“Find your own way of preparing for long-distance travel with Children and travel becomes that much more fun"
Whether you are a seasoned or a first-time long-distance traveller, preparing for long-distance travel with the children can be nerve-racking. You worry about what to pack, what not to pack, how to prepare for your holiday and then of course how to pack suitably for the airplane.
When preparing for travel, there are many things you can do beforehand to minimise pre-travel stress, from choosing your luggage to packing appropriate items.
How to pack your carry-on bag
Limited space in your carry-on luggage, coupled with the ever-growing number of items that you cannot bring on the plane can make packing your carry-on bag almost like a work of art. Deciding what to bring can drive you crazy with uncertainty, particularly, if you have babies or really young ones.
The most important thing to remember about packing your carry-on bag is to to pack it very carefully. Understand what is typically allowed on the plane and make sure you keep to those guidelines, otherwise you will find yourself in delays at the customs area having to unpack and repack your luggage, or having to throw out items that you did not declare or pack correctly.
Pack every item that goes in your bag within small bags grouped with like-items in a compartment type fashion. (also known as organiser bags, packing cubes etc).
For instance, food stuffs in one bag, electrical items (phone chargers, earphones etc) in a separate bag, baby changing and additional clothing in a separate bag and so on. The goal is to make it simple to access the items you need. You can find these at many luggage and bag stores, and for the inexpensive kind, visit Daiso stores or similar.
Forget to place the items that you are unsure about taking in your carry-on bags in a plastic zip lock bag. Items like creams, make-up, baby liquids and medicines etc.
Carry On Packing List
An appropriate Bag for travel
A good book/iPad
Inflatable neck pillow
Carry on for baby
Foldable Mat for changing baby's diaper
Small bottle of sanitiser
Small plastic bag(s)
Lightweight plastic feeding set
Tips/Hints for Packing your Carry-on Bags (especially with little people)
* Use a diaper bag with waterproof lining and a shoulder strap
* Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane. Take an extra outfit or two for your baby - and an extra lightweight shirt for you - into your carry-on bag
* Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags - the airline will thank you (and prefer this) too.
* Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don't need to look around for tiny socks, shirts etc.
* Take a clip-on reading light (if you prefer to read physical books) - so not to disturb baby.
Preparing for your Flight
Some parents use sweets and some others use games and activities. Preparing for your long-distance flight requires you to be calmer than you typically are, because flying long-distance can take it out of you!
Long-haul flights can make you feel anxious with the possibility of hours upon hours ahead of you in a confined space.
There are some ways to entertain and keep your children happy whilst up in the air, of which can include…
* Remember to pack their favourite toy(s) and activities that you think will keep them busy for at least some time, at least possibly the plane ride
* If you tend to circulate their toys at home (ie: recycle them in and out of storage), bring out the new toy options literally a moment before you travel. This will excite the children and have them believe that they have a new toy to play with
* If your children have iPads, remember to load the iPad(s) with plenty of games, Apps and movies/tv shows. This will possibly reduce your anxiety ten-fold whilst you are up in the air. If you don’t typically allow the children to have plenty of iPad time, this may be that time where you let your restrictions slip somewhat. The kids will appreciate it, and so will you.
Remember to pack the paper, pencils/markers and books for the flights.
Take all of the children to the Restroom at the Gate (with plenty of time spare) prior to flight departure. There is nothing more difficult then having children desperately want to visit the bathroom as you are taking off - when you have literally no control when it comes to bathroom visits.
Feed the children too much junk food before you board the plane - even though it appeases their senses, this will only possibly drive you crazy on the plane with possible hyper activeness - which may lead you to want to tear your hair out trying to settle the children down during mid air flight.