Holidays are a great way to bond as a family, but travelling on a plane with young children can sound daunting. The idea of a potential meltdown in a confined space with other passengers 35,000 feet from the ground doesn't paint a pretty picture.
That doesn't have to be the case. Like everything else, a little planning can go a long way.
Here are some useful tips for a smoother flight:
- Consider using a backpack as your carry-on luggage. Instead of a suitcase, backpacks keep your hands free so you can tend to your little ones, collect your tickets or flash your passport to the security staff.
- Go for a window seat. Being able to look out the window is an amazing distraction for most children.
- Bring along a bag of surprises. Fill it with colouring books, crayon, small toys, or anything you need to occupy your little ones. This keeps them from acting up out of boredom.
- Dress your children comfortably, and bring extra change of clothes for accidental spills and the likes. A comfortable child is a happy child.
- Pack some snacks with you, in case your children are picky about airline food. As the change in air pressure during take off and landing can be painful for their tiny ear canals, it is handy to have some sweets for them to suck on to relieve the pressure.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help. The cabin crew probably has more experience with children on board than you can imagine.