To say I was a little apprehensive about a 9 hour flight with three children under 6 is a bit of an understatement, but it actually went surprisingly well. Here are my top tips.
- Travel light on hand luggage, we’ve been those people struggling with three trunki’s, a pushchair, and a rucksack each, it was no fun at all.
- Weigh bags before leaving for the airport, you don’t want to be reorganising in the check in hall as we were.
- Leave in plenty of time, we never get to the airport early enough to enjoy it and always end up running for the plane.
- Buy kids headphones for the flight, the standard issue ones were way to big for my toddlers head. We were a little concerned that the volume limiter on the ones we bought would mean the kids wouldn’t be able to hear over the background noise, but they were more than loud enough.
- Load iPads, phones and any other gadgets with kid friendly apps and make sure all are fully charged before leaving. Don’t forget the chargers either.
- Take a pack of cards or some travel games. Z and I played a lot of rummy on the journey out.
- Let the kids choose a magazine for the journey. I never buy magazines so this was a big treat and kept the girls occupied for a long time.
- Book children’s meals on the plane if your kids won’t eat standard meals. We forgot and had quite hungry children.
- Take snacks on the plane, our airline ran out towards to the end of the flight which made for a moany last hour or so.
- Take spare clothes for the kids. We had a couple of spillages so were grateful for fresh T-shirts.
- Take a small bottle of hand sanitizer, plane toilets are not the nicest place.
- If you have a loyalty card which gets you into an airport lounge, use it. The clean, quiet, food and drink filled lounge was a much needed sanctuary from the busy airport and made our short wait very calm and relaxed. You might want to steer the kids past the swinging chairs though.
- Don’t plan anything for a couple of days after you return. We all slept for 4 hours in the day and then the kids another 16 hours at night the day we came home.
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Some great tips here, it does get easier as they get older doesn’t it?
Some excellent tips! We flew long haul with my two little ones last year and it wasn’t (quite) as bad as I had expected, but we’re doing it again in a couple of weeks and I’m still not looking forward to it! I really like the buying magazines tip, like you I never buy them for the children and I think that my son would really like being able to choose one for himself.
A tip I was taught when travelling with babies- let them suck your finger on the way up and down – it helps pop their ears. The air pressure is horrid for them. Great tips for the older kids here too.
Great tips! Last year we travelled abroad with Kitty and Ozzy and this year I feel it’s going to get a whole lot easier! I’ll bookmark these – thanks!
Fab tips! I will be referring back to them nearer to November!!!
Great tips, thanks for posting! We have forgotten to book the kids food on a transatlantic flight, and I will never forget again. Good idea about the magazines, will remember for our August trip!
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