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Flying with children can seem like a daunting task, especially when you know how bored or antsy kids get even in the car! However, a little planning can go a long way towards a more enjoyable flight. Researching the rules of flying with children and making sure your children know what to expect can eliminate unnecessary stress for parents and children. Here is some advice on making sure that family flight doesn’t cause any fights…
Prepare children for the flight
If you consider the amount of adults who are scared of flying then it’s no surprise that children can be just as anxious of plane travel, especially if it’s their first flight. Preparing your child for a flight is one of the best ways to help eliminate fears. Talk your child through exactly what can be expected including security checks, boarding the plane and the flight itself. There are films available specifically designed to alleviate children’s fears about flying, and these can be watched by parents and children together.
Know the air flight seating rules
If your child is under the age of two then this will actually be a bonus when it comes to obtaining cheap holidays. Children under two years old are permitted to sit on a parent’s lap for the flight duration and this usually means discounted flights or even free travel for the child! Children over two years will get their own seat. It may be worth enquiring with the airline you are flying with – especially for longer trips – if they supply bulkhead seats or bassinets for infants.
Entertainment for the kids
There’s nothing worse for children than long trips, whether by car, train or plane. If you want to keep children happy make sure they are entertained throughout the trip by allowing them to bring a toy or book. Small tablet PCs are one of the best ways to keep children entertained and can hold multiple movies and plenty of music for long air flights. Just don’t forget to tell them about the rules regarding switching off electronic gadgets during take-off and landing.
Travel light if possible
You certainly don’t need the extra hassle of excess baggage if you are already traveling with children. Try not to bring more than you carry and use bags with straps that can be attached to the body. If your children are of the age where they can carry their own bags, backpacks are preferable, then this will help to ease the strain when traveling to and from the airport.
How do you manage when it’s time for the family holiday? Do you have any tips for traveling with young children?