At the ages of two and three, both of our boys are already frequent flyers with a combined total of 32 flights under their belts, pretty impressive when you consider I never stepped foot onto a plane until I was 12 years old. After all that time
trapped in the air with them, I’ve certainly worked out a few things which make our trips easier and even enjoyable for both us and our fellow passengers. With so much great advice already out there when it comes to what you should do when flying with kids – give them something to chew/suck on when taking off, bring their favourite toys and books etc, for something a little different today I decided to share seven of my top tips on what NOT to do when flying with kids which is also my entry in the Virgin Australia Competition for the upcoming ProBlogger event.
Rely on little kids to carry their own bags
They may ask/demand to carry their own special bag and yes, watching your three year old wheel their own suitcase through the airport is cute – but you can pretty much guarantee you will end up carrying it around the airport, so factor it in when thinking about what you will be carrying onto the plane.
Take too much on the plane with you
One of the first pieces of advice many people tell you is to be prepared – which is great as long as you are not over prepared! Yep it does sound like a contradiction but while you do want to take everything you need with you on the plane (including a change of outfit/shirt for yourself – I learnt this the hard way), you don’t want your arms to be full of bags, blankets and teddies as you can guarantee at least one (or often both) of your little people will need/want to be picked up or you will end up carrying their bags as well – see above.
Arrive at the airport too early
It really is a fine line between giving yourself enough time so that you are all relaxed and calm about getting onto the plane versus having cranky kids who have been waiting at the airport for two hours and are already over it.
Juice Boxes are a no go
I like to give our three year old a juice box as a treat/bribe once we are up in the air but after an unfortunate incident (for the person in the seat in front of us) when thanks to a combination of different air pressure and excited little hands squeezing a full juice box too much when opening it, we now stick to pop top bottles that I’ve sipped a little bit out of first.
Bring toys which can’t be switched off
It’s a great idea to give the kids a new toy which will keep them distracted during your flight, however for both your own and others sanity I’d strongly recommend not to buy one which doesn’t have an off switch. Listening to a toy jet engine for 2 1/2 hours is tiring for all involved.
Travel during nap times
It may be unavoidable but if you can try to book flights which don’t coincide with your baby or toddlers regular nap time. No one wants to be stuck on a plane with a cranky and tired little person, especially their parents!
Pack your wipes in the overhead compartment
It’s likely you won’t have any warning before you need wipes to clean up an epic mess, so keep them in arms reach at all times – this was a rookie mistake.
What are your tips for what not to do when flying with kids, I’d love to hear from you!