Travelling with children can be nerve-wracking no matter whether you are going near or far.
Although some kids have traveled since birth and are total pros at it, it still is a change from the everyday routine and opens a door for anxiety, uneasiness, rampage even. Some handle it easier, some not so much. Some might have a fear for flying, some just feel agitated inside a plane, away from home and the familiar. Some sense the nervousness from the parents and act upon that. Some run around, fuss and fight. Some sleep from the the moment they enter an airplane.
And some are just cool as a cucumber. They sit back and enjoy the ride.
I interviewed a few ‘cool cucumbers’ and got some first hand tips for successful KIDDIE AIR TRAVEL:
1. Start preparing early
Get your own backpack out. Decide what to bring. Plan ahead.
Pack, unpack, pack. Feel free to do it as many times as necessary. It is a lot of fun!
(parents – always check your child’s belongings before leaving home! You don’t want any unpleasant surprises at the security check).
2. Back snacks
Although airplane food is good (yes, they all agreed on this!) and fun to eat, it’s important to have some own snacks too. It could be fruits, veggies (ready peeled and diced), cheerios, nuts, pretzels etc. Or even something more hearty, if it’s a long flight.
A juice box, small milk carton or water bottle is also a must (but remember that liquids you can add only after the security check).
3. Bring lots to do
Crayons, note/colouring books, games, stickers (everyone’s favorite), magazines, never seen before books etc. Arts & crafts stuff.
All this is easy to fit in a relatively small space and has a great time consuming factor to it. The good old tic-tac-toe is also a great game to play onboard!
4. Don’t forget your cuddly toy or blankie at home
It’s absolutely essential to have something super soft and cosy next to you on those midnight hours when you’re trying to sleep in an unfamiliar environment. If there is no such thing as a favourite soft toy, then bring a warm sweater, small blanket or a pillow instead. Not always is there one for all passengers!
5. Take some toys, but not too many or too big.
Some toys are better than others to bring to an airplane.
Toy cars are good, legos are not (you’ll drop and loose them). Large dolls might not be a good idea, but then again Barbies are perfect!
Bring the one you love and play the most with. And it will be nice to have with you all holiday.
6. Get electronical
Don’t underestimate the importance of modern technology! Tablets, portable video games and DVDs… All this equals to its weight in gold when all else has failed. And mom and dads, if you are otherwise particularly strict on the playtime, on the plane it could be a good idea to let loose a little bit. These devices can provide you with the peaceful moment you need.
7. Stay happy!
Tip that all kids agreed on:
Stay positive. Stay happy. Enjoy your flight. Don’t get angry and let us have some candy. Candy is important!