Sometimes flying, or at least the thought of flying with the children
can give you the chills. However, most of the time, you find that you
will be pleasantly surprised with how well your little one(s) can handle
it and will behave. Read on below for some hints and tips for how to
prepare for flying with children...
Before you leave home
Condition, Condition, Condition
The best way to feel comfortable prior to flying is to explain to your children what you expect of them when in the air. Ask them what their favorite activities would be if they were to be seated for a long period of time, and then practice with a long drive in the car prior to the vacation, obviously for a fraction of the time that you will be in the air (do it perhaps a week before you travel - not too soon before you leave). Just remember, even despite your expectations, flying and traveling is a tiring activity for anyone to do.
There are so many ways that you can prepare yourself prior to flying. Calm yourself by ensuring
that you have packed and prepared yourself well.
If you do not organise yourself well, you will feel nervous that something has not been done, you
have forgotten something or something will go wrong. If you are calm, chances are the family
will be the same.
Refer to our Packing List and Check list prior to traveling.
Apart from planning well for the actual vacation, there are so many things you can do to prevent
any pain from the flight. Here is a list of hints/tips to help you organise the flight...
* Pack your flight bag prior to the day of the flight - including all 'Up in the Air bags'
* Charge AND SYNC the iPads, iPhones, smart devices; every device ready for the flight
* Pack the flight bags with the kids - run through everything they want to take with them and
regulate this over the days prior to the flight
* Remember the coloring pencils, books, paper, favorite toy\(s) and activities.
Decide if you want the Bassinet for baby in the air
If you decide that you want to have a baby bassinet - (believe me, sometimes it is more nuisance than sitting without a bassinet, because of turbulence and being asked to take the baby out; sleeping or not).
Call the airline to pre-book the bassinet row.
Number 1 and most importantly - Go to the Kiosk and buy the Chocolates - for everyone!! This is the time where you don't mind feeding your children treats - after all, we all feel and behave better when we've had some chocolate!
Have everyone go to the bathroom
Whilst you can access the bathrooms on the plane, that first waiting period can make
you anxious, wondering if the children will need to go during the take-off period.
Re-Pack the 'Up in the air' bag
Pack all of the 'Up in the Air' Bags. This is the bag that you want to keep with you in the seat.
Keep a soft foldable bag inside your Bag for this purpose.
Try to keep the children awake for as long as possible
To maximise the chances of the children sleeping during the flight, try to keep them awake
for as long as possible.
When you are ON the plane!
Get organised, get settled - Get the bag up promptly
Get out all of the "Up in the Air Bags" and give them to your children and keep yours with you whilst you are seated. Promptly pack away your main flight bags and settle in the seats with everything easily accessible during the flight.
Things to keep in your 'Up in the Air Bags" can include:
* Passport copies (handy for if you need to complete landing cards during the flight)
* Drinks and nibbles
* Activity items
* Baby items (nappies, wipes, food)
* A pen
Ensure to proactively reward the children with things that you think they would like - if they are behaving as required. This can be a new iPhone/iPad game that you previously purchased when syncing the devices, or sweets/nibbles or whatever you consider an appropriate reward.
Always keep a stash of their favorite treat
Chocolate, lollies... whatever works!
Play Games with them
This is the perfect time to get familiar with the games that the children love to play. Bring
some fun onto the plane by playing their favorite games with them - of course those ones
that don't need too much cleaning up etc.
This is a perfect time to have conversations with the children. Ask them questions about
what they love to do, what they are into!
Take a look at some activities and games that we think are a hit with the kids.
Helping them and their ears
Always keep a handful of lollies for the children for take off and landing time. This will help their sensitive little ears and prevent pain when the pressure levels change. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding baby is the best way to prevent this for the babies.
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