Five Stress-Free Tips When Flying with Kids

Traveling with kids can be a challenging experience, especially when it comes to flying. The thought of long queues, security checks, and confined spaces can make any parent apprehensive. However, with a little preparation and a few essential tips, you can ensure a stress-free flight with your children. In this article, we will discuss some practical strategies that will help you make your next flying adventure smooth and enjoyable for the whole family.

1. Plan, Plan, Plan

Align with your child’s schedule

Planning is crucial when it comes to flying with kids. Make sure to book your flights during a time that aligns with your child’s sleep schedule, as this can help prevent fatigue and tantrums. When booking my flights, I tried to schedule them during my 2-year-old’s nap time. It helps that she was asleep through a significant portion of the journey, and gave me some time to watch a movie or rest. It would also be helpful to choose seats that provide extra legroom or are located near the bathrooms. 

Dress Comfortably

Comfort is key when it comes to flying with kids. This applies to you and the kids. Dress them and yourself in soft, breathable clothing and choose shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Layers are also a great option, as the temperature on the plane can fluctuate. Security checks can be time-consuming, so wear shoes that are easy to remove, limit your carry-on items, and have all necessary documents easily accessible. I had gotten myself a carry-on bag that not only allow me to easily access all important documents but is lightweight and has several compartments to keep my items in place. 

Pack Wisely

It is also important to bring an extra set of clothing for your children in case they dirtied themselves during the flight. Not forgetting to pack along in your carry-on bag essential items such as diapers, wipes and snacks. You could also consider packing some coloring books, small toys or electronic devices to keep your little ones occupied during the flight.

2. Take Breaks and Stretch

During longer flights, it’s essential to take breaks and stretch your legs. This not only helps the adults but also gives the children a chance to walk around and release some energy. Use these opportunities to explore the airplane, visit the restroom, or simply stretch in the designated areas.

3. Keeping your children occupied on the plane

Prepare a little surprise for them

One of the ways to keep your children occupied while on a flight is to prepare a little surprise for them. For me, I had prepared a little goodie bag with an assortment of different toys to keep them occupied during the flight. Each of my children has a small tote bag and in it contains 5 little toys I had gotten from shopee. I had prepared a colouring tote bag and also included a set of markers as my kids enjoy colouring. However, if you think that the markers would create a mess, you could also prepare mess-free markers like Crayola Ultraclean Broadline Classic Washable Markers. This inexpensive gift was offered during the flight (not at the very beginning) and it was relatively lightweight, compact and noiseless. My children were surprised and delighted by their goodie bags and they were entertained by at least an hour during the flight.

Allow screen time

We cannot deny that screen time is a very effective way to keep children occupied and it also allow parents to get some me-time during a long flight. However, it is not without problems if children get addicted to screens. Hence, I only resorted to screen time when my two year-old started to become very fussy and might create a ruckus. You can bring along a tablet with appropriate videos, movies or games for them to watch or play, along with a set of kids friendly headphones like the iClever HS19 Kids Headphones. Some airlines also have children’s programmes provided.

Bring snacks and stay hydrated

Pack a variety of snacks that your children enjoy, as well as some healthy options. Snacks can not only keep them occupied but also help with ear pressure during takeoff and landing. Additionally, staying hydrated is important, so make sure to bring water bottles and ask the flight attendants for refills when needed. I had prepared fruit pouches, yogurt melts and organic chips that I felt comfortable for the kids to consume and which I think my 5 and 2 year-old will enjoy. 

4. Conclusion

Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, especially when flying. By planning ahead, packing wisely, and adopting a positive mindset, you can make your next flight enjoyable for the whole family. Remember to prioritize comfort, stay organized, and keep your children entertained and nourished throughout the journey. With these essential tips, you’ll be well-equipped to handle any challenges that may arise and create a stress-free flying experience with your kids.  Most importantly, remember to enjoy the journey with your children. Do not be too stressed out by it as flying can be an exciting adventure for kids. So just relax, embrace the experience, yes even those meltdowns, and it will be a worthwhile trip!

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