3. Make peace with the screen
We all have an opinion about kids and technology, and the amount of screen time appropriate for young children. However, being confined to a small space with many other passengers drastically reduces the options available for toddlers to create and play. There are no outdoors, and there is no floor-sized play mat; just a seat and an aisle shared with everyone else.
Handheld electronic devices can be incredibly handy for long flights when other activities have been exhausted. These can be loaded prior to departure with favorite movies, shows, apps, and anything else that will engage your child while keeping them calm and contented.
If you are concerned about the amount of screen time your toddler might be exposed to on a long haul flight, follow the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendation for 3-4-year-olds and allow a maximum of one hour at a time, breaking it up with snack time, books or another engaging activity.
Below is a list of recommended electronic devices to pack in your carry-on.
-tablet (iPad, Samsung Galaxy or similar);
-educational gadgets (Leapfrog or similar);
-a power bank.
If you plan on taking any electrical devices, even if it is just your phone, strongly consider including a power bank. Don't be caught out with an iPad with no charge and a tired child. When choosing a carry-on bag, consider the Tern-x bbeez, which includes an ejectable 10000mAh power bank incorporated into the bag, enabling you to stay fully charged the whole journey. Plan ahead and be prepared. Launching soon, visit https://www.tern-x.com/ for more information and join our list.
4. Arrive early
Plan on arriving at the airport with enough time to calmly check-in, make your way through security and find the kids a proper meal before locating your gate well before the boarding call.
There may be some challenges with traveling with young children, but there are also a couple of perks. If you are traveling with a child under the age of 2, take advantage of pre-boarding offered by most airlines. This allows families to board before the crowds, find your seat and get comfortable before the remaining passengers start to board. If your little one is above 2 and your airline does not have a family pre-boarding policy, consider purchasing priority boarding if this is within your budget. This simple move makes boarding with young children a breeze.
5. Be flexible
Try to be mindful that this is not an everyday experience for a young child, and may also be their first time traveling. Release all expectations on when or if they will sleep and how they will behave.
If there is a tantrum ensuing because they want to eat muesli bars for dinner, let them eat the muesli bars. Don't be too hard on them or yourself, and just take a few deep breaths. It will mean a much more peaceful journey, and not just for you. Your fellow travelers have probably all had a loved one in your position, or been in it themselves, so don't feel embarrassed or worry they are being disturbed.
It pays for the flexibility to continue after you land. If there are adventures planned the first day after arrival and the kids are exhausted, don't push it. Re-organize and enjoy a quiet day, and everyone will benefit.
Similarly, if you had planned to use the budget-friendly public transport and everyone is tired and on edge, consider opting instead for a rental car if this is available to you. These will offer your toddler or infant a quiet space to relax and nap. Creature comforts are of very high value when traveling with young children.
With knowledge and careful planning, traveling with a toddler can be a stress-free experience, as eyes open wide in wonder and worlds are expanded. Let Tern-x bbeez the premium family carry on luggage solve all of your carry on problems, allowing you to relax and enjoy the adventure.