Kids On A Plane A Family Travel Blog

 



 Most people are concerned about traveling with kids. I used to, but I’m not sure why now. We’ve done it a ton of times, including taking kids on really long-haul flights from the UK to Australia. I don’t associate it with any atrocities and haven’t in years. No, my kids are not angels; on the contrary, flying has always been fine and sometimes a lot of fun. I lost out on a lot of sleep in the beginning, but that comes with being a parent. The kids are now 9 and 7, and they still enjoy it just as much as I do. Here are some ideas for traveling with kids.


Our Advice for Flying with Children

As long as you and your children are ready and everyone has reasonable expectations, traveling with kids is OK. It may even be fun. Follow the tips and ideas for traveling with kids below.

Full-service or budget airlines?

The majority of this article is about traveling with kids on long-haul, full-service airlines. Budget airlines are fantastic for short trips, but any trip with children, regardless of duration, will be far more enjoyable on a carrier that offers refreshments, food, and in-flight entertainment.

Nobody enjoys cheap flights. Budget accommodations provide limited luxuries, including uncomfortable chairs and pre-ordering or paying for meals. Choose a full-service airline if you can.

Get the kids ready for the flight.

I like flying. For me, having the chance to relax, do nothing, and have delicious food and wine brought to me is a very uncommon occurrence. Budget airlines provide a completely unique experience.

What could possibly be bad about a full-service airline? Try to extol the virtues of flying to the kids for weeks prior to your departure, if necessary.

Don’t warn them that they will have to sit motionless for a long time on the aircraft or anything similar. Think of the good things—eating a lot, watching a lot of TV, gazing out the window at the earth below, and being in the clouds.

It puts them in a good mood so they can enjoy their flight.

Air cots, bassinets, and slings for babies

My kid was 11 months old at the time, tiny enough to sit in one of those air cots that attach to the bulkhead but still a reasonably busy toddler. It was my worst trip ever.

It was unsettling. Every time there was turbulence, I had to wake him up by removing him from the crib and fastening him to my seatbelt.

He was tethered down by a piece of velcro, but I was terrified that he might climb out or tumble out.

The second time I flew with a baby, it went considerably more smoothly. At the same age, I made the decision to carry my second kid from the UK all the way to Australia. A cloth baby carrier or sling was quite helpful. On several flights, including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Blue, and South African, I have used these slings, although others won’t let you. I was not permitted to use it on Jet Star.

Entertainment During Flight

It’s a privilege to be able to choose from hundreds of current movies and TV series when flying on full-service airlines; this is not something I have access to while I’m on the ground.

This may completely astound kids since it gives them complete control over their watching with no need for compromise. Additionally, kids have access to computers at times.

Now that kids are old enough, we do sometimes pay them access to screens on cheap flights, especially if a truly excellent movie that they have been waiting to see is playing.

Compared to the cost of going to the movies, it’s really not that pricey. I don’t badger them to turn off their devices; I just let them watch until their bodies tell them it’s time to go to bed.

Unfortunately, little children won’t be drawn in by screens throughout their formative years; instead, mom and dad must provide amusement.

Short-haul budget flights without a TV screen weren’t a problem for me since I had the good fortune of having an older kid who read voraciously. Instead, I merely spoke, read to, or played games with the little child. They both read these days.

We did once bring a portable DVD player with us before the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson novels were out, but its battery life was short. In general, I don’t like these things, but ours broke fast, and I was relieved when it did.

I’d rather engage the kids or find another method to amuse them. Of course, these days everyone has a smartphone or tablet, so you could simply pre-load one or two movies for your youngster to view. Don’t forget to carry a headset for him.

It was more difficult when kids were too young to lose themselves in a TV binge. Then you need to provide some diversions; in the past, we found that stickers were useful since they provided hours of entertainment for kids.

When traveling with young children, there i no possibility for Mom to watch a movie. Instead, she must bite the bullet and give the kids her whole attention for most of the flight. Since that is what they actually want.

Toddlers are happy when they are moving about the aisles a lot while chattering and jiggling.

On a 10-hour trip, a pretty woman once developed a crush on my 11-month-old and played with him sometimes all the way to London. I adored the woman.

Sleeping on an Aircraft

Their body clocks will be all over the place for a few days following the flight, so I don’t stress too much about what time they go to bed. We will get as much rest as we need when we arrive.

In fact, my children and I can both sleep rather well in economy class. Many airlines now provide fantastic new seats, but because I’m small, I can now feel sorry for those who are 6 feet tall rather than envious of their long legs.

My older child needed to bring a “cuddle cushion,” which was cumbersome but made the trip more bearable for him. To carry it, he has a little backpack of his own.

I had to get over myself and realize that it would be dragged over every floor and surface he could find, and that it would be utterly filthy.

The airline pillows helped my younger kids sleep, but they frequently end up with one or both of them resting their heads on mom’s lap. I still prefer to sit between them on planes because it makes for a much more pleasant journey.

Stopovers with Children at Foreign Airports 

 In the middle of the night, we once had six hours to kill in the airport in Hong Kong. I was afraid of it.

But wait, Mum, we’re in China. What a thrilling thought!

After many hours of browsing the stores and eating at the restaurants, seeing a guy make noodles, perusing exhibits on Chinese art and culture, having fun in a cute small play area, and eventually watching cartoons in the departure lounge, we were still full of smiles and headed for London.

Your kids sometimes take you completely by surprise.

On the same aircraft, I met a woman who had made a hotel reservation at the airport. It was a catastrophe since her children had no intention of going to bed.

After traveling a portion of the distance, you may be able to evaluate how rested your kids will be and anticipate their requirements at the layover airport. The problem is that enthusiasm often triumphs over sleep.

Now that the kids are older, we may sometimes do excursions from stopover airports. Check out this fantastic stopover tour we went on on our Etihad flight from Bangkok to Belgrade.

Eating and Flying For once, it’s a food fiesta, and I just eliminate the items that genuinely appear poisonous since we are fortunate in our family to not have any significant food intolerances.

When possible, I steer clear of the kids’ meals since they often include the most garbage. Since airplane sausages are often very bad, I typically ask for the adult vegetarian alternative.

Actually, I genuinely like the cuisine on airplanes, and I usually order from the Indian vegetarian menu. Although most people are unaware of it and don’t want it, many airlines provide it; yet, for me, it works. Since I’m plainly not Hindu, I sometimes get strange stares, but I like it.

There is nothing worse than weary, cranky kids. Therefore, I never wake the kids up if meals come while they are napping. You may either save them some food for later or go check what the flight crew has to offer as a snack since they definitely need to sleep more at that moment.

Everything you could possibly need in terms of food should be on board; I don’t bring my own snacks, and the kids like getting additional treats from the stewardesses, such as almonds, pretzels, juice, and other items.

The wait staff is often delighted to feed peaceful kids since they like their company. On the majority of lengthy flights, sandwiches, ice cream, and sometimes chocolate biscuits are offered as refreshments. Those small snack trays in foil are something my kids look forward to; for them, flying wouldn’t be the same without them.

Babies are a different story; I’ve travelled for a whole day while carrying a youngster who still needs bottles. Actually, it’s not that awful; the cabin staff are quite friendly and always have hot water available to fill up bottles as required.

Travel equipment for kids

Pushchairs, strollers, prams, car seats, and travel cots are examples of equipment that often does not count against your luggage limit; you are free to bring as many as you wish.

It makes things so much simpler when you can keep your stroller with you right up to the point when you board the airline. Every time, we bring our own car seats.

Although you may sometimes rent them with rental vehicles, I like to always have my own high-quality one on hand.

Even when traveling to nations where car seats are not needed by law, I still bring my older kid, who is now 8 years old, a car seat. For instance, although they are not required in Florida, they are in the UK.

Before you travel, you should research the laws of the country you’re visiting.

Little ones and hand luggage

Take the smallest amount possible!It is not enjoyable to go up and down to the overhead compartment when flying. It’s also not enjoyable to have a lot of clutter in your sitting area.

I try not to bring too many toys since the kids don’t play with them and always leave a mess for Mom to clean up.

Like the gift bags that most airlines provide to kids, I prefer to avoid them since they seldom contain anything useful and I don’t like contributing to plastic waste pollution.

I bring food and beverages with me to the airport, but I make sure we finish everything before leaving. Sometimes, laws prohibit bringing any fresh produce, dairy goods, or beverages through to your destination.

When we are travelling, I let each kid bring along a particular teddy bear, but I try to limit the number of additional toys they may bring along after much haggling.

I bring children’s paracetamol in case I have a sudden fever when flying over Central Asia. I haven’t needed it yet. In order to aid with ear pressure equalization during takeoff and landing, I also bring some sweets to munch. Again, no issues have arisen there.

If necessary, high-quality aircraft restrooms often provide antibacterial handwash and moisturizer. I must still bring hand gel and baby wipes because I cannot operate without them.

I don’t bring a book with me because I find it annoying if I want to read but don’t have the time.

Yes, diapers and nappies are a necessary part of life. It’s not ideal, but it is possible to change diapers while holding a baby on a plastic shelf in a small cubicle.

Even more difficult is trying to wrangle with a soiled diaper while cramming one or more kids between your knees. All surfaces that the kids could contact can be cleaned effectively using those baby wipes.

We once had a clean underwear situation only seconds before boarding a trip to Johannesburg. Fortunately, the departure lounge had a restroom. Some people do, so check that the kids have used the restroom before you approach the gate since you never know how long you could be there.

Since the kids are fully trained now, I just bring one backup piece of clothing for the two of them in case of large spills.

Please don’t spill your bottle of booze on the woman seated underneath your preferred overhead locker if you bring duty-free items onboard. Yes, I did it, and it hurt!

Check-ins, security, and waiting for bags at the airport

They may be laborious at times, but in my opinion, they are the hardest aspect of traveling with kids. It might be easier to maintain order in the line by singing, chatting, or playing activities that include conversing with the children.

Giving children their own work and obligations may also be somewhat helpful. But regardless of how you look at it, it’s not simple.

Screamers and seat kickers

Yes, that does occur. My two continually want to turn around and stand on chairs to observe what the other kids are doing. I find that it occurs more often when other kids are around. I am constantly setting them back down, which makes my mother’s life more difficult.

Because most parents don’t want their children sitting with their feet on the chairs and peering over the seatback, please refrain from playing peekaboo with the kids in front of you.

From the minute we sit down, I keep an eye out for any potential seat kicking and attempt to stop it as soon as possible, before it has a chance to get going. Screamers can be walked, fed, or otherwise diverted.

Not Just the Children!

Most of my kids are doing well right now; they become so much easier as they grow older and don’t like traveling. They are not at all as repulsive or obnoxious as the woman we had to put up with on the whole trip to Bangkok.

She found it hilarious to act out loudly in front of everyone else and toss items about the cottage. Including shouting profanities in front of the ten or so kids sitting in the next row.

Or the passenger travelling to Perth who persisted on sticking her foot over the back of my seat. It’s not only the kids that are problematic; sometimes it’s your other travelers!

A quick conversation in private with the cabin staff may often be helpful; once I had spoken with them, they stopped offering the passengers free drinks.

The Advantages of Flying with ChildrenYou often get priority seating, which entails boarding the aircraft first. This is thrilling for children because they get to see a large, empty plane and a friendly air crew. Before the crowds arrive, we settle down, put our handbags away, and peruse the magazines.

You are often directed via fast track lanes at airports as well. (This is a Bangkok specialty!)

Bulkhead seating is common while traveling with young children. More space for the legs!

They normally move aside if there are any open seats on the aircraft and a poor man has been seated close to you and the kids. That’s a triumph.

Anybody may grin if they can catch a little of the youngsters’ enthusiasm and excitement at the full flying experience as well as the wonder of seatback entertainment. It can be a lot of fun!

After writing the above a few weeks ago, I recently ran across a friend who had just flown with her two kids from Cairns to London. She suffered practically constantly throughout her difficult period. I felt so bad for her. What has to change on our end? It could simply be good luck. My kids aren’t exactly easy, and one of them is a bundle of energy with unpredictable impulses, yet we seem to manage flying just well. Maybe it’s because I extolled the virtues of flying to them beforehand, winning their enthusiasm for the idea. Maybe it simply depends on the particular child? Have any thoughts to share? What lessons have you learned through traveling with kids, so that we may all benefit from one another?

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