The first time I experience flying with kids was when my daughter was around 7 months old.
As a first-time mom, I was scared of the idea of boarding the plane with my child. What if she cry the whole trip? What if she gets bored? What if this happens? What if other passengers get annoyed when she cries? I don’t know if it’s just me but the floodgates of paranoia start to open when it comes to flying with my kid.
But flying should be fun. Yes, I know it is easier said than done but we as parents are in charge of making trips fun and comfortable as possible, not just for the kids but for ourselves as well.
Here are some tips my kid taught me sitting on a plane with her:
1. Check/Update documents
Especially if you are traveling out of the country. Make sure that all requirements are up to date. If your child do not have any passport yet, you can make an appointment with DFA online. You can also check the requirements needed through their site.
Make sure you have all the documents available with their photocopies to avoid any hassle at the airport. Have it prepared on a separate document bag where you can easily retrieve it when needed. Also, do not forget a pen. It’s better to come prepared.
2. Book flight early
And book the flight that coincides with the kid’s nap time. Let’s just hope that they are not too excited for the travel and that flights don’t get delayed, or else you’ll have a bouncing ball of energy with you throughout the flight. Booking early allows you to avail of discounts plus you also get to choose seats for the whole squad.
Remember to double check the price for children as well. Some airlines charge a fee even for children below 2 years of age. Make use of apps that makes traveling easier. Online travel agencies like Traveloka allows you to check, choose and compare rates of flights and hotels. You can download their app and get updates on any booking or flight changes. With kids in tow, being updated is a must!
3. Check-in Early
If traveling with your partner, you can take turns in watching over the kids and relaxing. You can also have older kids help you watch over their siblings. You’ll be cramped in the plane for an hour or so. Allow them to let loose and drain those energy and excitement down for awhile. This will also help you take a breather and not get too overwhelmed of the travel.
Also, practice the habit of counting baggage including your precious ones.
4. Have a separate bag for immediate needs
Bring with you snacks (not sweets or else you’ll hype them up), nappies, and extra clothes for the kids and yourself. You should also have extra sick bags in case of upset tummies during the flight.
Though we need to be armed with distractions to keep kids entertained, I do not advise in over-packing toys. Arm yourself with free downloadable games and e-books instead to keep them busy during the flight. It will save you a lot of room in your luggage.
You should also have sippy cups, bottles or yourself (if you are breastfeeding) ready at take-off and landing. It’s the best time to feed them to help kids deal with air pressure.
5. Dress for Comfort
As for the clothing, remember comfort over style for the kids. They will never care how cute their #OOTDs are if they do not feel comfortable in it. Choose clothes that are easy to put layer on or off depending on the plane’s air condition.
You should also do so yourself. Traveling is a test of patience and you do not want to go on with it with sore toes. Also, you would want to put something that will cause less hassle from the airport security scanner.
6. Keep calm and enjoy the flight
Pat yourself at the back. There are things that you can control and there are things that you cannot. If you’ve done all the preparations, utter a prayer then sit back and relax.
What was your experience when flying with kids? Sound off below.