YAY! School’s are almost finishing, some already have!
Many families will be heading of to the airport with excited children and excited husbands in tow. Or if they are like my Hubby he will be grumpy all the time and moan until we land at the otherside!
We have been travelling with Bear since he was 18 months old and Bell was 8 months. So my tip’s are a mix of ages from 8 months to 5 years.
Here are my top tip’s for travelling with children.
- When Booking your holiday, select a night time flight. Why are you mad I hear you say? Yes I thought that too when somebody suggested flying at night BUT oh my goodness it was great Bear and Bell slept most of the flight! Which meant I managed to get some shut eye to, by that a eye half open to make sure Bear didn’t jump up and down and cause havoc.
- On the plane try and pre-book your seat’s you will be able to book your seats to be near the toilets (I know but if you have a child who is just toilet trained it will help) or near a exit if you have a baby so you can be first off the plane.
- Book valet parking if you are driving, you can drive straight up to the airport door unload and walk in and not worry about parking your car . And it is also brought back when you land. So easy with children!
- Pack Plenty of snacks! You can not take drink’s through the security area unless its baby milk or a prescription. Be prepared to be ask to try it too! Baby milk tastes awful! Packing plenty of snack’s will keep little ones distracted whilst you queue up and go through the check points
- Wrap up small toys with very few bits, We love the 99p shop for this. It is great idea for children as they won’t know what they have got and it will keep them busy for about 10 minutes.
- Pack books, coloring books and stickers so so handy!
- Change of clothes, make sure they are easy to get off and on. Also wear layers as aeroplanes and the airport can go from hot to cold due to the air conditioning
- Changing baby in the toilet of a plane is very tight. So just take a Clean nappy and wipes, If baby needs a change of clothes (we have all been there!) strip them down to the nappy and get them dressed in the seat instead its a bit more spacious. Also change baby just before you board especially if its a short flight, baby should be fine. Also have more nappies than what you may need as you could be delayed.
- Ensure Ipads/ tablets are well charged, short flights seem not to put on any movies.
- If you do, do a night flight change your Little one’s in to their pajamas just before you board the plane, as you will be landing at night time, if a short flight, and when you get to the hotel you can just put them to bed without having to change them. Also if they need a change of clothes you can just put them in the clothes they were wearing.
- If your child is old enough I would say 4 plus. Encourage them to do small jobs at home to get some holiday spending money for the airport or whilst on holiday. It will make them appreciate it more.
Packing with children. I personally found it a nightmare as I didn’t know what to take.
here is my run down for a 2 and 5 year old. Obviously each child is different.
Bears Holiday Clothes list
4x causal t-shirts and 3 x causal for shorts
4x evening t-shirts/shirts and 3 x smart shorts
3 x swim wear (one is a total Uv protection suit)
7 x pants
3 x socks
1x flip flops
a drinks bottle
1x beach towel
2x sunhats just encase one fulls in the pool and gets wet!
Bell’s holiday check list
4x swim suits
4x Evening dresses
2x causal dresses
3 x t-shirts
3 x shorts (including a smart pair)
1 x smart top
10 x knickers (we still have the occasional number 2 accidents)
a drinks bottle
hair bobbles and hair brush
In their hand luggage. They both have the same so will just do one list.
- Coloring book
- dot to dot for Bear and Sticker book for Bell
- Sticker book
- A pencil case full of pencils
- a water color book
- little drawing board
- spare comforter (don’t forget to pack one at the top of the suitcase just incase you forget it!)
- Usborne 100 things to do on a plane (for Bear)
I have had people come up to me after flying (three countries) and all of them asked if we were actually on the flight as my children didn’t make a noise. ie screaming, kicking seats and shouting. I felt very proud.
Do you have anything thing planned for your summer?