Anyone who has traveled with children knows that doing so can be challenging. This is especially true whenever flying is involved. Thankfully, there are several ways to ease the burden of flying with children so that you, your children, and the other passengers can have a more enjoyable flight. Here are some tips that can make flying with children a less stressful experience.
Tip #1 – Be strategic when picking a flight and selecting your seats.
When picking a flight, aim for the earliest flight time available – this will give you the best chance of avoiding lengthy delays at the airport, which can feel especially torturous to little ones who are just itching to get on the plane. When selecting your seats, consider seating your kids away from the aisle to prevent beverage cart injuries.
Tip #2 – Pack with a plan.
When flying with children, avoid the temptation to overpack. Remember – you'll be transporting your belongings while dealing with your kids and having less luggage will make this easier. Also, consider bringing your carry-on items in a backpack so your hands will be free to wrangle your little ones as you make your way through the airport and onto the plane.
Tip #3 – Dress with comfort in mind.
Comfortable children tend to be quieter children, so dress your children in comfortable clothes before leaving for the airport. If possible, dress your children in layers, as layers can be easily added or removed if the need arises.
Tip #4 – Schedule regular bathroom breaks and be prepared for unexpected mishaps.
While at the airport, have your children make regular visits to the bathroom, including a visit shortly before boarding. Though recently potty-trained children should also be encouraged to visit the bathroom, they may also benefit from wearing pullups, as accidents can easily happen in all the excitement. If you'll be traveling with children who aren't potty-trained, it's recommended that you bring one diaper per child for every hour of travel. It's also wise to bring spare clothes (for yourself as well) just in case.
Tip #5 – Bring plenty of entertainment.
Bored kids can be a handful when flying (or during a lengthy delay in the airport), so to help keep boredom at bay, bring along plenty of entertaining items. While electronics like MP3 players, tablets, and portable gaming systems can be great for entertaining children, don't forget to bring child-sized headphones so you don't end up annoying your neighbors.
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