Essential Tips for Travelling with Children and Babies
Travelling with children can be a stressful experience but also a breeze when done right – preparation is the key. Why not make your flight and holiday easier for yourselves and your children. These 5 simple tips have been compiled from parents who have learnt from their mistakes on terrible flights or holidays, hopefully their advice will ensure that your next holiday is the perfect break.
1 Research the local area first so you know what to expect and what activities are available for your kids to do. This also guarantees that you do not forget any relevant items or clothing that they might need. You might also want to pre-book some activities to avoid disappointment or even child care ie baby sitter, nursery for a relaxing night off!
2 Top tip - Reduce your packing and excess luggage charges by pre-booking all your baby holiday essentials and get them sent direct to your accommodation with us! Babies under 2 years get no luggage allowance and with excess baggage charges at approximately £15 per kilo plus extra charges for every hold bag taken - our service if highly beneficial. It will also save your precious holiday time scouring local shops for your baby products as most UK brands are NOT available abroad. We even send you a confirmation delivery text before you travel for added peace of mind. In addition you can rent baby equipment and toys to make your accommodation more homely and safe see Baby Equipment Hire Association for reputable companies.
3 Prepare your child for the flight and how to behave at the airport - the last thing you want is for them to run off and get lost. Holiday projects before you go can be fun and educational ie what food to expect, cultures of your holiday destination. Top tip – introduce a reward system, bring pre-wrapped presents (small things puzzles, pencils, plasticine, books etc) to open, good airport behaviour means more presents on the plane, and there is nothing more exciting than new toys! Ipods and DVDs on lap tops are also a great way to keep them entertained. Remember to bring plenty of snacks, milk, wipes and nappies to last the flight, plus their special snuggle blanket/toy to help them sleep. Top tip – sugar free gum is great for sore ears of older children or for babies try and co-inside feeding time with take-off and landing.
4 Select an off peak flight as less people equals less stress! Don’t forget to leave extra time to get through the airport and security, we all know how children can slow things down!
5 Sit in a window seat there is so much to see and it will help keep them occupied - eye spy is an all time favourite! Alternatively if you child tends to have many toilet trips an aisle seat might be better. Top tip - Sit with other families with children of a similar age hopefully they will be more understanding to toddler tantrums and avoid those embarrassing tuts of disapproving passengers! Plus your toddler might make a new friend to keep them occupied.
We hope that these 5 simple tips help improve your holiday and flight; if you have any of your own please email them to email@example.com.