Air Travel with Children: 10 Tips You Should Know

As the weather starts to get warmer, traveling will become frequent. Before you and your family book your next flight, there are a few things to consider. The biggest issue of all is flying with your children.

Here are 10 tips to help parents with child care while flying:

  1. Pack Extras
    Airplane travel can be hectic at times as well as the occasional food slippage while aboard the plane. To prepare for these instances occurring, bring an extra pair of clothing in your carry-on bag.

  2. Timing is Important
    Be sure to pick a flight that coincides with your child’s eating and sleeping schedule.

  3. Bring a Backpack
    You do not want to deal with an overstuffed bag that may fall off your shoulder when you are ushering a child through a crowded terminal.

  4. Equipment
    Make sure the equipment is travel friendly, such as a stroller, which is easy to fold. That will help with child care.

  5. The Two Hour Rule
    When you are traveling with your children, you should come at least two hours in advance.

  6. Family Lanes
    Many security checkpoints have a family lane that will allow you to pass long lines with being an inconvenience to other passengers.

  7. Snacks
    Be sure to bring plenty of healthy snacks in case delays push off expected meal times. Slice up some fresh fruit and bring some vegetables.

  8. Liquids
    Be sure to put liquids such as baby formula, baby food, juice, and breast milk in your carry-on bag.

  9. Bring a Fun Kit
    To keep your child entertained, be sure to pack crayons and markers in a coffee mug, for example.

  10. Ear Pressure
    Make sure children have candy or gum to help pop their ears during the pressure shifts of a flight.

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Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

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