Flying With Children – Life Saving Tips!

Travelling with children is not as easy as it looks like. Everything matters and everything should revolve around your kids starting with planning the entire trip, booking flights, packing, and worst of all, flying. Yes, no matter how much you love and adore them, truth is they could be a handful especially during long flights. Adults get a certain level of discomfort whenever flying a thousand feet above the ground, how much more with children who naturally have short attention span and could easily get annoyed with the minute of things. It could really be frustrating when children start acting up but with proper planning, this can be avoided. So here are a few tips that you can follow in order for you to enjoy flying with your little ones.

 

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  • Know all charges, regulations and schedule of your chosen airline

There are certain rules you need to be familiar with when taking your children on flight. It pays to know your airlines’ specifications from charges to baggage restrictions, this way, you’d know what to bring and what not to bring. Let’s say you plan on having a memorable historical trip down the lane in Johannesburg with your children, you can check with Kulula their flight schedules and baggage restrictions for you to be guided accordingly.

  • Prepare and plan over and over again

There’s no such thing as over the top planning when it comes to bringing your kids with you to your travels. Remember to always have extra of everything: bottles, diapers, wipes, extra clothing, toys and goodies. It is also important to keep them entertained so never leave the tablet behind, I repeat and re-iterate, NEVER EVER leave the tablet behind.

  • Set their expectations

Communicate with your children so they’d know what to expect before, during and after the flight. Describe to them the experience and make them excited about the big adventure you have planned for them. Check in with them from time to time to know what they’re feeling and what their needs are.

  • Be organized

Once boarded and settled in, make sure that you stash all essentials in the seat pockets or under the chair that way you can have everything within reach whenever you need them.

  • Make they’re flying experience a fun activity

Play games with them, go for walks up and down the plane or bring with you coloring books or fun activities you can play with your child. Be creative in getting them entertained. Bottom line is that you do not want them to get bored and impatient during the flight.

  • Bring snacks and something to drink on board

Airlines differ from food supplies so make sure you load up on your kid’s favorite snacks and drink. And if you are traveling with more than one kid, keep in mind to bring with you one for each as sharing is always an issue with them and you don’t want your kids fighting over a bag of potato chips do you?

  • Help them get settled to sleep comfortably

Airplane seats are not the best bet for providing a good night sleep but you can let your child comfortably lie on your lap and tuck them in a blanket. For toddlers, you can follow their bed time routine by having them slip on their favorite pajamas and cuddle with their favorite plushy toy.

  • Never let your kid sit close to the aisle

For safety purposes, have your child seated in the middle. Kids are great escape artists and next thing you know he’s running down the aisle knocking everyone off.

  • Ask for help

Whenever you need assistance with anything, do not hesitate to approach your friendly flight attendants. They are amazing and very accommodating especially when they see passengers who are struggling with their children.

  • Comfort them during take-off and landing

Ascend and descend are the challenging parts of the flight as the ear popping experience is most definitely unpleasant. Help their ears equalize by letting them chew on food or gum, and for infants keep them occupied by breastfeeding or bottle feeding them. Also, cuddle them and let them know that everything will be ok.

While it is stressful and draining to travel with your little ones, the joy and experience that it will give them is priceless. Building memories as a family is far more important than anything else combined so while you can, go out and see the world. Moreover, exposing them at a very young age to different cultures would teach them a lot about humanity. Remember, experiences are the best treasures a person could possess.

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  1. Annie Brooks
    November 27, 2016 / 9:26 am

    A great set of tips here. I always take snacks with on board… I think that is a must

  2. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    November 26, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    So many good tips – I need to keep these in mind x

    • November 27, 2016 / 6:22 am

      Thanks Hannah

  3. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    November 24, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    What a fab set of tips – 100% going to help out anyone who is getting stressed out with kids!

    • November 26, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks Harriet

  4. Beautyqueenuk
    November 24, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    I think these tips would be useful for anyone who is a stressed out traveller too x

    • November 26, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Agreed 😊

  5. November 24, 2016 / 8:00 am

    these are such great tips and i think are definitely relevant to adults! There’s no harm in being extra prepared especially with luggage allowance/liquids in bags. Just saves a lot of hassle and stress when you’re at the airport x

    • November 26, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      Absolutely I always do that too, prepare in advance so that I have a stress free flight

  6. November 24, 2016 / 12:18 am

    Great tips! I don’t have kids, so I haven’t flown with any before, but being well organised and explaining them what to expect sound very much necessary!

    • November 26, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      I am in the same boat no kids but yes snacks, keeping it entertaining and explaining to them makes it better I am told

  7. November 23, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    These are great tips! I’ve never flown with my little ones, as I’ve been too worried! But your tips would really help!

    • November 26, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      I hope when you do you will remember some of these tips

  8. fashion-mommy
    November 23, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I fly quite regularly with my little boy and I agree that if you plan, and keep activities and food on hand, it can be a lovely experience.

    • November 26, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Glad to hear that luv

  9. sarah Lea
    November 23, 2016 / 9:56 am

    These are really great tips! I think making flying a fun experience is the key and of course lots of lovely snacks, hehe. Fantastic post. xx

    • November 23, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Thanks and yes it has to be a fun experience

  10. November 22, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    It’s a great idea to bring your own snacks – it took me a while to realise that you could as I’d just assumed that, like drinks, they’d be taken off you. Taking a tablet to use during the flight is also a good idea for adults too!

    • November 23, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Yes same here, I didn’t think I could take certain snacks on board too

  11. November 17, 2016 / 6:24 am

    Unfortunately we never flew anywhere as kids so I can only imagine the struggle and the fun to be hard dependent on the kids behaviour etc

  12. November 13, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    Great tips! I would always bring my kids new small toys to play with. It seemed to help a lot!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:27 am

      Yes there favourite joys usually does the trick for some and others just having snacks or other entertainment helps

  13. November 13, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Excellent tips. I don’t fly very often, but I would not have thought about keeping my kid in the center seat. That is a really good point. And snacks are totally essential. Thanks for the ideas!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:26 am

      I have seen some parents put the kids on the aisle side which can be the worst idea but again it depends on the age of the child, their behaviour etc

  14. November 13, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    These are all wonderful tips. I have an almost 18 month old who is so active and we might be flying from Europe to the US soon on holiday which will be our first long flight so this is perfect! Bookmarking and pinning.

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:26 am

      I hope this post helps when you fly to the states.

  15. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    November 13, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I’m always so impressed at parents who can travel with kids. I don’t have any kids of my own, but I can barely travel myself! I’m so panicky and stressed out while traveling – I just couldn’t imagine having to take care of others during that process!

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:25 am

      I too don’t yet have kids and give an applause to those who travel with kids and make it look so easy.

  16. Jill Wiley
    November 13, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Great tips! I flew all the time when my now 12yo was little… We had it down to a science! LOL! I always brought activity bags with us… snacks, etc. She was a fabulous traveler so I was lucky!

    • November 13, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Awww how sweet, I hope my future kids will be like that one day.

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