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Life Changing Flight Tips to Use on Your Next Family Trip

Life Changing Flight Tips to Use on Your Next Family Trip

Posted by Jenna S. on 13th Jun 2022

Have a trip planned that involves flying with your entire family? Are you already getting anxiety just thinking about your child’s inevitable meltdowns, and the likely headache you will suffer through? You are certainly not alone, and nearly all parents dread the in-flight portion of their trip. I mean, you are basically in a confined tube 1500 feet in the air with nowhere to go. Don’t stress too much as there are tips to help you keep the peace when flying the friendly skies.

#1: Entertain your kids

If you’re flying with young children, it’s important to keep them entertained. Bring along some toys, coloring books, or portable games. You may also want to download some kid-friendly apps on your phone or tablet. This youtube playlist was made specifically for kids traveling by plane, and is a great resource for their in-flight entertainment, but don’t forget the headphones: Find them HERE

#2: Don't forget the stroller

If you have a young child, you’ll probably want to bring along a stroller. This will make it easier to get around the airport and can be used as a makeshift bed for your child on long flights. Just be sure to check with the airline before you go, as some have restrictions on strollers. If you have a child that is too big for a stroller, consider getting them a luggage scooter. kiddietotes luggage scooters make for active fun at the airport, and convert into a conventional roller travel bag. Not only will it entertain your child, it will make traveling fun for them and a lot easier on you. All kiddietotes scooters are TSA- and IATA-approved. They meet all domestic and international flight size requirements, and they fit in the airplane cabin's overhead bins on both small and large planes.

#3: Tips for dealing with toddlers with tantrums

Regardless of how much you painstakingly pre-plan for your trip, a meltdown may still happen. These meltdowns will be frustrating, and you will be in a public place where you may not be able to implement your usual “go-to” form of discipline. Check out this list of what to do when your child has a tantrum while you are on your flight HERE.

#4: Get to the airport early

This is especially important if you’re flying with young children or have a lot of luggage. Give yourself plenty of time to check-in, go through security, and find your gate. If you’re traveling during peak times, such as holidays, it’s even more important to arrive early. Many airports have a play area for kids. Before you leave the house, find out what terminal this play area is located in. These areas are a fantastic way to let your child get a lot of their excited energy out. A full hour of play before boarding your flight could translate into a long nap in-flight.

#5: Bring your own food and snacks

Yes, this one is a no-brainer…kids are quieter when they have something to put in their mouths. However, airplane food can be expensive and not very good. Save yourself some money and bring your own snacks from home. This is especially important if your child has food allergies or special dietary needs. Although food is allowed in the airport after going through security, most liquids are not. Consider bringing an empty water bottle to fill once you have successfully entered the airport. If you wondering about what snacks to bring on your trip, check out this list of snacks toddlers love that are airline-approved HERE.

#6: Dress comfortably

You’ll be sitting in a cramped space for hours, so you want to make sure your child is wearing comfortable clothing. Avoid anything too tight or constricting. Loose, breathable fabrics are best. You may want to pack their pjs in a carry-on in the event it will make them more comfortable for sleeping. If you don’t have room in your carry-on for their pjs, consider having your child bring their own carry-on. Backpack and luggage sets are the perfect solution for your child’s checked bag and carry-on.

Don’t panic. You are going to get through this trip alive. Remember to take deep breaths, and know that you are not the first person, or the last, to fear traveling with young kids. Give yourself some credit for being brave enough to take on the venture.

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