• Emma Andrews

Air Travel Tips for Families


Are you interested in taking a family holiday soon? If you are, you may be looking for some guidance, especially if you and your family will be required to travel by airplane. As stressful as it can sometimes be planning a trip and flying with a family, especially one that is large in size, there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure that everyone has a fun and pleasant time.


One of the first things that you will want to do, when looking to plan a family holiday, is to make your booking early. You will likely be better off when doing so, for a number of different reasons. Perhaps, the greatest reason is the comfort and peace of mind that you may get from knowing that all of your travel arrangements are made and out of the way.


As for packing for your flight, you will want to make sure that your child’s bags are packed properly. Not only will you want to make sure that they have all needed supplies for your holiday, but you will also want to make sure that they have items for the airplane as well. Each person gets to have one carry-on bag. You will want to make sure that each of your kids have one with all their essentials in.


Speaking of carry-on bags for your children, be sure to fill them with fun activities for the trip. What you choose will all depend on your child’s age. For example, younger children may benefit from books and a few small toys. For older children, portable DVD players, handheld video games, toys, and magazines are a great idea.


You will also want to make sure that you have extra snacks on hand and in your carry-on bags. It can get costly to feed a whole family, even just with snacks while at the airport so try to have everyone eat a full meal before you leave for the airport and ensure you have some snacks in your bags.


As for drinks, do not bring any with you to the airport, unless you have a newborn or an infant. If you have a baby, bring one prepared bottle of formula, but make sure to have some dry formula powder with you to prepare during the flight. Drinks, with the exception of drinks for kids, are not allowed past airport security checkpoints and they will have to be thrown away. you will be able to purchase drinks at an airport store, once you are past security.


As for when you arrive at the airport, be sure to stay together. Also, be sure to set ground rules with your children. These rules should include sticking together, not speaking to strangers, and so forth. In fact, you will want to help each other out. For example, if you have an older child, like a teenager, let them help you with finding the right gate, carrying bags, or keeping any younger children occupied. Your trip will likely be much less stressful when everyone works together.


Travelling with children can be a challenge, but if you are prepared and organised things will go a lot smoother, and then you can enjoy your well deserved holiday!


Have you any tips that you use when travelling with your children?


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