There was a time before I had my first child, where I would visit the airport and see parents struggle with their children. Whether it was checking in, handling their bags, or watching them struggle through security, it was all a nightmare come true. Of course, this is all before the family even got on the plane! Then the real drama starts.
However, once my little one was old enough, we took him on an overseas adventure, and I quickly learned that if I knew the right, right tips and tricks, my experience didn’t have to bee what I saw. If you are about to bring a newborn into the world or you have a toddler, and you are reading to take them on vacation, here are my top tips to share.
- Planning Is Key
- A well-planned family vacation is a smooth family vacation. Sit down and run through the process in your head. What will the morning look like, who needs to do and take what, how long will it take to get to the airport and what are the best routes? Once you have the logistics planned out in front of you, you will be able to predict any issues and plan for them, such as what to do if your taxi breaks down or if you get stuck in a traffic jam.
- I try to give my little one as little medicine as possible. However, I also realize that sometimes it’s needed. And one of those times is likely to occur on a plane. Be sure to pack a small supply of children’s medication and first-aid items which you can carry around with you. Small items which can reduce a fever, help them to sleep, or even a plaster if they injure themselves along the way. Having these items on hand makes small hiccups easier to manage and overcome.
- If you thought that the in-flight entertainment was bad, imagine what your children think. And trust me, I have seen far too many children scream because they wouldn’t watch their favorite show to leave it up to the airline keep my youngster entertained. Load up a tablet or phone with movies, tv shows for them to interact with during the journey. If you prefer something more educational, check out the Groupon Coupons page for Babies R Us for great deals on educational toys which you can travel with.
- Join in the Journaling
- Taking photos of your journey is a great way to capture the moment and to spend your time. This is also an activity which a child can enjoy. If you have an old phone or camera lying around, repurpose it solely as a camera for your little one to take their pictures. This is not only a great way to keep them entertained, but also gives them their memories of the journey to share. If you choose this tip, be sure that the camera or phone you are providing them is not valuable, as they are likely to drop it on the ground a number of times.
There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family. And by using these four simple tips, my first and subsequent travel experiences have all been smooth sailing. Well, smooth flying, at least!