When I entered motherhood I could hardly comprehend how people went to a restaurant with their baby, let alone globetrotting with their whole clan in tow. As I slowly uncovered the layers of life with a baby, I realized getting out of the usual environment can be a wonderful way to break up the monotony that sometimes accompanies maternity leave, being a stay at home parent, or just traditional family life.
Are you ready to tackle the hurdle of traveling with kids? If so, don’t fret! It’s certainly no easy feat and requires a lot of patience, planning, and an open mind. But it’s not impossible. To help parents better prepare for a long flight, here are some think to know, as well as some tips on how to get through air travel with kids…
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
No matter how many times in your life you’ve packed your bags the morning of and just managed to sneak into the gate to check in before your flight left, it’s a whole new ballpark when it comes to flying with little kids.
Plan and decide on a contingency plan (Plan B) for any possible situations. The big ones to be prepped for are hunger, tiredness, and boredom. Other potential situations include getting hurt, having a diaper explosion, and temper tantrums. Pack some Pull Ups just to make your life bit easier for a few hours and ensure your passports are up to date. Lastly, don’t forget some water (or gum if old enough) to ease your child feeling the air pressure in their ears on the take-off and descent.