expectations with your kids. 

Talk to them about what they might see or experience pre-and-during the flight.

Before the flight, explain to your kids what to expect from the airport security, boarding, takeoff, landing, and baggage claim. You can use stories, cartoons, or puppets to show them how to deal with the scary machines, the grumpy people, the loud noises, and the long lines. Make it fun and educational for them.

Tip 3: Dress your kids appropriately.

You want them to be comfortable, but also prepared for any changes in temperature, weather, or mood. Here are some steps to do it:

Layer up. You never know if the plane will be too hot or too cold, so it’s best to dress your kids in layers that they can easily put on or take off. Think t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, scarves, and hats. You can also use blankets or pillows to keep them cozy.

Choose fabrics that are soft, breathable, and easy to wash. You want to avoid anything that will irritate your kids’ skin, make them sweat, or stain easily. Think cotton, fleece, or wool. You also want to avoid anything that will wrinkle, shrink, or fade. Think polyester, nylon, or spandex.

Pack extras. You never know when your kids will spill something, get dirty, or have an accident. It’s always a good idea to pack some extra clothes in your carry-on bag that you can easily access and change.

Tip 4: Bring a compact-stroller, if needed.

A compact stroller is the best choice for traveling with kids because it saves you time, space, and hassle on your trip.

First off, it’s easy to fold and carry. You don’t have to worry about lugging around a bulky and heavy stroller that takes up half of your trunk or your hotel room. It can also fit it in the overhead bin or under the seat on the plane, train, or bus.

Second, a compact strollers is easy to maneuver and park. You can also squeeze it into tight spaces or corners when you need to stop and rest or take a picture.

Lastly, a compact stroller is easy to clean and maintain. You can wipe it down with a damp cloth or a disinfectant wipe when you need to sanitize it.

Tip 5: Create a list of the things to bring in your hand-carry luggage. 

Bring your kids comfort items in your hand-carry luggage. You may bring gadgets, art supplies, snack so to keep them preoccupied throughout the flight.

Tip 6: Don’t choose aisle seats for your kids. 

Aisle seats are the best choice when traveling with kids because of the following reasons:

Access to the bathroom. You don’t have to worry about climbing over other passengers or disturbing their sleep when your kid needs to go pee or poop. You can also avoid the awkward eye contact and the judgmental looks from the people in the window or middle seats.

Easier to get the cabin crew’s attention. You can ask for help or advice from the friendly and helpful flight attendants when your kid is crying, sick, or bored.

Exit immediately. You don’t have to worry about waiting for everyone else to get off the plane when your kid is restless, tired, or hungry.

Tip 7: Be calm and collected. 

You may hear snide remarks from other passengers, especially once your kid makes a scene. The best way to deal with it is to remain calm. You know you’re doing the best you can, and that’s enough to get you through the flight.

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