Flying with Children – tips for stress-free travel

We haven’t had the opportunity to fly as a family yet, but hopefully we can get that chance soon. If Cara had her way, Paris would be the destination. My girl wants to see the Eiffel Tower. One day, my girl. One day! I’m not sure we’ll survive a flight to Europe on the first go, so perhaps a local ‘test run’ like Travelstart’s return flights to Cape Town will be a fun experience for us all. Plus we can visit a few friends that we haven’t seen in years. These top tips for flying with children will come in very handy when we do.

Flying with Children – tips for stress-free travel

Flying with Children – tips for stress-free travel

Travelstart recently sent through their top tips for flying with children and the info is invaluable! Especially if you will be flying with babies or toddlers. Make sure to save the below infographic.

Flying with kids

Travelstart really has a few fantastic tips here!

Number 1 for Cara would be the fully charged tablet. This child is obsessed with her tablet. I think it would also be a great idea to load a few new games and movies as a surprise. Also pack your child’s own headphones. Then you know that they fit perfectly and if they are noise cancelling, even better.

Small gifts are also a great idea. Who doesn’t like a pressie? Gifts like family-friendly travel games and a new colouring or activity book should work like a charm to keep boredom at bay.

I love the tip about the chewy snacks to help alleviate inner ear discomfort. This is one that I never would have thought of myself. Make sure to pack loads of snacks. And if you kid isn’t sensitive to sugar, pack that favourite treat. Who hasn’t used a sweet treat as a bribe now and then? Come on; you know you have ;)

Other items to pack include wet wipes, an extra set of clothes (because that dreaded spill WILL happen if you’re not prepared – Thanks Murphy), socks and a favourite blankie, teddy or small pillow if your kid has one of those.

If you child is old enough to understand, I think its best to have a long chat before the flight. Talk to the kids about manners and the fact that they have to be considerate towards all the other passengers.

My last tip may be the most important one. If you have done all you can to ensure that the flight runs smoothly, ignore any and all condescending jerks that may be on the flight with you. Most people are very understanding, but there are a few… Kids will be kids and flying can be a stressful experience for them. Especially the little ones. If the kids start acting up and you’ve already tried everything – just smile and wave, mom and dad. Smile and wave.

Travelstart asked a few parents how they manage to get around flying with their children and here are some of their top tips.

If you have any additional tips, please feel free to share.

Planning a trip? Why not check out Travelstart’s Cheap Flights From Johannesburg To Cape Town

Happy travels!


Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with Travelstart.

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