If you’re lucky enough to be going on a family holiday this summer, these tips for travelling with young children are just for you. Travelling as a family is a very enriching experience, but it can be a challenge for our patience and our nerves. Here’s 9 tips I’ve put together so that you can get to your destination as peacefully as possible.
- Call ahead
Don’t hesitate to contact your airline: being well informed will make preparing for the trip that much easier.
- Arrive at the airport with plenty of time.
You should give yourself as much time as you’ll need to change your baby’s diaper, feed them or take them to the toilet. Remember, you won’t be able to go during take-off and landing as seatbelts must be fastened.
Make sure you have all the necessary travel documents, including a copy of your child’s birth certificate. You can’t be too careful.
- Popping ears
To prevent their ears from hurting from the change in air pressure at take-off and landing, it’s a good idea to give your baby a bottle or a dummy. If your child is older, have a chewy sweet on hand.
You can take a pram to the door of the plane, where it will be taken by the crew, deposited in the hold and given back to you on arrival. All prams, even including folding strollers, are not allowed in the cabin and must be put in the hold.
Don’t travel with heavy hand luggage. Your hands will be full enough with the kids!
- Come prepared
Put everything you need in one bag and keep it handy. Don’t forget to bring toys (avoid musical toys if you can’t keep control of the volume), diapers, a change of clothes, medicine, food and many, many wipes.
- Comfort them
Make sure your child is comfortable. Dress them in comfy clothes and bring a blanket so they can get some sleep on the plane.
- Other passengers
Be extra nice to other passengers! If you are, they’ll be more willing to endure bouts of crying and numerous trips to the toilet.