Families that travel together can help their kids grow by exposing them to new experiences, teaching them about other cultures, and giving them the gift of valuable family time. However, taking kids on the road or on a flight can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled some of our best tips for traveling with kids to help make your next trip successful!
Pack the Necessities
Here is a checklist to help you prepare if you’re taking the kids on a flight:
- Comfort items: When traveling with a baby who uses a pacifier, it’s a good idea to bring a few replacements in case one gets dropped, lost, or thrown across the cabin.
- Sanitary supplies: Bring diapers, pull-ups, sanitizer, and wipes. It’s suggested that you bring one diaper for every hour of travel.
- Mobile devices: Put all your kids’ favorite shows and movies on them. A headphone splitter will allow them to share a phone or tablet.
- Art materials: Taking a small box of crayons and some plain paper might be helpful.
- Airplane bed: One like this can be useful for long flights!
- Low-sugar, organic snacks: Great options include granola bars, string cheese, almonds, pretzels, cheerios, and crackers. These will keep your kids full and happy — with any sugar crashes.
- Water: Flying can be dehydrating, so make sure your little ones drink regularly throughout the flight.
Get ready for big temperature changes. Put your children in loose, warm clothing that can be easily removed for trips to the restroom. It’s also best to wear shoes without laces and use slip-ons.
Getting on the Plane
If you’re flying with a partner, have them use the priority boarding to get on with all your baggage and get settled, while you wait with the kids; then, you board at the very end of boarding to minimize the kids getting restless before you’ve even taken off!
Exploring the world together is a great way to expand your child’s horizons and develop their curiosity. Even if things don’t go exactly as planned, your family will cherish the memories you make together, and before you know it, you’ll be making plans for your next adventure.