For some of you, this will be your first summer travelling on a plane with your kids. For others, you are seasoned veterans. Whichever category you fall into though, there are always ways to make the drive to the airport, the checking in, the waiting in line at security, and the time to kill waiting for your departure a little easier. We won’t even mention the actual (sometimes very) long and gruelling flight itself.
Ways to Make Flying with Kids Easier
1. Bring a Carry On. This is an obvious one, but sometimes we think we’ve got everything organized, when, in fact, we don’t. A good suggestion is to have a small carry on size back pack for each child, that they can manage on their own. If they are too young, then the traditional, don’t leave home without it, diaper bag is perfect. They can pack their own things to keep them busy on the plane, that way you aren’t digging through three or four bags looking for one item.
2. Be Prepared for Messes. Regardless of how old your kids are, it’s always a great idea to have a small clean up kit handy. Small packs of baby wipes, antibacterial wipes, individual kleenex packs and antibacterial hand sanitizer (small enough to get through security) are all great ways to keep hands and faces clean. Put them all in a clear case with a zipper so things are easy to grab and find when you only have one free hand.
3. Keep Them Entertained. We all know that kids get bored. Fast! A great idea is to pack a small bag of things they’ve never seen before and give it to them on the plane. For smaller children; pack a new picture book, a new toy, and new crayons and a colouring book. For the older kids; a magazine or comic, a new book, and maybe even an activity book of some kind. And, even though they are older, those crayons and colouring book may just keep them occupied until you’ve had your coffee! Electronics with some movies already on it is a great way to eat up a lot of time on the plane as well.
4. Keep Them Fed. As all parents are well aware, when kids get hungry, they get extra cranky. So pack a reusable, waterproof bag or lunch kit with all the goodies that will keep your kids happy and full. We all know that airplane food can sometimes be less then appetizing. Finger sandwiches, packs of crackers, granola bars, chocolate, trail mix, fresh fruit, and veggies with hummus are easy to transport and don’t need constant refrigeration.
5. Keep Them Comfortable. Like everyone on a cramped plane, it’s not always the most comfortable experience. Dress them in layers, so if they are too hot or cold, you won’t be handing over your much needed sweater. Loose comfortable clothing, makes sitting for long hours a little more bearable. Slippers are a great thing to pack, if they refuse to wear their shoes or sandals once they take them off. Those bathroom floors are not the cleanest places. And an extra pair of socks is always a good idea.
Happy Flying and Enjoy Making Memories!