#7 – The Right Clothes Make A Difference
Dress your kids in comfortable layers.
Temperatures may change drastically, so the flexibility to adjust is key.
Also, avoid clothes that include multiple zippers or buttons.
Restrooms are small, and attire that comes on and off easily will prevent accidents.
For the parents, wear slip-on shoes to make airport screening a lot easier.
#6 – Consider An Umbrella Stroller And A Backpack
With airline travel, you’re looking to minimize as much as possible.
A backpack and an umbrella stroller can keep your child secure and you sane.
In the backpack include:
- A comfort item (bring more than one pacifier)
- Sanitizer, wipes, diapers
- Art supplies and paper
- Low-sugar snacks
- Kid-size headphones
- Smartphone or tablet
- Small plastic bags for trash
#5 – No Aisle Seats For Kids
Aisle seats can be very dangerous for children.
Heavy food and beverage carts containing hot items are within close reach.
Additionally, you want to keep your kids secure, so they don’t unexpectedly run out of their seat into someone or something.
#4 – Beware of Hygiene
Bring hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes.
Wipe down the tray before letting your child use it, and after the bathroom have the hand sanitizer ready.
Also, do not let your child walk around in just socks. You never know what they will run into on the aircraft floor.
#3 – Use Pull-Ups Whenever Possible
Even if your little one has moved onto underwear, don’t hesitate to buy a package of Pull-Ups when traveling.
You definitely can’t control your child’s bladder or when the “Fasten Seat Belt” light goes on.
Some frequent flyers even report using them on children up to 6 years old.
#2 – Prepare For A Change In Air Pressure
If your child is not old enough or does not chew gum, make sure to bring ample water.
Have them drink some right after takeoff and during the last 30-45 minutes of descent.
The swallowing motion helps to equalize the inner ear, preventing the pain that comes with changes in air pressure during takeoff and landing.
Plus, water is handy for delays and to keep everyone hydrated.
#1 – Bring Surprises (For Both Your Child And The Flight Attendants)
A couple of small, wrapped toys can go a long way.
Kids love to unwrap things, and a new toy can help captivate your child for a sustained period.
As for the flight attendants, a small token like a box of chocolate shows that you appreciate their efforts and patience.
They can be important allies in your quest to fly stress-free.