Tips - Tips For Flying With Children
An airplane trip is very exciting for kids, especially if
they don't often get to fly. If it's been a while since you've
traveled with your children, these tips should help you have a
If you are bringing a stroller along, you'll have to remove
the child and fold it up (the stroller, not the child!) to go
through x-ray. Everyone's shoes will need to come off as well.
If you are trying to manage several kids at once, enlist the
help of the oldest and let them know in advance what is
expected of them. Airport employees are usually happy to help
if it gets too much to handle, and often the people in line
with you will offer to help.
If you have a baby on formula, take a dry powder form if
possible, and add water later. You can buy some water after you
go through security.
If you have a very small child that can sit on your lap you
won't need to buy an extra seat. However, it might be worth the
extra money just to have your hands free. If it's a long
flight, holding a small child on your lap will get
If your kids are bringing carry-ons with games and such to
occupy them, let them know that you expect them to be
responsible and keep up with their stuff. It's real easy to set
it down in the waiting area and forget it, or leave it on the
plane when disembarking.
If you have an infant, be sure to bring a change of clothes,
diapers (bring plenty!), wipes, favorite toys, and maybe a book
or two to read to them or, if they are old enough, for them to
For the problem of ear popping, give the kids a piece of gum
to chew to help relieve the pressure. Some children are not
bothered by it at all.
If you plan to use a car seat on the plane, make sure yours
is airline approved (check for a label on the seat).
Be sure to check in early at the airport. It is said that
there is never a "too early" at the airport, only a "too
Consider a bribe. Dubious but yes it works! Buy each child a
new toy and let them know they can't play with it until they
are on board the plane. This will occupy them for quite some
Let your kids know that while flying they must remain seated
with their seatbelt on at all times unless they need to use the
restroom. If they already expect this rule, it won't be so hard
to enforce once you are on the plane.
Keep your sense of humor! Relax and enjoy the flight and the
excitement of your kids
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