Traveling on an plane with your family will normally be faster than driving, but airplane rides have the same amount of issues as driving. Here are a few things to remember when flying with a family of kids:
1. Leave home early- You don’t want to be rushed getting to the airport so make sure that most of the packing is done the night before. Enjoy a good breakfast and as much play time as possible before you have to go to the airport. Give yourself enough time for the drive, checking in, and getting through security.
2. Park- Have someone take you to the airport who is willing to park in the parking lot and help you with your luggage rather than drop you at the curb. This may cost a bit of money but it is worth it too not be hurried by other cars and curb attendants.
3. Check car seats and strollers- Check large baby accessories with your luggage. Typically car seats and strollers fly for free. Checking them with your bags will guarantee that they get a tracking number and all the right tags, which will be helpful if something is lost. Checking these things right before you get on the plane is okay too, but they won’t get tracking numbers attached to them.
4. Pack amusements- Have a bag just for your child, a backpack that they can carry or roll is best. In the bag make sure that there are loads of activities to keep your child pleased and entertained during the trip. Snacks are also a good idea. Most airports will allow dry food snacks through security. Also pack an empty water bottle that you can fill up at a water fountain after you get through security. If you can pack toys that make little noise so as not to bother other passengers, but if a little toy that beeps and sings keeps your child from crying I’m sure no one will mind in the long run.
5. Diapers and Milk- If you are traveling with a baby that is still nursing or on bottles and wearing diapers make sure to bring plenty of both. Baby food and bottled milk is not subject to the four ounce liquid rule in most airports, but check each one you are flying through just to make sure. Also do diaper changing at the last possible moment before you get on the plane…some planes do not have diaper changing areas.
6. Bathroom Stop- Make sure everyone in the family goes to the bathroom before getting on the plane.
7. Playtime- If possible, let your kids run around and be relieved of as much leftover energy as possible before boarding the plane. Some airports have play areas…make the most of them.
8. Get to the gate early- Get to your gate with plenty of time to spare so that you will be around if they offer pre-boarding for families with small children.
Aaron Garcia has been to dozens of campgrounds in his life. Aside from camping, he has been involved in coordinating many vacations. He loves the outdoors and all the hobbies and activities that come with it.