I love going on holiday, whether it’s home or abroad. I love that I can switch off from the daily chores, no longer clocking watching for preschool pick ups and most of all spending time with my little family.
We took Alice abroad when she was twelve months old and survived! This week we have been enjoying ourselves in sunny Portugal and we have had the best time.
It can always be a bit daunting traveling with young children and this time we would have two to keep entertained. I shared with you last week what I took on the plane for the girls and it all went well and they were well entertained. We survived the flight and fingers crossed the return flight will go just as smooth!
I thought I would share with you my tips for traveling with children and what is in my plane bag…
- Preparation A week before we were due to leave I started to talk to Alice about the flight and what to expect. I explained how we would arrive at the airport and that we wouldn’t be getting on the plan straight away. I talked to her about her sitting next to mummy on the plane, but that Holly would have to sit on mummy’s lap as she was too little to have a big girls seat. I told her about some of things we would do whilst on the plane and that you get food and drink on a little tray. That the journey would be long, about the same time as Holly naps, to give her an idea.
- Research Check what the airport has on offer to entertain little ones, a lot offer a free play area which can help with the boredom whilst waiting.
- Clothing Think about what you dress your child in for the flight, if it’s a night flight pop them in their pyjamas before you board. Otherwise I tend to go for layers, then I can strip them off when needed. Especially if we are leaving a cold England and arriving somewhere warm.
- Checking in When checking in, ask if you can sit near the toilets, this can be a life saver when your child starts jigging. Plus you can see when they are free and try to encourage them to go then.
- What’s in my bag:
- Travel documents
- Change of clothes for both girls
- Empty water bottles – so I can fill them up once we are on board
- Plastic bag for rubbish
- Favourite teddies, in case they do want to sleep. But more importantly they don’t get lost!
- Boarding Most airlines let people with children board first, this is great as it gives you time to get yourself settled and in your seats. It can be tempting to think wait until the last possible minute to jump on board, but then it can all feel a bit of a rush and everyone watching you.
- Entertaining Don’t let them get all the fun things you have brought out at once. I try and do something new every 20/30 minutes to keep the excitement going of what’s in the bag.
- Crying Expect a few tears and upsets, it’s going to happen. But, just remember you are going on holiday, it will be worth it and the flight won’t last forever. If you get off the flight with no tears, give yourself a high five!
And that’s it! Do you have any tips for flying with children? I would love to hear them…