Air travel tips for families flying with kids

Last Updated 1st October 2020
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With cabin fever building around the world, are you interested in taking a family vacation soon? We know we definitely are! If you are and looking for some guidance, you are in the right spot. As stressful as it can sometimes be planning a trip and flying with family and kids, especially one that is large in size, there are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure that everyone has a fun and pleasant time.

One of the first things we suggest doing, when looking to plan a family vacation, is to make your airline reservations early. You will likely be better off when doing so, for several different reasons. Perhaps, the greatest reason is the comfort and peace of mind that you may get from knowing that all your flight arrangements are made and out of the way.

As for packing for your flight, you will want to make sure that your children's bag are packed appropriately. Not only will you want to make sure that they have all needed supplies for your vacation, but you will also want to make sure that they have items for the airplane ride as well. Each person gets to have one carry-on bag. Depending on age, you will want to make sure that each of your kids have one packed with the basics and goodies to keep them occupied during the flight.

Speaking of carry-on bags for your kids, be sure to fill them will fun activities for the plane ride. What you will choose will all depend on your child's age. For example, younger children may benefit from books and a few small toys. For older children, activity books, crosswords, handheld video games, toys, and magazines are a great idea.

You will also want to make sure that you have extra snacks on hand and in your personal carry-on bags. This is especially important if you are on a budget and don't want to have to spend too much money at the airport. It can get costly to feed a whole family at airport prices, even just with snacks. For that same reason and if possible, we always try to have everyone have a proper meal before we leave for the airport.

As for drinks, please do not bring any with you to the airport, unless you have a newborn or an infant. If you are flying with a baby, bring prepared bottles of formula, but make sure to have some dry formula powder with you as well to prepare during a layover. Drinks and liquids, with the exception of drinks for kids, are not allowed past airport security checkpoints and they will have to be thrown away.
When you have arrived at the airport, be sure to stay together as airports are a busy place. Also, be sure to set some ground rules with your children. These rules should include sticking together, not speaking to strangers, and so forth. In fact, you will want to help each other out. For example, if you have an older child, let them help you with finding the right gate, carrying bags, or keeping any younger siblings occupied. Your trip will likely be much smoother and less stressful when everyone works together.

We have had plenty of learnings and been through a mountain of challenges, all the exhaustion, the sleepless nights, the fear of flying with kids and more...

For these reasons we wrote The Travel Book: A Guide To Traveling With Kids for you to share our experiences, in hope to minimise all the stress and anxiety we went through whilst traveling with kids. In this downloadable book, we cover:

- Saving and budgeting for Your Next Holiday
- Tips to Make Any Flight Fuss-Free
- Steps to Packing Light Without Forgetting Important Things
- How to Help Your Child Sleep Anywhere & Adjust to a New Schedule
- Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling with Children
- Travel Games Kids Will Love
- And much more...

Have a wonderful day wherever you are and safe travels.
Authors: Tack & Hoe Ping
Founders of Tern-x, avid travelers and proud parents to two little energetic balls of energy. We create, innovate and marry needs to situations.
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