I have been flying with my kids since I had kids. Piglet took his first flight at 4 months and has flown a lot during his 5.5 years. When Hubs was deployed, we flew home a lot so I did it all on my own. Since living in Hawaii, we have flown to the other islands with our kids and I even took them to Seoul. Flying with kids and babies is easy, if you prepare ahead of time so I thought I would share a few tips that I’ve learned over the years.
1. Organize the carry on luggage. Each person gets one, no matter how small. I’ve always gotten a seat for my kids (even as infants) so 1 carry on has baby gear in it, 1 has all my stuff. As the kids have gotten older, each bag as a purpose. One has snacks in it, 1 has toys, 1 has diapers and changes of clothes, 1 has my stuff and electronics in it. This is helpful because you know where the stuff is. You don’t have to dig through one kid’s bag looking for clean pants, lost among toys and cereal.
2. Pack a change of clothes for every person. Pack 2-3 more diapers than you think you’ll need. Pack your toothbrush, hair brush and some face wipes if it’s a long flight. You may not need the clothes but it’s better to have them and not need them than the other way around. Pack some inexpensive toys (or make them) that you kids have never seen before, the little surprises really keep their spirits up. Also, make sure they have their most favorite lovey so they still have some familiarity on board.
3. Bring empty juice bottles through security and then buy your child’s beverage on the other side. This is great for 2 reasons: 1, we do half water/half juice so we can make the kid’s juice the way they’re used to and 2. your kid won’t spill the entire 20 ounce apple juice all over themselves because they’ll have their sippy cup with them. For snacks, bring those from home. As long as it’s not liquid, you should be able to bring it through security.
4. Wait to feed your baby until you get on the plane. 99% of the time, my kids will eat and fall asleep. The sucking motion from eating helps with the ear popping thing and them napping is just always a good thing.
5. Relax. Don’t let articles online scare you about flying with kids and babies. Don’t apologize for bringing your baby on a plane. You and your children have the same right as anyone to travel. It is not your responsibility to provide ear plugs/little notes/candy/etc. to the entire plane. Focus on your family and they’ll be fine.
Those are my tip after flying with 1-3 children over 5 years. What are some of your favorite travel tips for kids?