Are you planning on traveling with a small child or children soon? Have you prepared yourself for the worst while maintaining an attitude of optimism that things will turn out for the best? If you’re the type of person who prefers to plan ahead, making a few preparations in advance helps make travel with little ones in tow much easier.
Traveling As A Family
Here are some tips that make traveling with small children smoother:
- Keep them dry and comfortable. Pack a change of clothes for babies and toddlers. Make sure to have enough diapers, wipes or training pants on hand to get through a flight without an accident. Make sure to pack an extra shirt for you as well just in case there is a problem before you reach your destination. You can easily have your spouse hold the child while you change quickly in the airplane bathroom.
- Make sure that they’re fed. A hungry child is seldom a happy child. Make sure to pick up some snacks at the terminal. You want your little ones to have a full tummy before landing. That way they won’t be irritable while flying. Remember that there are other people on the flight wanting to unwind. A screaming baby or toddler makes it very hard to relax.
- Keep them entertained. Books and toys are great ways to distract kids so that they feel good outside their normal environments. Imagine how stimulating the experience of flying is for them. That’s why it’s important to make your child or children feel as comfortable as possible. It will make your trip even more pleasant for you and those around you.
- Employ the buddy system for kids that can walk on their own. If you have children that are ambulatory, you’ll want to pair them up with an adult. One child walks with one parent while the other child walks with the other parent. That way no one gets lost while shuffling through the airport.